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Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Featured, Works in Progress | 38 comments

WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday

I’ve been making progress on my two mini-projects!


My alien flora design is all quilted. I just need to figure out what to do for the binding. Anyone have suggestions? I originally thought I’d do a teal or green, but the complementary colors ended up bringing too much attention to the binding (and hurting my eyes a little bit).

Now I’m considering maybe something dark so it looks like a frame? I hope to have this finished by the weekend so I can demo it at a local maker event.


My Sew Sew Modern 5 project is also making progress! All the letters are done, now I just need to turn it into a mini-quilt. This is the last I can post on this until my partner receives it. The saying would likely give away who it was meant for.

I think after these are finished I’m going to focus on getting some of my quilt tops turned into quilts. The growing stack of flimsies is starting to concern me.

Linking up to WIP Wednesday with Lee @ Freshly Pieced.


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  1. wow your flower quilting is so stunning, I know its just lines, but I love that they dont go all in the same direction, and beautfiul design

    cant wait till you reveal all those letters, so beautiful fabrics

    • Thank you so much, Cornelia! I really need to figure out the binding issue today so I can finally finish this mini! One would think a mini wouldn’t take nearly this long. lol

  2. Your alien flora is stunning. I wonder about binding with the background pink… :)

    • Thank you Janine! I still haven’t decided the binding, but binding with the same color is looking like it might win. :)

  3. Oh my – love all I see – hope you have me as your Partner :)

    • πŸ˜€ I’m loving everything the group is producing, I’m pretty sure we can’t go wrong in there!

  4. Dark frame sound good or some galaxy print :-) Love the quilting!

    • A galaxy print would be awesome! Sadly I don’t have one. At this point I’m considering doing some combination of dark and same because I can’t decide. lol

  5. I am thinking a light birch color binding, like the color of your hangers. That is seriously beautiful quilting!!


    • Thank you! I hadn’t considered a birch color! I’ll play with it and see what I think. πŸ˜€

  6. I like the dark colour idea and would probably go with a navy solid or an oakshott navy.

    • Mmmmmm navy. lol I wish I had some oakshott navy. Although if I did I’d probably hoard it and never cut into it anyway so maybe it’s fine that I don’t. lol Thanks for the suggestion, I will play with navy and see what I think! πŸ˜€

  7. Love this. Such a striking design. I put my vote in for binding with the backing fabric as well, only because I feel it will keep the attention focused on your central design and that gorgeous texture your quilting creates.

    • Thanks Kirsty! I’m really torn at this point and think I should probably just pick something and go with it so I can call this done! ^_^ Sticking with the same color does make a lot of sense!

    • I figured! ^_^ The backing fabric would not be a good choice. πŸ˜‰ (I grabbed something I had enough of that doesn’t really go particularly well!)

  8. Part of me says your Alien Flora doesn’t need anything else at all, so maybe the binding could match (and blend in with) the backing. Not too exciting! The dark frame would be cool too!

    • It’s a pretty simple design so I do worry that the binding could easily overpower it. So maybe I am best off just doing the same color!

  9. Love the quilting you chose! Can’t wait for you to light this puppy up! What if you faced it instead of a binding?

    • Thanks Stacey! ^_^ I can’t wait to light it up, either. :) I hope it doesn’t ruin it somehow. lol I considered facing it, actually but I don’t really like the way the corners end up with a facing. Is that weird? Maybe I’m just bad at facing!

  10. Indigo or dark navy blue?

    • I will definitely give that a try! Thank you for the suggestion. πŸ˜€

  11. I’m adding my vote for using the background fabric for binding…or facing instead.

    • Thanks for the suggestion! πŸ˜€ I am starting to lean more towards using the same color as well, but I want to try one other thing first. :)

  12. I would go with a facing, and forget binding. It will end at the edge, and that is all. If this is a new concept, I think I can coach you through the process via email. Just ask.

    • I’ve done a facing before, and it is a neat look! Thank you for the offer to teach me, too. :) For some reason though, I really want mitered corners on this thing. :)

  13. I almost never say this but dark brown? It just looks like it would work.

    • I think you might be on to something here, actually. I wouldn’t have thought of that but now that you say it, it makes sense. I’ll give it a try. :)

  14. What about a tangerine orange? It goes really well with hot pink. And this is absolutely stunning! Love it!

    • Ooo tangerine orange could be pretty! I’ll give that a shot and see how it looks. πŸ˜€ Although the photos make the background look more pink than it really is. It’s a bit more maroon? It’s the art gallery solid spiceberry (and matched the maroon color in Nordika). Thank you so much for the suggestion! :)

  15. I like the something dark idea or maybe same colour as background so it seems edge edge?

    • Those are great suggestions, and I think that’s what I’ve narrowed it down to at this point. Now I just need to decide. LOL

  16. Black binding, or maybe b&w striped?

    • Black would be pretty! I tried a B&W stripe initially, but it felt a bit jarring with the light yellow in the design somehow.

  17. Love your flower…its so funny I was thinking straight line quailing but on an angle too!! It turned out great. I think either yellow, black or a med-to dark grey for the binding. What about Lotta jansdotter sylvia (black) Ruta line (this is that crosshatch print)??

    • I thought the straight lines made it seem more scientific and putting it at an angle with different directions made it feel more alien. :) I’m such a dork about these things. LOL Hrmmmm I’ll try out your suggestions, thank you! πŸ˜€

  18. I love the way you quilted this!! And I am with Stacey on this one…I think facing would be a really good way to not distract from the lights and stuff you are wanting to do. keep the focus in the center.

    • I’m not sure if I’m bad at facing or if it’s normal, but I always get slightly rounded corners when I face. And I think with this design I’d rather have sharp, mitered corners. But facing is something I’m going to keep in mind for future projects for sure!

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