WIP Wednesday: DYI-ing


Happy Wednesday! It’s 80-plus degrees here today and the girls’ last day of school is tomorrow, so it seems summer is finally upon us! And it makes me happy. : )

I had very little time for sewing this week, between a visit from my mom, dance recitals, softball games, end-of-school-year volunteering, etc. But here’s a little sneak peak at a block I whipped up from Melissa Corry‘s lovely new book, Irish Chain Quilts: Contemporary Twists on a Classic Design. Making this block has given me a serious urge to do a full-on super scrappy Irish Chain quilt like the one on the cover of the book. I’ll be on Melissa’s Irish Chain blog hop next week, but the hop is already going, so head over to her blog to check it out.

And as if all of that is not enough, I’m also embarking on a “little” DIY kitchen refresh project. The first step was to take down our existing crown molding, which was super scary. I’ve never done anything like this and I might be in way over my head! Once I took my pry bar to that crown molding, I felt like there was no going back. But if I can do it as a total 100% newbie, you can too, so I’ll be blogging about it as I go. I’ll have a full post with more details in the next few days. (Don’t worry, the crown molding will be reinstalled when I’m done!)

One last bit of business: I apologize for how late the WIP Wednesday posts have been recently! I usually write the post on Tuesday night, but with the last few months being so busy I got out of the habit. I hope to get back into the Tuesday night groove now that the school year is done. Thanks for bearing with me!

Okay, what are you working on? Let’s see it!

1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the “Add Your Link” button below, then click on the Instagram icon at the bottom of the screen that pops up. You should then be able to select any of your recent Instagram photos. Where it says “Link,” use the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/lee.a.heinrich). Please hashtag your IG post #wipwednesday.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!
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  1. French 75
    French 75 says:

    I love the Landsdotter fabrics. They are always just perfectly coordinated.

    Good luck on the DIY remodel. The beauty of making a mistake on crown molding….you can always call in a professional to fix it. Unlike making a mistake whilst cutting fabric. Can't wait to see what you end up doing.

    Love the WIP. It's always fun to see what everyone out there is doing.

  2. Sandra Walker
    Sandra Walker says:

    Really like the colours and fabrics in your sneak peek! And whoa, you are BRAVE tackling that crown molding! I leave all that stuff to my husband. 😉 female chauvinist extraordinaire! lol

  3. Kath
    Kath says:

    Sure hope we'll get to see more than just sneak peeks of your project soon. Is that going to for your hop day? It looks like it will be amazing. Oh yeah, I get that same tug every time I see the cover of her book too. ktsquilt [at]gmail [dot]com

  4. Tawa
    Tawa says:

    I think I'd be terrified of attacking anything here with a crowbar, though mainly because it would then sit, unfinished for the next few years. Have fun! Tarnia.hodges at gmail.com

  5. donnaleeq
    donnaleeq says:

    I met Melissa Corry and her mother at Modern Quilt group meeting at Market several years ago Both ladies are such nice ladies and Melissa so talented. Love this new book she has out. Off to purchase it. I have made a couple Irish Chains over the years, but it looks like she really has some fresh new ideas. Thank you for the update.

  6. Kathy L Billings
    Kathy L Billings says:

    I'm finishing a twin sized quilt for granddaughter , Lana. It's a "Disappearing Nine Patch done in several shades of pinks and greens. I love The Irish Chain Pattern too! Your designs and color choices are so fresh, like a summer morning.

  7. Glenda
    Glenda says:

    Good luck with your kitchen project. We are 'refreshing' our entryway. It's been giving guests a bad first impression for ten years. Glad to have come upon your blog.

  8. Karen
    Karen says:

    I always felt taking the moulding down was the easy part. Putting it back up is harder. Wood is not as easy (for me) to cut accurately as fabric. I'm looking forward to the follow up posts on this one!

  9. June D
    June D says:

    Irish Chain book has interesting projects, looking forward to seeing yours! The fabric give away has terrific colors and patterns. My fingers are crossed. Wonder why you are removing the crown molding? Will read closer to find out! Thanks for the chance!

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