Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Work in Progress Wednesday

Happy Leap Day Everyone !!   We have at least two local quilt shops with 29% off today and many more sales on the Web... This "extra" day of the year is welcome ! 

I made great progress this week -- stitching completed on "Yesterday Remembered" by Kim Diehl.   I can't decide on which handle stitch I like best.  The pattern calls for the cross hatch -- but I wonder if it makes the handle too prominent ?  Also need to make up my mind on the flower centers - neither choice tickles my fancy...  What do you think ?

Next class we will hand quilt it -- and then it will be framed.  It's going to be beautiful when completed !

My Bird Pin Keep -- hasn't changed - He awaits some buttons or wing stitching, eyes, and anchoring -- I've been a little busy with a few other projects  ; )

On a good note though -- I put the finishing touches on Quadrant #3 of  "Winter Apple" by Blackbird Designs -- I JUST LOVE this table topper! See a finished version on Debbie's Blog -- Debbie's work inspired me to take this class where she had put aside all the same fabric that she used on her demo piece -- isn't it lovely ?   Needle Turn Applique is my favorite !

I also worked on "Flower Baskets" by Wooden Spool Designs.  Only 6 blocks of all wool applique - using a blanket stitch or an overhand stitch -- it's easy peasy !!    Wool applique and watching the Daytona 500 go hand in hand (especially with all those Yellow Flag race delays !!)

I managed to stitch an entire block during that race !!  Here (above) is a before and after shot of a single block...   Sew much fun !  Once all the wool is appliqued I'll add the embroidery (stems).  I need a little practice with my embroidery -- but I have two great teachers -- my sister Janet and my friend Debbie !!  Lucky Me !

Below are some snippets of some other special things I'm making this week (shhh... it's a surprise so I'll show you the finished products next week!!)

Last, but not least is one of the "most important" WIP's.  This is our youngest granddaughter Angelina, 7 years old. For Christmas we gave her "My First Sewing Kit" and last Saturday we worked on her stuffed cat project.  She did great and absolutely loved having something to focus on while her (4) brothers romped and played with Grampa !!  She did all the sewing and stuffing.  Isn't it cute?  Love, love, love to sew with those grand girls !!

Thanks for stopping by and have a special day !!


PS - linked up to Esther's WIP Linky Party !  Check out all the great work in progress there -- not to mention that Esther has kicked off her new Free Mystery Block of the Month "Forget Me Not".


  1. Karen, I just loved your post - all that beautiful applique eye candy!

  2. Everything looks so beautiful! Fun post to visit. :D

  3. Your applique is wonderful Karen, but your granddaughter is sweet.


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