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

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WIP Wednesday 6/13/12

My oral surgery went great!  The previously recalcitrant wisdom tooth came out without a problem and I’ve had very little pain.  Since it was just one tooth, I’ve even been able to eat regular food, more or less, so the recovery has been easy.  Still, it did leave me a bit tired and in need of a few extra naps, so I’m glad I left myself these two quilts to hand bind.

I continued to feel a bit fatigued throughout the weekend, so I set small goals for myself.  Already in the Christmassy spirit, I decided to work on the Grinch Pillow Cover and I’m delighted with the way it turned out!  I simplified my original design (i.e. removed the cause of my procrastination) and it came together quickly from there.

Energized, I turned back to the Happy Campers Irish Chain quilt, finished off the blocks and began assembling them.

When I went to check on Amy, she helped me review my WIP list and evaluate my current priorities (something I have to do on a weekly basis these days).  I realized I’ve done so well with my sewing for others, I deserved a bit of time for myself.  I finished sewing all the curves on my Sherbet Pips Apple Core quilt, squared it up and just have to add borders.

2011 WIPs:

  • Hexagon Quilt
  • Robot Kaleidoscope Quilt
  • Lorax Quilt
  • 3×6 Bee Top (top done)
  • Christmas Patchwork
  • HMQG Row Robin (rows finished)
  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • Rawhide String Quilt
  • Grinch Pillow Cover
  • HMQG Habitat Challenge
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done)
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)

2012 WIPs

  • Rawhide Swoon Quilt
  • Quilts for Kids
  • A Walk in the Woods Baby Quilt
  • 1001 Peeps Quilt
  • Spring green/yellow/grey baby quilt (started cutting)
  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (adding borders)
  • A Walk in the Woods Whirligig Quilt
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project)
  • A Walk in the Woods Zig Zag Quilt
  • Jelly Roll Race Quilt
  • Neutral Farfalle Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • Happy Campers Irish Chain Quilt (assembling quilt top)
  • Coral and Aqua Baby Quilt
  • ???

Still To Do

  • Sock Monkey 9-Patch
  • A Walk in the Woods Mega Swoon
  • Quilt for L&M
  • Quilt for P&S
  • Quilt for L&M
  • Quilt for R
  • Quilt for L&M

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 3
New projects: 0
WIPs: 10

WIP Wednesday 6/6/12

I wish I could get my WIP list below 10, but it just doesn’t seem destined to happen.  This week I made some progress on the Happy Campers Irish Chain quilt, but got a bit frustrated with it and threw up my hands in favor of an easier project.  Hey, I’m on painkillers, cut me some slack!

Instead, I made this quilt top for one of our closest friends to give to his sister.  She is having her baby any day now and her nursery is coral, aqua and “not girly.”  How hip is that?? 

This was totally inspired by a recent project from Red Pepper Quilts, but looking back at her quilt now, I think I took it in a bit of a scrappier direction.

I constructed the back as one giant scrappy log cabin block and am thrilled with how this came out.  I think I would like to try a scrappy strip project like this one day, but starting from the center and going all the way out.  How cool would that be!?

This is now basted, quilted and has the binding machine stitched to the front, so I have another one to recouperate with this weekend.  I also decided to bite the bullet and forge ahead with the Happy Campers Irish Chain Quilt, so I might be able to finish that one this weekend, too!

2011 WIPs:

  • Hexagon Quilt
  • Robot Kaleidoscope Quilt
  • Lorax Quilt
  • 3×6 Bee Top (top done)
  • Christmas Patchwork (binding on)
  • HMQG Row Robin (rows finished)
  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • Rawhide String Quilt
  • Grinch Pillow Cover (top done)
  • HMQG Habitat Challenge
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done)
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)

2012 WIPs

  • Rawhide Swoon Quilt
  • Quilts for Kids
  • A Walk in the Woods Baby Quilt
  • 1001 Peeps Quilt
  • Spring green/yellow/grey baby quilt (started cutting)
  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (in progress)
  • A Walk in the Woods Whirligig Quilt
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project)
  • A Walk in the Woods Zig Zag Quilt
  • Jelly Roll Race Quilt
  • Neutral Farfalle Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • Happy Campers Irish Chain Quilt (assembling blocks)
  • Coral and Aqua Baby Quilt (binding on)
  • ???

Still To Do

  • Sock Monkey 9-Patch
  • A Walk in the Woods Mega Swoon
  • Quilt for L&M
  • Quilt for P&S
  • Quilt for L&M
  • Quilt for R

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 0
New projects: 1
WIPs: 13

 

Beach Bumming

I thoroughly enjoyed being a beach bum this weekend.

My husband caught a lot of fish…

…my labrador made a new best friend…

…and I got the binding on three quilts.

There’s no rest for the weary, though, and I’m already on to the next project.

I probably could have finished the binding on the Christmas quilt last night, too, but I just found out I need to have oral surgery next weekend, so it will be nice to be able to do some light hand sewing while I recover.

2011 WIPs:

  • Hexagon Quilt
  • Robot Kaleidoscope Quilt
  • Lorax Quilt
  • 3×6 Bee Top (top done)
  • Christmas Patchwork (binding on)
  • HMQG Row Robin (rows finished)
  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • Rawhide String Quilt
  • Grinch Pillow Cover (top done)
  • HMQG Habitat Challenge
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done)
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)

2012 WIPs

  • Rawhide Swoon Quilt
  • Quilts for Kids
  • A Walk in the Woods Baby Quilt
  • 1001 Peeps Quilt
  • Spring green/yellow/grey baby quilt (started cutting)
  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (in progress)
  • A Walk in the Woods Whirligig Quilt
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project)
  • A Walk in the Woods Zig Zag Quilt
  • Jelly Roll Race Quilt
  • Neutral Farfalle Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • Happy Campers Irish Chain Quilt (assembling strip sets)
  • ???

Still To Do

  • Sock Monkey 9-Patch
  • A Walk in the Woods Mega Swoon
  • Quilt for L&M
  • Quilt for P&S
  • Quilt for L&M
  • Quilt for R

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 3
New projects: 1
WIPs: 12

Beach Preparedness

My husband and I love to go to the beach.  We catch up with friends, wear out our dogs and get away from all the stresses of life (i.e. work).  My husband loves to fish and can spend hours out in the bay, but when he does that I usually stay at the cabin and sew.  Often I bring my sewing machine, but lugging all my quilting gear can be a pain (mostly for my husband).  So this weekend, I thought if I could get a few quilts to the hand binding stage, that would be enough to keep me occupied.  Unfortunately an insane deal at work left me with no time to sew last week.  However, I’m pleased to say that this week I’m back on track!

Thanks to Amy, everything got basted this weekend and I filled up my stair railing!

My IG friends helped me decide on solid black with a strip of red to bind this quilt.

I’m very pleased with the even stitch on my new Juki.

Now I have three quilts and two dogs ready to go to the beach!  I still have two more nights to work, so I’m hoping to get up the courage to try some free motion quilting on the jelly roll race quilt.

I also decided how to finish my habitat challenge.  From last September.  Once I finally had a plan (and the right size zipper), it was implemented within an hour!  Here’s a peek for now…

Crossing one off the list today (from 2011!), and hopefully three or four more next week!

2011 WIPs:

  • Hexagon Quilt
  • Robot Kaleidoscope Quilt
  • Lorax Quilt
  • 3×6 Bee Top (top done)
  • Christmas Patchwork (binding on!)
  • HMQG Row Robin (rows finished)
  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • Rawhide String Quilt (binding on!)
  • Grinch Pillow Cover (top done)
  • HMQG Habitat Challenge
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done)
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)

2012 WIPs

  • Rawhide Swoon Quilt (binding on!!!)
  • Quilts for Kids
  • A Walk in the Woods Baby Quilt
  • 1001 Peeps Quilt
  • Spring green/yellow/grey baby quilt (bundle ready)
  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (in progress)
  • A Walk in the Woods Whirligig Quilt
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project)
  • A Walk in the Woods Zig Zag Quilt
  • Jelly Roll Race Quilt (basted!)
  • Neutral Farfalle Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • ???

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 1
New projects: 0
WIPs: 14

 

New Juki

Somehow I managed to convince my husband that I needed a new sewing machine.  I also managed to convince him that I needed it right away.  (Thanks, C!!!)  So I came home Friday from work and found this:

I was so excited about a weekend of getting to know my new machine… until I realized that I got a lemon!  The shank on this particular machine is slightly askew, which led to the presser foot sitting at a very noticeable (to me!) angle.  Fortunately, the online sellers were very helpful and a new machine is arriving today!  A big thank you to all my IG friends who helped calm me down and convince me I wasn’t crazy!

Disappointing as it was, I got a lot done in preparation for the re-arrival of my Juki (a TL2012Q, for those inquiring minds).  Amy and I went to Frieda’s house to play with her Accuquilt Go! and they were instrumental in coming up with a layout and plan of attack for my spring green and yellow retro flowers quilt.

Since Robin lent me both sizes of the drunkard’s path dies, the center flower will be large and the surrounding flowers will be small.  So far I only have 3 fabrics cut … out of 13!

I made a list and it turns out I am supposed to make 10 baby quilts between now and October.  Wow.  While I was making the backing for the rawhide quilt, I decided to double down.  Taking inspiration from here and here, I will be making my own neutral farfalle quilt!  All the background fabrics will be different neutrals (a chunk are from the bella neutral solids charm pack, plus kona white, snow, bone, khaki and other assorted neutrals) and the farfalle will be random scraps from my stash.

The best part is that I’m doing this as leaders/enders!  That’s right, every time something passes through my machine, another of these puppies gets made.  I’m already 1/4 of the way there!

I see you rolling your eyes, yes that is another project!  However, I’m about to cross four (4) WIPs off my list…

  • the Swoon quilt, which is a huge quilt.  Erin is long-arming it right now and should have it back to me at the HMQG meeting on Saturday.  I have already prepped the binding.
  • the rawhide string quilt is already basted and it’s the first thing slated to run through the Juki.
  • I ordered backing and binding fabric for my Christmas patchwork quilt and…
  • my Pom Pom de Paris jelly roll race quilt.

My goal is to have the latter three quilted and all the bindings machine stitched to the front before Memorial Day weekend.  That way, if I’m not working, I can take them to the beach and hand stitch the binding there.

Does it seem a bit optimistic to think that I will meet all my goals and not get stuck at the office?  We’ll see!

2011 WIPs:

  • Hexagon Quilt
  • Robot Kaleidoscope Quilt
  • Lorax Quilt
  • 3×6 Bee Top (top done)
  • Christmas Patchwork (top done – backing ordered!)
  • HMQG Row Robin (rows finished)
  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • Rawhide String Quilt (basted!)
  • Grinch Pillow Cover (top done)
  • HMQG Habitat Challenge (quilted)
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done)
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)

2012 WIPs

  • Rawhide Swoon Quilt (top done!!! at the long-armer)
  • Quilts for Kids
  • A Walk in the Woods Baby Quilt
  • 1001 Peeps Quilt
  • Spring green/yellow/grey baby quilt (bundle ready)
  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (in progress)
  • A Walk in the Woods Whirligig Quilt
  • Flower Sugar Hand Sewn Diamond Stars (an ongoing project)
  • A Walk in the Woods Zig Zag Quilt
  • Jelly Roll Race Quilt (top done – backing ordered!)
  • Neutral Farfalle Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • ???

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 0
New projects: 1
WIPs: 15

12 Quilts in ’12 — January Link Up!

Hello and welcome to the January installment of the 12 Quilts in ’12 Challenge!  I’m hosting here on my blog, but Amy and Liz are playing along, too.  We hope you will join in!

This month I have a very satisfying finish to share… I finally knocked out my second-oldest WIP!  In April of 2010, Jen and I signed up to participate in the Jaybird Quilts Hexagon quilt-a-long.  Jen finished hers, but mine languished.

I think part of the reason I didn’t finish it quickly is that I don’t like samplers.  Controversial, I know, and something I took a long time to realize, but while I loved each of Julie’s hexagon shapes, I just didn’t like them together.  When I saw this photo on flickr, I knew I had my layout.  I got out the pieces a few months ago and finished the quilt top right before we moved.

This quilt was NOT easy…

…but it makes a great impact…

… and, most importantly, my little sister loved it!

A closeup of one of my favorite stars:

I had another (smaller) finish this weekend.  A really long time ago, Amy ordered some kits for HMQG from Quilts for Kids.  We finished a ton of them really quickly and sent them back but, for some reason, two got (kind of) forgotten.  Amy asked me if I would ship the last finished quilt and one (sad and lonely) unfinished kit back to Quilts for Kids.  I felt really bad about sending an unfinished kit, especially after having it for so long, so I told Amy I would whip it up.

I bought a new machine this weekend and was itching to test it out.  But I didn’t want to use it on any existing projects (I never mix machines!) so I decided to try my new Singer 185K on this quick, satisfying project.

It pieced together really quickly and my 185k sews a delightful 1/4″ seam!  When it came to the quilting, I wanted to stick to my vintage machines, so I decided to practice my free-motion quilting on my Singer 301A.  Turns out, I still need a lot more practice!

No closeup of the quilting for you today, but I think it will make someone really happy!

So what are you waiting for?  Link to your January finish below!

This month’s prize:

Giveaway details:

  • Blog about your finished project or post a picture of it to flickr
  • Link up to your project here
  • Any project you finished this month is eligible, but please link to only one blog post/flickr picture (it’s okay if you blogged about multiple finishes, we love that!)
  • Entries for this giveaway will be open until Monday, February 6 at noon
  • The dedicated folks who enter all 12 times will be entered to win a grand prize next January!

If you have any questions, please email me or leave a comment below!