Wednesday WIP

Life is rolling along and I am just going with the flow. Before leaving town I was able to get in the sewing room and quilt Fanny the Fancy Flamingo. I bought stretcher bars, only, now I am undecided on them. The length is shorter than I like to staple to the bars. And, they are contoured, not smooth? What’s up with that? I am toying with binding it and calling it done. I can sleeve it or use it with my quilt bars or clip hangers. I just need to get back home so I can finish it!

I was thinking canvas style due to the stiffness created from the Pattern Ease, layers of collage, and then batting and backing added to all of it. I am afraid of it wanting to curl instead of hang straight.

Here are some shots of the stages we went through, Fanny and I. Good times!

Auditioning bathing caps, fluffing out those feathers, her “back” side,
and finally her “backdrop”

Something I didn’t do after getting the background fabrics done is to add more collage pieces to the background. A lot of the Laura Heine collages have flowers all over them, but I am more of a “less is more” kind of person, so I am good.

The quilting was simple, I started with 1″ vertical lines, then added horizontal quilting. Debi says Laura suggests 1/2″ grids, so I went back and filled in the spaces vertically and then horizontally. Now I wish I had been more random and just varied the widths. Mostly because of wanting to catch the edges of the background pieces. I wish I had done 1/8″ stitching along all the edges and extended them across the piece. And then gone back and filled in the gaps. Food for thought for next time?


My favorite background piece, the quilted front and back

Will there be a next time? I think so, only a different image. I am thinking of using a photo of my sister’s youngest pup, an adorable Cockapoo, even if he uses my house as a bathroom! Grr. Or, a pin cushion using this free pattern. The possibilities are endless!

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27 thoughts on “Wednesday WIP

  1. Karen Goad August 14, 2019 / 7:06 am

    great progress on the flamingo!

    • chrisknits August 14, 2019 / 9:46 am

      Thanks! It was a fun project.

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  2. claire93 August 14, 2019 / 7:15 am

    fabulous!
    and wanted to let you know the pouch arrived safely – thank you so much, it’s absolutely gorgeous and is the perfect pouch for amigurumi body parts ^^
    I feel a buit guilty as how much it cost you to post all this way though!
    I’m all motivated to start a new crochet project now lol.

  3. Jayne August 14, 2019 / 9:18 am

    How adorable! Gotta say the shower cap was a great idea!!!

    • chrisknits August 14, 2019 / 9:46 am

      I couldn’t believe it when it hit me how the print looked like a bathing cap! 🤣🤣

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  4. rl2b2017 August 14, 2019 / 9:43 am

    Hi Chris! Fanny turned out great – I like your choice of quilting. It gives the piece a lot of texture but doesn’t overpower Fanny at all. And cool fabric choices – love your layout. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • chrisknits August 14, 2019 / 9:47 am

      Thanks. I definitely had fun with it!

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  5. Angela August 14, 2019 / 9:50 am

    Your flamingo looks great!

    • chrisknits August 14, 2019 / 2:44 pm

      Thank you, I just love her! > >

  6. purlbaby August 14, 2019 / 12:58 pm

    Fanny is fabulous!

    • chrisknits August 14, 2019 / 2:43 pm

      She is, but she also knows it! LOL > >

  7. Rebecca Grace August 14, 2019 / 1:41 pm

    Your flamingo is gorgeous! I don’t understand what the “stretcher boards” are for, though. Was that for the basting method where you roll the quilt layers on boards and then unroll as you’re pinning, or something that secures the layers during quilting, or some kind of display system?

    • chrisknits August 14, 2019 / 2:42 pm

      Stretcher bars are what canvases are made with. You “stretch” the fabric around the bars and secure on the back. Totally a display thing. > >

  8. delightedhands August 15, 2019 / 9:43 am

    She is perfect!!!! I like less rather than more, too, so I think you made a good decision to let her be the focal point! Of course there will be more-this is too cute!

    • chrisknits August 15, 2019 / 10:39 am

      Thanks! I am so glad I took the class, just to learn all the tricks!

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  9. Kate August 16, 2019 / 6:48 am

    Fanny turned out beautifully! Such a bright and fun project. Do you have a place picked out to hang her?

    • chrisknits August 16, 2019 / 8:27 am

      Thank you! Yes, she is going to our condo in Florida, just not sure where she will hang out. > >

  10. Susan August 18, 2019 / 4:37 pm

    Fanny looks fantastic just the way she is – well done!

    • chrisknits August 18, 2019 / 5:02 pm

      Thank you! She is such a fine flamingo!

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  11. inquiringquilter August 20, 2019 / 8:26 am

    Not sure how to finish her but Fanny is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

    • chrisknits August 20, 2019 / 8:51 am

      Thanks! I ended up putting her on stretcher bars!

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