Wednesday, October 9, 2013

WIP Wednesday: The one with Mermaids, and Tigers, and Agents, oh my!

Hola! How are you? It's been a while since I posted for a WIP Wednesday, but it's been busy! I've been through the USA and northern Italy and now I'm back at work and doing a bajillion things and kind of exhausted.

But I have quiltingy things to report on, yes, I do!


Tiger By The Tail

This is a project I've had in mind for a while for my (field) hockey coach. She's a supporter of the Tigers footy team in the National Rugby League (NRL) and their colours are orange and black.

tiger by the tail: blocks

I actually 'sub-contracted' this work out to another woman on my hockey team - she had a sewing machine and some experience at patchwork so I have her the fabric, a roller-cutter, a ruler, and a youtube video and told her to make a bunch of hourglass blocks. And she did! And then helped make nine-patches to fill in the gaps.

tiger by the tail

The top was done just in time for the SCQuilters meeting on Saturday and for my hockey presentation that night! Now I just have to get a backing together and get it quilted.

Agents of SHIELD cosplay patches

Hockey presentation night is always a dress-up of some kind. This year, the theme was 'Disney'. Since Disney owns a lot of properties (including Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Marvel movies/television group) I branched out from the (mostly white) princess theme with an Agents of SHIELD costume play.

Which required dressing up in 'agent' casual, and making SHIELD logo patches for my jacket.

Agent of SHIELD patches

It's pretty much a rough applique, nothing more, but they look pretty good.

And here's a pic of my cosplay of Melinda May, Agent of SHIELD, at Presentation Night!

(Agents of SHIELD is showing Tuesday nights in the US, on ABC, I believe?)


Selvage Strings

Once again on the move (albeit slowly) - the selvage strings quilt!

selvage strings

The reds look so gorgeous!

Mendocino Mermaids!

This quilt has been through a lot of ideas! I was nearly fixated on doing it wth Elizabeth Hartman's Honey pattern, but decided against it (at least for the 'main' quilt).

Having looked at Penny Poppleton's lovely Washi Windows quilt (using another Elizabeth Hartman pattern, Kitchen Windows) I laid out some fabric for a test run:

Windows to the sea: example

I think I have enough of the brown kelp fabric for background. I hope I do - it'll look really spectacular! And the grey framing should work a treat!

windows to the sea: example

The tricky part is going to be getting all the prints facing one way.

Windows to the sea: cutting

Windows to the Sea

I'm still trying to think of a nice name for it. "Windows To The Sea" is the current name, but... *handwobble* I'm not convinced.

No Progress

USA Hurray!

I haven't done anything with this since I got back from the US 10 days ago. Impetus, argh!

Other Things

fabric from The Hobbit

These are some fabrics that a woman at SCQuilters brought along. Her daughter was doing makeup for the most recent Hobbit movie, and at the end of the production, they had all these costumes/fabric they were throwing her daughter snaffled a couple of bags of fabric of the Elven clothing, from which the lady at SCQuilters is going to make patchwork quilts:

LOTR clothing fabrics

They were lovely fabrics - beautiful textures and embroidery and everything!

She said she might bring in what remains after she's made a couple of quilts from the scraps. I would have liked to get my hand on one of the cloaks before it all got cut up. I mean, can you imagine? *geeks out*


What have you been doing this week? (Month?) I...have not checked my reader feed in 6 weeks and am kind of dreading going back!


  1. I love the mermaid quilt. The gray framing looks great against the background.

  2. I love the tiger by the tail! I think the mermaid quilt will be great!

  3. Great cosplay :-)

    Love the mermaids quilt- what about "Portholes" instead of windows to the sea? I have a big stash of that line of fabric that I've been saving/hoarding... i need to play with it!

  4. OH my gosh, your SHIELD cosplay is so much fun! And I think your Mendocino quilt is going to be fabulous, whatever you name it.

  5. Fabulous projects! Really love those pretty Mermaid fabrics.

  6. Glad to see the selvage strings back out! And LOVEEE the HR :) (I mean right, that is HR fabric?)

  7. the hobbit fabric is the very coolest thing I have ever heard in my life.

  8. Great SHIELD cosplay! I'm loving the show so far, too... Ming Na rocks my socks.

    Have you thought about using *handwobble* as a quilt name? :) The motion mimics rough seas, and they would be rough if they were those gorgeous colours...


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