Cutting Wonky Geese for Modern Medallion Quilt.

In the past week I’ve probably done more sewing than I have in the past six months and it’s been glorious. I’ve been working on my Modern Medallion (but you’re going to have to wait to see that!), I’ve managed to sew some gifts that have been on my to-do list since February, I’ve done some of my Vintage quilt and I’ve thought about all the things I want to make.

I decided with my Vintage quilt to make it 16 blocks instead of the 12 as in the book. I’ve cut all the prints pieces needed, but I’m struggling to cut all the background. I think it’s something to do with thinking about the fact that the number needed is in the hundreds… which is nuts because it’s the same for the prints, but there’s just something about cutting lots of different prints.

I don’t know… maybe it’s just excuses. Either way I have to cut all those pieces because the end of May is looming large. Nothing like a bit of pressure to motivate… In the meantime, here’s a really dodgy photo of the four blocks I already have done. (It’s been a bit cold and bleak here in the Nation’s Capital which is not conducive to good photos…)


All of this sewing has had another outcome; a clean up. I kind of went a little nuts pulling out fabric and making little piles of half finished projects, cut blocks and possible fabric combinations.

So I decided it was time to get a bit more organized and so I hit up Costco to get my hands on some of the stackable clear plastic boxes. They come in lots of 8 for $30 – which is great (but a little pricey if you buy a couple of boxes at a time!).

The boxes combined with my label maker equals a very happy gnome…

Fabric storage solution for home sewing room.

I’ve managed to get a couple of boxes sorted for my Midnight at the Oasis (who knew I was using so much fabric to make this quilt top!) – it’s really handy to have it all in one place. I’ve also got a box for all my Halloween fabrics. I managed to get a whole box of just Kona cotton solids.

I’m a little surprised but I ended up with a box full of yard+ cuts of Anna Maria Horner fabrics – I wouldn’t have thought I had that much! There’s a box for all my gnome fabrics and a box for my most treasured (and growing) collection of Heather Ross prints. (Which is handy for when the Zombie Apocalypse happens – I’ll be able to grab my fabric and run!)

8253389546_fdb631e427_owip-wednesday-buttonIt’s been a big week and I’ve still got more that I’ve been working on – it’s so exciting to be sewing again. (Just hope it lasts!)

This post was shared as part of WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Aussie WIP Wednesday at Little White Dove.


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  1. Sabrina May 30, 2014 at 12:17 am

    I can’t wait to see what you are stitching up! And your organization is awesome! I think everyone needs a “what to grab in case of zombie apocalypse” box of fabric!

  2. clothworkers May 28, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    We chuckled when we saw how you have “organised” your fabrics. We did the same, it was like looking in our own sewing spaces. Your modern medallion looks like it will be really striking when finished. Look forward to seeing the finished product.

  3. Crystal May 28, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Your vintage quilt is looking fab! looking forward to starting the QAL next week 🙂

  4. Ms Midge May 28, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Firstly – I need to get to Costco. Secondly – I need a label maker. Thirdly – it’s going to take every ounce of my self control not to reveal my medallion quilt before it’s finished. The end.

  5. vicki May 28, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Your fabric and piecing is absolutely gorgeous. Don’t talk about your photo, mine is so washed out I don’t know what on earth happened …giggle…It looked normal on Flickr…silly computers…or may be it is the user LOL

    1. GnomeAngel May 28, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks Vicki! I think I’m going to have to work on a better solution for getting progress shots of blocks… any excuse to get handy. 😉 🙂

  6. Skipper May 28, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Just popping in to say hi. I found you from the Aussie WIP Wednesday. I read your “Meet the Gnome” and enjoyed it very much. You are so honest – and hillarious.

    xx Skip

    1. GnomeAngel May 28, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      Hi Skip – thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment – appreciate it. 🙂

  7. LittleWhiteDove May 28, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Oooooo that quilt is going to look fabulous! I love your fabrics. But totally agree, cutting is the pits. Thanks for joining the Aussie WIP Wednesday (looking at those buttons though I think I’d better go back to the drawing board, I didn’t realise how similar mine is to the FP one, oops!)

    1. GnomeAngel May 28, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      Thanks – I’m really looking forward to having it done. Last year I made a swoon just for our bed and this will be the 2014 quilt for us. It’s such a great pattern to show off big chunks of print.

      Figure if I do a little bit of background cutting each time I go in to sew I’ll get it done… ha!

      Thanks for the linky-goodness!