WIP Wednesday: 4th of July edition


Note: Due to the holiday in the U.S., this week’s WIP Wednesday linky will be open on Wednesday AND Thursday. So if you’re reading this on Thursday, you’re not too late—come link up!

Hi everyone!  I’m so excited to be helping Lee out on her summer vacation, and guest hosting this holiday edition of WIP Wednesday today {insert pretty fireworks here}.  My name is Jess and I blog over at SewCraftyJess.  In real life, I live outside of Pittsburgh, PA with my hubby of almost 4 years and our two bad adorable and spoiled furbabies, Zoey and Bella.  By day I work as an audiologist, but in the evenings, I try to squeeze in a little sewing every day.
First of all, to those in the US, Happy 4th of July!  Hopefully you will get some time to enjoy a cook out or two (or three in our case…) and some pretty fireworks. I know it’s sort of odd when holidays like this fall in the middle of the week—we did our celebrating last weekend (and a little next weekend too), so today’s sort of a free day. 🙂
As for what’s been going on in my sewing room, between working on my tan seeking relief from the recent 90+ temperatures at the pool, I haven’t been overly productive sewing-wise, but I have managed one finish and some bee blocks, and have a few projects in the works.


Completed Projects
X Marks the Spot baby quilt

X Marks the Spot baby quilt

My lone finish of the week was this baby quilt for a cousin who recently had a baby.  You can read more about it here, and find the block tutorial here.
New Projects
Flying Geese baby quilt

flying geese baby quilt fabric
A dear friend of mine just found out she is having a baby girl, and I couldn’t resist pulling fabrics from my stash to make a sweet baby girl quilt.  I knew I wanted lots of pinks, and pulled out a few sherbert-y oranges, muted aquas and light greys to pair with Essex Linen in Sand that I recently purchased from Pink Castle Fabrics.
I made quick work of turning that stack of fabrics into a slew of flying geese units, and used this nifty trick to simultaneously make a bunch of half square triangles, that would make some adorable matching pillows.


June Bee Blocks
for Amanda-do. Good Stitches Imagine circle- June
Stash Bee- June Hive 4
I spent a little time working on bee blocks for both the Imagine Circle of do. Good Stitches and the Stash Bee.  I love both of these color combinations, but that improv style of block based off this tutorial from Six White Horses sort of scared the bejeesus out of me.  You can read more about these blocks here, and see my method of paper piecing that “improv” block for a much less scary experience.
In Progress
EPP Hexagons

WIP Wednesday 2

Since I don’t spend nearly as much time down in my sewing room once the weather gets nice, I wanted to start a project that would be portable and I could work on on the go.  Enter English Paper Piecing.  I typically am not a patient sewist—I like to start a project to quickly see it finished.  This is certainly not the case here, but I am enjoying taking my good old time piecing these hexies by hand.
I’m hoping these little hexies do a little scrap busting, as my bins seem to be bursting at the seams.  I have about 20 flowers completed, with about a bajillion more to go, so I suppose this will be a lesson in patience if nothing else. 🙂
WIP Wednesday 3

That about sums up what I’ve been up to this week. Thanks for having me, Lee!
Now it’s your turn to link up! Here are the rules:


1. Link up any post from the past week that features at least one unfinished work-in-progress (WIP)
2. Somewhere in your post, link back here to my blog. (Or grab my WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other links—because what fun is a linky party without comments?
28 replies
  1. Marjorie's Busy Corner
    Marjorie's Busy Corner says:

    Happy Holiday Jess…we had ours last weekend here…but it fell on that day…lol. It has been beautiful weather the past week…you are one busy lady for only sewing in the evenings girl….great work!!

  2. Julie
    Julie says:

    I love that x marks the spot baby quilt! The colors are so fun! I'm planning on doing a EPP Hexagon quilt too probably some time next year as I already have 7 in the works right now. I love your scrappy ones! Thanks for hosting!

  3. capitolaquilter
    capitolaquilter says:

    Thanks for the link up Jess and hope you are having an awesome summer Lee. I couldn't figure out if I could change my picture so I just deleted and re-linked which I could be because of the holiday extension…


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