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

 

12 Quilts in ’12 – May!

May was a month of therapeutic sewing.

During the last week in April, my husband and I received the terrible news that one of our friends had died, along with his father, in an accident.  To say we were devastated would be an understatement.  The day after the funeral, I also found out that my cousin’s grandmother had passed away unexpectedly.  All of this news left us reeling and a bit unsteady on our feet.  Initially it was helpful to plan flowers, funerals, food, etc., but we soon ran out of things to plan.

Fortunately, the universe sometimes helps you out with some much needed perspective, and I have also had eight friends deliver happy, healthy babies this month!  Focusing on new life, instead of loss, has helped tremendously.

So in that spirit, I dove straight in and made this baby quilt for a friend who is due in July.

I backed it with more of the DS Quilts circle dots.

This is the third month in a row with a Walk in the Woods quilt as my finish…

…and I blame Aneela for making such perfectly adorable fabric.

This is possibly one of my favorite quilts I’ve ever made!

Sometimes I work on projects with no intended recipient and the perfect person comes along later.

I was fortunate to have that happen twice this month.

When C thought my rawhide string blocks would be perfect for our friend’s newborn nephew…

…I immediately realized the rawhide swoon quilt would be perfect for our friend’s mom…

…who is coping with the loss of both her son and her husband.

I hope these handmade gifts can help in some way.

I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to have the HMQG retreat the weekend after the funeral.  Not only was a trip to sew with my girlfriends a great distraction, but they helped me complete the two quilt tops above and I made this fun jelly roll race quilt for myself!  I can’t show the whole quilt because we’re doing a fun challenge, but I will soon!

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Let us know what you finished this month (and enter to win a handmade coin purse and a fat quarter) over at Liz’s!

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

11 Quilts …. in 5 months??

This year, I set a goal to complete 12 quilts in 2012.  It looks like that will happen, since I’ve already completed 8 and I recently realized that I have another 10 quilts to make before October.  When I mentioned this briefly, Michonne asked me to elaborate.  Then I realized it was actually eleven (11) quilts!  Here’s the list:

  1. C’s friends C&A.  They had their baby, West, a couple of months ago, but I know they could use something special and handmade in their lives these days.  They live in West Texas and work on the family ranch, so C thought my rawhide string blocks would be perfect for them.
  2. Our friend’s mom, J.  I am almost done with West’s quilt and also one for his grandmother — the swoon quilt!  I’d like to send both quilts out by the end of May.
  3. My mom’s friend P and his new wife, MP is getting a bit of a late start on his first baby, but he couldn’t be more excited about having a boy in July.  When we visited them in Austin earlier this year, P had two beautiful heirloom double wedding quilts, so I knew I wanted to make him something with a vintage vibe.  When I stashed some Happy Campers at the Lost Pines Quilt Shop in Bastrop, I decided to use my honey bun to make them an Irish Chain quilt.  We will be seeing them June 15.  
  4. C’s friends C&T. Baby West (number 1 above) isn’t going to be the only baby in his family for long.  His aunt is expecting in September.  I plan to use my small stash of sock monkey fabrics in a disappearing nine patch.  C agreed, saying that the mom-to-be is such a fun, happy person and that’s how the fabrics seemed to him, too.  We are getting together with them in San Antonio in mid-June.  
  5. My “cousins” V&E.  When you’re Persian, everyone is your cousin!  But seriously, I practically grew up with my real cousins and V and his two crazy brothers.  He has had his first baby and Maya is seriously adorable.  Her two partners in crime on Instagram (Izzy and Ruby) have their own quilts, so it’s about time Maya did, too.  Maya is too sophisticated and pretty for the average baby quilt, so she is getting the Neutral Farfalle quilt.  With lots of soft neutrals and bright pops of color, it’s sure to match every one of her stylish outfits.  I’d like to have this in the mail to her in June.  
  6. My buddies, A&J.  Not only did did I go to law school with both of these guys, A worked with me and Jen until she left the firm to join J up north and get married.  Little baby Claire arrived on our anniversary three weeks ago, so I will never forget her birthday.  They are doing a pink, grey and white nursery, and I plan to do a walk in the woods Mega Swoon!  We are throwing a meet n’ greet party for Claire, so I’d like to have this done by the July 14 party.
  7. My co-worker, L and her husband M. Not only do I work with L, but we went to college together and she was my O-Week coordinater (Rice alums will know what I mean)!  She is expecting baby boy no. 2 (actually, she’s the only second time mom on this list) in August, but they’re house hunting and she is not yet sure what she is doing for baby’s nursery.   
  8. My cousins Y&O! I know I already made one quilt for Y&O’s baby, but since I’m SO excited about this baby and the gender is a surprise, I really want to make sure this baby has all the stylish quilts he or she needs.  They are due in early September and I plan to pop up to NYC to meet this cute munchkin as soon as I can.  I plan to turn my spring green, yellow and grey bundle into an awesome retro flowers quilt for this incredible little one!  
  9. My co-worker P and his wife S.  Fortunately, P convinced his wife to have a reveal party, so I will be able to brain storm a plan for this couple after their June 1 festivities.  Unfortunately, I also talked a big game to P about my quilting skills, so I’m going to have to deliver something pretty special before their early September due date.
  10. My friends L&M.  L&M are having a boy and are models (literally) and seriously stylish, fun, international people, so I will have to come up with a quilt that measures up.  Fortunately, they are not due until mid-October, so I have a bit of time.
  11. C’s cousin R.  R was born with several disabilities, but his parents, J&E, made it their mission in life to make sure he gets the best care possible.  Now, 19 years later, not only are they R’s biggest advocates, but they also help other parents of disabled children navigate the complicated medical/benefits world.  I’m always impressed with people who can maintain such a positive outlook and wanted to do something to give back to them and to R.  I’ve been told to start with primary colors and I’m thinking something in  warm tones that is happy, cheery and scrappy.  I’m hoping to have this done in the fall and if it’s done by the end of the year, I will be thrilled.

As you can see, I don’t have ideas for all of the quilts yet, but things are percolating.

I have to say…

…I was hesitant to create this list and put it online…

…I feel like I should include a disclaimer that I might not be able to get all this done!

How crazy am I?  What are your crazy goals this month or this year?  I’d love to know!

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