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It’s been ages since I’ve written up a WIP Wednesday post. And that’s mainly because I haven’t had any progress to share, but with some recent work to my sewing space (more on that later), I’ve managed to get some work done over the last few weeks.
I made up a baby quilt for a friend of the family. That little one isn’t here yet, so it hasn’t been given, but there’s nothing wrong with a little sneak peek.
I’ve also made some progress on my spooky crazy patch quilt. I’ve gotten several individual blocks done, but getting the first feature section done actually feels like progress.
What have you been working on lately?
I have Finally reached the border stage of my friend’s baby quilt! Said baby may be premature (7mos) so I’d better get cracking.
Thank you so much for telling me about the June Tailor sew-in printer fabric! I have used it to print some images for my own crazy quilt. I won’t have enough “Navidad” pictures to be central motifs for all the blocks, so I can mix in some of mine, even though they are much smaller; my friend who runs a photography studio put about 12 images per sheet. Kind of like contact prints! 😉 This will encourage me to a) finish the quilt I’m working on and b) get going on my crazy quilt again.
However…said photographer friend is pregnant with her 2nd child so…she has pieces and pattern for a Tumbling Blocks quilt she wanted to make for her first baby…who is now almost 4! I told her to give me the stuff and I’d see what I can do. (What’s wrong with me?)
Side note: back in the 70s “jumpsuits” with zippers up the front were all the rage at my highschool. Following on from last year’s “harem pants” it’s all zipped jumpsuits now…think harem pants on the bottom, longsleeved top. I just bought one, though it has a heavy, heavy metal zipper that I may replace or just move it down, as I can get into the suit, but once it’s on I play merrie hell getting out of it! The zip for some reason starts at the shoulderseam, so I think I can just slit the front 2-3 inches and lower the zip to the place it will be easier (and less scratchy!) to get out of. As the edges are just folded over under the zip, there shouldn’t even be any raw edges to deal with.
I’m glad you’re making progress on that baby quilt, and that the printer fabric is working for you. I have some leftover Christmas fabric that I don’t think I’ll be using. I’ll be happy to send it to you, if you think it would work in your quilt. (I’ll email you some photos soon.) I’ve never made a tumbling block quilt, but I don’t think it would be any more difficult than the triangle quilt I put together. You can plan it out it weekly segments. Week 1: cut out the blocks; Week 2: design layout of quilt (floors work great for this, if you have the space) and sew into strips; Week 3: Sew strips together; Week 4: prep for quilting. You’re on your own with the quilting, as I’m sure your hand work takes much longer than my machine quilting, but I think this quilt would lend itself well to both “stitch in the ditch” and echo quilting.
I think about moving the zipper on your jumpsuit sounds like a great idea. Though, if the zipper is scratchy, I might also add a facing behind it.
This fabric is amazing! Where did you find it? I mean, do you recall who made this? Your quilt is wonderful.
The skull panel is from Chillingworth’s Spooky Ride by Andover Fabrics. It came out last year, but I think many shops will still have some. If it’s another fabric that you’re looking for, please let me know which one. I can probably point you in the right direction.