WIP Wednesday: With Guest Host Kelly From My Quilt Infatuation


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Welcome to the middle of the week, ya’ll! Halfway to the weekend—woo hoo! I’m Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation, and I’m so delighted that Lee invited me to guest host WIP Wednesday today.  For those of you who read my blog regularly, you know that I’m kind of a linear quilter.  That is to say, I like to start, finish, photograph, and blog a project before starting another one—although sketching and fabric shopping are totally fair game at all times (of course).

Lately though, I have actually had to work on a few things at the same time—and yeah, it’s kinda been making me crazy. Here’s the run down of what’s been going on this week in my sewing space!

I got the backing pieced for my latest quilt using all of the leftovers, and basted it (ugh). It’s all ready to be quilted, and I’m hoping to tackle that one evening this week. The backing is actually really tight on this and the strips are straight, but for whatever reason, it looks crooked and the lighting in the picture is making it look all wrinkly. I think I’ll blame the quilt holder, and since I’m blaming him on someone else’s blog, he’ll never know.  😉
I took the strings and small scraps from this quilt and made a Kindle sleeve for my wild thing last night. This was a really easy project that only took about an hour and a half.  It’s nothing fancy, I promise. I didn’t follow a pattern, and best of all, there was no “turning stuff inside out” required.
Remember when you were in school and used to make “envelopes” by folding paper and stapling the sides together? (I’m not the only one that did that, right?) Well, I made it like that, except I made a tiny quilt, 8.5 x 15 inches, and folded it exactly the same way, stitching the edges together. Then I just attached binding like a quilt to hide the raw edges.
Stitch on some velcro, and it’s good to go. Love the Denyse Schmidt orange plaid surprise on the inside!
Like I said, nothing fancy, but at least it will offer some protection from the circumstances that might befall a third grader taking it to and from school! And it helps that he really loves it!
The final project I have going is one that will undoubtedly continue throughout the holiday season, right up until the time I have to give them, I’m sure. This, my friends, is a stack of scrappy quilted coasters:
There are 12 coasters in that stack, or three complete sets of four. It’s true that this is just about as easy as you can get if you need a fast gift. But somehow I decided that these would be my go-to gift for everyone on my list who gets something small-ish (like my fellow teachers on my grade level, my administrators, my son’s art, music, and PE teachers, etc…etc…etc…) So, although I have this process down to about 35 minutes per set, I have to make 10 more sets! Yeah. I don’t know what I was thinking! So these will be a WIP for awhile, and what I’ll work on between quilts—because making 52 coasters can get a little boring.
Well, I know I’m not the only one that has bunches of stuff going on right now. I can’t wait to see your WIP’s, so come on and link them up! Here are the linky 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 the WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!

Oh, and feel free to pop on over to My Quilt Infatuation for a visit sometime!

18 replies
  1. Lee Heinrich
    Lee Heinrich says:

    There's something about the holiday season that makes all reason and planning in regards to projects go completely out the window 😉 Love the kindle cover and the coasters are a great idea!

  2. Anne
    Anne says:

    Those coasters are so cute, and what a great idea!
    Love the quilt, as well. Basting is by far my least favorite step. It's always such a nice accomplishment to have it done! Almost there! 😀

  3. Paula @ Sewy Stuff
    Paula @ Sewy Stuff says:

    I've been making a few coasters too. I'm actually making a few recipients two sets – one set of Christmas fabric and one set of 'regular' fabric. I'm not making them for as many people as you are though Kelly!! 🙂 That Kindle pouch is great. I think I'll make one for a friend's iPad.

  4. Marsha Cooper
    Marsha Cooper says:

    Lately I've let my blogging go…..and pretty much my sewing too. I've not linked up in a long time!
    If I finished one project before starting another I might actually get something completed.

  5. Lee Heinrich
    Lee Heinrich says:

    Ha! This made me smile – and also helped me understand how you are constantly churning out one finished project after another—(((light bulb)))—because you actually FINISH one project before starting the next Eureka! 🙂 🙂


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