I've been making nice progress on hand quilting of the little blue Dear Jane. The middle chunk got finished during a Christmas trip to see my sister and her family. I really wasn't a very experienced quilter when I started this one. Going back and looking at some of the workmanship that went into the blocks has been interesting. I spent quite a bit of time right before dinner in the car yesterday tightening up the stitches on an previously hand stitched block. It is much more likely to stay together now I think.
Still, each quilt is a snapshot in time of our skills and interests. This one was what I was capable of at the time. I am glad I did it, and it gave me the courage to start again on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge Dear Jane which I think is going to be amazing.
With just 8 blocks left to hand quilt, I have started to ponder the border. Originally I had pictured a cable border, like the one in the middle, but when I went to grab it out of the stencil drawer, I also found a cable diamond combination that was nice as well as a diamond. Plenty of time to think it over as I finish off the last few blocks. I hope you are finding a few minutes during this busy holiday season to settle in with a bit of hand stitching. Join up with the ladies over at Kathy's Quilts to see how others are spending some time on this quiet Sunday.