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WIP Wednesday: Schooled

The kids are officially back in school as of yesterday! I’ll miss having them around all day, but it’s also kind of a relief to be back to a normal routine. And, since yesterday was the first day of school, that means it’s time to get a move-on with my back-to-school quilt!

I’ve made good progress on it and I’m sure you’ll be seeing even more of it next week. This is quite a departure for me as far as the color palette, but I really love it so far.

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/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: With Guest Host Cindy from Hyacinth Quilt Designs

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Hi! I’m Cindy and I blog at Hyacinth Quilt Designs. My husband came up with the name – you can read about the origin over on my home page – he’s easily amused!

I’m so thrilled to be guest posting here today. I’m a huge fan of Lee’s WIP Wednesdays and honored to be right on the home base. I’ve found some of my favorite bloggers from the linkies – so be sure to check them out!

Okay – down to business. It’s a busy time of year and like me, many of your WIPs may fall into one of two categories: holiday gifts and decor, and finishing up some projects by the end of the year.

I made a resolution at the beginning of 2013 to finish the year caught up on my quilt top pile. For some reason I would rather sew 2 pieces of Anna Maria Horner fabric together than quilt straight lines on my top, so the tops tend to pile up easily. Who still remembers their yearly resolutions by December? I sure don’t, but was reminded of this one when Amanda from Westwood Acres posted a challenge on Instagram. Start 2014 with a clean slate. And to make it enticing she offered some weekly prizes! It was all the motivation I needed, so I set out get the last 3 tops on my pile quilted. I love a clean slate – or whiteboard in my case.

I tackled the biggest one first and finished the binding over the weekend! The pattern is Thmbleblossoms On A Whim done in Florence by Denyse Schmidt.

In the binding stage is my second and the one that’s been sitting around the longest – at least a year. The quilt is Superstar, a pattern in Elizabeth Hartman’s book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork. I don’t know why it took me so long to finish it! The quilting was super simple – organic {purposely uneven} lines – that took no time!

And just this weekend I started quilting my Round and Round quilt. This is also a Thimbleblossoms pattern and started for a quilt-along hosted by the designer, Camille, on Instagram {can you tell I like Instagram?}

When the shoulders can’t quilt any more, I’m slowly piecing this pattern, Starlight, another Thimbleblossoms pattern. I’m a big fan of using the stash and mixing lines, and this is a perfect example. Can’t wait to see it come together!

I’m betting some holiday decor is on everyone’s list nowadays! My book, Simply Modern Christmas, was released in August and I decided to remake the tree skirt from the book in a mini size for my mini tree. Those strips finish at 1″!

 

And of course some handmade holiday gifts: flannel nightgowns with knit leggings, a couple of notebook covers and a potholder.

So the end of 2013 is feeling good! Nothing like a clean slate to start the new year. It’s a good thing because I’ve splurged on some new fabric and hope to be sewing some of those aforementioned Anna Maria Horner fabrics together soon!

So, 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!

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WIP Wednesday: Still Plugging Away

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I feel like a broken record lately, since I seem to be working on the same projects, week after week.But I’m nearing the finish line on two of them:

Binding Bloom Bloom Pow
I settled on this soft neutral Pearl Bracelet print for the binding on Bloom Bloom Pow, and am busy hand-stitching away right now! Bloom Bloom Pow is headed for Spring Quilt Market in Portland and needs to be shipped tomorrow, so I’ve got to wrap it up!

Quilting Diamond Tread quilt
And I’m still slowly chipping away at the quilting on my Diamond Tread quilt. I finished the angled lines going in one direction and marked the lines going in the opposite direction with painter’s tape. I’m hoping the end result will be kind of a plaid look. Can’t wait to get back to this when Bloom Bloom Pow is finished.

Flags for Boston
And I whipped up a couple of flags for Boston, which I’ll post about in the next few days. I was so thrilled to read that these flags will be displayed at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts! What an amazing display that will be.

What are you working on 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.

Have a great week!

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WIP Wednesday: Guest Hosted by Natalie from Greenleaf Goods

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Hi everyone! I’m Natalie from Greenleaf Goods, and I am so excited to be guest hosting WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced today!

Lee’s blog was one of the first that I started reading regularly, and I loved the idea of a weekly check-in to keep all of my projects in order. It’s amazing to see how it has grown, and I have “met” some of my favorite bloggers (and now friends!) through the WIP Wednesday link-up.

I’m sorely in need of a project check-in, as I have some WIP’s that have been languishing for quite a while! It’s very motivating to make a concrete list of ALL projects in progress, it helps keep me motivated to see things through to completion. Plus, I’m often surprised at how many things I have going on at once!

Here’s my current rundown:

hand quilting my single girl

1. Single Girl Quilt: 

I started my single girl quilt 2 years ago! This is definitely my longest-term project to date, but also one of my most special quilts.

single girl WIP

After finishing the quilt top up this past summer, I decided to hand quilt the entire queen sized thing. Crazy? Maybe! But I really love the process, and I’m close to being done! Hoping to finish this one in the next month or so!

fabric bundle from purl

 

2. Next up: A new project I recently began that is inspired by a vintage quilt top I saw on pinterest. I’ve been hoarding a gorgeous bundle of fabric from Purl that I received as a wedding gift 2 years ago, and it has finally found its calling. I pulled out a ridiculously large stack of fabric to accompany the bundle (some of which are pictured below), and I’ve been working on freezer-paper templates for the piecing.

fabric for vintage inspired quilt

Lately I’ve been feeling very inspired by vintage quilt tops—perhaps a good sign that I’ll love Lee’s new book!

voile patchwork quilt top

3. Little Folks Quilt Top: In the dead of winter I whipped up this bright voile quilt top. I’m thinking this will be my next hand-quilting venture, once I finish the single girl. I love the softness of hand quilted quilts, and stitching through voile is like stitching a cloud!

pow-wow quilt on the design wall

4. Pow-Wow Quilt: I began my pow-wow quilt last spring, but put it on the back burner when we moved in the fall. These bright colors would be perfect for a spring finish!

Stars!

5. Holiday Quilts: This past year I also decided it would be fun to have some special occasion quilts, both of which need finishing! My 4th of July-inspired quilt is basted and ready to quilt.

Spiderweb Quilt..

My Halloween quilt needs quite a few more spiderweb blocks to be complete.

chicopee hoops

6. Last up: I’m sprucing up the bathroom in our house with some Chicopee patchwork! I have to finish a few hoops, and I’m planning to embellish a white shower curtain with some patchwork squares. The Chicopee just looks so good with black and white vintage tile in our bathroom.

Phew! That’s quite a list! Now it’s time for you to share what you’re working on!

Here’s how it works:

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. This is the best part! Check in on your sewing and blogging friends for an update on their projects, and find new friends to follow! Don’t forget to leave some encouragement for others, blog comments make everyone’s day better!

Happy Sewing!
Natalie

 

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WIP Wednesday: Guest Hosted by Jenelle of Echinops & Aster

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I have two true statements for you: It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time to link up those projects you’ve been working on this past week. I am also in fact not Lee. She has faithfully entrusted to me the keeping of WIP Wednesday this week (oh man!) and I am hoping to not make her regret it do a fantastic job. ; ) Who is this “me,” you might be wondering? Well, let me introduce myself! I’m Jenelle and I blog over at Echinops & Aster. I’m a sewist and quilter with a hand-stitcher’s heart and a modern aesthetic. I design embroidery patterns, love hiking, am a bit of a plant geek, and live in the Emerald City (aka Seattle) with my husband and our little siamese/ tabby, Cleo.

Cleo
Fun fact: if you took a peek at the list of labels most used in my blog posts, WIP Wednesday is the winner by far. I’ve been linking up with Lee almost since the beginning of this party (definitely since the beginning of my blogging career) and boy has it kept me on track! I’ll be needing this linky more than ever this year as I’ve dedicated myself to really finishing my WIPs and to becoming generally a better finisher than starter.

 

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Hope Valley Swoon

One of the projects that I’ve recently picked up again after a long hiatus is my Hope Valley Swoon quilt. This past month I tackled four more blocks to bring my grand total up to five finished. Last week I really hit the ground running and finished both the blue and black ones. Now that I’ve gotten back into the groove with this project, I hope to get the remaining four blocks wrapped up soon so that I can try a QAYG technique on this one.

Honeycomb Stitch-Along Button

I also began a new project this week that I am totally excited about finally getting to share! I’ve been planning a stitch-along project for over a month now behind the scenes, and with the release of Honey Honey by Kate Spain, I can finally get started on my sample project and the tutorials.
Honeycomb Pillow Mock-up
I designed this large throw pillow project to be a great way to practice a bunch of hand-stitching techniques like EEP, needle-turn applique, hand-quilting, and embroidery. It has little bite-sized components of each technique which makes it less daunting in my opinion to get started learning a new skill. I just began the EEP portion over the weekend and was stitching and photographing the tutorial steps in between the plays of the Super Bowl. Here’s my progress so far:
Honeycomb Stitch-Along EEP
I’m going to be moving along on this project quickly to share finished photos ASAP, but in the meantime I’ll be kicking off the planning stages of the stitch-along this week by posting materials lists, the tutorial schedule, and the list of prize sponsors that are going to be making this event extra fun. Please feel free to stop by my blog and follow along if you might be interested in joining me in making this great sampler project!
Fusion Crochet Blanket Progress

Finally this past week I also had the chance to crochet a couple more fusion charms while traveling to Portland on the train. I’m happy to see the growing stack, as this blanket is going to require quite a few squares to make it lap-sized. I’m also toying with the idea of throwing some granny squares into the mix to add some variety and to stretch the spacing of the fabric charms a little bit to get a slightly bigger blanket. It might be time to buy some more yarn. 🙂

Thanks for linking up and for helping me to do a great job guest hosting. And special thanks to Lee too for allowing me to jump in as host! I can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on.

So what are you working on this week? Whatever you’re sewing, link it up here! Just remember 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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NOTE FROM LEE: There were some problems with the linky earlier, but they should be resolved now. Let me know if you still have any problems linking up. And please note that I am now using InLinkz’s paging widget, so you may have to scroll through several pages of links to see yours (the newest links appear at the end, on the last page). Thank you for your patience!

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WIP Wednesday: Happy Place

Well, it’s Wednesday, but I don’t have a lot to report this week. I spent the bulk of the week at Disney World with my family, so sewing was minimal.

But we did do a little of this ….

… and this ….

… and this!

So I’m not complaining. : )

And check out the box full of awesome that was waiting for me when we got home:

This would be one (yes, only one!) of my prizes for taking third place in the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild’s EZ Dresden Challenge. It was on my doorstep when I arrived home from the airport—not a bad way to be welcomed home! I should be able to finish a few WIPs with this haul, don’t you think? Thank you to the SLMQG and all the challenge sponsors, especially Simplicity and Gutermann!

And if you just can’t get enough of the master photography shown above, follow me (freshlypieced) on Instagram—there’s plenty more where those came from. : )

If you got more done than me this week, how about linking up? 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?

Have a happy week!

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WIP Wednesday: Guest-Hosted by Svetlana

Hello, happy Wednesday everyone! My name is Svetlana and I blog over at s.o.t.a.k handmade. I’m so glad to be guest hosting this week’s WIP Wednesday. Thanks for having me, Lee!

I love WIP Wednesdays as they keep me on track and help me “remember” all the projects I should be working on before starting any new ones. Lately it’s been all about preparing for my first-ever craft fair, so I spent most of my sewing time making pouches, pouches, and more pouches.
Here are some of my latest creations.

Thankfully,
the craft fair is on Saturday and I’ll be able to get back to quilting
soon. It’s about time, too. My design wall is overflowing with tons of
unfinished miscellaneous blocks that beg for some love and attention.

 

I’m planning on using Amy’s fantastic tutorial and making these two blocks into sewing kits.

I’m also looking forward to turning this improv pieced as well as my “think” blocks into pillows. I’ve fallen in love with rectangular pillows lately and both of these will make a nice addition to my pillow collection. Oh, I’m so glad my family does not mind having a gazillion pillows all around the house.

And then there’s this churn dash quilt I’m making as a Christmas present for my FIL. I have almost all the blocks cut out, and most of the HSTs trimmed, now it’s just a question of sitting down and assembling the blocks. Sounds simple, right? That’s going to be my goal for next week. Wish me luck 🙂

 Now it’s your turn. What have you been working on this week? Here are the rules for linking up:

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?