WIP Wednesday: Guest Hosted by Jenelle of Echinops & Aster


I have two true statements for you: It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time to link up those projects you’ve been working on this past week. I am also in fact not Lee. She has faithfully entrusted to me the keeping of WIP Wednesday this week (oh man!) and I am hoping to not make her regret it do a fantastic job. ; ) Who is this “me,” you might be wondering? Well, let me introduce myself! I’m Jenelle and I blog over at Echinops & Aster. I’m a sewist and quilter with a hand-stitcher’s heart and a modern aesthetic. I design embroidery patterns, love hiking, am a bit of a plant geek, and live in the Emerald City (aka Seattle) with my husband and our little siamese/ tabby, Cleo.

Fun fact: if you took a peek at the list of labels most used in my blog posts, WIP Wednesday is the winner by far. I’ve been linking up with Lee almost since the beginning of this party (definitely since the beginning of my blogging career) and boy has it kept me on track! I’ll be needing this linky more than ever this year as I’ve dedicated myself to really finishing my WIPs and to becoming generally a better finisher than starter.


Hope Valley Swoon
Hope Valley Swoon
Hope Valley Swoon
Hope Valley Swoon

One of the projects that I’ve recently picked up again after a long hiatus is my Hope Valley Swoon quilt. This past month I tackled four more blocks to bring my grand total up to five finished. Last week I really hit the ground running and finished both the blue and black ones. Now that I’ve gotten back into the groove with this project, I hope to get the remaining four blocks wrapped up soon so that I can try a QAYG technique on this one.

Honeycomb Stitch-Along Button

I also began a new project this week that I am totally excited about finally getting to share! I’ve been planning a stitch-along project for over a month now behind the scenes, and with the release of Honey Honey by Kate Spain, I can finally get started on my sample project and the tutorials.
Honeycomb Pillow Mock-up
I designed this large throw pillow project to be a great way to practice a bunch of hand-stitching techniques like EEP, needle-turn applique, hand-quilting, and embroidery. It has little bite-sized components of each technique which makes it less daunting in my opinion to get started learning a new skill. I just began the EEP portion over the weekend and was stitching and photographing the tutorial steps in between the plays of the Super Bowl. Here’s my progress so far:
Honeycomb Stitch-Along EEP
I’m going to be moving along on this project quickly to share finished photos ASAP, but in the meantime I’ll be kicking off the planning stages of the stitch-along this week by posting materials lists, the tutorial schedule, and the list of prize sponsors that are going to be making this event extra fun. Please feel free to stop by my blog and follow along if you might be interested in joining me in making this great sampler project!
Fusion Crochet Blanket Progress

Finally this past week I also had the chance to crochet a couple more fusion charms while traveling to Portland on the train. I’m happy to see the growing stack, as this blanket is going to require quite a few squares to make it lap-sized. I’m also toying with the idea of throwing some granny squares into the mix to add some variety and to stretch the spacing of the fabric charms a little bit to get a slightly bigger blanket. It might be time to buy some more yarn. 🙂

Thanks for linking up and for helping me to do a great job guest hosting. And special thanks to Lee too for allowing me to jump in as host! I can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on.

So what are you working on this week? Whatever you’re sewing, link it up here! Just remember 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, you must 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 WIP Wednesday links. Because what fun is a linky party without comments?


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NOTE FROM LEE: There were some problems with the linky earlier, but they should be resolved now. Let me know if you still have any problems linking up. And please note that I am now using InLinkz’s paging widget, so you may have to scroll through several pages of links to see yours (the newest links appear at the end, on the last page). Thank you for your patience!

68 replies
  1. joanne
    joanne says:

    Those Swoons blocks are wonderful!!! I've made single blocks for cushions, but really want to make a whole quilts worth for a 'me quilt'. But I can't settle on what fabrics, they are stunning in Hope Valley!!
    Love the sound of the stitch along!!

  2. Scrapatches
    Scrapatches says:

    Thanks, Jenelle, for running WIP Wednesday this week. I love your swoon blocks and the quiltalong looks like fun. I am really going to have to try the fabric and crochet fushion charms. I am linking up again and enjoying all the quilty inspiration in the links … 🙂 Pat

  3. Scrapatches
    Scrapatches says:

    Link-up success! I closed out my browser and reopened and came back in and voila!

    Cleo looks so sweet … I want to pet her … please give her a rub behind the ears from me … 😉 Pat

    • Lee Heinrich
      Lee Heinrich says:

      Thanks Pat! I'm glad the linky worked for you. 🙂 How did you know that's Cleo's favorite thing? Sometimes she even wants her ears rubbed. Only cat I've ever met like that!

  4. marcella
    marcella says:

    You have some beautiful projects going on! Good luck with your finish it up goals this year.

    Next stop – your blog to see about that adorable stitch along project.

  5. Marsha Cooper
    Marsha Cooper says:

    Your first squares look too daunting for me to try. I am doing the sampler at our quilt shop and finding it frustrating with new techniques on the different block each month.
    I love the idea of your charm squares with the crocheted edges. I hadn't ever though of combining the 2, but now that is one clever idea!

    • Lee Heinrich
      Lee Heinrich says:

      The first four blocks aren't too difficult to piece except that they require lots of precision to get all the points matched. It's a good project to work on if your wanting to get your scant 1/4 seam down pat. 🙂

      Hexies are so much fun and I'm sure we can help you figure out what to do with them! I am always working on different EEP projects (including the stitch-along), so if you're interested in seeing more ideas, feel free to stop by my blog. 🙂

  6. Cille
    Cille says:

    The pillow is a great idea. I've often wanted to take on more stitching techniques but a big project seems very daunting and it holds me back.

    • Lee Heinrich
      Lee Heinrich says:

      I'm glad to hear that you like the idea! I think the hardest part about learning hand-stitching techniques for lots of folks is how time consuming it is to finish a project. Bite-sized is good! 🙂

    • Lee Heinrich
      Lee Heinrich says:

      You might want to give the linky another try. I think Lee found a solution. 🙂 Come check out the stitch-along if you're interested! I promise the needle-turn will be totally manageable. No epic projects here! 🙂

  7. Irelle
    Irelle says:

    I did a special WIP post just to link to your blog and I can't get the linky to work. I've rebooted and tried every trick I know. Too bad. 🙁

    • Lee Heinrich
      Lee Heinrich says:

      Sorry, Irelle! I just tweeted at Inlinkz to see if they can do anything. I'll keep everyone posted. In the meantime, feel free to post your link in the comments.

  8. Brenda
    Brenda says:

    Would love to sew along with you! The pillow looks great! And I have charms to make the granny charms waiting for me to start. I love the idea of some completely crocheted Granny squares intermingled with them! Hope you show us if that is what you do! Going over to visit your blog, I am intrigued! Do not think I have visited before.

    • Lee Heinrich
      Lee Heinrich says:

      I found a granny square pattern that perfectly mirrors the flowers in the fabric line i'm using, so I think granny squares are a must now. 🙂 I will definitely post more on this project!

  9. Gina
    Gina says:

    Thanks for hosting. You have beautiful WiP's! I love your swoon blocks and the throw you are making with crochet and fabric is amazing!!

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