Work in Progress Wednesday my hussif report

Ok the time has come! The Hussif challenge is on! I can be flashy and annoying and busy buzzing about the place in an over excited manner as I have started to stitch my Hussif!

Hussif pieces 1

First of all the set the scene here are the pieces set out cutting mat (those squares are inches). For the last 2 years I have been working on quilt that has subdued colours so I wanted to break out a bit with this project and create something very colourful. Also I was inspired to use some of the samples of Colour Streams have sent me. I pieced these a couple of weeks ago.

Hussif pieces 2

hand embroidery floral sprayOk on with the work in progress report. I started to work a spray on one of the larger pieces in part because I wanted to establish mood but also because I have a review of the colourstreams products in the pipeline. (Look tomorrow for this and more eye candy.)

Since I am writing the review and need to complete a little sample, I have done something I hardly ever do, which is to bead the area right away. Normally I wait until all hand stitching is done then I add the beads, buttons charms etc.

If you want to see a close up of the embroidery, click on the images and it will take you there.

hand embroider inprogress

The same applies for the grapes here – still on the hoop.

That is my work in Progress report.

What have you done this week that takes you towards your stitching goals? Leave a comment and let us know.

Work in Progress Wednesdays  are still progress report days. My progress report just happens to be this mini challenge.  If you are working on another project that is fine. For those folks who want to report on a work in progress do so as per usual.

As a side note: A hussif is a sewing roll or sewing kit or caddy but I gave a more detailed answer here . The idea is that people design their own hussifs. Any style of  quilting or embroidery is acceptable just make your hussif the hussif you have always wanted to own!  The is no deadline but aim for quality or give yourself a space for experimentation not simply tick off another project.  I presented some informal guidelines here .

For those who do crazy quilting one of the challenges this year on CrazyQuilting International is to create a hussif you may want to combine the two challenges. If you are a crazy quilter and working a hussif dont forget my give away tutorial on how to work decorative crazy quilt seams


  1. I searched for and found my pattern for hussif. Photocopied it and cut out pieces, now I am cleaning off my work areas, and then I will gather fabrics. Not much progress, but a step in the right direction anyway. Sharon I adore your jewel tones, so vibrant. Your flowers are so delicate, and the grapes so realistic! I also worked for 3 days for my library’s used book sale and we raised $15,000 USD.

    Marianne Squire Maszer
  2. I have been hand piecing my patches in place, and I currently have about 1/4 of the piecing done. I have not done any “planning”, but I have selected a stack of fabric, most of which will probably not be used.

    As I finish up one patch, I look through the box, and pick out the next fabric to use. Then I play around with that fabric to find the right place, and right shape. Then I pin the shape in place and press the turned under edges for the shape I want to end up with. Next the pins are removed, the pressed seam lines are opened up, and the excess fabric is trimmed off. Then I either piece or applique that section down to the adbutting fabrics and support muslin.

    My background is in engineering, but I kept my work to the imporovement of processes and safety. I have never really been able to even draw a straight line using a ruler or template. I have signed up for your Sumptuous class, and I am very excited to finally be learning how to design rather than relying on fabrics, threads and embellishments to tell me what to do next. I have also signed up for your journal class, knowing that I will need renforcement.and additional practice.

    PJ in Texas, USA
      1. Yes, I got the first without any problem, but I had to go around some corners to get the second and third. But I did get them, then put them right where I wanted, and also verified that the file sizes were correct.

        PJ in Texas, USA

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