WIP Wednesday – On My Needles

Right now I have a couple of fun things on my needles.  First is my Love of Spiders shawl, which is from a pattern by Melanie Berg, using custom dyed Sunshine Yarns Luxury Sock … all in fun kits from Little Skein in the Big Wool. I am absolutely obsessed with this shawl and how deceptively easy the slipped stitch pattern is.

Spider WIP 3

Even though this is not a difficult shawl, I do have to refer to the pattern and pay attention to what I’m doing.  When I’m on the go or don’t feel like concentrating, I’ve been working on my Garter Goodness, which is another shawl by westknits.

GG First Color 1

This is a simple garter stitch pattern with yarn over increases separating the sections.  The real fun in this shawl is adding color after color and seeing how well they play together.  It is also absolutely HUGE.

GG Third Color 1

It’s nice to have a project to suit every mood!

Raveling here and here.

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WIP Wednesday – Scrappy Trip

Lots of progress this week on my scrappy trip along.

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I have abut a third of my blocks and I absolutely love it!

2011 WIPs:

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

2012 WIPs

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

2013 WIPs

  • Marcelle Medallion Block Quilt (working on the 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 (top done)
  • Denyse Schmidt Scrappy Trip Along (working on the blocks)

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

WIP Wednesday – Stash Bash!

The Stash Bash is a great way to meet friends

Safieh and Kristi Sew Together

…learn new things

Hello Petal Top

…and make a quilt or two!

Scrappy Trip

Stay tuned for more of what went down at this incredible event…

2011 WIPs:

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

2012 WIPs

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

2013 WIPs

  • Marcelle Medallion Block Quilt (working on the 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 (top done!)
  • Denyse Schmidt Scrappy Trip Along (working on the blocks)

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

WIP Wednesday – I Love Longarmers!

~~PSA: Love your local longarmer! ~~

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

Pams Quilting 2

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

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