Wednesday, November 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday


I'm playing more catchup today with stuff I've been working on in the last few weeks. If you follow me on Instagram you'll have seen these pics already but I hope you won't mind having a little peek again! I hope you'll excuse that the photos aren't wonderful. November and December are so dark and dreary here, its practically impossible to get good photos when you are at work during daylight hours.

First up - my Made to Measure quilt. This one was on the back burner for a little while until I faced up to doing all those HSTs for the big 8th border. I finally got on with it a few weeks ago. Here's what the layout is looking like - ignore the quilt top full of creases please!

 

Once I had them laid out, I pieced those flying geese strips pretty quickly actually. I'm really happy with how they look - I used 4 different low volume prints as the background, and it worked exactly as I hoped. 


Now I just need to do the star blocks for the corners (more procrastination here, avoiding those teeny tiny HSTs for the little stars) and then one more border for which I have a Road 15 text print, and I'm actually done with the quilt top. This is another mammoth 80" x 80" quilt, so I'll try the table basting method again on this one and I've decided that I'm going to hand quilt this which has me excited and terrified in equal measure, and means it probably won't be done before next summer.

Speaking of mammoth quilts, Swoon is almost done. I sewed the binding on the front last night and plan to spend the next couple of evenings curled up on the sofa, handfinishing it on the back. Apart from the piecing, handstitching the binding to finish is my absolute favourite part of making a quilt. 

 
I see a lot of hand stitching in my future in the next couple of weeks. I'm having keyhole surgery for gallstones on Friday so I have lots of time to fill in the next couple of weeks recovering. I've been working on Aneela Hoey's Cherry on the Tree Swing embroidery pattern for the last couple of weeks, picking it up here and there in the evenings, and its not perfect but its coming along nicely. This hoop is for baby Rachel's room, along with a few other things I am making for her.

 

Beside Cherry on the Tree Swing, I also bought some lovely embroidery patterns from Lilipopo, including this gorgeous  Carol Singers one which I'm planning to start next week.

Image by Lili Popo
So that's my WIP Wednesday. Linking up to Freshly Pieced with lots of very talented ladies, and looking forward to seeing what everyone else has been up to.




WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

15 comments:

Paula Cullen said...

Your Made to Measure quilt is looking fabulous. I wish I had the patience to make something like that. Looking forward to seeing your finished Swoon, I too love hand stitching the binding to quilts.
Best of luck for Friday, hope all goes well. be sure to take plenty of time to recoer afterwards and enjoy the hand stitching. I love Lilipopo's desings and am hoping to find the time try one or two out over the christmas holidays.

Aoife said...

I love the variety of grey backgrounds to your flying geese, so much added interest! I love seeing pretty embroidery too, I always want to have done some, but never actually sit down to shop around and start. Going to enjoy seeing yours progress now. Good luck with the surgery!!

Kate said...

The carol singers "calls" to me - it's such a lovely design.

Flying Blind... said...

All looking lovely - hope all goes well on Friday xxx

Rebecca said...

It all looks delicious, Made to Measure is on my to do list as is Swoon but there are only so many hours in the day! Good luck for Friday :)

Cathy said...

It all looks so wonderful!

Di said...

Lots of lovely makes. Di x

lilipopo said...

I love your girl on a swing and your quilts! I have been looking back through your blog and what beautiful quilts you make, utterly gorgeous.
thank you for the mention too xx

Janice Stockwell said...

Best wishes for Friday and a speedy recovery!

Sheila said...

Love your medallion quilt.
All the best for tomorrow.

Leanne said...

Best wishes for tomorrow, and I love your beautiful projects, especially the medallion.

Kirsten said...

Lovely projects - and wishing you a speedy recovery!

Katy Cameron said...

The WIPS look fab, hope all goes well tomorrow!

Leigh Anne said...

Great progress! I popped over to Lilipopo's page and she has some really cute stuff! I'll be buying a few for sure :)

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