A long time ago I started a mini spider web quilt (I blogged about it before). My goal was to practice piecing this type of block, but also to try some hand quilting on it. The piecing was finished a long time ago, but the hand quilting didn't go so fast. I got myself some waxed DMC quilting thread from the 'quaintly' named shop Het Plastichuis (The House of Plastic) here in town. They have all kinds of foam padding they cut to size, big flaky bags of cushion filling, plastic table cloth on rolls, ànd a corner dedicated to embroidery and knitting. Somehow I don't think this corner is the first love of the shop owner... I found the waxed quilting thread in a dusty basket on top of some shelves with other types of thread spools. I got yellow and white thread, and started quilting. I don't remember why I stopped right in the middle of the project; I had done a large part of the spiderwebs in yellow and one of the circular motives with white thread on the white fabric, and I just left it lying around for months. I think I felt a little insecure about how it all looked? Anyway, when I picked up the project again a couple of weeks ago, I could not find my spool of white thread!! After searching my studio, asking all my family members if they took it, searching my studio again, I went back to the lovely Plastichuis. I walked into the store and straight to the dusty basket, but....Oh no! No white was left, only some very ugly colors, that looked even uglier with all the dust on them. I asked the shop owner if he had some white waxed thread in another place, and I got a whole story about how he was never going to order that kind of thread again because it would be clogging up his shop and that he couldn't be expected to have everything in store(?!). Okay.... I left and thought about other possibilities I had for getting that kind of thread. On line or maybe another place in town? Luckily a couple of days later I tried the only (other) shop that carries thread and sewing necessities, and they had what I was looking for. Sorry, other possible customers of Mol en de Groot, I bought all the white thread they had!! And I finished the hand quilting soon after.
After that, finishing the mini quilt was easy. I love making and attaching binding. It's such a rewarding part of the process!
I've been making more mini quilts, even more mini that the one above: mug rugs. They are coasters that have space for a mug ànd a snack! Here are the ones I made for my parents for christmas.
And here is the one I made for my secret partner in the Scrappy Mug Rug Swap on Flickr! There is a little story behind this mug rug here on Flickr.
Here are a few photos of what I've been working on. Unfinished, but in progress...
I have four pickle dishes finished for my mini quilt following the Pickle Dish Quilt Along (very scary, sewing those curves, but it worked out!)
Trying different layouts and ideas for my Sew Buzzy quilt, and fantasizing about the village that I can make from all the blocks I received from my fellow bee members.
Testing the walking foot I bought with my new sewing machine (it worked wonderfully, I'm starting to get more and more courage to do some major quilting...)
And major quilting will be in order soon! I've also been working on the quilt from the blocks I received from Bee Europa. I'm actually a bit further in the process than the photos here suggest: both the quilt top and the backing have been pieced and the batting has been cut to size, so the only step remaining before quilting is basting the quilt sandwich together with pins. I hope I'll have enough courage soon...