Works in Progress

A few works-in-progress. This pile of fabric came from a fun fabric swap with Trish.  I’m putting together a Christmas quilt. Don’t ask me what I’m doing, I really don’t know myself.  I’m kind of making it up as I go along.  I had one thing in mind and I tried it and didn’t like it, so I hacked some more up and I’m trying something else.  I like how I can now refer to my quilting mistakes as  “improv quilting” and sound so much more creative and cool all at the same time.  I will share the final results win or loose.

 I’ve been trying to find more embroidery hoops for a wall collage in my daughter’s room for a while now. I’ve had an especially hard time finding small ones. This week I hit the jackpot at the thrift store. Yay! I found 7 small and 6 medium and got them all for about $8. YES!

After the last post, a few people asked me how I find my good thrift finds.  Here it is: sheer luck. I have no great tips or secrets.  I don’t have a ton of time to scour every thrift store and I don’t want to accumulate a lot of stuff I don’t need, so I’m pretty selective.  In fact I have just one that I hit on occasion.  Maybe it helps that I generally just stick with the one because I know exactly where to go in that store and I can do a pretty quick walk through of my hot spots.  And it’s totally hit or miss. Sometimes I find something fantastic, most of the time not.  The last time I went I spent about 10 minutes because I had kids with me and we were only supposed to be looking for Halloween costumes and embroidery hoops. No luck that day. I just happened to take a detour past the pyrex and spotted the green bowl. Total luck. That’s all.

This last time I went I was dropping off 4 giant bags worth of cleaned-out-closets (LOVE that feeling).  I ran in to check for hoops and got lucky.  But didn’t come home with much else.  Just totally hit or miss. Luckily for me, it was a hit that day.

Here are some of the fabrics I’m using.  Once again, I will post a finished picture as soon as I finish. I’m hoping to work on this project today.

And finally, a little pile of inspiration. I recently ordered a bunch of random fabrics from Fresh Squeezed Fabrics. Some Ruby, Sandi Henderson’s Secret Garden, a Strawberry Fields print that I love, a little Joel Dewberry, . . and when they arrived I was so smitten with how they looked all together.  I feel another project coming on.
Hope Saturday is (was?) good where you are. It’s a rainy, blustery day here. Perfect for staying inside and working on projects and not feeling guilty because I should be outside doing yard work.
Also thanks for the very nice comments on the last post. There were some I could not respond to personally because they didn’t have email addresses attached, but I was very touched by all of them. Thank you, thank you.

And I’m linking up to WIP Wednesday!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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    November 12, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I love that you find stuff at the thrift store! I'm pretty sure I go to the same one and I actually found two dresses for my girls last time! I was shocked. I think I'm too impatient for thrifting. Alas.

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    November 12, 2011 at 11:38 am

    "Improv quilting." Love it!

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    Krista Hansen
    November 12, 2011 at 11:49 am

    "Improv quilting." I love it!

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    November 12, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    &quot;Improv quilting&quot; sounds perfect! I think I do a lot of that too 🙂 <br />It&#39;s windy, snowy, and very cold here in Idaho. But perfect day for holiday projects.

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    November 12, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    That bottom pile of fabrics is just divine – so fresh and soft. I wish I could cleverly group fabrics together like that.

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    Mary on Lake Pulaski
    November 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    You&#39;ve got lots going on over there Amy!

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    November 12, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Love your hoop collage ,wonderful.

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    Ric Rac and Polka Dots
    November 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Amy,<br />I just love your attitude about improv quilting. Maybe that&#39;s how all great ideas come about, who knows? <br />Love your fresh ideas and fun stories. Thanks so much for sharing and giving me a little boost today!<br />Julie

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    November 12, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I pass a thrift store many times a week taking Jammer to and from school. I think this week I&#39;ll have to stop in to see what sorts of things they have. Thanks for the idea.

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    November 12, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I just got some Ruby also!!! we both are lucky girls! loving your embroidery wall hanging design…I had three in my craft room but I am gonna move them into my laundry room (saw a cute idea on Pinterest or another blog)<br />beautiful day here in AZ, about 76 perfect degrees 🙂

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    November 12, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    That embroidery hoop decoration looks adorable! Can&#39;t wait to see a finished picture. 🙂

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    Katy Cameron
    November 13, 2011 at 4:01 am

    Gotta love the whole improv technique, nothing is ever wrong :oD<br /><br />Yay on the great thrift store finds, I never have time to go scouring charity shops here, as there aren&#39;t any anywhere near me, so I just have to admire other people&#39;s finds!<br /><br />Loving the new fabric pile too, looking forward to seeing what it turns into :o)

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    ~ The Jolly Bee ~
    November 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Thrifting is definitely hit or miss. I went to an antique store (expecting lofty prices) and walked away with a Pyrex dish for 25 cents! Happiness! You are going to have such fun with those hoops. Enjoy playing with your new fabrics.

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    Lucy @ Charm About You
    November 13, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I adore all those fabrics! Great choices. I never have any luck in second hand shops but then maybe I need to go in them a bit more!!

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    November 13, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    What lovely colors in the whole post. That is going to be a fun quilt out of the new ones.

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    November 14, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Such beautiful fabrics! I love what you&#39;re doing with the hoops — can&#39;t wait to see them finished!

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    November 14, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Love the Countdown to Christmas fabric! I&#39;ve made a couple of quilts with it. Your wall collage is going to be so awesome! Great fabrics. Can&#39;t wait to see more of both projects!

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    November 14, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    love those hoops. sarah jane is so pretty!

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    Claire Jain
    November 15, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Super cute fabrics!

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    Issabella The Cat
    November 16, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I love the hoop idea for freshening up a rooms decor, may have to copy cat you for madams bedroom!

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    Kelly Irene
    November 16, 2011 at 11:48 am

    my last project turned from a thoroughly planned mini quilt to an &quot;improv&quot; mini quilt as well! Like thrift shopping, I&#39;m totally hit or miss or improv (I&#39;ve tossed a few blocks because of that)! I really like the stack you got from Fresh Squeezed fabrics and am looking forward to seeing what you do with those!

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    November 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Sew in love with all the colors and prints. Makes me sigh!

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    Lee Ann
    November 18, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Awesome thrift store find! 🙂

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