WIP Wednesday #11


Let’s WIP it! WIP it good! (Sorry, after 11 weeks, I’m running out of clever things to say here.)

New projects:

Blogger’s Blockapalooza
I don’t usually go for sampler quilts—just not my thing, I guess. But have you seen the list of people who are contributing to this quilt-along? How could it not be cool? Plus, I’m doing mine in Parisville. Case closed.

I found it challenging and a little scary to choose fabric and colors for one block, without knowing a single thing about the rest of the quilt. I guess I’m just a control freak like that. But I suppose anything that forces me outside of my comfort zone is a good thing. And I love how Block #1 turned out.

Ongoing projects:

Secret Super-Stealth Project
I thought I would have this one done by now. But why complete a project and check it off the list, when you could hand-quilt it? Especially if you’ve never hand-quilted anything before in your life? Trust me when I tell you that this is so not the project on which to be trying out new techniques. But since when did common sense ever enter into my quilting obsession?

Don’t Call Me Betsy‘s Sliced Coins Quilt-Along
This yummy pile is about to become my Sliced Coins quilt for Margaret’s Hope Chest and the Wrapped In Hope project. Can’t wait!

Currently being quilted:

Modern Meadow and Urban Lattice baby quilts – I pieced the backs for both of these this past week, and they are now off at the long-arm quilter. So excited to pick them up!

Completed tops still awaiting quilting:

Fall Equinox – I had sooooo hoped to have this basted by now, but it didn’t happen. Hopefully today.

Hope Valley quilt

In a holding pattern:
Central Park jelly roll quilt
That Girl quilt-along
Figgy Pudding quilt
Wonky Log Cabin

This week’s stats:
New projects – 1
Completed projects – 0
Currently in progress – 12 (up one from last week – but I’m expecting several finishes in the next few weeks! No, really! I am!)

Now it’s your turn to … WIP it! Into shape! Go forward! Move ahead! Okay, I’ll shut up now. Please remember to link back to my blog, comment on other links, blah blah blah. You know the drill. Have a wonderful week!


19 replies
  1. Elizabeth D.
    Elizabeth D. says:

    You're hand quilting it????? Holy moly, Lee. You're outdoing yourself for sure! And you didn't have to shut up about WIP'ing it good, you had me laughing pretty darn good. I like your Blockapalooza block, and I think I feel the same way you do about feeling like a control freak. Note how I haven't started mine yet. I like how you used the different colorways together in this block, though, it looks really awesome!

  2. Jessica
    Jessica says:

    Your block for the Blockapalooza looks fantastic! I know what you mean about the control freak thing – I am waiting to see what the next couple of blocks are like before I commit!

  3. Becky
    Becky says:

    Hahaha! I'm totally singing along now. WIP it good!
    Love your blockapalooza block. I was going to use Parisville too. Then I crossed it off my list and decided to move instead. hee hee. I too was having control issues though with not knowing the outcome of the blocks. I'll be watching yours! Maybe i'll hop back in?
    btw – how do you have 12 in progress without going crazy. I think I may be OCD.

  4. Mary
    Mary says:

    That Modern Meadow quilt is amazing! (I am new-ish to your blog so this is the first I have seen it). So simple and so intricate at the same time! Good luck with the hand quilting…I chose to do my first on something that would be sticking around my house. Bad idea, because it's now that project that is a victim of "I'll do that some other time…"

  5. Susan
    Susan says:

    Oh, please this 80's girl who spent many an hour in front of the TV obsessed with MTV when it first came out isn't telling you to stop the Devo reference! Made me laugh.

    Your first Blockapalloza looks great!

  6. AnneMarie
    AnneMarie says:

    Exactly! The control fresk in me can't do the Blockapalooza without seeing the whole thing.

    Wow – hand quilting! Now that's outdoing yourself! Can't wait to see the super secret project!

  7. Candace
    Candace says:

    I'm intrigued by your Blogger's Blockapalooza Block and can't wait to see where it all goes.

    When you get ready to hand-quilt your coin quilt, feel free to message me if you have any questions. Hand-quilting isn't scary at all; a little intimidating at first for most people but that's all.

  8. Rachel
    Rachel says:

    I'm impressed that you're doing the blockapalooza quilt. I'm not willing to invest the time without knowing where I'll land.

    I do like your block more than the original block. At least your quilt will be different from everybody else's.

  9. Lee Heinrich
    Lee Heinrich says:

    Great choice of fabrics for the blockapalooza block! I think you really can't go wrong with using the fabrics from one line or designer for a project where you're not sure of the final result (like a mystery quilt as well).

    That Devo reference made my whole day. Thanks!!

  10. Wandering Minstrel
    Wandering Minstrel says:

    Oh, Lee, your Blockapalooza block is WONDERFUL! And I hear what you're saying about the control-freak-nature interfering with the sampler quilt-along: I'm several blocks 'behind' on the Layer Cake Quilt-Along I'm doing, in part because it's so hard to pick fabric for just one block! But I sat down one night and chose fabrics for all the blocks I have instructions for, and I kind of like being behind because that has allowed me a little more 'play' in what I'm using. 🙂

    And the Sliced Coins Quilt-Along is going to be so fun! I think I may be able to keep up with that one (although last night, as I finished cutting, the pinwheels kept mournfully looking at me from the guest bed…).

  11. Lee Heinrich
    Lee Heinrich says:

    Love your block for the Blockapolooza. Like several others, I'm not ready to commit to that yet. I like to see the finished product first. You have so many great things going on right now. Love the Modern Meadows quilt.

  12. Georgia
    Georgia says:

    There are *so* many (I had to restrain myself from typing 'sew' many there!) quilt-alongs happening at the moment! I tell myself that I'll get to them …one day…

  13. MN2NM
    MN2NM says:

    Wow! I love your blockapalooza block and it made me think I needed to get some Parisville. While I was ordering it, I grabbed some Hope Valley design rolls. When I searched flickr for Hope Valley quilts, I saw yours, made my way to your blog and realized that it was your block that started my whole fabric-buying spree! Phew! It was one crazy quilting circle. Love the blog – I blame you for the Parisvile purchase 🙂


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