I'm checking back in today with WIP Wednesday. It's worked pretty well for me lately to keep a running tally of all of my in-progress projects and revisit it every couple of weeks or so rather than every week. I think with the pace of the projects I've been working on lately (i.e. lots of hand sewing) it seems like a good way to stay focused without posting the same projects week to week.
Lately I've been doing a little of this and a little of that, working on multiple projects at once. I have also started practicing free-motion quilting to get a handle on a skill that I have been excited to try out for a long time. I made up some small sample sandwiches to test out first before moving on to a full-size quilt. Here's my first completely quilted sample:
I just went all-out, practicing some different types of patterns altogether. It's not perfect, but it's a start! I really wanted to learn this skill so that I could tackle my Parterre Jardin quilt top. I think I have finally decided to do a mix of straight-line quilting and stippling on it. Here's what the stippling looks like on a sample of the actual quilt fabric:
I think the stippling will work pretty well with the Prince Charming prints, maybe even with the gray Aurifil thread I have been practicing with. I might quilt some more practice sandwiches to test out making the design larger before moving on to the main event, but I feel confident that I can do this now. : )
I have also been working on my Christmas embroidery pattern and having lots of fun auditioning different stitches, including some that are new to me. I hope to finish this one by the end of the weekend and get the pattern written with plenty of time to spare before Christmas.
I have also been thinking more about bag making as I am participating in the Long Weekend Blog Hop this November. I've wanted to make the Weekender for a long time now, but haven't really made time to do so. Since it's a more challenging bag (with lots of layers and sewn details) and since it's been a while since I have done zippers, piping, and machine sewn bias tape, I've decided to dust off my bag making skills first with an easier to sew project, the Runaround Bag by Anna Graham of Noodlehead.
Right now I am trying to decide between two fabric options for the bag: Option #1 with the Anna Maria Horner fabric above or Option #2 with the Yellow Floral. I am leaning more towards Option #2 even though it's slightly less colorful and bright. I'm thinking that for a basic everyday purse, less colorful might be better, but what do you think? Which option would you choose?
And finally here are the number this week:
- 80's Cross Stich projects (from Wee Little Stitches)
- Runaround Bag (by Anna of Noodlehead)
- Christmas Embroidery
- Voile/ Flannel Figure-8 Scarves
- Parterre Jardin (Prince Charming) Quilting