Monday, February 20, 2012

It's all in progress

Partner, how about some tiny tippecanoes

This picture gives you a bit of scale for the paper pieced Tippecanoe blocks I made for the front inset on the zipper pouch I am making for the Mouthy Stitches swap. The pattern is from Quilter's Cache here and I reduced it to 20%.

Zipper Pouch front

Here is where I am at so far. I have ripped a lot of things off of that little paper pieced middle and finally have settled on black quilter's linen (which is a screen printed cotton that looks a bit like linen). I am not at all sure my partner will like black so I may be back to the drawing board this week. But nothing else I had on had worked - instead of showcasing the tiny piecing, it just washed it out.

Cross your fingers for me that my partner likes it.

quilting

These are some close up shots of the quilting on the sewing machine cover I am making for my partner in the Love of Solids Swap. Those are greenish-olive blocks on Kona Espresso and it is really hard to get the colours correct. The thread is a variegated lime green.

quilting

These aqua bits are also hard to photograph. I used a variegated blue thread for this part.

quilting

More green bits. I love this tiny bit of stitching.

quilting

And some more aqua bits. Despite how much I love the piecing, I truly do love the quilting part of quilting, I need to do it more often.

FTLOS - So far, the next part makes it three dimensional

And then I heavily quilted the brown part in a variegated brown thread. This picture has the best colours so far, but still they are not completely right. Next I have to measure about 10 times and then cut, fold and stitch it. I am going to box the corners, line it, and have a nice cover with very few seams.

Prototype - sewing machine cover - FLOS

This is a prototype I made. I am now worried about having enough ease so the cover can go on and of the machine. If there is enough, I am going to stitch the edges like this prototype to give the cover a nice definition.

In other news, my youngest, who broke his upper arm last week, is healing and learning how hard it is to get about each day with only one arm. I hope this experience will develop a life long bit of empathy in him for those less able than him, as he will fully recover. In the meantime, we are all a bit tired out by the frustration and pain and lack of sleep - you know that no one understands you when you are 14 -  but we are getting through it.

There are more things in the works in my sewing room which I will tell you about next time but now I want to get back to sewing while the opportunity is here. Today is Family Day and a day off in Alberta.

Tuesday: Edited to add: I am going to link this to Heather and Megan at Fabric Tuesday, it looks like there are several lovely projects there already.


Fresh Poppy Design

And since this post is all about progress, I am linking it today (Wednesday) to WIP Wednesday with Lee at Freshly Pieced.  Also, with the Needle and Thread Network. I hope to find some time to browse through all the excellent projects this weekend.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced                  

Best,

Leanne

41 comments:

Sarah said...

Leanne - I love what you can do with solids, girl! AMAZING!!!! The black linen is perfect fro offsetting those canoes - if your partner doesn't like it send it here!

Enjoy Family Day - do tell us what that is, we don't have a family day here in UK.

Toni said...

Leanne, your projects are looking amazing! Really hoping i am your partner in one of the swaps. I think the black linen was an excellent choice around those Tippecanoe blocks. Lovely!

Marg said...

I love the black frame on the tip canoes. It really does frame it so well. Gosh that's beautiful. I really really need to get my head around paper piecing so that I can try something like that eventually. If your partner doesn't like it I'll definitely take it off your hands!
I wish I was your partner in the solids swap too. The design and quilting is absolutely stunning.

felicity said...

Oh my goodness; I am LOVING your solids project! Actually, I'm loving everything here.

strandkorbtraum said...

I wouldn't worry .. there is nothing not to like about the pouch and the machine cover. The way you do the quilting it sure looks great, I'm still in doubt whether I would manage to make quiiting look good though.

Sarah said...

Love your work! Those teeeny blocks are gorgeous too :-)

Debbie said...

Your projects are just so amazing, Leanne.....I am in awe of your teeny-weeny piecing, and your lovely quilting as well. So glad to hear son is doing ok & you are all surviving ... Today is Presidents Day in the U.S. - I am lucky to have off while the rest of the fam is working, so am granddaughter-sitting. She just went down for a nap so I better run get some sewing in too! ;-)

Patchwork and Play said...

I love the quilting part of the process too and should do more of it!!Your machine cover is looking great! I love the black around the aqua and white paper pieced Tippecanoe! Keep it!

WandaFish said...

Beautiful work, as always, Leanne! I'm sure your swap partners will be delighted :)
Wishing your son a speedy recovery!

Sheila said...

Loving the curves that appear on the tippecanoe blocks, I am happy with black also if you would like to send it here!
Your quilting on the machine cover is super.

Katy Cameron said...

Ooh, love your teeny tiny blocks for your pouch, and your FTLOS is coming along nicely :o)

Fiona @ Poppy Makes said...

I LOVE those Tippecanoe blocks! I'm going to have to make some, maybe not a teeny as your though ;)

Krista said...

those itty tippecanoe blocks are rockin my socks off. neat sewing machine cover too. hope your boy heals fast and stops breaking bones!

Laura @ Needles, Pins and Baking Tins said...

LOVE the teeny tiny blocks!

elle said...

I luv the shades of aqua. Black works for me! Your MQing is wonderful.

Flying Blind... said...

I just tackled Katy's Courthouse Steps, so yo blow me away with your
teenies!

The sewing machine cover is absolutely stunning too, as is the prototype.

Enjoy your day x

Svetlana said...

Oh, my!!!! What fantastic projects you're working on. I especially LOVE all that quilting for the machine cover. What an awesome idea. Absolutely splendid. Now I'm sorry I'm not in the swap so I have no chance of getting this beauty.

Claire Jain said...

Oooh, those Tippecanoe blocks are nice. Even my husband commented that they looked cool as he walked by the computer :-)

Michelle said...

The Tippecanoe block is fantastic! Of course it doesn't hurt that you're working in one of my favorite color schemes too.

Tamie said...

If your partner doesn't love your mini, I want you to know that I do.

diane said...

I really like your solids project. The quilting is amazing. It's perfect.

MariQuilts said...

Wow, everything looks so amazing. I can't believe how much you get acomplished. Glad to hear your son is on the mend.

Judith, Belfast said...

Wow L, you are the Solids Queen. You put colours and tones together so well. That will be a beautiful s.machine cover. And I love what you're doing with the pouch. The black really works. Glad I'm not the only parent accused of not understanding their teen!! Jxo

Manda said...

Wow the tiny paper piecing looks amazing! I really like the black like you said it frames it nicely! And your quilting looks fab too :)

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

The cover looks incredible - I LOVE that stitching - I've never really liked variegated thread but I can see how cool it actually looks!
The pouch blocks are amazing and I personally love it with the black :)

Terri said...

It's all beautiful! I think the black is a perfect frame for the tiny paper piecing.

Dee said...

Love everything in this post...the Storm At Sea block, the quilting and the machine cover...Hope your partner likes her pouch and that sewing machine likes its cover!

Cindy said...

the quilting is gorgeous!

Patti said...

Now that is some serious tiny piecing Leanne! I think the black looks fabulous with it. Love the colours and the great quilting on the machine cover as well. I really should try some variegated thread-love how it looks!

Catherine said...

the pouch looks amazing with the black and i am wondering if I would be lucky enough to have you making something for me again .... can always hope!

Kirsten N said...

The Tippecanoe block is so lovely and your solids sewing machine cover looks wonderful too!

Susan said...

Oh Leanne - your work is amazing! All I can say is...It's so tiny! The stitching on the sewing machine cover is wonderful and I love your prototype. :) Good luck with the 14 year old - what a challenging break, especially at that age. Happy Family Day to you. :)

Elizabeth Dackson said...

Well, if your Mouthy Stitches partner is crazy enough to not like your pouch, you can always send it to me :) It's gorgeous!!!!!! Wow! Love it :) And your solids project is just stunning as well. You're just rocking the solids these days, wow!

Jessica said...

Wow! Great work!! I think the pouch is just awesome with the black, your right, it really makes the piecing stand out! And the quilting on your FTLOS projects are awesome! great work :-)

susan said...

Good luck with those boxed corners! I would just love those solids as they are, hanging on my wall. Your pouch piecing is perfect too. I aspire to make things like you do.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Wow Leanne....your pieces are gorgeous!! I love the teal and the bright greens....great job girl!! The quilting is just fantastic

Jess said...

Gorgeous projects!

Mary Ann said...

I love all of your projects.

Mary Ann visiting from Needle & Thread

Dresden Quilter said...

Your projects are amazing. I hope your son will be feeling better.

Leslie said...

that first block is so pretty. it looks great against the black. i love the machine cover. great idea

Letterpress said...

Beautiful, Leanne. I'm such a fan of the ocean colors--and you've got them all so beautifully pieced together in this opening picture (it's sooo teeensy!). Loved the rest of the post, too--I loved what you wrote about finding time to browse. I need that sometimes as much as sewing time--the trick is to keep a delicate balance!

Elizabeth E.
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