WIP Wednesday

Mini Quilt ProjectI spent last night working on trying to finish off the binding this little mini wall quilt project that I started over Christmas.

It’s a little bittersweet…

First of all, I just want to thank everyone who has shared with me their thoughts and kind words over the loss of our little basset girl, Hope – here on the blog, through email, and on social media. It’s been a hard week and the emotions seem to come in waves.

On Monday my husband and I contacted the rescue, Boston Terrier and Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba, who we were fostering her through. We never really got the chance to fully consider whether we would be foster failures (meaning, keep her) because she had always been on medical hold.

Truthfully though she’s been a part of our family from the very beginning but it feels right that when Hope comes home to her final resting place with us a little later this month, she will officially be part of our family as we signed her adoption papers Monday. We miss our little sweetheart.

This mini quilt was going to be a fundraiser for the rescue to use to help raise a little more money to offset her vet charges. It will still be used for that but it will be done in her memory. So it was a little hard to get back to working on this last night. I won’t lie… there were a few more tears shed.

I finished off the binding last night. I was originally going to go with a fabric that was a little more bold but then found this leaf white and grey pattern in my stash. I think it balances the appliqué in a way that doesn’t distract from it. When I share with you the final finished product (hopefully soon!), I’ll show you the back. It’s quite different and unexpected.

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I used Aurifil to hand stitch the binding.

I haven’t quite gotten into using my sewing machine for the entire binding process. Do you have a preference for how you do your binding?

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I purchased this Aurifil in Canada. It was a very happy find as I’ve found it’s not that readily available here. I ordered it online from Sew Sisters Quilt Shop out of Toronto. I was surprised that the shipping charges were very reasonable  and it arrived very quickly! (FYI – When I’m finished this quilt, I’ll have an Aurifil giveaway to share.)

How are you doing on your WIPs this week? I started the New Year off with a list of things that *have* to get done soon. Hopefully that will motivate me to start checking them off my list.

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14 thoughts on “WIP Wednesday

  1. Kathy E.

    Trina, this is such a sweet little quilt. Knowing each stitch was put into place with such love, I know the new owner will treasure it. I love your handstitching! Did you draw the butterflies on free-hand? I find doing hand-stitching is so therapeutic and although it takes time, it’s very comforting. Plus, the results are so unique and heart-warming.

    My WIP this week is a special gift I am making for a swap. It’s going to a new friend in Canada!

    1. admin Post author

      Thanks for your kind works, Kathy. I had a stencil for the butterflies that I drew on with disappearing ink (when heated it just magically fades away). I’ll be honest… even improv needs a plan with me. I guess I can’t blog about my swap project till it arrives at its intended destination! 😉 That’s this weekend’s project.

  2. pegsplace

    You left me with a lump in my throat Trina, thinking of my aging dog and how much we love her. This is a nice memory for you and perhaps you needed that stitching therapy. I machine quilt the binding on then hand stitch on the back. Thanks for the aurafil tip. I may be doing some shopping at Sew Sisters quite soon ;).

    1. admin Post author

      So sorry to hear about your dog, too. They are our family… and I believe you are right that I have been needing this stitching therapy. Let me know if you order from Sew Sisters! And sign up for their newsletters, too!! 🙂 I just got an email the other day about free shipping (over now, but I get those emails from them from time to time) – perfect for stocking up on Aurifil!

    1. admin Post author

      Thanks Marjorie! It’s my first appliqué but I’m pleased with how it’s coming along (although there have certainly been some “lessons learned” in the process as well.

  3. Lorna McMahon

    So sorry for your loss, Trina. Your mini quilt will always be a sweet reminder of your lovely foster pug. I can’t believe this was your first time doing applique and your first time free motion quilting. You did an amazing job!

    1. admin Post author

      Thank you for your kind words, Lorna, about Hope. We miss her so much. And thanks for your sweet comments about the mini quilt. It was lots of fun to pull this together. I see many more of these in my future!!

  4. Régina

    That will be such a lovely little quilt, I just adore the quilted butterflies. I too lost a little dog in the first days of this year. Probably he is playing on the big couch in heaven with your Hope. 😉

    1. admin Post author

      Thanks so much for your kinda message, Régina. Your lovely thought of Hope and your boy playing on the big couch makes me teary. I do hope you’re right. Sorry to hear about the loss of your boy at the beginning of the year. They are never, ever with us long enough.

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