WIP Wednesday – I Love Longarmers!

~~PSA: Love your local longarmer! ~~

Three (3) quilts finished this week thanks to the lovely and talented Pam!

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One from each of 2011, 2012 and 2013  – I just wish I had done this earlier!!  I can’t wait to show each of these to you in more detail…

Pams Quilting 1

And look!  The list is below 10!  Let’s see what I do about that at Stash Bash

2011 WIPs:

  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • 3×6 Bee Quilt
  • HMQG Row Robin
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done) – taking to Stash Bash!
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)

2012 WIPs

  • Sherbet Pips apple core project
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project) – taking to Stash Bash!
  • Neptune Drunkard’s Path Quilt (blocks cut) – taking to Stash Bash!

2013 WIPs

  • Marcelle Medallion Block Quilt (working on blocks)
  • Florence Kaleidoscope Quilt

2014 WIPs

  • Sherbet Pips Round and Round Quilt
  • Happy Drawing Economy Block Quilt
  • Blue and Mustard Triangle Quilt
  • Hello Petal Patchwork Quilt (blocks cut) – taking to Stash Bash!
  • Denyse Schmidt Scrappy Trip Along (strips cut) – taking to Stash Bash!

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 3
New projects: 0
WIPs: 8

WIP Wednesday – April 16, 2014

This past Saturday I dropped three quilts off with Pam for her to long-arm.  By Sunday she had already completed one and sent me this sneak peek!

Pips Quilting Peek

Obviously I love, love, love it!  Since she is cruising along so quickly, I decided to finish prepping binding and now have this lovely (red) stack.

Quilt Binding

I can’t wait to see the finished results in person!

Now here is a blast from the past… In 2012 HMQG hosted a challenge to make a mini in the colors of the guild’s logo.  The guild ordered some coordinating solids and we divvied them up.  I added to it (entirely from my scrap bin!) and set out to make my favorite, a kaleidoscope quilt.  The top went together super quickly and then sat, unfinished, until last week when I quilted it.  Monday night I went to put the binding on and decided on a whim to try machine sewing it.  It looks great on the front and, while there are no mistakes on the back, it’s not as precise as I would like.  I’m glad I tried a new technique, though, and I may practice this one again because it took less than 5 minutes to bind this mini!

HMQG Mini

I’m thrilled with how it turned out and I wish I’d finished it and hung up my minis earlier!

Mini Quilt Wall

Now I want mini quilts everywhere!

2011 WIPs:

  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • 3×6 Bee Quilt
  • HMQG Row Robin (at the long-armer)
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done) – taking to Stash Bash!
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)

2012 WIPs

  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (quilted!)
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project) – taking to Stash Bash!
  • Neptune Drunkard’s Path Quilt (blocks cut) – taking to Stash Bash!

2013 WIPs

  • Marcelle Medallion Block Quilt (working on blocks)
  • Florence Kaleidoscope Quilt (on the rack!)

2014 WIPs

  • Sherbet Pips Round and Round Quilt
  • Happy Drawing Economy Block Quilt
  • Blue and Mustard Triangle Quilt
  • Hello Petal Patchwork Quilt (blocks cut) – taking to Stash Bash!
  • Denyse Schmidt Scrappy Trip Along (strips cut) – taking to Stash Bash!

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 0
New projects: 1
WIPs: 11

Preparing for Stash Bash

Last year I had a blast at Stash Bash.  I even got a bit of quilting done too.  I quilted and bound two quilts, I finished another quilt top and I made a ton of Noodlehead Open Wide Pouches.

Stash Bash 2013

I’m trying to decide what to bring this year and have settled on “more is more” as the theme.  With that in mind, I am bringing two or three projects from the WIP list…

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…fabric for one or two new projects…

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…my hand sewing and crochet…

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… and some assorted franken-parts to make bags, pouches and brush rolls (including the Sew Together Bag, which will be taught by Kristi)!

Anything I don’t wrap up at Stash Bash will come with me to the HMQG retreat the following weekend!

{Finished} Blue and Mustard Triangle Quilt

Last week we had a baby shower for a coworker.  She is having a boy and I decided to make a navy quilt with mustard triangles “falling” out of one corner.

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Amy suggested I use a navy and mustard print for the backing, but I didn’t have anything… until I spotted this DS Quilts print at Joann

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I quilted it in a diamond pattern which I think shows off the triangles really well.

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Coco approves!

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This quilt went together very quickly and I’m pleased with how it turned out — the trickiest part was the layout!

WIP Wednesday – April 9, 2014

Guys, I free-motion quilted something.  And not just any something, one of my oldest WIPs…

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I’m so glad I went for it on the 3×6 Bee Quilt because, while it’s not perfect, I definitely learned a lot.  Watch for some more FMQ in my future!

I also finished up Hazel’s quilt this past weekend at the Four Season Austin… I think it spruced up the room!

Hazels Quilt

I’d say that I pretty much crushed my Q1 goals!

2011 WIPs:

  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • 3×6 Bee Quilt
  • HMQG Row Robin (off to long-armer)
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done)
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)

2012 WIPs

  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (off to long-armer)
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project)
  • Neptune Drunkard’s Path Quilt (blocks cut)

2013 WIPs

  • Marcelle Medallion Block Quilt (working on blocks)
  • Florence Kaleidoscope Quilt (off to long-armer)

2014 WIPs

  • Sherbet Pips Round and Round Quilt
  • Happy Drawing Economy Block Quilt
  • Blue and Mustard Triangle Quilt
  • Hello Petal Patchwork Quilt (blocks cut)

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 2
New projects: 0
WIPs: 10

WIP Wednesday – Quarterly Report 2014Q1

I feel that I have been very productive since my “return” to quilting, but this WIP list is just bringing me down.  I stared at it a bunch last week and noticed that I had four oldies and four earmarked for myself – just right to divide into quarterly goals.

So… in 2014, each quarter I will set out to complete one WIP from the 2011 (and older) pile, one quilt for myself and up to three quilts for other people.  (Setting a goal for quarter end when you’re about 4 days out isn’t really fair, but I’m running with it!)  

My Q1 goals are:

  1. Old: 3×6 Bee Quilt
  2. Me: Sherbet Pips Apple Core Quilt
  3. Gifts: Hazel, Darya and a coworker

My Q2 goals are:

  1. Old: HMQG Row Robin
  2. Me: Florence Kaleidoscope Quilt
  3. Gifts: I have two slotted so far

Here’s my first Quarterly Report:

I pieced a quick backing and basted the 3×6 Bee top and will be practicing some FMQ on my juki…

 3x6 Bee Basted

… I finished up a quilt for a coworker whose office shower is this week…

Blue and Mustard Triangles

…I got the binding on Hazel’s Quilt…

Hazels Quilt

…I assembled my ancient HMQG row robin into a lovely (and loooong) quilt top…

HMQG Row Robin

…and have decided to send three quilts to the long-armer!

 Quilts for Long Armer

Take that, WIP list!

2011 WIPs:

  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • 3×6 Bee Top (basted)
  • HMQG Row Robin (off to long-armer)
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done)
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)

2012 WIPs

  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (off to long-armer)
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project)
  • Neptune Drunkard’s Path Quilt (blocks cut)

2013 WIPs

  • Marcelle Medallion Block Quilt (working on blocks)
  • Florence Kaleidoscope Quilt (off to long-armer)

2014 WIPs

  • Sherbet Pips Round and Round Quilt (binding on)
  • Happy Drawing Economy Block Quilt
  • Blue and Mustard Triangle Quilt
  • Hello Petal Patchwork Quilt (blocks cut)

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 1
New projects: 0
WIPs: 12

{Finished} Darya’s Quilt

Last weekend I went to Washington to meet my new niece, Darya (her name was prematurely reported here as Layla).  I finished her Happy Drawing Economy Block quilt, and I’m thrilled with how it turned out!

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There is so much to see on this quilt, I think it will keep babies and children entertained for hours.

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This block was a fairly quick and simple way to showcase the adorable Happy Drawing fabrics by Ed Emberley for Cloud 9 Fabrics.

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I have been saving these for a while and think this was the perfect project!

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Thankfully I was able to find my labels at the 11th hour!

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I went with stripey Rita binding, using the larger scale Clown Stripe and loved how it turned out!

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Soraya loved it so much that she interrupted the photo shoot…

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…commandeered the quilt…

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 …and told us she was going to go “la la!”

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She is precious.

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Don’t worry, Darya got to use her quilt too!

Darya

And I’m sure Soraya will teach her the names of all of the animals when the time comes!

WIP Wednesday – Triangles

Sometimes you’re just in the mood for a quickie…

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Get your mind out of the gutter!  I mean a project like this triangle quilt, which goes together so quickly! This should be all done by the weekend.

2011 WIPs:

  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • 3×6 Bee Top (top done)
  • HMQG Row Robin (rows finished)
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done)
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)

2012 WIPs

  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (quilting)
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project)
  • Neptune Drunkard’s Path Quilt (blocks cut)

2013 WIPs

  • Marcelle Medallion Block Quilt (working on blocks)
  • Florence Kaleidoscope Quilt (top done)

2014 WIPs

  • Sherbet Pips Round and Round Quilt (ready to bind)
  • Happy Drawing Economy Block Quilt
  • Blue and Mustard Triangle Quilt
  • Hello Petal Patchwork Quilt

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 0
New projects: 2
WIPs: 13

WIP Wednesday – March 19, 2014

Thanks to a little quilty time with a friend last night, this quilt has been quilted!

economy block top

More pictures and a baby reveal later this week from DC.

2011 WIPs:

  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • 3×6 Bee Top (top done)
  • HMQG Row Robin (rows finished)
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done)
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)

2012 WIPs

  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (quilting)
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project)
  • Neptune Drunkard’s Path Quilt (blocks cut)

2013 WIPs

  • Marcelle Medallion Block Quilt (working on blocks)
  • Florence Kaleidoscope Quilt (top done)

2014 WIPs

  • Sherbet Pips Round and Round Quilt (at the long-armer)
  • Happy Drawing Economy Block Quilt

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 1
New projects: 0
WIPs: 11

WIP Wednesday – March 12, 2014

Exciting news alert!  My new niece, Layla Naomi, arrived last night!  She came right on her due date and within 2 hours of my cousin going into labor!  She is clearly a little lady with an important agenda.

Layla Naomi

We are going to DC in 10 days to meet her, and I’m making excellent progress on her quilt.  Since her gender was a surprise and her big sister, Soraya, loves learning about different animals, I just had to use my stash of Happy Drawing and Happy Drawing Too

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I have 70 of the 100 blocks completed and this should be a top by the weekend.

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I love the way the Economy Blocks show off the little animals.  These little blocks are so fun and whimsical!

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I think Soraya will help Layla learn the names of all the different animals.

Soraya

Layla Naomi, I can’t wait to meet you!

2011 WIPs:

  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • 3×6 Bee Top (top done)
  • HMQG Row Robin (rows finished)
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done)
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)

2012 WIPs

  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (quilting)
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project)
  • Neptune Drunkard’s Path Quilt (blocks cut)

2013 WIPs

  • Marcelle Medallion Block Quilt (working on blocks)
  • Florence Kaleidoscope Quilt (top done)

2014 WIPs

  • Sherbet Pips Round and Round Quilt (at the long-armer)
  • Happy Drawing Economy Block Quilt (working on blocks)

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 0
New projects: 1
WIPs: 12

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