Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Work In Progress Update

Well, I feel like I have been quilting like mad, but I have little progress to report.  It makes me a little sad, to be honest. Lots of work and little to show :(

Before I forget...a work in progress is the Fluffy Sheep Quilting give away. To enter just leave a comment under the post:  The drawing will be this Friday.

Brian's Tetris Quilt
The top is finished and has been layered with the batting. See the little pins?  I made a test mini-quilt over the weekend using cotton squares and old scrap batting.  You see, Brian wants decorative stitching on the top to show shading, so I used the mini-quilt to optimize.   Now I just have to do it.  This next week I will quilt the top to the batting and will then (in the way future?) I will work out the overwhelming applique back.

Forgive the side-ways photo, please ;)

Sampler Quilt
This is where most efforts lie. The quilt is fully quilted and the binding half on (by machine) and is currently being hand finished. I have not hand quilted a binding before, so this is taking me FOREVER. I pretty quickly worked out the stitch to use based on fabulous tutorials posted online.  Now, I tried to do it first with invisible thread as I thought this would be best to hide the stitches.  WRONG!  I could not get it to pull tightly enough to hold the binding onto the quilt without gaps. I will now rip out all of the invisible thread stitching (was about 1/3 of the around the quilt) and have started again with good old cotton thread matching the binding fabric.  It's so much better. I'm about 1/4 of the way finished with the cotton thread, so I hope to be done by the weekend.  Lots of work, but little progress that is obvious.

I have to give it a little trim to get the stray threads (as you'll notice in the photo) and find a laundry mat. Details, details.

Lattice Illusions
Have not touched it at all this week.

Mystery Quilt
The needed fabric has arrived, so I will be back to this in another 10-14 days with any luck. I am really looking forward to it!  Hope you are good at guessing mystery patterns!

Bali Pop Quilt
Yes, I found a pattern!  I am using an Irish Chain pattern from the Moda Bakeshop by Melissa Cory.  I have to get the white fabric that will make up most of the mass.  I also want to finish off one of the other ongoing projects before I start this one.

Until then, my current "stats" have been updated....

Completed Quilts (2010)
Roisin's Baby Quilt
Mom's Birthday Quilt
Catherine's Christmas Quilt
Currently Binding
Sampler Quilt
Currently Quilting & Tops Awaiting Bottoms
Brian's Tetris Quilt
Currently Piecing
Lattice Illusions Quilt
Mystery Quilt
Ongoing Planning
Irish Chain (Bali Pop)
Moda Jelly Roll Quilt (looking for pattern)
Fat Quarter Quilt (looking for pattern)
Confetti Scrap Quilt (collecting fabric squares)

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