WIP Wednesday – Beginnings

I’ve been working on pattern writing for one coming out next week in-person at a local quilt shop (online in a few months), so I can’t share that quite yet.  I wrapped up the top and back last night so I’ve got the opportunity to work on something else.

Since I’ve got an imminent pile-up though, I need to wrap up my Sparkling Gems top and another gift quilt; those will probably get taken care of at my guild sew-in tomorrow night. Of course, that’s not stopping me from being distracted by something shiny. This patriotic fabric assortment conveniently works with the pattern I’ve been writing up!

This week I also took some time to go do Yoga with Cats, which is a new thing that Good Mews is doing in the shelter.  My downward facing cat is pretty horrible, but I can rock the shavasana with the best of the them, like Savannah here.

Vintage Holiday Quilt – Finished!

Just in time for Christmas in July, I finished my Vintage Holiday Quilt (in June, but am slow in posting pictures, as usual).

Vintage Holiday Quilt

I made this from two layer cakes of Dear Mr. Claus by Cosmo Cricket, plus some yardage for the border. Borders were needed to make it king sized, plus it gave me an opportunity to get some fancy shapes on the border from my long-armer.
Vintage Holiday Quilt

Jingle Stars – Finished!

There’s nothing like laying out a king size Christmas quilt in the front yard (in April no less) to really bring a neighborhood together. Got some funny looks by the dogwalkers this evening as I was photographing this one.

Jingle Stars

This is Jingle Stars, and original design using Kate Spain’s Jingle line of fabric.  I designed the star blocks to make use of a jelly roll, and complemented it with a layer cake to round out the yardage.  Because this particular line also had a lot of very light prints, I used those in a piano key border, which is my favorite part, I think.

Jingle StarsThe outermost border is a complementary print from a later Kate Spain line, I think, and I even threw in a Basic Grey fat quarter for the aqua squares in each of the stars.

This is one of two king-size Christmas quilts I made this year; the other is out at the longarmers still, but I did this one myself. Lynn pushed me to be more adventurous in my design, but I fully confess that my quilting skills on my domestic machine still outpace my longarm skills. But, it’s done and ready for Christmas, and I love it, so there!

WIP Wednesday: The Stuffing of Grievances

I’m not sure what the opposite of the great Festivus tradition of Airing of Grievances is, but I have the opposite of it this week. I have a glorious two weeks off of work, my wrist is feeling better, and my sewing machine was serviced and ready the following day.  And it is sounding and sewing much better.

So much so that I’ve finished the top and back for my king sized Christmas quilt!  Here is the top, folded up since there’s nowhere in my house big enough to lay it out, and it’s raining outside.

The outer border is a “bold choice”.  In retrospect perhaps I should have gone with a softer print, more akin to the piano key border.  The back of the quilt looks more like the piano key border so if I don’t like the front I suppose I can just turn it over!

I’m also almost done with the nine-patches for the next Quilt of Valor, which it will soon be time to cut up and sew back together.  I’ve also got three smaller quilts to plan for in addition to the pattern writing I’ve got on tap for this week, so no shortage of fun stuff going for my machine.  But first, I’m quilting some of the Harry Potter bookshelf quilt!