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WIP Wednesday: Chevrons and Mid-Mod

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Let’s do this thing.

Still working on nephew Jack’s baby quilt. I finished all the gray chevron strips and I’m moving on to the green and blue now.

Business and Leisure by Allison Bielke for Modern Yardage

Next up is a quilt with this fabulous fabric from the “Business and Leisure” line by Allison Bielke for Modern Yardage. Allison is a friend from the Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild, not to mention a very talented designer who takes a lot of her inspiration from mid-century modern design. I’m so excited to work with her fabric on this next project!

Check out some of Allison’s city print fabrics, too—like Paris Chicago, and (of course) Milwaukee. Love! And you can buy them all right here, from Modern Yardage, an exciting new kind of fabric company that I hope to devote an entire post to in the future.

Patterns!

And last but not least, check out the massive pattern shipment that arrived at my house yesterday! This isn’t even half of it. : ) I got my Wisconsin business registration a few days ago as well, so I guess between these two things, I am now officially official.

What are you working on? 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.

(Reminder: Internet Explorer users may have trouble linking up. If so, try downloading the free Chrome or Firefox browsers, and that should solve your problem.)

 

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WIP Wednesday: Chevron Love

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Happy Wednesday! I actually worked on something this week!I’m hosting a baby shower this weekend for my sister-in-law, so even though I should be getting the yard in shape or finalizing the menu, I’ve been planning out a quilt for her instead. : ) Gotta have priorities.

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Why does it seem to be so much harder to design a quilt for someone you’re close to? It took me days to decide on a herringbone pattern—nothing else seemed quite right. The fact that this quilt needs to be gender-neutral made it that much more challenging! I eventually decided on the mock-up above, based on this quilt by Cynthia of Hyacinth Designs. I just played around with the color placement to make it a little more dramatic.

strips for baby quilt
I’m hoping to have this one completely done in time for the shower on Sunday! When I decided this would be the Summer of No Commitments, I assumed that would also make it the Summer of No Deadlines. But of course I forgot about the worst deadlines of all: The completely unrealistic ones I put on myself! LOL.

What have you been working on? 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.

P.S. If you are having trouble linking up: Those who are using Internet Explorer seem to be having trouble linking up. Pretty please, consider downloading Chrome or Firefox. They’re free, and a huge improvement over IE! You should have no trouble linking up from Chrome, Firefox, or Safari—I tested the linky in all three, and it worked fine for me across the board. I apologize for any inconvenience to IE users, but this format is the best I’ve found for a large linky such as mine, so I’d like to stick with it.

P.P.S.: In the Milwaukee or Chicago area? The Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild is putting on a pop-up modern quilt show in Kenosha on Saturday, June 8, from 4 to 9 p.m. All the details are here. Several of my quilts will be on display, along with many othersmade by my talented fellow guild members. There’s also going to be live music and other fun things going on. It’s going to be a fabulous event, so consider dropping by!

 

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Triangle Baby Quilt

Triangle baby quilt
Yeah, it’s about time I finished this one! I feel like I’ve been either thinking about or working on this baby quilt for months. Almost four months, to be exact, since that’s how old the baby now is. : ) Hopefully it was worth the wait.

Triangle baby quilt

The fabric is from Fox Hollow by Monaluna, which I won in a giveaway a while back from The Sewing Journal. This line is so adorable! The perfect choice for a babyish (but not too babyish) and girly (but not too girly) quilt. I decided to go with triangles for the design, and scattered the print triangles among lots of white, a look inspired by Adrianne’s Rebel Amish quilt. Then a little straight-line quilting finished her off.

Triangle baby quilt

I have to admit, I’m kind of regretting cutting my red-striped binding on the bias. It ended up looking a little too candy-cane-ish for my tastes. Regular straight stripes probably would have been better. But fortunately, the baby’s parents are Indiana fans, so I don’t think they’ll object to red stripes in any format. (Hello, crazy candy-cane warm-up pants!)

Triangle baby quilt - the back

I used a few more of the fat-quarters from the Fox Hollow bundle on the back, including the cheater print. And I actually didn’t realize until after I had cut into the FQs that one of the Fox Hollow prints is an alphabet print (it’s the one along the sides of the quilt, in the middle). It’s so cute!

Triangle baby quilt

And my favorite part of this quilt? The print with the mommy fox being followed by two little baby foxes. This was the family’s second little girl in less than two years, so it seemed very fitting. : )

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WIP Wednesday: Have WIPs, But No Machine

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Oh, man. And I was making such good progress on my WIPs too.

On Monday evening, while I was teaching my Modern Sampler class, my wonderful (only six-month-old) Janome Horizon 7700 freaked out on me and wouldn’t do anything but give me an E1 error code. I took it in to the service technician, who said it was probably just a popped fuse—an easy fix. But he called back a few hours later and …. let’s just say it’s not going to be such an easy fix after all. And I was just thinking about how I needed to do a full-scale review of my machine, since I’ve had her for almost exactly six months now. Well, needless to say, now the review will have to wait to see what happens next. This seems like it will be a good test of how Janome stands behind its products and its customers. I’ve heard good things about Janome’s customer service, so I’m optimistic they’ll come through for me. Stay tuned.

Anyway. WIPs. I did make good progress, prior to Monday!

Summer Sampler Series blocks

Made lots of progress on my Summer Sampler Series blocks for the Modern Sampler class that I’m teaching. I’m making two sets of blocks, since I like to show a finished block at the start of class, and I have to do some demonstrating during class as well.

And here are some of my students’ Mosaic blocks from last week! Can I just say how proud I am of these ladies? Three of them had never even made half-square triangles before, but check out those points. They rocked it. (Thanks to Anne from Material Matters for the photo!)

Summer Sampler Series PDF

Speaking of the Summer Sampler, I made major progress on the Summer Sampler Series Block Anthology. I heard from many of you that you’re excited about having the series in a PDF format, so Katie, Faith, and I are looking forward to making it available! And seeing as I have no sewing machine, that might happen even earlier than I thought. Silver linings, people. Silver linings. : )

Baby quilt

And I got my Rebel Amish-inspired baby quilt top finished, at long last. Now I just need to get it quilted. When I get my machine back, anyway.

Candy Necklace in the book!

Oh, and don’t forget: My Modern Quilts From the Blogging Universe giveaway is open through next Tuesday! I’m giving away an ebook version AND two physical copies, so pop over here to enter.

Whatcha workin’ on? Here are the rules for the linky:

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 really, what fun is a linky party without comments?

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WIP Wednesday: Colorful Progress

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Got WIPs? You know I do. : )

Summer Sampler Series Mosaic block First up—more Summer Sampler! I’m teaching all of the Summer Sampler Series blocks over the next few months as part of my “Modern Sampler” class at a local quilt store. I’ve got a great group of ladies in this class and I’m so looking forward to making this quilt again with all of them. And in solids this time around! The block above is the Mosaic block.

Making progress on a baby quilt
Finally made some progress on this very overdue baby quilt. My design was completely inspired by Adrianne’s incredible “Rebel Amish” quilt.

Bundle for my next pattern
And I’m itching to dig into this little stack, which is destined for my next pattern quilt. : )

You’ve got WIPs too, right? 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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WIP Wednesday: Finding My Mojo

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So, the sewing mojo remained at level zero for me for most of the past week. In fact, I don’t think I even sat down at my machine until yesterday. With the tragedy in Connecticut and various other (much less important) things happening in my own life, it was hard to get excited about much of anything over the weekend. But it’s a new week now, and with my kids’ smiling faces to urge me on, yesterday I decided it was time to get back behind the machine.

Part of the reason I wasn’t sewing? I think I was avoiding the handmade-gift conundrum. As in: Do I make anything? And if so, for whom? I was determined not to make anything for anyone this year, because, well, I just didn’t feel like it. Some years, Starbucks gift cards are just more feasible, right?

Bow clutches for teacher gifts

But sometimes it’s nice to give something a bit more personal, so last night I started these cute little chevron bow clutches for the girls’ teachers. I had to stop before they were done because of course I didn’t have the foresight to buy the zippers, but so far they’re adorable, and very quick to make. So depending on how these turn out, I might even whip up a few more. I might. (You can find the bow clutch tutorial right here.)

Fox Hollow for baby quilt

I’m also cutting up this stack of Fox Hollow from Monaluna for a baby quilt for some friends. The baby’s already almost three months old, so no time like the present! I think the parents will love these cutie fox prints.

Be sure to come back here tomorrow, because I’m releasing another pattern! I’ve had to fill my time somehow, so instead of sewing, I guess it’s been pattern-writing. : ) Tomorrow I’ll be releasing Chain Reaction as a stand-alone pattern (the pattern previously appeared in Quiltmaker magazine). Once again, I’ll be giving away three copies and offering it on sale for a short time, so don’t miss it! And that means today is the last day to pick up Cartwheels on sale – it can be purchased in my pattern shop or on Craftsy or Threadbias.
Okay, 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?

Have a great week!

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Cartwheels Quilt Pattern – And a Giveaway!

Ready to do some Cartwheels?

 

Cartwheels pattern

My Cartwheels Quilt Pattern is now available! You can purchase the pattern in my pattern shop, on Craftsy, or on Threadbias.

I’m so excited to be making this pattern available that I’m putting it on sale for $6.00 through Dec. 21. After that, it will go back up to its normal price of $8.00, so buy it now and save!
Some details on the pattern:
• It includes full instructions for making this quilt in three different sizes—Baby (46″ x 56″), Lap (60″ x 70″), and Twin (74″ x 90″)
This is a paper-piecing pattern. It includes a full-size paper-piecing template, with seam allowances included. Cutting instructions to make the paper-pieced blocks are also included.
• The pattern is 5 pages long with tons of detailed illustrations and diagrams.
Cartwheels quilt

This pattern is perfect for beginning paper-piecers. There aren’t any seams to line up when you piece the templated sections, which makes it super simple. All you have to do is sew on the line, and you’ll have a perfect quilt in no time! No, seriously! : )

And if you’ve never done paper-piecing before, I promise it’s easier than you think. There are lots of tutorials available online for learning how to paper-piece, but my favorite the one Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts made for our Summer Sampler Series. Check it out right here!

Baby quilt in progress
And let’s start out my pattern adventure on the right foot—I’m giving away 3 free copies! Just comment on this post for a chance to win. I’ll announce the winners on Tuesday.
Thanks for supporting my little pattern business, and if you pick up Cartwheels, I hope you enjoy making it! Have a wonderful weekend!
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Hey, Look: It’s A Free Pattern!

My first pattern!

You might have noticed there have been some changes around here at Freshly Pieced headquarters. The blog got a whole new look last week, and this week—patterns! In fact, I’m so excited about this new endeavor, the first one’s on me. : )

I did a little tweaking to my “Kissing Fish” tutorial from a few years ago and turned it into a full-fledged baby quilt pattern, which I’m now making available for free on Craftsy and Threadbias. Click here or here to download the PDF pattern.

I hope you’ll enjoy Kissing Fish! If you make this quilt, please upload pictures to the Freshly Pieced Flickr groupCraftsy or Threadbias. I would love to see what you do with this pattern.

And stay tuned: More patterns will be coming soon. I’ll be releasing Cartwheels as a full pattern on Thursday! And I’m hoping to release two more patterns by the end of the year: Chain Reaction (my design for Quiltmaker magazine last year), and a brand-new design called Street View.

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Doing Cartwheels

Cartwheels quilt

My Cartwheels quilt is now complete, and I am so happy with how it turned out! It’s a sweet little girl quilt for a sweet baby girl.

Cartwheels quilt
My gray and yellow love is still going strong, as you can see, plus I threw in some pink for good measure. The background is Kona Ash and the binding is this Lizzy House print, which is fabulous for binding!

Some of my favorite stash prints can be found in the blocks and on the back, including this yellow print from Riley Blake, which I used up and must now buy lots more. : ) (Fortunately it’s on sale here.) Sarah Jane’s ridiculously adorable narwhals are in there too.

Cartwheels quilt - the back

This is how I almost always piece my quilt backs now–they’re pieced, but it’s pretty simple and quick piecing. I hardly ever buy fabric specifically for a quilt back anymore. I just use whatever I have in my stash that coordinates. But since I don’t usually buy a whole lot of any one print, it does necessitate a bit more piecing than if I was doing a back from all one print. That’s good, because it forces me to do something with the back at a time when I’m usually running out of steam on the project and getting lazy. : )

Since I’ve had a few requests, this pattern is now available for sale. The pattern includes a paper-piecing template for making the Cartwheel blocks, as well as full cutting and assembly instructions to make this quilt in three different sizes: Baby, Lap, and Twin. The Cartwheel block is a lot of fun and deceptively simple to sew—there aren’t any seams to match up when you put the block sections together, and that’s always the trickiest part of foundation piecing. So I hope you’ll give this one a try! Click here to purchase.

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WIP Wednesday: Getting It Together

Why, hello, Wednesday—where did you come from? It snuck up on me again, you guys! And I don’t have a lot to show you this week, since I basically spent the past seven days just finishing up my Candy Coated quilt.

Candy Coated quilt

Click here to check out the finished quilt. It was a fun one!

But I’ve got a brand new stack of fabric that I’m cutting into later today. This quilt will be a gift for a certain long-hoped-for baby. Yes, there are some narwhals in there—and apparently I’m really digging the whole gray/yellow/etc. color scheme lately!

So I’m relying on you all to make up for my lack of WIPpy-ness by linking up your own WIP posts! 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, 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? : )

Happy Wednesday, everybody!