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WiP Wednesday: getting ready for vacation

What do you take on vacation with you?? I am not really a beach person though the rest of my family are, so I always try to take my sewing with me.

So next week, we are off to the beach for the week….and I am taking with me a few of my WiPs. This week, is all about getting packed and preparing the projects.

First up, Phased Circles: Background fabric selected
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The plan is to balance the color, so I am using Kona Pepper, with black, white and grey Carolyn Friedlander fabrics.

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Project 2: Spoonflower Class – Row 3 blocks, plan is to finish row 3 and minimally finish the quilt top.
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Last night, I spent some time cutting out all the pieces of that 3rd row.
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Project 3: Jungle Ave Quilt. Fabrics arrived and are beautiful, so I will start to plan and cut the quilt top.
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Project 4: Of course, you need to keep a 4 1/2 hour drive interesting…so you guessed, it the hexagon quilt is coming with us.
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So, that is my plan for next week…the rest of the week is prepping and cutting. Linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.

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It’s Alive…

…well at least a project that continues to grow. Last week, I had to fly to Las Vegas for a 3 hour meeting. It meant that I had at least 14 hours on a plane/in an airport….

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and one night in a hotel with a great view….
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and to keep me company my travel project….yes, it was my hexie quilt. Some details/reminders on this WiP:

  • It has been just over 1 year of sewing these hexies together.
  • I only really work on it at bees and traveling.
  • All the prints are unique (except for one or two where I accidentally reused).
  • It shows a great history of prints I have used for other projects as I always try to use the scraps
  • I am aiming for a lap quilt (~60″) and right now at the widest its 42″

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Do you have a travel project? What project do you take with you when you are away from your sewing machine.HexagonQuilt_fromTopLinking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (button on the right).

 

 

Bits and bobs

I have a lot of things started and some of them progressing, some of them are just sitting pretty on my to do pile. I will say with my goals from this month, I am procrastinating but in a good way. I have been working on other WiPs on the list due later in the year…oops.

Tapa Star Block Patterns – I have made up at least 1/2 of the second block and expect to have it finished this week. Fabrics are Carolyn Friedlander Architextures and Robert Kaufman Kona’s (Wasabi, Chartreuse, Bonsai, and Clover). Due date for pattern: February
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Hexagon Quilt: I managed to spend some time on this lap quilt, this week while travelling to Ikea and stuck in bed. I have slowly made progress – each row now has about 60 hexagons and all hexagons are unique fabric prints (except for the grey). Due Date: December
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Kowhai paper piecing block: I am testing a block for Juliet @ Tartan Kiwi. Fabric chosen and sewing has begun. This should also be finished this week. Extra activity
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So, the stuff I am supposed to be working on, looks like this:

Riley Blake Challenge:  No progress
Stash Bee Block: Fabrics Chosen, tutorial printed and read.
Scrap-bee-licious Blocks: Not started
Book Review Tuesday: Book decided and fabrics selected for the project. Guest host for February lined up.

That’s the bits and bobs of this week. Linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.

Quilty distractions: Stitch and Flip Quilt

Q: Where am I on the pushme, pullme quilt top you might ask.
A: Nowhere, no progress

However, my week has been full of quilty distractions, which have led to a finish:

  • Attended a free quilting class at Spoonflower. Nicole @ Mama Love Quilts taught a stitch and flip class which was fantastic. She does a great job teaching and is passionate about quilting which makes it a fun class.

    Instead of doing individual blocks, like I did in her last class, I decided to co-ordinate all the blocks in hopes to do more with it. You can check out her blocks that she taught from, here. Here is a sneak peek of what may be a block…I struggled with this block. I did not want it to be so regular.
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  • I got a lot of orders for the chevron hexagon reusable coffee cup sleeves that I have been selling on my etsy store. I spent the week getting the first orders out.
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  • NOW THE BIG NEWS…..Yesterday, I took what I learnt in Nicole’s class, played with my blocks some more (fixed the block above into what is now my favorite block of the quilt), split the flying geese into two separate rows/blocks, added some improv borders and it resulted in a finished quilt top!!!

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Name: Stitch and Flip
Design/Inspiration:
 Nicole @ Mama Love Quilts + Improv Style
Fabric:
  Madrona Road + Kona Ash + Kona Bone or Oyster (??)
Size:  ~40 x 40″

The Madrona Road fabric were from a fat eight bundle that I had won from the Patchwork Please, Zakka 2.0 QAL. I wanted to make sure as they were gifted that I used then to make a good finish. I think these worked really well with the two Kona choices.

That was my finish for Friday. I am linking up with Amanda Jean over at Crazy Mom Quilts for “Finish it up Friday”.

Wow, so many WiPs

On Sunday, I had a stark realization that I might have a “quilting attention deficit disorder”. I was asked to do a member spotlight at our MQG. I was pulling out stuff to show and realized I had a large number of WiP’s. I made a decision that my WiPs are an important part of my process and embraced them. I think, I like small and different projects so that I can learn new techniques or fine-tune a skill, hence the # of WiP’s. My WiP’s include my first attempt at making a modern block, paper piecing, EPP, first QAL, my first quilt design, first strip improv blocks, and first mod mosaic blocks.

How many WiP’s do you have on the go? Are they all different? Why are they WiPs (I get bored too quick or distracted)?

Here are the WiP’s I shared.

  1. Orange and Grey Quilt: These blocks were my first blocks I ever sewed up. I have not done anything with them since last November – this is supposed to be a King Sized quilt….I have 50 or so blocks to go. Most of the fabrics are from Spoonflower.com, Designer: Holli Zollinger.
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  2. Hexagon Quilt (EPP): I have been hand sewing this quilt since May, I have about 7 rows + corners to go for a lap sized quilt.
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  3. Tula Pink QAL: I am so far behind in this QAL. I have done the first 9 blocks….I am thinking of making only a lap quilt with these. The fabric is Summer House used in these blocks.
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  4. NZ bird Quilt (Paper piecing): A lap quilt using Juliet@ Tartankiwi’s paper piecing patterns, 3 down, 6 to go.
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  5. Medallion Quilt: I am using this paper piecing block from I Patch Quilt pattern as the center block for a medallion quilt.
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  6. This Way, That Way Quilt: My first quilt design, 4 blocks done, 20 more to go for a Twin sized quilt that needs to be finished for Christmas.
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  7. Neapolitan Quilt: Another possible Christmas gift. I really wanted to do coated candy from “Sunday Mornings” Book but wanted to make it my own so I came up with this design. I made up the first block this weekend. This could be a nice quick project.
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  8. Through the Shattered Looking-glass:  A new design I had come up with, that had been in my head for some time. It uses a technique from oh! Fransson – Mod Mosaics which I tried out in the improv block class I had a couple of weekends ago.
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So, you may be wondering how the member spotlight went…after all, I mostly had WiP’s and a few design/design ideas to show (some I have not shared here yet).  I think, I got a great response from my guild based on the feedback. I really enjoyed sharing and talking about the learning curve and process I have taken over the last year since I started. I would definitely do it again 🙂

Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.
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For the EPP Hexagon Quilt:

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WiP Wednesday + August Goals

My focus this month for “A lovely year of finishes” is to finish the top for my hexagon quilt. This is a hand sewn project and it keeps getting bigger  – it will now be a lap quilt ~ 56 x 56 in. I have about 8 rows to go.

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My design of this quilt has developed over time – I have the center focused on a mix of low-volume and high-volume prints (I try to alternate these rows), 8 rows to be specific. I have stuck with oranges, reds, yellows, blues, greens, greys, black and white printed fabrics. Each hexagon in this center section uses a unique fabric – there are currently no repeats of prints in the same color.

The new aspect is I want the center to have a border of 2-3 rows of various grey solids. Then finally I will finish this off with 3-4 more rows of low and high volume prints…repeating the pattern.

I think I will machine quilt circles or a radiating circular quilt pattern. I do not know how I will do the back yet. Anyway that is my thought process so far…I will leave you all with a close-up.

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For WiP Wednesday I am linking up with:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

and for my August goal setting I am linking to:
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July Goals: A lovely year of finishes

With the crazy week last week, I totally missed the end of month goal checkin at the “A lovely year of finishes”.  I did get 3 projects finished; a coin purse, a pillow for a swap and the hexagon trivet.

I did not get the time to finish my two big projects. The two baby quilts. These will be my goals for July. I think both of these are doable (at least at a minimum the tops) since I am having 1.5 weeks vacation.

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  2. Hexagon Quilt
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I have a whole slew of other projects, I want to do over the next few months. This is more for my own records (I am still getting the chalk board into my sewing room), just so I don’t forget…

Linking up with Fiber of All Sorts and Sew Bittersweet Designs for A Lovely year of finishes.
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Also linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced