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Making Progress On Forest Friends and Other Projects

My Forest Friends quilt has been hand basted and is ready to quilt.

Forest Friends quilt is hand basted and ready to quilt.

I’ll start by hand quilting around the squirrel, owl and raccoon in the same way that I did around the plum pudding and calendar on my Christmas Mouse Wall Hanging before I move on to doing the machine quilting.

I’m also working on two embroidery projects.

A few weeks ago, I found a bunch more fun vintage Workbasket embroidery transfers on etsy and ebay. Dave has been busy tracing and then scanning them all into the computer.

They still have to be resized before I can start sharing them with you but I’ll give you just a peek of one that I’m working on for a planned future stitch along.

Secret Redwork Embroidery Project

The second embroidery project is my Under the Sea crazy quilt block.

Under the Sea Crazy quilt block in progress

This is what one could call a very slow work in progress. The silver and blue coral took me several hours to stitch.  As did the Fire Coral on the left.

That tiny yellow seahorse finished at just 1/2″ tall. I reduced the seahorse pattern generously provided by Renee over at Living My Dream.

Renee has posted a whole series explaining how she is planning and then embellishing the Under the Sea blocks she receives in the round robin she is in. If you’re at all interested in crazy quilting or just love learning about someone’s creative process, be sure to check out those posts.

The sea turtle that is being worked on now came from a sketch I found online. Both the seahorse and the turtle were printed on to Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy.(<affiliate link)The backing peels off and then you can adhere it to your project.  Once you’re finished the Fabri-Solvy dissolves in water.

And finally I’m working on another dishcloth.  This time in a lovely shade of blue.

Knitted dishcloth in the process of being knit.

This has become my take along project in the car or whenever I’m sitting waiting for long periods of time.  My new yarn bowl is getting lots of use!

What projects are you working on this week?

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  • Nicky
    June 16, 2015 2:04 am

    Wow what a nature inspired time you are having! The undersea embellishments to your scrappy square are beautiful! And your forest critters are fun. Thanks for linking up to #scraptastictuesday

  • Deanna
    June 15, 2015 11:36 am

    Love the yarn bowl…and the under the sea is gorgeous! Are you beading those coral pieces? The little critters on the quilt are great, are they appliqued or paper pieced? Just great work!

  • Angie
    June 12, 2015 10:34 am

    Stunning! Well done 🙂

  • Celtic Thistle Stitches
    June 11, 2015 1:05 pm

    Forest Friends is looking great Sue! Your yarn bowl is just perfect for the job too 🙂

  • Laurel
    June 11, 2015 8:07 am

    You have lots on the go, Super Mom! Please continue to share what you are working on, especially your embroidered crazy quilt. Thanks!

  • Jo ButterZ
    June 11, 2015 6:03 am

    Love the yarn bowl. That’s a great idea

  • Rachel
    June 10, 2015 4:09 pm

    Good progress, indeed. The soluble fabric/transfer is a very useful material. I’ve only used it a couple of times, but for certain applications, it’s more useful than anything else!

  • Dresden Quilter
    June 10, 2015 4:49 pm

    Your projects are amazing. I love the Forest Friends quilt. I have never seen a yarn bowl before. It looks so handy.

  • Mary Anne
    June 10, 2015 3:42 pm

    Definitely have wooden yarn bowl envy here!! I’m working on the bindings on The Quilt-zzzz and am nearly finished my Asian themed hussif.

  • Lori Smanski
    June 10, 2015 4:03 pm

    your quilt is gorgeous. thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  • Angela Grasse
    June 10, 2015 2:24 pm

    You have been busy! Nice work!

  • Sheryl
    June 10, 2015 2:20 pm

    Beautiful stitching on the under the sea block.

  • Christine B.
    June 10, 2015 12:46 pm

    Hello Sue! Lots of lovely projects you are working on! I really love your quilt and I am looking forward to seeing the quilting you do! Very pretty crazy quilt block too and I love the colour of your wool! Have a great week! 🙂 x

  • Catherine
    June 10, 2015 12:39 pm

    What a fantastic selection of projects to share with us. The forest friends quilt is really cute but best of all is the Under the sea crazy block. Is the silver and blue coral worked in bullion stitches? It is difficult to see in the photo. I’ve just started working a Dropcloth sampler- nothing like as complicated as yours but I am enjoying practicing the stitches. I’m going to investigate the Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy (what a name!)

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