This project will be a Slow Stitching project over the next few weeks. Today, I’ll show the overall plan, and will update as I get farther along. Someone asked me recently how many projects I have going on at any one time, and the answer is usually two or three. I’ll have something next to my chair to fiddle with while watching TV, a quilt on the longarm to quilt, and a project on the sewing table. Right now, I have two at the sewing table, as I am still making units for Scrap Dance Tango, and I am starting another charity quilt. I have a lovely stained glass quilt on the longarm, and two more charity quilts in the queue. This project has made it up to the hand work stage. I started with these lovely fabrics.
I like the purple and green. This will go in the sewing room when I am done. Isn’t this a cute sewing print?
Then I brought out some lace doilies and pieces.
Rummaging through the button boxes….
I pulled out purple, green, white, and yellow buttons. I had some pearls, large beads and flowers I could use too.
Then I dug into the silk ribbon box…
and found some appropriate colors there too.
Next, the seed bead stash.
The finished art piece will be mounted in a giant quilting frame. After sewing the three pieces of fabric together, I marked the outline of the hoop to define the art space.
I loaded it onto the longarm, and auditioned various colors of thread.
Then, it was quilted with a pansy pantograph.
Ultimately, I just quilted the whole piece instead of just the part inside my chalked outline.
I decided on these three doilies, can you believe I have a purple one?
I pinned them down, and began the hand stitching to secure all three in place.
The first two are done, and I have the third one to go.
Next up will be to start placing buttons, beads, and silk ribbon embroidery. I am going to let this evolve as it will, no real plan right now. Linking up with Slow Stitching Sunday last fall was very motivating to get the ornaments done. I plan to do it again, in the hope this will be the same, making progress of some kind each week.
It is cold now, and I wouldn’t mind one more snow to keep me home sewing for a day. If you are in the mood for a new print, click on My Etsy Store, I have just added some new fabrics from my trip last Friday. I found a couple of really cute sewing prints I loved, but had to buy the whole bolt. I am selling the extra yardage to my readers at a discount over retail. Look for some new projects using these prints soon. I am also selling some of my quilting library on this post – HERE.
Do you work on intricate projects over time?
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