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WIP Wednesday: A Quilty Christmas

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
So here’s what I was working on while I should have been, I don’t know, buying gifts or mailing Christmas cards or something.

Ever since I started quilting, I have intended to make a Christmas quilt for my family. And ever since I started quilting, that has somehow not occurred. But you might remember from last week that I finished a Christmas quilt top! Surely it should have been a short, straight line from there to a finished Christmas quilt. Right?

Nope. Somehow instead of one finished Christmas quilt, I now have two finished Christmas tops.
All I did was go into my local quilt shop, with the goal of buying a fun Christmasy print for a quilt back. Easy enough, right? Except then I spotted the Hip Holiday line by Josephine Kimberling. And I had to have it. A lot of it (or at least more than was warranted for a back).


Long story short, what started as a simple pieced back in some of the Hip Holiday prints somehow turned into a second whole Christmas quilt, of a design inspired by Katie’s Star Bright quilt. Because once I finished piecing this “back,” it occurred to me that it was totally not a back at all. Oh well.

So then I managed to whip up two quilt backs (actual backs this time), baste them both, and now quilting is in progress. I’m hoping to get at least one done before Christmas, maybe. If I keep ignoring those gifts and cards.

Enough about me. What are you working on this week?
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!

Book shipping update: Vintage Quilt Revival is finally IN STOCK on Amazon! You can still get a copy in time for Christmas via standard shipping if you hurry. Makes a great gift! : )

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WIP Wednesday: In Bloom

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

It’s finally spring around here (well, it has been for the last few days, at least). So this week I’ve been doing a lot of this:
Running outside instead of on a treadmill, doing yard work, and enjoying the sunshine with the girls.
But I’ve also been quite productive as well—yesterday while Miss C was at preschool I basted two quilts, including Bloom Bloom Pow! And I’m about halfway through quilting my Diamond Tread quilt. All in all, a very good week. : )
What did you accomplish this week? Share your WIPs! 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.And let’s all have another sunshiny, productive week!

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Warm and Cool Quilt

My Warm/Cool quilt is complete! And I think it’s destined to be one of my favorites.

I’ve run the numbers on this quilt before, but let’s do it again, because I spent a gazillion freaking hours making these HSTs, so you can listen to me blather on about it one more time. There are 266 HSTs in this quilt and a total of 219 different prints. That’s two hundred and sixty-six and two hundred and nineteen, thankyouverymuch.

I free-motion stippled it—making this my second FMQ attempt ever. So don’t look too closely. : ) The stitch lengths are a little psycho in some places. But overall I’m pleased with my quilting and I think it’s a definite improvement over my first FMQ’d quilt.

Remember how I took all the purple HSTs out, because they just weren’t working for me on the front? Here they are in all their purpliciousness on the back. Kona Cotton solids, mostly from the Gen X Quilters Kona swap, rounded things out.

This quilt was also my first attempt at spray basting. I’ve seen so many blog posts about how wonderful spray basting is that I was starting to believe the quilt just magically basted itself. Sadly, that is not the case. : )

Immediately after basting, I had pretty mixed feelings about this basting method. First of all, I know it’s sprayable glue and all, but OMG, that stuff is sticky. And somehow I managed to get it everywhere—my hands, my feet, my knees, my kitchen floor, and I think possibly the dog. When I discovered the mess on the kitchen floor (which fortunately was easy to clean off), I moved to the basement. But like most basements, mine is dusty and dirty and gross, and all of that dusty dirty grossness ended up stuck to me, thanks to the fact that I was covered in, you know, sprayable glue. I literally had to take a shower when I was done basting! Is this normal, or am I just exceptionally bad at spraying glue on things? I was using June Tailor’s, not the 505 that everybody raves about, so maybe that was the problem? I bought June Tailor’s because it’s the only brand my sub-par Joanne’s carries, but I might try ordering 505 online for next time.

Another issue was that I basted one side, flipped it over, and … giant wrinkle in the batting, right down the middle of the quilt. Much swearing ensued. I basically had to rebaste the thing, but from the other side, which hardly seems ideal.

But I got it basted in the end, and in spite of all my problems, I got it done so much faster than I could have using pins. It really is a huge time-saver. And now that the quilt is completely done, I can say with certainty that I am another spray-basting convert. Hello, there are no pins to remove! That is particularly awesome when doing FMQ. Even more importantly: No puckers. Like, anywhere. Thank you, spray basting. I can tolerate your quirks if you continue to keep up your end of the bargain like that.

So anyway, that’s my Warm/Cool quilt. It’s like 97 degrees here, but this afternoon the girls insisted on using it while watching Team Umizoomi (shark car! shark car!). I guess that’s a pretty good endorsement of this quilt.

Size: 54″ x 74″
Design: Warm/Cool Quilt-Along by Jeni at In Color Order (thank you, Jeni!)
Fabric: Anybody who can name all 219 prints gets a drink on me at the Sewing Summit
Binding: Mini Muu dot by Lecien
Back: Mostly Kona Cotton solids
Quilting: FMQ stippling

Sorry about the bad pictures. It was a bit breezy for quilt photography the last few days—this was the best I could do.