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WIP Wednesday: Kaleidoscopes Forever

So, does it feel like I’ve been sewing these kaleidoscope blocks for approximately the last forever? It sure feels that way to me!

But yes, this is what I’m still working on. At only 7″ finished, I have to make a lot of these little guys. And with the start-and-stop nature of this project, I guess I kind of have been working on it forever. Fortunately, the end is in sight. I’m done with the paper-piecing, so all I have to do is assemble the blocks. My goal is to have a finished top for you next week, plus maybe even a start on a scrap quilt, which I have been itching to make lately.

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/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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WIP Wednesday: Reassessing

Good morning, and happy Wednesday! I’ve spent the past week and a half since returning home from Quilt Market feeling the weight of months of hard work finally lifting. In the last 8 months, I’ve released 5 new patterns, developed and taught two new full-day workshops, lectured at countless local guilds, and much more. It was often just way too much. So instead of sewing over the last week or so, I’ve been assessing where I want to go next.

And the answer is: Kinda nowhere. For the next few months at least, I’d really like to get back to what I used to do, which is just sewing what I want to sew, and blogging about it. I love designing patterns, but it’s amazing how the “industry” can change the way you do things, and even what you do. I feel like the cart has been driving the horse for me recently, if that makes any sense, and I’d like to turn that back around this summer, and get back to doing what I really love!

So this summer, my goal is to do some fun sewing, and blog about it. The end. I also have some non-sewing-related projects I’m going to tackle around the house—some organizing and minor remodeling. You might see a little of that on the blog as well, though I promise not to overdo it with the non-sewing-related content! (And of course there will be some sewing involved in the house projects too! How could there not be?)

And I’m starting with this project, a loooong overdue baby quilt. (It’s one of those cases where the baby might not even be a baby anymore by the time I finally get it to the recipient! Well, what can you do?)

One other thing of note: Don’t forget to check out my new quilt pattern, Chevron Star, which went on sale yesterday—it’s on sale for $3 off, today and tomorrow only! This sale is now done. Click here to purchase.

But enough about me! 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/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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Chevron Star Quilt

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Today I’m super excited to release the first of my two new patterns: Chevron Star! And as always, I’m celebrating with a release-week sale! For a very limited time, you can pick up the Chevron Star PDF pattern for only $4.99.  This sale is now complete.
Show of hands: How many of you enjoy paper-piecing, but start feeling a little nauseous when a pattern asks you to make like 900 of the same block? If that sounds like you, I’d like you to meet Chevron Star. Chevron Star will make no such demands on you. Chevron Star wants you to piece a few blocks and then go outside to play. : )

The other thing that I love about this pattern is that it has negative space that is pieced. Think that’s a oxymoron? I don’t! Because of course we all love our negative space, but sometimes sewing with giant chunks of white fabric is just not all that … fun. I think of Chevron Star as my best-of-all-worlds quilt, and I hope you’ll think so too.

This quilt got a lot of attention while it was on display in my booth at Quilt Market a week ago, so I’m happy to get the pattern out to you all at last! Of course, I think a large portion of its show-stoppy-ness is due to the AMAZING quilting, done by Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter. Deciding how to quilt things has never been my forté, so I love a quilter who can add to my piecing design with her own creative ideas. And Stephanie knocked this one out of the park! Go visit her blog to see more of her amazing work.

I made Chevron Star mostly out of Cotton + Steel basics and solids. That includes “Netorious” in Cloud Metallic. It’s a subtle metallic that doesn’t come across in my photographs all that well, but trust me, this fabric glows in person, and I love the sheen it gives to the quilt!

And one week from today, I’ll be releasing my other newbie pattern, Moroccan Lanterns, so stop back by for that one as well! Now go sew something! : )
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WIP Wednesday: Just Keep Sewing

Good morning from my corner of insanity! Exactly two weeks until I leave for Quilt Market. Eeek!

Yesterday my first of two quilts came back from Stephanie of Late Night Quilter, who is quilting both of them for me. It looks amazing! Here’s a little sneak peek—you’ll be seeing more of this one very soon. (This pattern is now available here!)

And I started another project. Because …. because, I don’t know, I enjoy making myself crazy, I guess? This is the Autumn Flight pattern from the book Scraps, Inc., by Beth Vassalo of Plum and June. I’m loving these softer colors right now—it’s the calm at the eye of my storm.

And 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 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/lee.a.heinrich). 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!
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WIP Wednesday: Now With More Purple

Welcome to another WIP Wednesday! It’s been a super busy week around here as I try to get these new pattern quilts done.
I’ve been paper-piecing like a crazy woman.
And I’m sooooo happy with the results! (This pattern is now available here!)

 

And here’s the start of my other new pattern quilt. Apparently I like purple lately. Where did that come from? : )

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 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/lee.a.heinrich). 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!
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WIP Wednesday: All Done.

WIP Wednesday is cancelled today, because I finished all 47 of my current WIPs this past week. That’s right, I’m done. With all the things. That unfinished baby quilt? Check. The Christmas quilt that I bought the fabric for five years ago and then never even cut into it? Yep—pieced, quilted, and bound, no problem. My Farmer’s Wife quilt that I started in 2011? Sure, why not. Knocked that one out last Thursday, easy peasey. All these years of writing WIP posts, and I never realized I could just bust these out in a week and be done with it! How silly of me!


Ha ha ha, JUST KIDDING!!! Happy April Fool’s Day! Don’t worry, I can assure you that all 47** of my current WIPs and UFOs are still very much intact. Fortunately or unfortunately, there’s as much reason as always for me to host WIP Wednesday. : )

Anyway. It’s Spring Break around here, so my kids are home with me this week, but I plan to be a piecing fool anyway, all week long, because my new pattern quilts have gots to gets done. Looking forward to showing you more when they get to the point of actually looking like something!

And I now have three letters done on my embroidered sign, 10 to go. It’s a little wrinkled from being on the frame, but you get the idea. I have a feeling this project really is going to take me right up until the deadline in May!

 

What have you been working on? Don’t be shy, 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 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/lee.a.heinrich). 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!
**May or may not be an accurate accounting of all my current WIPs. And I’m not telling whether it’s under or over. : )
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BBQ Grill Block from “The Paper-Pieced Home”

Welcome to my stop on “The Paper-Pieced Home” blog tour!

The Paper-Pieced Home is a new book by the always-amazing Penny Layman of Sew Take a Hike. You guys might be aware by now that I’m kind of a fan of paper-piecing. : ) I’ve even been known to paper-piece half-square triangles and flying geese—that’s how much I love paper-piecing. So this was clearly a book for me.

The blocks in this book are ridiculously cute. Like, insanely so. And Penny’s book is so inspiring when it comes to ways to use these blocks. There are plenty of fun project ideas presented in the book, but I thought of about a dozen more of my own just flipping through the book for the first time. These blocks lend themselves so well to potholders, table runners, bags, placemats, pillows—you name it. Funny, I never realized my home was so lacking in paper-pieced décor until I got my copy of this book! : )

And while the patterns may look a little daunting at first, every time I do a “picture” pattern like this, I’m reminded of the fact that paper-piecing is paper-piecing—it truly doesn’t matter how big or small the seams are. It will turn out perfect, no matter what. Just one of the many things I love about this technique! I made the BBQ Grill block, and as usual, the block was much easier to sew than it looked beforehand.

Cute, right? It was a nice springtime project that makes summer feel a little closer for me. And the whole block took less than an hour to make. I just need to pick up some Insul-Bright so I can turn it into a potholder for my master-griller husband.

Here are some other things I love about this book:
• a CD with all of the paper-piecing patterns (no photocopying!)
• great paper-piecing hints and instructions
• a whole section devoted to choosing colors and prints (a fantastic addition to the book, since I think that’s one of the things Penny does so well)

The Paper-Pieced Home: Quilting a Household One Block at a Time
by Penny Layman
Interweave/F+W, $26.99

Want to see more? Visit the other stops on the “Paper-Pieced Home” blog tour! (Some have giveaways!)

3/16       McCall’s Quilting / Sewing Machine Block
3/18       Quilty Pleasure (Quiltmaker blog) / Review
3/18       Imagine Gnats / Rotary Phone Block
3/20       Verykerryberry / Lion Block
3/21       Artisania / Cast-Iron Skillet Block
3/23       Where the Orchids Grow / Lamp Block
3/24       Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt / Layer Cake Block
3/24       House on Hill Road / Oven Mitt Block
3/24       Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced / BBQ Grill Block
3/26       Pink Penguin / Allie-Gator Block
3/26       A Happy Stitch / Giraffe Block
3/27       Bijou Lovely / Jar Block
3/27       Two Little Banshees / Saucepan Block
3/27       Charise Creates / Espresso Mug Block
3/30       Karen Lewis Textiles / Couch Block
3/31       Poppyprint / Clawfoot Tub Block
3/31       One Shabby Chick / Stack of Books Block
3/31       During Quiet Time / Sleeveless Dress Block
4/06       Pat Sloan The Voice of Quilting / Author Podcast Interview
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WIP Wednesday: For Starters

This past week was all mostly starting things and not finishing them. It’s a WIPpy week, I guess.

I’m making some test blocks for a potential new pattern. I like the block a lot, but I’m having trouble making color and print decisions on this one.

Started a gigantic embroidery project—literally. It’s going to be the sign for my booth at Quilt Market (hopefully, assuming I can finish it).

I am thrilled to be making something from this beautiful new book, The Paper-Pieced Home, from Penny of Sew Take a Hike, for the book’s blog hop. The blocks in this book are cute, cute, cute! Looking forward to showing you mine.

And these blocks are still taunting me from the design wall. Sigh.

What have you been working on? Don’t be shy, 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 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/lee.a.heinrich). 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!
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WIP Wednesday: It Never Ends

Welcome to another Wednesday, WIPpers! : )

How did it get to be March already? Now that QuiltCon is behind me, the next big event looming on my calendar is Quilt Market, the industry show happening in Minneapolis in May. I need to get a new pattern or two out by then, not to mention build an entire booth so that I can exhibit! Commence freaking out …. now. Right now. Because it’s March already, you guys.


Between freak-outs, I’m turning my attention back to my Naturally Wisconsin quilt, made with Modern Yardage prints inspired by Wisconsin’s natural beauty. I’ll have a bit more about that project in a blog post on Friday, so stop back then to read all the details. I’m really excited about it!


I’m also trying to finish my kaleidoscope baby quilt and fit in a few other things while I’m at it. So, pardon me while I duck out of here early so I can bang out some sewing today. But please do talk amongst yourselves about your WIPs, as always! : ) See you back here next week, same time, same place!

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 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/lee.a.heinrich). 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!
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WIP Wednesday: Modern Maples

It’s Wednesday! What’s happening out there in WIP land?
This week I’m breaking out some maple leaf blocks for a really fun, special project. I’ve been working with fabric designer Allison Beilke and AIGA Wisconsin on a fabric design contest—the contest winners’ designs were all printed onto fabric by Modern Yardage. And now for the fun part (for me, anyway): I get to use all the prints in a quilt!

 

The contestants were asked to design prints inspired by Wisconsin’s natural beauty. And yes, that is a mosquito jacquard in the bottom right. : ) (It doesn’t get more Wisconsin than that!) I was hard-pressed to think of a better setting for Wisconsin-inspired fabric than maple leaf blocks.

And I’m still plugging away at my kaleidoscope blocks! They’re coming along nicely.


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 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/lee.a.heinrich). 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!