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WIP Wednesday: Semi-Wordless

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
It’s Wednesday, and for once I feel a little wordless. So let’s just enjoy some pictures of what I’ve been working on.

Okay, here are a few words: Safari Moon by Frances Newcombe for Art Gallery Fabrics. So there. : )

One more word: Giraffe!

 

What are you working on this week? Here are the linky rules:
1. Link up any blog post from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog.
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!

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WIP Wednesday: With Guest Host Leigh Anne from Ella’s Cottage

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Hi everyone!  My name is Leigh Anne and I blog at Ella’s Cottage.  I’ve been following Freshly Pieced for several years now and WIP Wednesday is one of the must-read blog posts in my reader.  So you can imagine my reaction when Lee put out the call for guest posters.  My heart started pounding as I frantically sent the email volunteering, hoping desperately that I would be chosen.  And when I was chosen, it was like Christmas, LOL.

A selection of my finishes.  Links available here

When I first started blogging, I had one or two WIPs at a time. It was all very manageable and I didn’t even have a method for tracking them. Why would I need that? I could see them sitting on my workstation. It didn’t take long for the internet inspiration bug to hit, though. I started adding more projects and bouncing between them. Then I started buying books and patterns, not to mention my Pinterest quilt board. I would have a brilliant idea for a quilt while running or getting my teeth cleaned. The new ideas far outpaced my time to quilt. And I needed a resource for keeping track of my WIPs. If you are feeling like your list of projects is too long, or you just need a laugh, head over and take a gander at my Master WIP list!

But even though my plans are grand, I still mostly work on 2-3 quilts in a given week. This week I have two projects filling my workstation.

The first is a hexagon baby quilt. Originally my deadline for this quilt was early March when I planned on visiting the recipient in California. As of Sunday, my trip was changed to February 18th, which means I need to get busy! I am machine piecing the hexagons using this tutorial by Kati at From the Blue Chair. The fabrics are Marie Antoinette by Northcott and Minimalista by Art Gallery.

The second is more aptly described as my current obsession. I want to lock myself in my sewing space and not come out until this quilt is finished. I find myself sneaking downstairs when I should be going to bed to piece just a few more strips. I am making this with a QAYG method described by Maureen Cracknell. And I am using nothing but scraps. Even the batting is off-cuts from other quilts. I have a secret goal of using up all of my scraps in 2014; fueled, I am sure, by my fabric fast! This may be the first quilt I start and finish without a long hiatus in the middle!

And of course, don’t forget to link up your WIPs, too! Here are the linky rules:
1. Link up any post from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog.
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!

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WIP Wednesday: Right On Time

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
It’s Wednesday. And I actually know that it’s Wednesday. Let’s do this thing.

Did I mention I’m making another Crazytown quilt? Well, kind of sort of. I’m getting a pattern ready, and it’s going to have two design variations for you all. So I’m being a good little designer and making both versions.

I don’t make a lot of all-one-fabric-line quilts these days, but I’ll always make an exception for Denyse Schmidt’s collections. For some reason I just can’t break up her lines. The prints are so yummy together—introducing fabric from other designers or other collections never seems to improve them.

I tried adding other prints to this quilt, I really did. But Florence is just so darn awesome all on its own. So this quilt will be Florence and only Florence. Because Florence is the bomb. It reminds me of my grandpa’s old ties or something.

So what are you working on this week? Here are the linky rules:

1. Link up any post from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog.
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!

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WIP Wednesday: On Thursday.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Um, you guys?? I spent all day today thinking it was Tuesday. For real. The whole day. Until I sat down at almost 10 p.m. to write WIP Wednesday, and something seemed … not right. Oh, that’s because WIP Wednesday was supposed to go live, uh, about 22 hours ago. Oops!

Welcome to my life lately. It’s okay, you can laugh at me. : )

Anyway. Let’s take a look at what I’m working on, shall we?

This. (Stitching binding and writing up the pattern!)

And this. (Okay, not quite working on it yet, but it’s calling out to me. That’s the Safari Moon collection by Frances Newcombe for Art Gallery. I love it!)

What are you working on this week? Here are the linky rules:
1. Link up any post from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog.
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!
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Quilt Improv Blog Tour and Giveaway

Today I’m so happy to be posting about a book by one of my favorite designers—Quilt Improv: Incredible Quilts from Everyday Inspirations by Lucie Summers.

Photo from Quilt Improv

First, let me just say that this book has the most stunningly beautiful quilt photography I think I’ve ever seen. It’s worth the price for that alone. I’m a sucker for quilts on a clothesline. : ) And to be honest, I think there are a lot of very generic quilt books on the market right now. Quilt Improv is so not one of them. Not only is the photography beautiful, it’s … so Lu. I love when a quilt book is designed to truly reflect its author’s style!

Photo from Quilt Improv

I also like how this book is structured. The first section features “Building Blocks,” which are 13 different improvisational units that you can use to create your own designs. The second section features quilt patterns using those building blocks. I really love a book that not only gives you patterns, but gives you the means to create your own unique designs, and this book does that as well.

I decided to make one of the building blocks from the book—I picked the “X” block. And wouldn’t you know it, I realized halfway through that I probably chose the least improvisational of all the building blocks. LOL. Well, I pushed myself last weekend at Jacquie’s improvisational slice-and-insert workshop, so I’ll give myself a pass on this one.

It turned out great, although I couldn’t help trying to make seams match up! (Sorry. It’s in my nature.) I had originally planned to make this into a pillow for my daughter, but I ended up liking the finished product so much that I’m thinking it might become a slightly larger quilt, for a different special person. We’ll see!

I highly recommend this beautiful book, especially if you would like to learn more about improvisational piecing, or if you already love improv but need just a little bit of structure and planning in your process.

The book is available on Amazon. And if you would like to follow along with the rest of the blog hop (and get more chances to win) click here for the full list. Happy sewing!

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EZ Double Wedding Ring Challenge

Welcome to my stop on the EZ Double Wedding Ring Challenge blog hop!

If a Double Wedding Ring is on your quilting bucket list (I know it’s on mine), you’ll want to hear about this. The NYC MOD Quilt Guild has teamed up with Simplicity, Interweave, and Juki to sponsor this quilt challenge. Put your own twist on the classic DWR design to win serious prizes.

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You might remember last year’s version of this challenge, the EZ Dresden Challenge. My Lifesavers quilt, which I made for the Dresden challenge, placed in both the challenge and at QuiltCon. So I can vouch for the fact that a contest like this can really push your creativity in new directions and inspire a project that you may not have come up with otherwise.

And I can also vouch for the amazing prizes that are on the line. : ) My winnings last year included batting, fabric, more rulers, a book, and an entire rainbow of thread in its own cabinet—and that was for third place! This year’s prizes include a Juki sewing machine, gift certificates, and much more. So put this one on your to-do list!

Just like with last year’s challenge, there are various categories that you can enter. It doesn’t have to be modern (there’s a traditional category), and you don’t even have to make an entire quilt—just one ring can qualify! To enter, images of your entry must be uploaded by December 1. For all the details, visit the NYC MOD blog. 

And to get you started, I’m giving away not one but two sets of EZ Quilting’s Double Wedding Ring templates. Just comment on this post by Wednesday, July 24, for a chance to win.

Don’t forget to visit all the other stops on the blog hop for more chances to win. Good luck in the challenge! I can’t wait to see everyone’s creative interpretations of a double wedding ring!

July 8th
NYC MOD Quilters – http://nycmetromodquilters.blogspot.com
Interweave – http://quiltingdaily.com
July 9th
Emily Bailey – http://emsscrapbag.blogspot.com
Shelly Pagliai – http://prairiemoonquilts.com/?page_id=62
July 10th
Amy Ellis – http://amyscreativeside.com
Faith Jones – Me!
July 11th
Amy Smart – http://www.diaryofaquilter.com
Monica Solorio-Snow – http://thehappyzombie.com/blog
July 13
Jenny Cameron – http://Fiberlosophy.blogspot.com
July 14th
Jane Davidson – http://quiltjane.blogspot.com
July 15th
Joanna Wilczynska – http://shape-moth.blogspot.com
Jackie Kunkel – http://cvquiltworks.blogspot.com
July 18
Pat Sloan – http://blog.patsloan.com
Jessica Alexandrakis – http://lifeunderquilts.blogspot.com
July 19th
Jacquie Gering – http://tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com
Lee Heinrich – http://www.freshlypieced.com
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WIP Wednesday: HSTs Everywhere

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What I’m working on this week ….

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HSTs for the quilt I designed with the Threadbias Quilt Design Tool. I used Thangles to churn these babies out. And speaking of the Quilt Design Tool, my giveaway of a free one-month pass to use the tool is still open!

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And I’m working ahead a bit on my Bloom Bloom Pow quilt-along. Tomorrow we’ll be talking about design strategy, but we still have another whole week until we start cutting fabric! That means there’s plenty of time left to pick up a Bloom Bloom Pow throw-size or baby-size bundle from Westwood Acres and quilt along with the rest of us. Come on, you know you want those Pearl Bracelets. : )

What have you been working on? Link up your works-in-progress. Here are the 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 my WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links. Because what fun is a linky party without comments?

 

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Thank You!

First of all, I want to thank you all for the wonderful response to our book announcement! Katie, Faith, and I were super excited to spill about this, so for you guys to be looking forward to the book too is beyond amazing. In fact, we were blown away to discover that Vintage Quilt Revival was #2 on Amazon’s “Quilts and Quilting” best-seller list
on Thursday night! That’s not bad for a book that won’t be out for another 8 months, and for which you have only seen the cover. : ) Thank you!


But right now, I owe you not one but two giveaway winners!

The winner of the copy of Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe (from my giveaway on Feb. 25) is commenter #53, Joyce.

And the winner of a fat-quarter bundle of Carnaby Street by Art Gallery Fabrics is commenter #42, allierae.

And just a reminder that if you are a “no-reply blogger,” you MUST leave your email address in your comment or I have no way to contact you. I had to re-draw for the book once and the FQ bundle three times to get commenters that I could email! Click here and here to learn how to fix your no-reply status … or just leave your email address in comments on giveaways.

Enjoy, ladies!

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A Prize For Me and a Prize For You!

Good morning! I’m totally on a post-QuiltCon high today. So many great things happened to me in the past week, I can hardly count them all, but let’s start with this:

First place at QuiltCon! : )

My Lifesavers quilt took first place in the Modern Traditionalism, Small Quilts category. To think that this little quilt would rank up there with the other amazing work on display at the show is honestly a dream come true for me. Not only that, but my prize was … wait for it … $500. All this from my first quilt show. Wow. It’s overwhelming! To see more QuiltCon winners, Leanne has a post up, and Christa has posts here, here, and here.

I’ll have a full report on QuiltCon in the next few days, but in the meantime, let’s celebrate with a giveaway. How about another copy of Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe? Just comment on this post for a chance to win a copy of the book from Martingale, which includes my Candy Necklace quilt pattern.

 

Candy Necklace in the book!
I’ll announce the winner on Thursday. In the meantime, have a wonderful week!
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WIP Wednesday: Have WIPs, But No Machine

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Oh, man. And I was making such good progress on my WIPs too.

On Monday evening, while I was teaching my Modern Sampler class, my wonderful (only six-month-old) Janome Horizon 7700 freaked out on me and wouldn’t do anything but give me an E1 error code. I took it in to the service technician, who said it was probably just a popped fuse—an easy fix. But he called back a few hours later and …. let’s just say it’s not going to be such an easy fix after all. And I was just thinking about how I needed to do a full-scale review of my machine, since I’ve had her for almost exactly six months now. Well, needless to say, now the review will have to wait to see what happens next. This seems like it will be a good test of how Janome stands behind its products and its customers. I’ve heard good things about Janome’s customer service, so I’m optimistic they’ll come through for me. Stay tuned.

Anyway. WIPs. I did make good progress, prior to Monday!

Summer Sampler Series blocks

Made lots of progress on my Summer Sampler Series blocks for the Modern Sampler class that I’m teaching. I’m making two sets of blocks, since I like to show a finished block at the start of class, and I have to do some demonstrating during class as well.

And here are some of my students’ Mosaic blocks from last week! Can I just say how proud I am of these ladies? Three of them had never even made half-square triangles before, but check out those points. They rocked it. (Thanks to Anne from Material Matters for the photo!)

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Speaking of the Summer Sampler, I made major progress on the Summer Sampler Series Block Anthology. I heard from many of you that you’re excited about having the series in a PDF format, so Katie, Faith, and I are looking forward to making it available! And seeing as I have no sewing machine, that might happen even earlier than I thought. Silver linings, people. Silver linings. : )

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And I got my Rebel Amish-inspired baby quilt top finished, at long last. Now I just need to get it quilted. When I get my machine back, anyway.

Candy Necklace in the book!

Oh, and don’t forget: My Modern Quilts From the Blogging Universe giveaway is open through next Tuesday! I’m giving away an ebook version AND two physical copies, so pop over here to enter.

Whatcha workin’ on? Here are the rules for the linky:

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 my WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links. Because really, what fun is a linky party without comments?