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WIP Wednesday: Endless Scraps

I’m saving most of my good stuff for blog posts that you’ll see over the next few days! But I’ve been working away on a couple of projects lately.

My scrap quilt. It. Is. On. After much thought, I’m going ahead with an Irish Chain quilt, but I’m making a bazillion teeny blocks out of a gazillion even-teenier squares because … I enjoy a good trial by fire? What my summer really needed was more monotony? I don’t know. But I think it will be pretty darn cool when it’s done. Oh, and did I mention it’s going to be a color-spectrum quilt? Well, of course it is.

Also. This was happening. Most of Tuesday afternoon, in fact, this was happening. The girls are in a kids’ quilting bee this year (you may have already seen this post about it on Faith’s blog). This month, both of my girls made star blocks! I’ll post more about that next week.

And finally, the kitchen is coming along—I’m currently midway through my second coat of paint. This is where the monotony really comes in. But it’s looking amazing and I love it! So much lighter and brighter in there. Still, painting fatigue is starting to set in and I’ve got a loooong way to go. I think I’d far rather sew a bazillion teeny squares.

So who’s bringing you all this WIP-py goodness today? It’s my newest sponsor, Dinkydoo Fabrics!

Dinkydoo is located in Canada, which means two things:
1. If you’re in Canada: Score!
2. If you’re in the U.S.: Still score! Because Dinkydoo actually gets certain fabric lines months in advance, including Moda. And you can take advantage of the strong U.S. dollar to get great bargains.

Also, Dinkydoo has the new Cotton + Steel lines coming in very soon. And they have a cute zebra as their mascot. Pretty much all the major requirements of a good fabric shop. So get on over there and show them some WIP Wednesday love.

GIVEAWAY: This week, Dinkydoo is offering an amazing prize package: A layer cake and a charm pack of Modern Background – Ink by Zen Chic, plus a box of 100 Clover flower pins! (This contest is open to U.S. and Canadian readers only, sorry.) The Modern Background lines are perfection for scrappy quilts!

To enter the giveaway, do any or all of the following (each one gets you one chance to win):
1. Comment on this post
2. Post a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #wipwednesday
3. Link up your own WIP Wednesday blog post or Instagram photo below

COUPON CODE: Dinkydoo is also offering my readers 15% off any purchase! Use code DD15FRESHLY at checkout.

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

LINK-UP RULES:

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/freshlypieced). 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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WIP Wednesday: WIPs From Way Back

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I decided to work on some sad and long-neglected WIPs this week, before starting a few new projects next week. That meant heading straight to my drawer of unassembled bee quilts. (Yes, I have a whole drawer of those. I know, it’s appalling.)

This HST star quilt practically jumped out of the drawer and begged to be finished. The blocks were made for me by the Sew Beautiful bee. I had fallen in love with a similar quilt made by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts (and I think she was inspired by Jeni’s Giant Vintage Star Quilt). So I sent the Sew Beautiful ladies a bunch of Kona Solid charm squares to make the blocks.

HST Vintage Star

So I finally hauled out those blocks, which are a nice, big 16″ square finished. I made two more of my own (which was quick and easy thanks to extra HSTs sent by my bee-mates), put the quilt together and added a white border to give it a little breathing space. (Just pretend you can’t see all those wrinkles in the quilt top! Eek!) I can’t wait to finish this one, but I’m having trouble deciding how to quilt it. Any suggestions?

Farmer's Wife - 23 down

Next I pulled out my Farmer’s Wife blocks. Yes! I did! (I can hear the collective gasp from all across blogland.) I spread the blocks out and … nope, still not feeling it. Darn. I like the blocks and all—I just don’t feel like making more of them.

What did inspire me was the color palette and the prints I used for these blocks. I had squirreled away most of the fabric so that I would have it when I decided to work on these again, but I think it’s time to put all these fabulous vintage prints back into GenPop. And I’m going to start with a project I’ve been intending to make for many months (years, really): A simple patchwork picnic quilt for my family.

Picnic quilt fabric pull

So here’s my pull for the picnic quilt—same color palette as my Farmer’s Wife, minus the pink. As with my Farmer’s Wife, I’m concentrating on fun, vintage prints. I was trying to remember if I’ve ever made just a simple patchwork-squares quilt, and I don’t think that I have! First time for everything! Can’t wait to get cutting and piecing!

What are you working on this week? 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.

 

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WIP Wednesday: WIP Candy

Happy Halloween, and I hope all of you that were in Hurricane Sandy’s path are now safe and sound and dry. Talk about scary!

I’m planning a bee quilt this week. My bee mates will be getting charm squares in these yummy colors …

Palette for Sew Beautiful block

… and they will be using them to make this block ….
Sew Beautiful sample block

…. which I will then make into this quilt. The design is by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts—you can see her beautiful version in Chicopee right here.

What have you been working on? Here are the rules for linking up:
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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WIP Wednesday: Guest-hosted by Cindy

Hi! I’m Cindy from Live a Colorful Life and I’m so excited to be guest hosting for Lee this week. I have an almost-weekly series called The Name Game where bloggers share how they chose the name for their blog, and just recently started Really Random Thursday where you can link up with anything random that you come across during the week, sewing or non-sewing. I hope you will stop by and say hi!

I live in Central California, where the temp has been hovering around 109 degrees for way too many days. I’m self-employed as a medical transcriber, working out of my home. I have been quilting for over fifteen years, so my stash is a little, um, overwhelming at times. And I’m obsessively drawn to selvages.

This is what I’ve been up to the last week.

I participated in the “Picture Perfect” Polaroid Block Swap and made 22 really cute little blocks. And then forgot to take a picture of the group before mailing them off. Considering it is a swap that consists of blocks made to look like photos, that’s kind of funny, right? I saved one little block for me. Isn’t he cute?

This block is for Amy’s “Texting While Sewing” contest. I may have taken the theme a little too literally…

Last week I was working on the backing for a quilt, and sewing together strips of leftover solids. I tried to be really careful when sewing, but when I put them on the design wall, there was a really awful curve. I took them apart, made sure everything was nice and straight, sewed them together again, and it didn’t make a bit of difference. So I started from scratch and the second time everything was nice and straight. But what to do with this strip?

I chopped it off where it started curving and added black on each side. Since we were in the midst of track and field events during the Olympics, it kind of reminded me of the lanes on the track with hurdles. So I’m calling it Hurdle Jump.

I was considering a short tutorial because it is a great idea for leftover jelly roll strips of all different lengths so here it is: you just sew some strips together and add some “hurdles” here and there. Sew two long strips together side to side, from top to bottom, then add the next strip by sewing bottom to top, and keep alternating, sewing the next strip from top to bottom, the next bottom to top, until you have sewed as many strips together as you like. I think that is what helped the second set to come out nice and straight.

And finally, when I’m in avoidance/procrastination mode from other projects, I continue working on these Crown of Thorn blocks, each with Kaffe Fassett fabric. And just because I sometimes amuse myself with naming quilts, this one is called Kaffe’-O-Lait.

Okay, it’s your turn! What have you been working on this week? Here are the rules for linking up to WIP Wednesday:

1. Link up any post from the past week that features at least one unfinished work-in-progress (WIP)
2. Somewhere in your post, 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 links—because what fun is a linky party without comments?

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Bee Blocking It

In this month’s bee block round-up:

Crown of Thorns block for Tiffany
I made this Crown of Thorns block in June for Tiffany in the Stash Trad bee. She asked us to create an “explosion of color” in the outer HSTs, with the color from the inner ring carrying over into the fabric used in the outer HSTs. You can find the block pattern here, and go here to see the finished quilt top that Tiffany made with these blocks! It’s so beautiful and colorful!

Next up, I made two paper-pieced yellow and gray paper-pieced stars for Kati, who had July in both of my bees.

Paper-pieced star for Kati
So here’s my Stash Trad block for Kati, using my own fabric. The pattern is from the book 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars by Carol Doak. This is probably my all-time favorite paper-piecing book—all the stars in the book are done in very traditional fabrics, but if you can look past that, the patterns are, well, fabulous! This is the Pennsylvania star.

Paper-pieced star for Kati
And here’s my {Sew} Beautiful bee block for Kati, made with fabric she provided. This is also from 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars. It’s the New York star.

Swoon block for Erin
And finally, here’s a bright, fun Swoon block that I made for Erin in the Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild bee. Would you believe this is my first Swoon block? I love it in these super-bright colors!

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WIP Wednesday: Guest-Hosted by Katie

Hi, everyone! Lee tells me today is August 1, so that means it’s my turn to stage a (friendly) takeover of W.I.P. Wednesday. I’m Katie, and I blog over at Katie’s Korner.  I live in Alabama with my husband and our 5-year-old son, and I work full time as a copy editor for a magazine. Stop by my blog and say hi!

My crafty time has definitely been limited this summer (I know I’m not alone!), but I did manage to make some progress this week, especially on some bee blocks.

Finished:
Star for Kati
Pioneer's compass for @the_blue_chair !
I made this bee block for Kati using this pattern from EQuiltPatterns.com. It was definitely a challenge, but I’m happy with the way it turned out.

do. Good Stitches July block
Cracker scraps for do. Good Stitches.
Meg requested Cracker Scraps blocks using Angela’s tutorial (a welcome change of pace from the paper-pieced star!)

House block
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This house block is on its way to a new home too.

In progress
do. Good Stitches Host Swap

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The hosts of the do. Good Stitches circles are having a little swap. I sewed up this Jane Market tote for my partner. I need to make another small item for my partner, and the deadline was…yesterday. Eep!

Happy Drawing quilt
I’m making a Happy Drawing quilt for a friend who is about to have a baby. I have less than 2 weeks until the shower…

Diaper bag for Claire
My little niece has requested a toy diaper bag. Need to get to work on this asap!

Tula Pink Quilt!

I’m excited to make a quilt using The Birds & The Bees. Soon!
Completed tops awaiting quilting:
Postage Stamp quilt
Arcadia Quilt

To do:
Half Moon Modern quilt borders
Swoon
Hand-stitched class homework
teddy bear sleeping bags
Tracey’s French Kisses
June block for do. Good Stitches

July block for do. Good Stitches 
Yellow/Gray star for Kati

Bag for me

Okay, it’s your turn! What have you been working on this week? Here are the rules for linking up to WIP Wednesday:

1. Link up any post from the past week that features at least one unfinished work-in-progress (WIP)
2. Somewhere in your post, 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 links—because what fun is a linky party without comments?

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May Bee Blocks and a Winner

I had some fun bee blocks in the month of May, though it took me a while to finish them. (And post about them!)

Colorful Churn Dash block for Felicity

For the Stash Trad bee, Felicity asked for colorful churn dash blocks. This is the bee where we make traditional blocks from our own scraps and stash, so I really busted out the color for this one. Churn dash blocks are so easy to make, very beginner-friendly, so if you’re looking for something like that I highly recommend it.

Improv pineapple block for Angela

For the Sew Beautiful bee, Angela sent each of us a charm from fabric she purchased on a trip to Hawaii. She added some other colorful prints and solids and asked for this improvisational pineapple block (a pineapple block for a Hawaiian quilt, of course!) I can’t wait to see how this one comes together, it’s going to be fabulous! And what a wonderful souvenir from her trip. I especially love the wicker-look print from Tula Pink’s Nest collection.

Planetarium block for Corinne

And finally, for the Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild bee, Corinne asked for the Planetarium block from Elizabeth Hartman’s Practical Guide to Patchwork. Corinne gave us some lovely Art Gallery prints to work with, and asked for borders in bright solids. Another fun one!

And speaking of Art Gallery, I owe you all a winner of the Rhapsodia bundle from my Fat Quarter Gang post. The winner is #47, Wendy, who said: “Oooh, I would love to win. Going to look at the tutorial now. Thanks!” Wendy, I’ve sent you an email. And if any of you missed my Ruffled Zipper Pouch tutorial, go check it out!

 

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WIP Wednesday: Scattered

I felt like I was being pulled in a million different directions this week. Miss E finished preschool (sniff), I spent the weekend battling the weeds in my backyard (and I haven’t won the war yet), I’m still a little disoriented after my re-entry from Quilt Market, and I spent more time than was probably necessary crafting my finely-honed gangsta image. And at the end of the day, all I really wanted was a glass of wine, but I got a little sewing done too.
New Projects:
EZ Dresden Challenge WIP

EZ Dresden project – you’ll be hearing a lot more a new contest called the EZ Dresden Challenge next week. (Hint: There are prizes. And they are major.) And I’ll be blogging about this project as part of the challenge kick-off blog tour, so stay tuned.

Bee Block in progress

Bee Blocks – two down, one to go! Woot!


Ongoing Projects:

NY Beauty Swap project

New York Beauty Swap – this one’s basically done. I just need to finish hand-stitching the trim/binding, and off it goes to its new home. I hope my partner likes it.

Back-Burner:
• Gen X Quilters’ Charmed Prints QA
• Halloween quilt
• Farmer’s Wife QA
• Figgy Pudding quilt

This week’s stats:
New projects – 2
Completed projects – 0

Currently in progress – 7Now it’s your turn to link up! 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, 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 links—because what fun is a linky party without comments?

Have a wonderful week!

 

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WIP Wednesday: Back To It

Whew. Well, you saw my Market wrap-up post from yesterday … so you pretty much know what I’ve been doing this week. : ) Winding down from Market, sorting through photos and fabric purchases—basically everything except sewing. But let’s make it official with this (lack of) Work-In-Progress Wednesday update.
New Projects:
Christmas bee quilt. It’s my month in the Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild bee, and since I came home with a stack of Winterkist by Monica Solorio-Snow, I decided to have the MQG ladies make me a Christmas quilt. (Yes, I know it’s early, but I’ve got the fabric! And anyway, if I start it now, it MIGHT be done by the holidays! LOL.) I asked each of the girls in the bee to make me a star block—any star block they like, any size, 8″ square and up. I’m hoping for lots of variety in the stars they give me! I can’t wait!

Back-Burner:
• New York Beauty Swap
• Gen X Quilters’ Charmed Prints QA
• Halloween quilt
• Farmer’s Wife QA
• Figgy Pudding quiltThis week’s stats:
New projects – 1
Completed projects – 0

Currently in progress – 7Now it’s your turn to link up! 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, 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 links—because what fun is a linky party without comments?

That’s it! Have a wonderful week!

 

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WIP Wednesday: Onward

Happy Wednesday! After last week’s whole lotta nothing, I was nicely productive this week.

Completed Projects: 

March bee blocks – see my post here.

4×5 bee blocks – Finished these earlier today, although I haven’t had a chance to take pictures of the finished blocks yet.

Back-Burner:
• New York Beauty QA
• Going Coastal
• Gen X Quilters’ Charmed Prints QA
• Halloween quilt
• Farmer’s Wife QA
• Figgy Pudding quilt

This week’s stats:
Completed projects – 2
New projects – 0

Currently in progress – 7Okay, you all know how this works: Link up any post from the past week featuring a work-in-progress. Link back here and give your other linkers some comment love. Have a great week!