Work In Progress Wednesday

One of the first things I did today was stop at Reproduction Fabrics, one of my favorite local quilt shops. I enjoy the fabric, but I also enjoy visiting with Margo.  Not only is she a delightful lady, she also teaches me so much about textile history. One of these times when I visit, I’ll remember to take some photos; I get so busy visiting with Margo that I forget!

The reason I stopped by Margo’s shop? I have decided to join the Quilts Madder Quilt Along by Humble Quilts. I have some madder fabric, but no shirtings, so a visit to see Margo was necessary (or at least a good excuse). I am almost three weeks behind on starting this QAL, so I need to get going. I am so excited to see how this turns out!

Here’s what I came home with.

Shirtings on the left, madders on the right.

Okay, let’s talk about my current work in progress. Remember that little table runner that needed something to balance all of the white space in the center? Here’s what I’m adding to counter some of that white space.


The wool leaves are traced from actual leaves. Rather than hunt for leaf shapes on the Internet, I went out and picked up a few in my yard. I gently ironed them flat, photocopied them, and then used the photocopies to trace the shapes to my fusible. Once I have stitched them all down and add a little stitch work on each leaf, I’ll show you some close up photos. I think the leaves fill in the space nicely, and quilting the white space doesn’t seem nearly so intimidating.

In the midst of this project, I need to clear out my quilt room before Friday. Seriously. I need to clear everything out, furniture and all. We are putting new flooring in our downstairs area, starting with my quilt room. It’s gonna be a busy rest of the week. I am determined to move my machine and sewing projects upstairs so I can continue to quilt while the new floor is going in. I’ll let you know how progress is coming along later this week.

Linking up today with Quilt Fabrication and Sew Fresh Quilts.



7 thoughts on “Work In Progress Wednesday”

  1. Your leaves look great! What a bright idea to trace real leaves. I’ve never heard of “madder” fabric. I’ll have to go look it up and see where that term comes from.

    1. Louise, madder is a type of dye that was used in the 1800’s. The color content of the dye varies with the soil and the weather. If you go to Margo’s site, and search by color under madder, you will see various prints.

  2. I was going to ask the same thing – about Madder fabric? Never had heard of it.
    Love the leaves and your process for making them. This will be such a pretty piece for your table.

  3. The leaves are a perfect addition, and you have a great variety.
    Feel your pain regarding moving everything out of the quilt room – did that a couple years ago, and was amazed at how much I had stashed in the nooks and crannies!
    Thanks so much for sharing your runner on Midweek Makers

    1. Thanks, Susan! At least I’ll be done with a deep clean on my quilt room, and the new floor will be great!

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