Works in progress

It’s been pretty silent around the blog – but heaven forbid you think I have done nothing crafty! (I might normally fill the gaps with my cute children but they have all been sick and so they are not as cute as usual 😉 ) Anyway, I wanted to show you a few works in progress.   🙂

1. Canvas collage for the bathroom. The bathroom picture below shows what spurred a greater idea.  Simple idea:  Cover Canvas with Fabric.   More complex idea:  Yet to be finished.  I have it pictured perfectly in my wee little brain but I haven’t worked out in my mind how to accomplish my master plan. When I work through it, you’ll definitely see the finished product.

2. Practice quilting. As you may recall, I am making a quilt and my goal was to free-motion quilt it myself.


I started practicing on scrap fabric, and moved on to a larger square for a hot pad. And then I graduated to making a little doll quilt for Haley.  The green fabric labeled #2 shows her little doll quilt (or maybe blanket since it’s not pieced?) – but  it has no binding yet. The free hand quilting is hard – but I feel I’m getting it down….sort of. I surely won’t win any awards! I have ordered some bamboo batting and when it arrives, I will proceed to quilt the real quilt (pictured above)! I do hope I can get it the technique down to where I feel comfortable giving them to my families for Christmas. I still think that would be fun!

Do any of you quilters have tips for me on thread?  I’m using my normal Gutterman thread right now – should I switch to something else when I tackle the real quilt?

3. Stripwork skirt for Haley. You may also recall that I planned to make Haley a strip skirt from the Soiree fabric. 🙂

Well, at the time, I didn’t have the yardage on hand to make the waist band (It’s in stock now…just fyi!) – so I decided to make one from some Pumpkins Gone Wild Fabric (also from Moda.)  I didn’t get it finished before my serger broke.  It may be a bit ridiculous – but I don’t want to hem it any other way when I know that I’ll be able to do a rolled hem with my serger so easily in a matter of days. I’m very lazy. 😉

There are more projects – many more…but this will do for today. Tomorrow I am going to see Coraline (finally). Have you seen it? I’m super excited. I’ll leave you with a quote from my United Notions/Moda catalog. (sorry, tweeps, you already saw this) “Creative Clutter is better than idle neatness.” (Thank goodness!)

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4 Responses to “Works in progress”


  1. 1 Heather February 20, 2009 at 7:21 am

    I haven’t seen Coraline, but I plan to when it comes to DVD…in a year or so. It’s supposed to be quite dark – are you taking the kids?

    314 days until Christams…you’ve got a lot of quilting to do!! 🙂

  2. 2 Goosie Girl February 20, 2009 at 11:51 am

    I have some canvas laying around..material & canvas is a great idea.. add to my list of things to do.. I was wondering just last night about your quilt. Glad to see your still coming along.. Why Bamboo batting, if I can be noisy? It’s interesting to see why people pick what they do.

  3. 3 Melanie February 20, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    It was just a girls day out for a movie. No kids this time 🙂 And yes, I have a lot of quilting to do!!!

    And I really jut wanted to test out the bamboo batting….to see if I like it or whatever. I really have no good reason for choosing it. 😉

  4. 4 carolinegrace February 23, 2009 at 1:30 am

    I just love fabrics! Some pretty neat ideas here. Lovely blog.:)


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