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.
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.