Wednesday, May 21, 2014

in the works, part 2

So, I mentioned yesterday recently
my projects varying in how long they'll take
and even what tools are needed.

My next project is my long term (very long term) hand-sewing project for travelling, movie watching, etc.
It will be 110 English Paper Pieced (EPP) stars formed from joining six 60 degree diamonds
which will then be made into hexagons, by adding another six diamonds around the stars.
It will be sewn entirely by hand.

A friend cut my diamond papers (exactly the size I wanted!) using her cricut machine.
(thank you so, so much, Shannon!!)
Just the sight of all those diamonds makes me happy;
imagine my delight when they are covered in fabric :-)

I will not be purchasing any fabric for this quilt, 
with the exception of stripes - I have given myself permission to purchase 1/8 yard cuts of any stripes I deem suitable.

When I cut fabric for my red & white quilt, 
I went ahead and cut a 2 1/2" strip (which is perfect for cutting my fabric diamonds with a 3/8" seam allowance)
of most of the white fabrics 
and set some aside for fussy cutting.
I'm a little concerned that I'm going to end up heavy on the reds, so I'll have to watch that.

My only other criteria for the quilt is no purples,
although I may change that,
seeing as I do have some purple scraps...
I'm hoping it doesn't end up looking like a rainbow threw up.

If I can find the perfect thread, I do believe this could be my most enjoyable project ever,
so long as I continue to remind myself
that it is a long term project.


Swim suits for the girls, Lily especially, have moved to the very top of the project list,
though these won't take long at all.

(If you want to see other suits I've made, just go here, here,  and here.


I've also got a couple of little gifts in the works, which I can't show ;-)


I reorganized my fabric cabinet recently and was reminded of all the great clothes I've bought 
to remake into something even greater :-)
so I have decided to dedicate any Friday sewing that I am able to squeeze in, to refashioning.


I guess that's really not so many projects after all.
I suppose it feels like I have more in the works, because there are more rolling around in my head.
I'm mulling over fabric choices.
Do I want to buy an entire line of fabric that grabs me?
Or should I use scraps?
Scraps seem to be a fitting choice, being a farmer's wife and all, but I'm just not sure.
And quilt honestly, I'm a little intimidated at the thought of all those little pieces.
I'm hoping that my HST quilt will hone my piecing skills....

I ordered belts the other day for my vacuum.
They were an add-on item, so I just went through my Amazon wish list and found the item that would bring my total closest to $25,
which ended up being the One Block Wonder book.
Those quilts have just fascinated me since I saw one of Bruce Seed's on pinterest a year or so ago.
Now that I have read the book,
I can't wait to give it a whirl.
So, while I am not technically working on it at this point, it is occupying a great deal of my minimal brain space.
And I have been searching for suitable fabric....

So. That's what's in the works in the sewing department around here.

linking up with Lee's Work in Progress Wednesdays


  1. I also have a LONG term EPP project and I am constantly reminding myself that I cannot work on it if I'm looking for a sewing project over the weekend... Unless I'm out of town! :) Also, some of your reds are looking gorgeous! I like the one in the first picture, but the one in the fourth photo is INCREDIBLE!!

  2. Wow, I hope you enjoy your long term project. They are looking great.

  3. Your red and white fabrics for the EPP are fabulous. Have you considered a red and white quilt? Also, your photos are very nice.

  4. Your stars are looking great! Wonderful to have the papers cut for you and all accurately too. It seems that you have made a brilliant start on the stitching - very neat. Looking forward to seeing it progress as time moves on.

  5. your quilting projects in the works and in your head sound like all my jewelry projects!! and I know everyone of them will be Fabulous!! Love you bunches!!


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