It’s a mixed bag for WIP Wednesday; some finishes and some in-progress shots!
First up, a quilt that I finished a few weeks ago, which will be donated through my guild to the Dept of Family Child Services.
This one is made from the leftover bits of Sparkling Gems, the quilt that keeps on giving. The quilt I made from previous leftover bits of that quilt was called Morse Code. Sadly, all the bits are now used up, except for one lone weirdly sized pinwheel that I went Full Elsa on and let it go into the scrap bin for stuffing into animal beds!
I’ve also been brushing up my free motion quilting with this fun texture in prep for an upcoming blog hop with Christa Watson that starts tomorrow. The full results will get posted over on The Stitch TV Show blog, but here’s the sneak peek for you:
You know how everything seems to happen at once? All the time? I suppose that’s just called life. Right now my son and husband are concurrently sick with a cold, although my son is handling it better. I am on day 3 or 5 of a migraine, depending on how you look at it and whether you count the day it took off on Tuesday. But on the other hand, my daughter totally put her own hair up in a ponytail by herself this morning and that feels like something. Yes, she’s 11, but she has my crazy curly thick hair and has never yet fiddled with it on her own, so hooray!
I’ve been stalled a bit on sewing this week due to aforementioned headache and also taking care of Stitch business rather than sewing, so here is my in-progress neglected sewing machine with the two donation quilts I’m leadering-and-endering. Not pictured: cats who randomly sit on it and squash down the piles.
It’s been a jam-packed sewing week, mostly because I didn’t have my laptop available to me to work on potentially paying gigs (i.e. – pattern design) in the evenings and weekends. The good news is, my laptop is now fixed and has a fancy new cover and no longer feels like the screen is going to flap wildly about and fall off.
Not being focused on original designs meant that I could just freaking SEW. So sew I did! I made this top out of the last few leftovers from Sparkling Gems. It now needs a back and to be quilted.
Then I put on what is apparently the final border on Dresden Garden; I had considered adding more, but I don’t need to reach a specific size with it, so the current 57″ or so is big enough for a wall hanging.
It’s going to get some crazy intense quilting in there; ghost flowers, creeping vines, cross-hatching, etc. It also needs a back!
I’ve got a sew-in tonight with my besties for our “We Put the Bee in Bacon”, so I’m working on piecing two more tops; one for a quilt along, and one for donation made out of leftover buffalo bits from this quilt.
I took a brief respite from quilt pattern-writing related sewing to whip up a baby gift for a friend; I’ll get to show the full quilt tomorrow or so (after it’s washed and dried), but for now here’s a sneak peek at one of the blocks – wood grain quilting on wood grain fabric!
Sometimes it really is best to draw inspiration from the fabric… or plan the fabric because you wanted wood grain quilting! It’s the circle of quilts.
I’m going to blame it on the long weekend, but here’s a mashed up post for Sunday Stash and WIP Wednesday! I had one finish by last Sunday, my Summertime Blues quilt. Pictures of that later, but in the meantime, here’s the 3 Saturday Sampler blocks I also picked up and finished!
I can also reveal what I made for the Fandoms in Florals swap! My partner got the package a couple days ago, so swipe to see what I made her: a Hamilton/Doctor Who mashup mini quilt, a Pokemon/cat mashup Open Wide pouch, and a Harry Potter Deathly Hallows zippered Trinket Box. Hopefully you can swipe to see all the projects below:
- Used this past week: 8 yard
- 8 yd for Summertime Blues
- Total Used Year to Date: 152 yards
- Added this week
- 1 yd of low volume FQs
- 3 yd batik
- 3 yd for Mingle & Jingle FQs
- YTD Used for Charity: 21.75 yards (14% of total used)
I almost posted a picture of my still-covered sewing machine since I haven’t managed to sew anything since we got home from our trip. We’re still catching up with various things, including replacing my treadmill since it gave it up before we left town. The good news is the new one was bought used with low miles and low price tag, and is quite a bit fancier than my old one!
In the mean time, I’ve been pulling fabrics for my class with Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio tomorrow!
This week I’ve been working on finishing up pattern samples for our July pattern release; not only am I making the two that are featured in the pattern itself, but also a third shop sample to accompany the printed patterns. The two for the pattern have been handed off for production and photography; here’s a sneak peek at the quilting on the back of one of the samples.
My ribbon candy is slowly improving thanks to practice!
The third sample (which I thought I asked everyone to stop me if I decided to do three samples at one time for a pattern?) I worked on at the sew-in last night. Here’s hoping the seams I sewed on my Featherweight are straight!
I’ve been trying to finish a big quilt project, but it’s been difficult for two reasons:
- There are adorable kitty bellies to rub.
- Kitties attached to adorable bellies are taking up residence on top of my projects.
Even with that, though, I’ve got one more border to go on this stinker and then I can bind it! After that it’s working on Summertime Blues and a couple other projects.
This week has been mostly making progress in quilting on a pattern sample, and also working further on the Dresden Garden top. I got the dense center part of the quilting done last night, and will try to do the next thread color tonight.
After tonight all bets are off as I’ll be hanging out at the East Cobb Quilters’ Guild show this week! Come say hi if you’re coming through Atlanta this weekend – the show runs Thursday to Saturday at the Cobb County Civic Center!
This week has felt like an uphill slog to get anything done. It is the last week of school, and that usually means a frajillion things happening in the evenings so the time at the sewing machine has been limited since Sunday.
I’m also trying to keep my cutting table clean and moving projects along, but frankly, there’s a been a lot of fuzz gathered on it!
I’m about to start cutting into some delicious fabric from Ink & Arrow, however, so I promise more eye candy soon!