Today we’ll talk about the hand quilting I’m doing on the Hunter’s Star Quilt I’m making for my coworker M.
You saw some of my planned design in the pictures I posted last week. I wanted to highlight the stars. I traced lines half an inch around the border of each star and half an inch within each star.
The quilting is going very slowly. I am not a speedy hand quilter. I can do a whole star (inner and outer quilting) in about an hour and 45 minutes if I’m solely focused on quilting, and not checking email or surfing the internet or watching a TV show. I’ve been working on it in the evenings after work, when I have time, and over the weekend – when I have time. My goal is to be done with the quilt by the end of the month but I don’t think that’s enough time.
I am also planning to hand-sew my binding. This is the first time I’ve done that on a quilt. I’m using a navy binding, which I put on at the quilt retreat I went to. I’m planning to hand sew it down to the back. I have previously only bound pot holders (which I don’t think I’ve ever posted about…that’ll be a future post) and I did my charity quilt all by machine. I’m a little nervous about how long that will take me, too.