Wednesday, June 10, 2015

WIP Wednesday


Isn't this Jolly Jungle fabric cute? I just adore it. I remember that the local quilt store where I bought it sold out very quickly, so I know it was popular.

I know I have been MIA for the past two weeks. I had volunteered to take over WIP Wednesday at The Needle and Thread Network, but then that weekend our basement flooded, again, So that resulted in a quick change of priorities, and I had to bow out. We've had two more floods since then, so I think that was a good decision! We have a big job now to get it all fixed. But, I am happy to report that my stash is still ok, thanks to the plastic bins I use for storage!

I've had very little time to sew, but today I finished assembling all the rows on my Collector quilt, and I joined the last three to make the bottom corner:


What a relief to get back to some sewing!

My original plan was to make the setting triangles out of solid black. But, when I went to my stash the solids were way at the bottom, and this new colourway of Kaffe's Millefiore, "dark," was sitting on top, so I used that instead. I think it is better. Weather permitting, a couple more days of sewing should get it to the flimsy stage.

I'm also still plugging away at the hand stitching on Down in the Garden (DitG). I took a photo last week after I finished all the flowers on the "blue" birdhouse:


To me, the flowers look like butterflies! The vines are nearly finished now, so hopefully this one will be done soon too.

My resolution to stick with one hand and one machine project at a time is still working. I'm very keen to finish them so I can start something else! So that's motivating. And, I think the balance is also working well, with one "quick" project and one slow. After Collector, I have one more quick UFO to finish up, or maybe two, and then I may start something new!

14 comments:

  1. Your background fabric is gorgeous! Love how it works so well with your blocks. So sorry about your flooding issues. Doesn't sound fun at all.:(

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  2. Hello Moncia,

    Love the background fabric, lucky it was on top of your stash. You must have had a lot of rain, good luck with the clean up.

    Happy days.
    Bev.

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  3. That's the perfect black fabric for the edge of your collector quilt. Gosh, so sorry to hear about your flooding issues. Over the past few years I've been putting important things like my stash too, in plastic tubs. It does protect items from damage. Hope you get it all back to normal soon.

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  4. The dark millefiore Kaffe fabric is so much more interesting than a black solid would be. I like this very much. The other dark fabrics are also quite nice.

    Flooding. Yukko! I certainly do not envy you this problem. One of my close friends lost just about everything in the recent flooding in Texas. Their house sat right on the Blanco River. It is lovely, but I remember wondering two years ago while visiting if the river every got higher. of course they were in the middle of a years long drought, so no one was thinking about floods. Glad that your stash is okay.

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  5. I like the dark Millefiore you chose for the outer triangles. I would love to see a whole yard of the fabric. It's going to be a beautiful quilt.

    Too bad about the basement flooding. I hope you get the problem resolved soon. I was looking forward to seeing your ideas for the WIP Wednesday.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I was very keen to do some work on the web design over there, but the timing just didn't work out. We need to get some, and hopefully not a lot, of work done on the outside of the house to keep the water at bay. Until then, we cringe every time there's a heavy downpour!

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  6. nit nice having the basement flooded, do hope you can sort something out to stop in recurring. Collector quilt looks good, I went to see the latest Kaffe quilts he has made based on 15 from the quilters guild collection, wonderful they were so colourful
    The little bird house is so cute.

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  7. Love the Jolly Jungle and Millefiore! Your quilts are gorgeous. I can't imagine what it is like to deal with a flooded house. Hope that flood was your last...

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    1. Thanks very much, Laurel! It's stressful, that's what it's like. Once the outside is fixed, then we can really clean up the inside. Until then, we can never completely relax, I'm afraid!

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  8. I adore your Collector's Quilt! What a great way to use fabulous prints!

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  9. Very sorry to hear about all the flooding you've had. We haven't had any rain for a good 6 weeks so far and it's dry, dry dry. A complete change from last year. Lovely colours on your quilt rows and the flowers on your Down in the Garden look very nice indeed.

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  10. Yes, the blue flowers do look like butterflies! I love your DitG quilt, it will be lovely.

    That's too bad about the flooding, but at least you are getting rain. Send some to California! Here in Colorado it's been raining more than anyone can remember.

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  11. That is bad news about the flooding. I hope it does not happen again! I love your choice of the Kaffe fabric for your Collector quilt! Very cute bird house!

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  12. How good to know you're safely through the floods. The Millefiore look fabulous - much better than solid black. Great choice.

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