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WIP Wednesday: Last One?

Okay you guys. Let’s have a little truth this Wednesday morning.

My truth is: I’m burned out on WIP Wednesday. I’ve been doing this link-up week in and week out for five years now (gasp, where has the time gone??). And while I’ve loved having the link-up and it really put my blog (and business) on the map, in the last year or so I’ve felt like I’ve been phoning it in a bit. There was a time when my Wednesday deadline helped my stay on track to have something to post, but for whatever reason, it’s just not motivating me anymore. Instead, lately it hangs over my head like a mid-week anvil over Wile E. Coyote. LOL.

Still, it’s a scary thing to say, “I’m done with this.” As I said, it’s been a huge part of my life for more than five years now. Without it, will my blog traffic drop off? Will I lose pattern sales? Will I lose sponsors? Will my motivation drop even further? Am I crazy to walk away from the single most popular feature on my blog?

So here’s my decision (at least for now): I am temporarily suspending WIP Wednesday after this week. I’m going to take two months off and see how things go. What I’m hoping is that not having WIP Wednesday to worry about will actually free me up to do more quality blog posts. I can post about what I want, when I’m ready to, instead of always posting these short, ineffective mid-week check-ins. So, no, I’m not going anywhere! There will continue to be content here on the blog (potentially even more content), so I hope you won’t go anywhere either! I’m also hoping this will allow me to post more frequently on Instagram, now that I don’t have to “save” progress photos for Wednesdays. LOL. So be sure to follow me on IG to supplement what you see here.

When the two months are up, if not having WIP Wednesday has been a success for me and I’m feeling good about my blog and my blogging habits without it, then I think I will be done with it permanently. But I selfishly want to see how I feel about not having this in my life anymore before I make a final decision. I hope you all will bear with me while I do that. I hope to have a final decision in early April about whether WIP Wednesday will be back on this blog.

Okay, whew. I’m glad we had this talk. : ) In closing, let me just say that I am so grateful to every one of you who has ever linked up, or clicked on any of the links in order to discover new blogs and projects—you have made WIP Wednesday what it is. And let’s all have one more amazing Wednesday link-up before the hiatus begins! Just for fun, I’m going to leave this WIP Wednesday link-up open for a whole week, so you’ll have plenty of time to add yours! Show us what you’re working on by linking up below, and have a wonderful week!

(P.S. The photos in this post are my Scrappy Picnic Plaid pattern from Stephanie Palmer’s Quilter’s Planner. Full post on this quilt coming tomorrow!!)

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: Just Some Yummy Fabric.

Hmmm. This is one of those weeks where everything I worked over the last seven days has already been shown on the blog, leaving me with no new Wednesday shots for you! So how about a fabric pull instead? These pretties will be going into more Lady of the Lake blocks if I can set some time aside for it in the coming week!

What are you working on this week? Let’s see it! Happy Wednesday! : )

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: In Line

Well, what can I say? I’ve just been quilting my Greek Key quilt. Yep, that’s about the sum of things this week: Gettin’ her done. : )

This one is pretty minimal for me, and it’s reminded me of the importance of simplifying. I have a tendency to get pretty complex with my designs (sometimes too complex), so going the minimal route was a welcome departure. Note to self: There’s beauty in simplicity too. And even when I’m designing/making something that is intentionally more complex, that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t use my critical eye to try to pare things down where I can!

Want to make something minimal with me? This bad boy will be a quilt-along on the Bernina’s We All Sew very soon!

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: Keying In

Good morning from chilly Wisconsin! I know I have no right to complain—it’s not like it’s a polar vortex or anything—but dang, it’s cold here. Perfect weather to stay in and sew.

And sewing is what I’ve been doing, still working away on my Greek Key quilt. Now that the blocks are mostly sewn together, I have to say I’m getting a lot more excited about this one. I discarded the one yellow print block that you saw here in favor of a more muted (but still contrasting) solid (not shown here), and I’m happy I made that choice. The yellow print block was nice, but something about it just felt wrong. You’ll see the full quilt very soon on We All Sew!

Today’s WIP Wednesday is brought to you by Intrepid Thread!

Intrepid Thread has Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander and Pacific by Elizabeth Hartman now in stock! Carkai has such bright, fun colors and usable prints, I can’t wait to get my hands on some.

Want some Carkai of your own? Intrepid Thread is giving away a $30 gift certificate to one lucky reader this week!

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

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: Happy 2016!

Happy new year, everyone! As always at this time of year, I’m so happy to be back to my normal routines. I enjoy the holidays as much as the next girl, but I’m actually one of those who’s happy to get the Christmas tree taken down and say goodbye to the holiday chaos. The house has been nice and quiet and peaceful this week, I’ve been going to the gym, doing some cleaning and organizing … restoring order has been good for my soul. : )

 

And of course I’ve been sewing! My Greek Key quilt is just about done and I’m looking forward to getting it out there to you as a quilt-along on We All Sew. Unfortunately this is one of those projects that doesn’t look like much while it’s in progress. LOL. So I apologize for the lack of eye candy this week, but I promise the finished quilt will be more than the sum of its parts.

What are you working on this week? Got any big sewing plans for the new year? Let’s see them!

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: 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: Pre-Turkey

I’ve been on fire this week, you guys! In addition to getting ready to host a (small) Thanksgiving dinner, I made two quilt backs, basted two quilts, quilted and bound one, and prepped for a tips post that will be on Bernina’s blog. Woot!

Basically, this quilt needed to be done. Right now. No more messing around.

Also: I’ve already made the cranberry sauce and the sangria for Thursday. The stuffing is the next thing on my list. Because priorities.

Oh, one more thing! I’m having a Black Friday sale! Which goes until Sunday. : ) So come on back this weekend, because all my PDF patterns will be $4.99 in my pattern shop, Friday through Sunday, no coupon code needed.

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: Starry Skies

Happy Wednesday! Here’s what I’ve got going this week.

It’s actually a new variation on my Shooting Star pattern. But without the star. Well, kind of. Now I’ve probably confused you. I guess you’ll just have to see it when I’m done, so stay tuned. : )

This week’s WIP Wednesday is brought to you by Gotham Quilts. Hey New York City peeps, did you know Gotham has classes now? There’s English paper piecing, Zippers 101, and a modern sampler class, to name a few! Check out their schedule right here.

COUPON CODE:
Gotham is offering all my readers a fab discount worth 15% off any regularly-priced items in the shop, through November 30! Head over there right now, and use code WIP15. Thank you, Gotham!

Now, 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: 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!