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WIP Wednesday – More Like an Early Finish Friday

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:

 

WIP Whoopsday: Ugh

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.

Sunday Stash – Mindless Stitching

My focus the next couple of weeks has been on some new quilt design without actually stitching them, so my actual stitching has been focused on wrapping up some charitable quilts.  As I sit typing, under my needle are two donation quilts that I am leader- and ender-ing to assemble as tops.  I’ve got another quilt under the quilting needle for donation, and fourth top ready to be sandwiched. And just to keep the trend going, I made two pillowcases to donate. Once all of these quilts are done, I’ll probably do one big blog post with pics of all of them.

It’s a lot of sewing, but a nice spell of mindless stitching after doing quilt math for several days! My particular problem today has been dealing with a headache and some related symptoms, and hoping it goes away overnight.

  • Used this past week: 6.75 yard
    • 2 yd for 2 pillowcases
    • 4.75 yd for Sparkling Pinwheels
  • Total Used Year to Date: 194.5 yards
  • Added this week
    • Nothing!
  • YTD Used for Charity: 45.75 yards (24% of total used)

Sunday Stash – Cat-atonic

It was the final week of summer break for my kids (I know, it feels early to us, too), but I managed to chip away at quilting the full-sized Meow or Never quilt I showed in last week’s Sunday Stash report.  Despite another busy weekend, I managed to get the binding on it tonight!

Next up I have to sandwich and quilt two more quilts to be donated for our guild’s Community Services efforts, and piece a third top.  It’s been laid out and is ready for piecing, so those should go fairly quickly since they aren’t behemoths like the one I just finished!

After all the donation quilts, I’m due to make another sample of Belinda, so hopefully I can get those all knocked out in the next couple of weeks!

  • Used this past week: 13 yard
    • 13 yd for Meow or Never quilt
  • Total Used Year to Date: 187.75 yards
  • Added this week
    • Nothing!
  • YTD Used for Charity: 39 yards (21% of total used)

Smunday Stash – Just the Fiddly Bits

This week was more prep work to finish things than actually finishing things.  What I did finish was so small that it’s barely a blip in the spreadsheet.

I made this travel accessory assortment for the raffle at the annual Good Mews Animal Foundation “Pins for Purrs” bowling fundraiser.  It has an Open Wide pouch from Noodlehead, a Kismet Trinket Box from Sew Sweetness, a tissue holder with extra pouch for hand sanitizer, and a privacy luggage tag.

While I did a lot more sewing, the big thing was finally basting this full size quilt on my kitchen floor. I basted 80% of it, and then had to skootch it over to baste the rest since it was too wide for the space available. Since I’ve finished most of the immediate piecing work to be done on other projects, this is next up under the needle this week.

  • Used this past week: 1 yard
    • 0.5 yd for Good Mews donation
    • 0.5 yd for placemat
  • Total Used Year to Date: 174.75 yards
  • Added this week
    • Nothing!
  • YTD Used for Charity: 26 yards (15% of total used)

Sunday Stash – Finishing

It was quite a busy week for me given the remnants of the long holiday weekend and two more finishes earlier today! I finished up the second sample that will be hanging at Red Hen Stitch Shop when our Emilio pattern launches in a couple weeks; pics of that quilt when the pattern launches!

I also finished up another sample quilt for the pattern after that, Main Squeeze, this morning, but that pattern won’t be out until August.  One of the quilts I can show, though, is my finished Madras quilt, which was from my class with Bill Kerr.  The class was much more focused on color theory than stitching techniques, but I wanted a consult with him to pick the colors and then I stitched on my own.  His comment when he saw my selection, “It’s certainly cheerful!”

The pattern is called Madras from his book, Transparency Quilts.

  • Used this past week: 18 yard
    • 9 yd for 2nd Emilio sample
    • 5.75 yd for Main Squeeze
    • 3.25 yd for Madras
  • Total Used Year to Date: 170 yards
  • Added this week
    • 3 yd of gray print
  • YTD Used for Charity: 25 yards (15% of total used)

Jaunty Squares Quilt – Finished!

This quilt came to be because of some leftover blocks from another project.  I framed a 5″ neutral square with 2 1/2″ strips of various fabrics, and them trimmed the 7 1/2″ so the center block was tilted.

Of course, I only had 11 leftover blocks, which doesn’t make much of a quilt!  I complemented with others squares from complementary fabric in baseball and golf prints, and some coordinating neutral squares.  That brought the size up to about 42 x 49″, which is a good size lap quilt for a child.

For the quilting, I did freeform FMQ stars in the middle of the neutral blocks, and a meander to travel from block to block.

This will get donated to DFACs through my local guild!

Sunday Stash – Monumental

It was quite a productive week in terms of number of projects finished. Granted, three of them are quite small, but a finish is a finish!

First up is a pair of composition book covers for a school fundraiser.

I’m really happy with some quilting on this poppy mini quilt; this “Poppy Power” mini ended up 12″ square.

I also finished my Star Wars mini for the swap, and my small quilt for the Riley Blake MQG challenge, and just before writing this a donation quilt for my guild. More pictures of those to come later! Next up is the second magazine pattern for The Stitch TV Show, and THEN I finally get to the chair cover and pillows for my mom. Only three months late. 🙁

  • Used this week: 8.75 yards
    • 1 yd for composition book covers
    • 0.25 for The May The 4th Be With You Star Wars Swap mini
    • 1 yd for Riley Blake MQG challenge
    • 0.5 yd for Poppy Power
    • 6 yd for Green/Pink Charity quilt
  • Used Year to Date: 44.25 yards
  • Added this week: 0 yard
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used YTD: -5 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 11 yards (25% of total used)

You can see more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

WIP Wednesday – Messy

Of course right when it’s time to head out of town I decided to “just get that one thing done”, while also doing laundry and packing and everything else. So here’s a charity quilt I started.

The rows are almost put together; my goal is mostly to get the top finished before I head out tomorrow for QuiltCon.  That will bring me to a quilt pile-up of FOUR tops ready to be quilt. I will think about that when I get back, though!

WIP Wednesday – Smiley

This week I’m wrapping up the last of the 5 samples for the pattern I’m working on. I have a fervent hope I will finish it TODAY and then I can work on something else. To be honest, that something else is another pattern, but for a magazine! Very exciting.

Anywho, when I haven’t been chained to my HQ Sweet Sixteen, I’ve mixed it up with some piecing.  A friend of mine named HollyAnne, who is a podcast listener/watcher of The Stitch is starting up a new nonprofit called Quilts for  Cure.  Her first project is collecting 10″ heart blocks to make quilts for children undergoing cancer treatment in the Atlanta area.

She’s asking for blocks by Feb 14th, so if you want to make a couple, check out her blog with instructions and how to donate.