This project will be a Slow Stitching project over the next few weeks. Today, I’ll show the overall plan, and will update as I get farther along. Someone asked me recently how many projects I have going on at any one time, and the answer is usually two or three. I’ll have something next to my chair to fiddle with while watching TV, a quilt on the longarm to quilt, and a project on the sewing table. Right now, I have two at the sewing table, as I am still making units for Scrap Dance Tango, and I am starting another charity quilt. I have a lovely stained glass quilt on the longarm, and two more charity quilts in the queue. This project has made it up to the hand work stage. I started with these lovely fabrics.
I like the purple and green. This will go in the sewing room when I am done. Isn’t this a cute sewing print?
Then I brought out some lace doilies and pieces.
Rummaging through the button boxes….
I pulled out purple, green, white, and yellow buttons. I had some pearls, large beads and flowers I could use too.
Then I dug into the silk ribbon box…
and found some appropriate colors there too.
Next, the seed bead stash.
The finished art piece will be mounted in a giant quilting frame. After sewing the three pieces of fabric together, I marked the outline of the hoop to define the art space.
I loaded it onto the longarm, and auditioned various colors of thread.
Then, it was quilted with a pansy pantograph.
Ultimately, I just quilted the whole piece instead of just the part inside my chalked outline.
I decided on these three doilies, can you believe I have a purple one?
I pinned them down, and began the hand stitching to secure all three in place.
The first two are done, and I have the third one to go.
Next up will be to start placing buttons, beads, and silk ribbon embroidery. I am going to let this evolve as it will, no real plan right now. Linking up with Slow Stitching Sunday last fall was very motivating to get the ornaments done. I plan to do it again, in the hope this will be the same, making progress of some kind each week. See the next post for the continuation of the project HERE.
Do you work on intricate projects over time?