Work-in-Progress Girl


Sunshine (on a cloudy day)

So last year I decided not to participate in so many swaps, and so I didn’t, but then I missed doing it. It’s fun doing swaps… you get to try things you might never otherwise try and you have the benefit of quick finishes so you’re not adding another WIP to the pile (which, of course, is my usual MO). So when I ran across a quilted postcard swap on Instagram, I had to join!

This swap was run by Patty of Elm Street Quilts and had some fun and easy requirements. All we did was give a prompt word and then we made our cards based on the prompt that our recipient requested… however we wanted to interpret that prompt.

Postcard I made and sent away

With this project I decided to try out trapunto and doubled up my batting under the round bits. It doesn’t show so well in any of the photos I took, but there is a huge amount of puff. I had planned originally to use a different shade of yellow in each of six squares, but got distracted by the idea of improv piecing and so landed on this look instead. To be honest, I’m not sure if I like it as much as I’d hoped I would, but I don’t dislike it either. It just sort of makes me go, hmm.

Postcard I made and sent away

So, can you guess what prompt I received?

Well… it was ‘Summer’ but I immediately thought of sun and sunshine..

Postcard I made and sent away

It’s just been nothing but snow, snow, and more snow this year. I’m desperate for some summer sun.

Funny thing… my prompt word was ‘Glow’ and I was sent some summer sun by Mommaneen on Instagram:



Also, there will be a postcard parade at Patty’s blog, Elm Street Quilts, on April 7, so do go check it out! I really should have held this post until then!



Modern Scrappy Bits Swap – Received!

I was really hoping to write this entry on Monday, but I borrowed the first season of Mad Men from the library and had just 7 days to finish the whole season, and I’d wasted the first 2 days because I picked it up while I was working nights and I never watch tv then. (Makes me tired when I should be awake or awake when I should be tired. Does me no good, anyway.) So I had to pack thirteen episodes into five days, whilst also working full-time and trying to feel less ill (I’ve got some sort of lung unpleasantness). So anyway… belated entry.

The Modern Scrappy Bits swap is a Flickr swap where we each were given a name and then would send a fat quarter’s worth of fabric, something small and handmade, a postcard, and some other small something to our recipient. The stuff I made and sent is off in the mail and will probably arrive next week, but the package coming to me arrived on September 7 from Cathy of Blueberry Patch!

Modern Scrappy Bits swap pkg received

When Cathy posted pictures of her swap package on Flickr and on her blog, I’d hoped to myself that I’d win it, because I really love the little needle-book she made! Like everyone, I really love the Mendocino fabric line, it’s just so pretty, who couldn’t love it? And then I really needed a needle-book and at that point, I didn’t have one. Well, now I have two!

Mendocino Needle--book

Cathy decorated some of the pages with pretty little Mendocino scraps (I never throw them out either, even when they’re small like this, or are just lopped off heads and that sort of thing) and some buttons. It’s so sweet, I just can’t even say! And it’s a great size. The one I made for myself is fairly big, but this one is small enough I can easily carry it around with a project if I’m taking needlework to work or during a long car trip.

I thought for sure I had a better picture of the fabric, but I guess I don’t! If it weren’t already filtered into my various groups of fabric scraps I’d take a new photo! In any case, Cathy sent me a very nice selection of greens and blues and pinks with green or pinks with oranges. I think I had some of only one or two of the fabrics she included, so they’re REALLY great additions to my scrap pile. They’ll definitely fill in some spaces. I’ve been playing around with the idea of doing a string quilt to bust through some of my scrap stash or maybe a Mod Mosaic, and every one of these scraps will find a use somewhere. You’ll have to scroll up to see it, but my favourite piece is the blue one (just beside the needle-book) with the white/green tree on it. I’ve never seen that fabric before and it’s so lovely!

Pretty Threads and Pretty Fabric

Cathy included these pretty threads, which might get broken in to stitch up Cate Anevski’s Little Lemon Slice stitch. Although the pinkish-red makes me want to turn her into a watermelon slice, so I’ll have to think about it a bit. I think the white one is perle cotton, but I’m not totally sure (the print is in German, I think, on the paper, but I’ve been told that baumwolle is cotton).

Haida artwork postcard

And last but not least is this is the postcard from the package – it’s Haida artwork of hummingbirds and so so lovely.

I really enjoyed opening the package, which had everything wrapped in red tissue paper tied up with string and it was just fantastic. Thanks so much Cathy!