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

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

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.

2014 Happy Drawing_02

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

WIP Wednesday – February 19, 2014

I know it has been quiet on this blog for far too long.  And, truthfully, I have not been my most productive self “behind the seams” either.  However, one or two things have been completed and, with some new projects, the WIP list is steady in the double digits.  Of course!

I finished these lovely quilts between the Stash Bash and the HMQG retreat.  I kept the square patchwork (which I call my Leftovers Quilt, because the fabric is leftover from this quilt) for myself and, after quilting my Retro Flowers quilt for the second time, I gave it to my adorable niece, Soraya.

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I also completed this kaleidoscope top using my Denyse Schmidt Florence bundle.  I think I will keep it for myself as well!

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And my most recent project is one of my favorite to date.  I have a new niece, Hazel, and she is already almost 2 months old, so her quilt is overdue!  Thankfully inspiration struck and I’m so glad I went with my gut — I just love how this is turning out!  Fabric is the trusty Sherbet Pips and the pattern is Round and Round.  Love!

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Stay tuned on this one because I won long-arm services from the wonderful (and SUPER generous Becky) which are going to send this quilt over the top in terms of awesomeness!

Talk to you soon!! (I hope!)

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 (working on blocks)

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

WIP Wednesday – March 27, 2013

While I’ve finished several quilts recently, I do feel like no matter how much progress I make, the WIP list never gets below 10!!  Here’s a sampling of what I’ve been actively working on recently.

I’m nearly done (re)quilting my spring green/yellow/grey baby quilt…

Retro Flowers

…I started quilting the Sherbet Pips apple core project…

Pips Apple Core Quilting

…I pieced 11 more of my Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars while I had jury duty…

Flower Sugar Stars

…I made a postage stamp top with leftovers from this quilt

Yellow and Green Leftovers Quilt_01

…and this block is supposed to be the center of the Marcelle Medallion quilt, which can be found in the Liberty Love book by Alexia Abegg, but I am not the biggest fan of medallion quilts.  I decided instead to make a quilt using only this block but, while I absolutely loved the first block I made, I haven’t loved the rest quite as much.

Marcelle

Should I continue to 16 (my original plan) or stop at 9?

Finally, I have been learning to crochet and I worked on a ripple afghan when I went to Washington this past weekend.

Ripple Afghan_01

Hopefully I will finish one of these soon!

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

  • Spring green/yellow/grey baby quilt (quilting)
  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (quilting)
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project)
  • Neptune Drunkard’s Path Quilt (blocks cut)
  • Sock Monkey 9-Patch
  • Pink Zig Zag Quilt

2013 WIPs

  • Madrona Road HMQG Challenge Quilt
  • Pink and Green Triangle Quilt
  • Yellow and Grey Plus Quilt
  • Yellow and Grey Leftovers Quilt (top done)
  • Blue and Grey Hippo Quilt
  • Marcelle Medallion Block Quilt (working on blocks)

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 3
New projects: 3
WIPs: 11

WIP Wednesday – February 20, 2013

When your husband requests that you make a baby quilt for his friend’s newborn baby and he accompanies that request with a picture of the nursery for inspiration, you have no excuse not to make the quilt right away!

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I immediately pulled the stack above and got a great response on Instagram.  I don’t know why, but I was really inspired to do an equilateral triangle quilt and I’m so glad I did — it was so fast!

Pink and Green Triangles_01

Laying out the triangles was seriously the most time consuming part of this quilt.  I think that took me even longer than the quilting, and I did a lot of quilting!

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Seriously, it was so fast that I also was able to make this quilt top (hello, shameless copy)!

Plus Quilt_01

2011 WIPs:

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

2012 WIPs

  • Spring green/yellow/grey baby quilt (quilting unpicked)
  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (quilting)
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project)
  • Neptune Drunkard’s Path Quilt (blocks cut)
  • Sock Monkey 9-Patch
  • Pink Zig Zag Quilt (ready to hand bind)

2013 WIPs

  • Madrona Road HMQG Challenge Quilt
  • Pink and Green Triangle Quilt
  • Yellow and Grey Plus Quilt

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

WIP Wednesday – First Finishes of 2013

Now that my craft room is back in action and I fixed the tension issues on my Juki, I’ve been bitten by the productivity bug.

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I finished the Sock Monkey 9-Patch, started and completed my HMQG Madrona Road challenge quilt, and quilted the pink zig zag quilt!

Pips Apple Core Quilting

I’m so happy about my Juki that I put this quilt under the needle, even though I probably should be working on this…

pink and green triangle layout

2011 WIPs:

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

2012 WIPs

  • Spring green/yellow/grey baby quilt (quilting unpicked)
  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (quilting)
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project)
  • Neptune Drunkard’s Path Quilt (blocks cut)
  • Sock Monkey 9-Patch
  • Pink Zig Zag Quilt (ready to hand bind)

2013 WIPs

  • Madrona Road HMQG Challenge Quilt
  • Pink and Green Triangle Quilt

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 2
New projects: 1
WIPs: 11

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