WIP Wednesday: Jungle Ave. Top


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Hey! I sewed things this week.

Including this! I am so excited to be working with Jungle Ave., Sara Lawson’s new fabric line for Art Gallery. (You can now buy this pattern here!)

Sara is from Chicago, and Jungle Ave. has lots of Windy City flavor—especially my favorite print, which is a map of the Chicago L train system. Love!

I lived in Chicago for more than four years and rode the L to work every single day. I mostly hated riding the L—especially freezing my rear end off waiting for trains in the winter, and being involved in this delightful incident wasn’t too fun either. But of course, the L is such a Chicago thing. And now that I live in a city with no public transportation to speak of, I kind of miss those grimy, grungy trains. It’s made me strangely nostalgic for things like watching homeless people chug beer or clip their toenails on the rail cars. (Well, okay, maybe not that last one.)

Wellington Ave. My old stop. : )

But I digress. I’ve had this design in my sketchbook for a while, but for the longest time I couldn’t wrap my head around a way to construct it. A good way to do it hit me right around the time Sara asked me to design something for her line. And it turned out even better than I hoped! It kind of reminds me of one of those city walls covered with dozens of posters, where the top layers have peeled off in places and you can see the even older posters below.

And yes, this quilt is going to be my next pattern! It’s paper-pieced (sorry non-paper-piecers—there’s no template option this time). But it’s basically a string quilt. It doesn’t get much easier than that. C’mon, you know you want to try it!

And here’s what else I was working on—literally working on—this past week: A brand new Bernina 750QE. I’ll be devoting a full post to my new baby next week sometime, so stay tuned!

What are you working on this week? Here are the linky rules:

1. Link up any blog post from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog.
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!


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  1. Jehnny
    Jehnny says:

    That pattern and fabric work awesome together and I am so jealous of you sewing on that sewing machine (well, really, I'm jealous of anyone who sews on a machine that is better than mine, which is pretty much everyone)! I'll be interested to hear what you think of it.

  2. Anne
    Anne says:

    Your new quilt design is really cool. Glad you figured it. I have lots of sketches that need to get turned into quilts too. More ideas than time I'm afraid.

  3. Linda
    Linda says:

    I lived in Chicago for the longest 3 1/2 yrs of my life. It was a culture shock for a newlywed 18-yr old born and raised in San Diego!! I did love the L, but that's because it was a novelty and I didn't have to ride it. I do miss the fall and spring there. I love your L fabric!

  4. Jessica
    Jessica says:

    This is beautiful! It's cool that you had some of it planned out already and then the fabric just spoke to you for that project. 🙂 That's serendipitous!

  5. Melissa
    Melissa says:

    It DOES feel good to sew again, doesn't it! 🙂 I've been writing patterns lately, too, and it just feels sooooooo good to just sew. For the sake of sewing something. Anything! Without writing down the next step, without hoping that the person reading the pattern will understand what I mean, without praying that no one notices the goobered up stitch… It just feels good! 🙂
    Hope you have a great week!

  6. abengel
    abengel says:

    Love the new pattern! How about some more info on the quilt, like dimensions, etc.? I'm a rabid paper-piecer and can't wait to make it. What are the fabric requirements? I want to go ahead and get my fabric!

  7. Barb
    Barb says:

    I too lived in Chicago for 5 years and loved those friendly Midwesterns. You will love your new Bernina. I have the 780, my retirement gift to myself. It's the best machine I have ever had.

  8. Tiffany
    Tiffany says:

    Okay, that pattern looks really cool. I'd love to see one in solids! Also, I'm really looking forward to reading more about that Bernina.

  9. Jennie
    Jennie says:

    Can't wait to hear your thoughts on the Bernina. I've been contemplating one for a while now. Good to have more than one perspective.

    Love love love the Jungle Ave. quilt. So cute!

  10. Kayla Yapuncich
    Kayla Yapuncich says:

    Oh my goodness, someone was clipping her nails on the Brown line yesterday when I was going home!! Sometimes I love all the insane on the L, but not the clipping nails… Love the pattern! And now I'm off to buy some of that L system fabric – love it too!

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