Wednesday's have become my perpetual due date lately. It really motivates me to make progress on my projects so I have something new to share with WIP at Freshly Pieced.
I teased you last week with my tree pants star. Well they are still a WIP but I made great strides. All I have left is to hand bind, super exciting! I love how these turned out and I feel so much more ahead of the game for the holidays.
A few words about these tree pants. As you can see, I made things a bit harder on myself by making each star with a different fabric (I used "Ready, Set, Snow"). It took a lot of thinking when it came to cutting and then piecing. The directions had cutting instructions for one fabric for the stars and then pieced it in rows for the little stars. I had to lay everything out in order to get it just right. I am very pleased with how I placed the stars. For the backing, I used the squares fabric that is in my center star.
I quilted it with a few straight lines in both directions and... a first for me! I whipped out my free motion foot and outlined the stars for additional quilting. I must admit it was HARD. Good ol' me, I chose to trace something first instead of just randomly wandering around. I think it will be MUCH easier to stipple than to trace. It's amazing just how much the foot moves when you drop the feed dogs! I totally got cramps in my hands and my shoulders hurt, not to mention I had to move super slow. I'm so glad I went for it though: firstly because with white thread on white fabric you can't see my mistakes real well and secondly because it's going to be on the floor so you again, won't notice my mistakes. I think I'm ready to do some meandering lines on my Thomas quilt, which is still ready for quilting.
With the scraps I am planning to make a matching table runner using a star pattern from "Modern Blocks." However, I am doing the Charmed Prints QAL, so that will come first.
As I anxiously await charms from the Japanese Fabric I-Spy Swap I participated in, I joined another I-Spy Swap with Spoonflower fabric. I have always wanted an excuse to order from Spoonflower, but with $16 a yard prices, I've been putting it off. I chose these two fabrics. My toddler will love these guitars and I just couldn't resist picking Lee's boots fabric.
Well, that's it for now, I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced. Wish me luck at winning her contest for fat quarters of Echo by Lotta Jansdotter. I have been oogling it since I first saw it months ago!!!