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WIP Wednesday: Sewtopiated

Happy Wednesday! I hope you all are making as much progress on your to-do lists as I am! Yay for productivity. : )

I think it’s thanks to a wonderful weekend spent hanging out at the Drake Hotel in Chicago for Sewtopia. I had such a great time at this retreat! If you have a chance to go to one in the future, I can’t recommend it enough. (The Sewtopia crew just announced that the next one will be in Atlanta! Woot!) I roomed with Angela of Cut To Pieces and Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts, and the three of us had waaaaay too much fun together. It was simultaneously exhausting and refreshing. : )

The weekend included classes with a couple of truly amazing and inspiring ladies—Rita of Red Pepper Quilts and Latifah of Latifah Saafir Studios. I wasn’t sure I would ever get a chance to meet Rita, since she comes all the way from Australia, so I feel lucky to have taken a class with her, and she is so adorable, sweet, and talented! We learned her Kansas Dugout quilt block, which includes lots of Y-seams, but came together surprisingly well.

With Latifah, we made her fabulous Molehills quilt. Curves aren’t exactly my thing, but again, the blocks came together so much more easily than I expected! Latifah is an amazing teacher—please take a class from her if you have the opportunity. My favorite thing about both of this weekend’s classes was that the projects were way outside of my comfort zone, so I probably would not have been willing to tackle them on my own.

Hopefully you’ll be seeing more of my versions of both of these after Quilt Market is done and I finally have time for some “me” sewing again. : )

Today’s WIP Wednesday is brought to you by Cuts of Cotton!  Cuts of Cotton currently has the Doe and Architextures collections available, plus some gorgeous Blender Bundles!


COUPON CODE: This week, Cuts of Cotton is offering my readers 30% off anything in the shop! Wow, can’t pass up that deal, now, can you? : ) Just use code “Fresh30” at checkout. Thank you, Cuts of Cotton! And we know how to thank them for sponsoring WIP Wednesday, right? Go buy something! : )

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/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!

 

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WIP Wednesday: Demo Blocks

This week is all about QuiltCon prep for me! How about you? Does everybody have their class supplies together?
I’ve been busy making Faith’s Ribbon Star blocks to use as demo blocks in my Off the Grid class (not to be confused with my own Ribbon Star block, which is here). I’m especially excited about Off the Grid, because it’s a design class, and design is what I most love to talk about. We’re going to spend the class workshopping alternate layouts until we collapse onto our design walls. : )
Oh, and I’m not just teaching, I’m taking a few classes, too! So I’ve been gathering pearl cotton for my embroidery class with Allison Glass—embroidery is a new skill for me, and I’m really looking forward to a few hours of relaxing hand-stitching during what is sure to be a hectic couple of days spent in Austin.
That reminds me: Are you taking one of my classes at QuiltCon? Don’t forget to check your class supply list! If you haven’t checked your supply list yet, I have bad news for you—you’ve got a lot of homework to do in the next week or so. Because I’m mean like that. LOL. But seriously, if you’re taking one of my Advanced Piecing classes, there’s some cutting you need to complete before class (we have a lot of blocks to get through in a short period of time, so it’s crucial that you have your fabric cut ahead of time). And if you’re in Off the Grid, you need to bring completed quilt blocks (any completed quilt blocks) with you to class.

This week’s WIP Wednesday is sponsored by Bobbie Lou’s Fabric Factory. Bobbie Lou’s has new Cotton + Steel in the house, y’all (Mesa and Tokyo Train Ride). And Art Gallery’s “Hello Bear” by Bonnie Christine is arriving any day now! And as always, Bobbie Lou’s offers free shipping on any U.S. order over $50, and a $5.00 discount on international shipping.

GIVEAWAY: This week, Bobbie Lou’s is kindly offering a $30 gift certificate to one lucky reader! Cotton + Steel anyone?

To win, do any or all of the following (each 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

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/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!