Photos of “in progress projects”

Autumn is here and the weather is lovely in Chicago. I did thoroughly enjoy our summer, but it was quite hot. I am happy for the cool weather and happy to be home again. We put over ten thousand miles on our car and I guess I am tired now. I’ve been playing catch-up for all things that were left undone and projects to be attended to.

First I created some 20 baby blankets for my quilt group. They sell them to earn money to pay for speakers during the year. These blankets are quite large….about 40 inches by 40 inches…made with a double layer of flannel…and each has a stuffed animal to match. You should be able to click on the photos to see closeups.

Then I have been working on another quilt project….three embroiderered panels for a winter quilt called “Over the River and Through the Woods” … two panels are completed (hand-stitched with two ply dark brown floss) on a panel about 40 inches wide…

One panel is still unfinished …

Then, of course, I had to spend some time collecting just the right fabrics for the pieced quilt that will hold these three embroidered panels…

I did a tiny bit of needlework, making some tops for future pin cushions. These get filled with sand, embroidered with the recipient’s name and trimmed with some ruched silk ribbon and beads. They are rather small (approximately 2.5 inches by 6 inches). I made four of these so far (two have already been given away). These two are still in progress …

I have also been preparing some things to do a demonstration of big stitch quilting for my quilt group. It is nothing special, but did require preparing some pieces. I am also going to demonstrate on a japanese bento box quilt which I am hand quilting with a “big stitch” sashiko stitch. The quilt is completed, but it is only about 1/2 quilted in the sashing…the border is complete.

So, you see, even when I think I have not been doing anything, and have been silent and away from my computer, I guess I have a LOT of IN PROGRESS pieces to show.

There is surely a lot more to tell, but “pictures are worth a thousand words”…so I took my crummy photos and posted them with as few words as possible.

Until next time…..hopefully not so long!!!!! Amities, Averyclaire


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Margaret
    Oct 09, 2010 @ 20:56:47

    Wow, you are busy! I love all your projects! I’ve never tried sashiko quilting, but I’d love to try at some point. I even got a little kit to try it out with as a present from a friend once.


  2. Jackie
    Oct 09, 2010 @ 22:35:31

    You have been busy! I’m going to start my first hand quilting project this week. It’s a small project 15×15. Your hand quilting is beautiful!


  3. nicole davet
    Oct 10, 2010 @ 02:17:03

    well Karen…quelle activité!!!!
    Me voici rassurée…sans nouvelles je pensais que tu avais des soucis….
    Non, tu étais simplement très absorbée par tout ce travail…

    Bravo..Je t’embrasse.Nicole


  4. Patti
    Oct 10, 2010 @ 14:12:04

    Your hand quilting is just exquisite and I love everything you have done and are doing.
    Patti xxx


  5. Annie
    Oct 10, 2010 @ 16:19:41

    What a collection! You have really been a busy beaver. Love those sweet blankets an all of that beautiful hand-quilting.


  6. paddysdaughter
    Oct 10, 2010 @ 16:33:54

    What a mammoth effort – you have done so much! Good to have you back again.

    All the best, Sue


  7. virtualquilter
    Oct 10, 2010 @ 17:44:05

    Lovely to hear from you again.
    You have been very busy with some beautiful projects ….. and I love the stack of fabrics!

    Judy B


  8. Siobhan
    Oct 12, 2010 @ 04:21:54

    I wish I could sit in on your quilting class! Your hand quilting is exquisite. I love love love your embroidered panels and the fabrics you chose to showcase them. Neat baby blankets, too, and the stitching is gorgeous! 10,000 miles AND your hands constantly in motion. Sounds like a fun summer!


  9. colour du jour
    Oct 23, 2010 @ 12:28:36

    I hope to meet you someday, you are so talented, maybe some of it could rub off on me? So glad you are able to get to the stitching now.


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