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WIP Wednesday: Decking the Halls

How are you all doing on your holiday preparations? I still need to get out my white Christmas tree for my studio, but other than that holiday prep is on more or less on track at my house. As are my WIPs!
First, I finished knitting that Christmas stocking! And it turned out a normal size and shape and everything! It’s a Christmas miracle! I still need to line it with fabric and rig up some sort of hanging loop, but the actual knitting is done, so we’ll call this one a finish. This is the “Falling Snow Stocking” free pattern by Jennifer Hoel, available on Ravelry—you can get it here.
Also, still plugging away at those Greek Key blocks for my upcoming quilt-along! The quilt-along will start in early January on the Bernina We All Sew blog.

 

One quick housekeeping note: Don’t forget that you can get a FREE PDF copy of my Sparkler pattern if you sign up for my email newsletter by Monday, Dec. 14! Click here to sign up. Once you confirm your subscription, a discount code will be emailed to you to claim your free pattern. (Sorry, this offer is not available to customers in the European Union.)
And finally, here was the focus of all my energy this past weekend: Two days of Nutcracker performances (and two rounds of performance hair-do’s) for this little one. She’s been an angel in our dance studio’s production of the Nutcracker for three years in a row now. All our fingers and toes are crossed for a different part next year, because I am getting soooo tired of paying for angel costumes (yes, it’s a different costume every year!). She does look (deceptively) sweet though, doesn’t she? LOL.
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: Stocking Up

Well, I’m still working on that stocking that I’m knitting … which means I’m pretty far short of the FOUR stockings I said I would knit by Christmas this year. I had all year to do it—how did I not manage it again? LOL. But look! I finished the heel on this one, so all I’ve got left is the rest of the foot. So for sure I’ll at least have this one done by St. Nick’s Day, which is Dec. 6. (Famous last words.)

What are you working on? Let’s see it! And happy Thanksgiving to all my U.S. readers!

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: Spin Cycle

After last week’s lack of progress in virtually everything, I was hoping for major productivity this week, but alas, my machine had other ideas—it decided it needed some time out at the sewing machine spa instead. So with Thanksgiving bearing down on us, I decided to keep busy with another one of these knitted Christmas stockings. You might remember that I knitted one last year and it turned out comically huge. This one looks like it’s actually for a normal-sized human being—so far, so good.

Also this week: Now that sewing is my job instead of “just” my hobby, I’ve found that actually washing and using my quilts has become something of an act of courage. I mean, what if somebody wants to put that quilt in a show or photograph it for a magazine? What if it’s no longer 100% perfect for my trunk shows? (Okay, it wasn’t ever 100% perfect in the first place, but you know what I mean.) But an important tenet of modern quilting is that quilts should actually be used, and I’m still very committed to that. So today, my Fair Isle and Wavelength quilts are taking their first trips through the spin cycle (accompanied by several Shout Color Catchers!), and then they will join the pile of quilts next to my couch that are available to be used by the whole family. That’s not to say you won’t still see those two quilts in my future trunk shows—it’s just that when you do, they might show a few more signs of being “loved”.

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: Handwork

I spent the past weekend on retreat with some quilty friends from around the midwest—Faith, Anna, Holly, Jeni, and some newer friends too. While it was definitely a sewing retreat, I guess I just wasn’t motivated to pack up my sewing machine and all my fabric and supplies, so I brought a couple of handwork projects with me instead.

Last week I did a little embroidery with my daughter and her friend, which inspired me to try something new to me: Cross-stitch. I picked up Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s Summer Sampler pattern and got as far as one whole square finished. See, it’s a camper! : ) Faith asked me as I was working on it, “Do you think you’ll ever finish that?” Gotta be honest/realistic: I kinda doubt it. LOL. But it’s fun for now! And I do like having a TV-watching project. So we’ll see how far I get.

I also got this knitting project back out. Some of you might remember I knitted a Christmas stocking last year right before the holidays that turned out ridiculously, comically oversized. So I’m starting over with smaller needles, and this attempt looks a lot more reasonable so far. I made some good progress on it this weekend—maybe I’ll even have one done in time for Christmas!

This week’s WIP Wednesday is brought to you by Gotham Quilts,

Gotham has a fabulous quilt-along happening right now, and there’s still time to join in! The Yuma Quilt-Along features the gorgeous free pattern you see above—plus, participants have the opportunity to win a $100 Gotham gift certificate. You can find all the details here, and see examples of other finished Yuma quilt tops here.


COUPON CODE: Gotham is offering my readers 15% off any regular-priced items in the shop! Use code WIPWednesday at checkout, now through August 31. Perfect opportunity to pick up your Yuma fabrics, so head on over!

Okay, so what are you working on this week? 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: Home Stretch

It’s the Christmas home stretch, you guys. Are you ready? Not me, but it will all get done somehow. It always does, right? Right? : )


So remember that second baby quilt I needed to make? It’s now officially for a boy. So I need to finish up one girl baby quilt and one boy baby quilt, like, yesterday. This photo shows how far I’ve gotten on the boy one—i.e., not at all far. : )

In other news, I managed to finish that Christmas stocking I’ve been working on, and it turned out great—except for the fact that it is strangely, comically gigantic. I mean, this thing is ginormous. The pattern says it should be 20″ from the top of the cuff to the bottom of the heel, but mine is more than 26″. A full 6 inches too big! (No, I didn’t check my gauge before starting, and yes, I have now learned my lesson about that little oversight!) Anyway, I’m contemplating washing it and then throwing it in the dryer, in hopes it will shrink. Is that crazy talk? (It’s alpaca yarn.) Any other suggestions, or am I just stuck with this oddly gargantuan stocking? It’s like something Hagrid would knit. LOL.

 

Hey! This WIP Wednesday has been brought to you by Pink Castle, and I think Christmas actually came early to WIP Wednesday land, because Brenda at Pink Castle is offering an uh-MAZ-ing giveaway this week. This bundle of Cotton + Steel fat quarters will go to one random winner. Comment on this post for one chance to win, and/or link up your own WIP Wednesday blog post or IG photo (with #wipwednesday hashtag) for a second chance to win. By the way, this is the November bundle from Pink Castle’s Cotton + Steel club—a great way to get a monthly Cotton + Steel fix!

Pink Castle also has an awesome sale going on right now—20% off all imported Japanese fabrics with code JAPAN20. Sometimes it’s hard to justify buying Japanese fabric, with the higher prices, but this sale kind of makes it hard to justify not buying them. : )

What are YOU working on this week? Here’s how to link up:

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 Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #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!Scheduling note: WIP Wednesday is taking the next two weeks off for the holidays. Our next WIP Wednesday will be on January 7. Happy holidays and have a wonderful new year!

 

 

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WIP Wednesday: It’s So Tinsel

Happy Wednesday from Christmas Central! Every year I’m surprised to remember how much work Christmas is. And yet somehow, every year, I manage to add even more work for myself by doing silly things like getting an extra Christmas tree or attempting to knit a new set of stockings for the whole family.

Which is a long way of me saying that I didn’t do much sewing this week, I just checked off a few Christmas to-dos. Ah well.

But look! The stocking has a foot now! Or at least part of one!

And the tree is in da house. (Still need decorations on my white tree in the studio though.)

 

This week’s WIP Wednesday has been brought to you by Westwood Acres. Westwood Acres just got in Follie by Lotta Jansdotter—love the colors in that line! And they’ve got all kinds of good stuff now available for pre-order, including Doe by Carolyn Friedlander and the upcoming Cotton + Steel collections. Head over there to check out all of their offerings!


What are YOU working on this week? Here’s how to link up:

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 Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday and mention me, @freshlypieced.
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: Thankful

Happy Wednesday! And happy day-before-Thanksgiving!

I’m thankful for many things, but one of them is that I don’t have to go out of town this Thanksgiving. I don’t have to host either. I can sit on my couch and knit Christmas stockings and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with the girls, and then I can go eat myself silly at my in-laws. Thankful, thankful, thankful!

Another thing I’m thankful for? All of you wonderful peeps. Truly. Your WIPs make my Wednesdays a whole lot brighter. You make this blog tick—you and all my wonderful sponsors over there on the right-hand side. So thank you, one and all. : )

WIPs? I’ve really just been knitting this week. But look at all the progress I made on my Christmas stocking! I’m having so much fun knitting it. The pattern is a free download on Ravelry—you can find it here.

This week’s sponsor? It’s almost Black Friday, you guys. They’re ALL on the docket this week. Come back to this post on Friday to click through all the sponsors below, to see who’s got what on sale! Consider this blog your Black Friday home base. : )

                  
            
      

Next week I hope to be diving into several fun new sewing projects, so same time, same place!

What are YOU working on this week? Here’s how to link up:

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 Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday and mention me, @freshlypieced.
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: Obsessions

You might notice a theme in this week’s WIP Wednesday. That theme is red, white, and knitted. Or at least knitty looking. : )

Yes, my Fair Isle obsession continues, this week in the form of knitted Christmas stockings. Suddenly, I MUST have knitted Nordic Christmas stockings. There’s just one catch: Here in Milwaukee, everybody celebrates St. Nick’s Day by putting out their Christmas stockings on Dec. 6. Think I can finish at least two stockings by then? (Because, one for each girl. There must be either two, or none. One is not an option.)

And of course my other project is my red and white Fair Isle quilt. Zig-zag rows are up next on the Fair Isle Sew-Along! It doesn’t look like much right now, but come back tomorrow for this week’s installment in the sew-along, and I promise there will be more to see!

And just so this week’s post is not excessively one-note, here’s a reminder that today is the last day to save 40% on my new Picnic Plaid pattern. Grab the PDF version now and save!

This week’s WIP Wednesday has been brought to you by Shabby Fabrics. Shabby Fabrics has an uh-mazing clearance section right now—more than 150 items (including quilt kits!) are now 50% off! There are also 1,200 fabrics in their sale section right now—and the more you buy in that section, the more you save! Score!

Giveaway: Shabby Fabrics is generously offering a fat-quarter bundle of the “Striking Sunset” color way of the Spectrum line by Camelot Fabrics! This line was new to me, but I love it already, the colors are gorgeous! Link up below for one chance to win the bundle, and/or comment on this post for a second chance to win.

Exclusive coupon code: Shabby Fabrics is also offering 10% off to all Freshly Pieced readers! How awesome are they to do a coupon code AND a giveaway? Just enter FreshlyPieced10 now through Nov. 26. (One use per customer.) Say thank you for WIP Wednesday by showing them the love. : )

 

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What are YOU working on this week? Here’s how to link up:

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 Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday and mention me, @freshlypieced.
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: Brrr

I’m back from Salt Lake City and Sewtopia, just in time for the Polar Vortex, year two. Ugh. I’ll be blogging about Sewtopia soon, but for now let me just say that it was an amazing weekend, and the Sewtopia organizers rocked it—they thought of everything! Thank you, girls!

I spent most of my time at Sewtopia getting back to work on my Aviatrix Medallion, which I started last summer and haven’t touched in months. I got another whole round of blocks done over the weekend. No idea if I’ll be able to keep working on it now that I’m home, but I know I’ll finish it eventually! It’s nice to have a “fun” project to come back to every once in a while.

I bought a fair amount of fabric while I was in Salt Lake, but somehow I ended up spending even more on yarn! I guess the cold weather has me inspired to just hunker down and knit. I started a hat and this cowl in chunky baby alpaca yarn. As always, the challenge for me will be finishing them. LOL.

Hey, today’s WIP Wednesday has been brought to you by Dragonfly Fabrics. Dragonfly has Katy Jones’ Priory Square fabric just in, and lots of gorgeous exclusive bundles as well! Thank them for sponsoring WIP Wednesday by checking out their entire selection!

Discount code: Dragonfly is also offering 15% off any purchase, just for Freshly Pieced readers! Use the coupon code freshlypieced15, now through Nov. 19. Thank you, Dragonfly!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
What are YOU working on this week? Here’s how to link up:

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 Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday and mention me, @freshlypieced.
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!P.S. Just a quick schedule note—this week’s Fair Isle Sew Along post will be on Friday, not tomorrow, because I am participating in the Robert Kaufman 30 Quilts for 30 Years blog hop tomorrow. So you should really come back on both days, right? : )

 

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WIP Wednesday: The Knitting Bug

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It’s November and it’s getting colder and I’m ready to hunker down and make some stuff. And not all out of fabric, either!

Once upon a time, I was the tiniest bit obsessed with knitting. Then I got a sewing machine and kind of forgot about “the sticks,” as a friend of mine calls them. But lately I’ve been admiring all the Honey Cowls being knitted around blogland, especially by Anna and Angela, and decided to get the sticks back out. I haven’t knitted anything in so long I couldn’t even remember how to cast on, but some YouTube videos refreshed my memory and I was off and running.

But don’t worry, I haven’t abandoned my Janome. These guys are hoping to be sewn up into something pretty very soon. If only I would stop changing my mind about the other colors to go with them.

Ditto for this little stack, which is destined to become a Spiced Chai quilt from Vintage Quilt Revival, once my neutral background fabric eventually arrives. Speaking of Spiced Chai, Katie is talking about it over on her blog this morning as part of our “Meet the ‘Vintage Quilt Revival’ Quilts” series, so pop over there to see her version.

What are you working on?
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!