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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Works in Progress Wednesday

Thanks to those of you who joined in on yesterday's Tips on Tuesdays post.  It was much quieter than usual.  Feel free to add your "Spring Cleaning" tips any time during the week.  (Am I the only one cleaning my sewing room?)  lol  In the mean time, I'm slowly regaining my mess.  Here's where I'm at right now.  First, Jesica's top is put together.  It's made from her beloved late grandmother's stash.  It will have a wide white border with hand embroidery and perhaps applique too!


And Mandy's tree... that I wasn't happy with.  It's made from the fabric of her babies' slings and carriers.  But the beige just didn't cut it, and along came this perfect fabric from Sandy in Alberta (the accu-cutter for hire).  I asked her for more and she was kind enough to send some my way.  I put it on the tree roughly and stitched it on like raw-edge applique.  It's better looking now, and it contrasts well with that sunset behind it.  (Mandy wasn't a shy baby-wearer was she!?  : )


Because this piece is already quite busy, I'm choosing to use very subtle embellishments.  I'll put some teeny fuscia and navy glass beads in the upper night sky where it's fuscia and navy background.  I'll do a bit more glow to the sun down in the horizon and then the edges & hanging sleeve and then (FINGERS CROSSED) Mandy can have this back before Mother's Day.  I seriously need to give myself a deadline on this one.  After this I need to be much more disciplined with doing one project at a time.  Okay... well maybe 2.  : )

My friend Anno is coming back to Saskatoon for a visit soon.  She's wanting this quilt and is due with #4 in the fall.  I'm not sure I'll have it done for when she gets here.  But apparently, she's claimed it.  : )  Her husband is a pastor and this quilt is made with re-purposed choir gowns.  That is kind of a funny serendipity isn't it?  lol

i have the PERFECT variegated thread to quilt this one with!!

I have Kate's sky finished and am working on the fields now.  Kate found me on Etsy.  I'll post pics after I get more done on it.  Mandy has to get her tree, but Kate's "Telephone Poles Along Highway 7" wall hanging will be done before mid May as well.  Then it's prairie prairie prairie art for the show at the end of May.  I can't wait!


One other thing I've been working on is blogging!  I spent all afternoon writing posts.  Next week is my blog's ONE YEAR anniversary and I have everything ready to go.  Keep watching!  I have a number of give-aways just for you - Gift certificates, fabric, notions... Oh yeah!

See you then!
~Monika

P.S. Go head over to Lee's at Freshly Pieced to see what other quilt bloggers are up to.

23 comments:

Pieces of Sunshine said...

You certainly have been busy Monika, I think that's how you like it to be!

kwiltmakr said...

Love your HST's. Very nice fabrics there. I am looking forward to seeing your landscape quilt done. Someday maybe I will make one.

Kiera said...

Beautiful work!

CityHouseStudio said...

Beautiful projects, Monika!
I think the tree looks beautiful, and I love those little owls in your quilt!

Becky said...

Wow, lots of great stuff here! i love that tree, it's just spectacular!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

The quilts are beautiful and your thread work is something else....really. I am cleaning rooms too...lol. painting ceilings washing windows all of that...the sewing room is the last to do; just as soon as I go through some closets and get rid of clothes......lol.I now have my quilts on display in my shop for the summer so I can get in the sewing room to clean now...........

Debbie said...

Your tree quilt is amazing! Also love what you are doing with the HST!

elle said...

Yup! The cleaning is only momentary. The next project begins the creative mess all over again. You are looking good and I just luv all those triangles, leaves, choir robes and sky lines! Let me know how you could possibly hold the to-do list to one thing at a time! LOL

Riel Nason said...

You have lots on the go and it all looks great. Congrats on making it to a year of blogging. It's fun isn't it. I made it to a year last month and plan on going and going ... Cheers, Riel

Dee said...

I am so in awe! I love the hst quilt and story behind it...then the tree and its story...what a fun blog. Thanks for making me smile!

Scrappy quilter said...

You've been busy Monika. I like the first quilt...great job!!

Anonymous said...

Yay - another sneak peek on my quilt! I'm loving it!
Jesica

Katie B. said...

Beautiful work, Monkia! Now get off the computer and get back to sewing! :)

Rachel Hauser said...

Wow, you have SO MUCH going on. That last work - the telephone poles one looks incredible. Wow!

Anonymous said...

Spring cleaning?? Oh my!! Where to start?
A couple of years ago I decided to relocate my sewing space from a spare bedroom in the basement to an area in my family room in the basement. Never got established there. Now I'm neither here nor there, and besides I don't want to be in the basement anymore!!
My granddaughter now occupies my spare bedroom upstairs, so I'm sewing on the dining room table:) Major dilemma :(
Joyce

Amy said...

I am not really spring cleaning, just sewing to get rid of the older stuff.I love the quilts in the works.

LynCC said...

Wow! What fun to look at your WIPs. Glad you linked up because I'm looking forward to exploring around your blog. :)

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

Hi, I found your blog through WIP Wednesday and am a new follower :-) I love your various projects, particularly the HSTs, they look so fresh and pretty. And the owls, I'm a sucker for owls!

Karenkay said...

Wonderful projects....I love the tree!

Kelli said...

Very beautiful work! You are very talented!

Hollie said...

I love where Jessica's quilt is headed!

Lee said...

Wow, you have so much going on, as always! I love Mandy's tree, and that HST quilt is so pretty. Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )

mlafayette said...

What great work! I just went to Periwinkle and bought the owl fabric and minky. Now I need to get to work...

Michelle

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