Wednesday, October 18, 2017

How many WIPs do you have?

radar wave 270/584

Seriously - do you keep track of those WIPs? Do you shove them to the bottom of your project stack? Are they forgotten and left to linger in the sewing room? Or do you finish everything in good time?

It seems to be a topic across blogland lately and got me to thinking. I've been participating in the Finish Along for several years now so I think I have a general idea of my WIP stack.

After some recent finishes, I took a quick look through the stack of WIPs in my sewing room to get an idea of what all I had in there (and to see how many there really were...)

Quilt Camp Sampler -blocks

marsala quilt
Turns out there aren't that many in that stack - only about 12 tops and a handful of other in-progress projects. :D  

Frosted Panes
Going through the stack is always good to remind myself what exactly I have in there to work on and I thought I'd post them here for the record as well. Most of these are finished tops as you can see, so there aren't lots of little pieces strewn across my sewing room.
GS stack
Mardi Gras Round Robin
Plus, it's always fun to see some of these unfinished projects and remind myself what I've created and think of how they can be quilted & bound. 

double wedding ring top
Some of these have popped into my Finish Along lists over the past few years and are waiting for me to get them quilted & bound.

mini charm quilt

Some of these tops were finished before I really knew how to actually quilt & finish them up!  Some are still blocks in progress. Don't get me started on the ideas for quilts, or stacks of fabrics pulled for projects that haven't been started yet....
hand-applique sunflowers

So even though they've been lingering in the WIP stack for a while, I'm still interested in quilting them and marking them in the finished column. 

So have you checked your WIP stack lately? Or would you rather not worry about the numbers in your WIP pile?

Linking up with Wednesday Wait Loss at Inquiring Quilter. #wedwaitloss

Pointless Wonder

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

mini quilts reveal

Sometime back this Sring or Summer, Momm & decided to do a mini quilt swap between ourselves. We've participated in several hosted by other people for various designs/patterns/etc., and thought hey, we know each other well enough so a plan was born.

Other than a 24"-ish size guideline, there were no rules! It was fun to send cryptic questions to suss out preferences or color choices and posting only a tiny peek at the progress without giving away the design! Our exchange was set for mid-September and now I can share what we made for our mom/daughter mini swap.

Cheers! made by me for Momm
Title: Cheers!
Fabrics from my stash
Glasses paper pieced pattern by During Quiet Play on Craftsy
Words are lyrics from Story of Tonight in Hamilton
All quilting is free motioned & done with Aurifil thread - both the words & background designs.
Inspiration: Our family enjoys toasting and celebrating both the small & big events/milestones/etc. So these clinking glasses was the perfect fit and I've bene wanting to use these lyrics for ages.

Here's what I received - this awesome retro TV block playing one of my favorites - Newsies! :)

Momm even made a couple extra fabric centers so that I can change the channel as desired! How cool is that?! Channels include: Star Wars, Tour de France, hockey & Doctor Who.

 Love it. Thanks Momm! Linking up with CrazyMomQuilts for Finish It Up Friday!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Pay It forward Handmade

Several months ago I was the happy recipient of this fantastic #payitforward handmade gift from @eileenpaints. 

For my part in paying it forward, I chose to make these 3 zipper bags using the Open Wide pattern from Anna over at Noodlehead. 

I've made a number of these since they are fun and pretty quick to put together. This time around I also added a handle to them using this tutorial over at busybean which was easy to follow. I like how the handle looks with the bag.

They'll be in the mail this week and continuing to #payitforward :handmade! What a great experience and way to meet some fellow crafters via instagram.

Linking up for Finish It Up Friday at CrazyMomQuilts today.  So nice to have a finish to share!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Quarter 3 Quilt Up

What am going to work on next?  Let me recap the first half of the year so far: I've finished 3/6 projects that were on my Quarter 1&2 lists, plus a couple smaller swaps that popped up during those months. Hooray! This quarter gets a bit more ambitious of a list.
Charm About You

With Quarter 3 link ups here, I had a look through some of my unfinished projects for inspiration. Here's what I'll be attempting to finish (or at least make progress on)::

project: medallion

 project: radar wave 270/584

project: marsala

project: frosted windows

Each of these are finished tops waiting to be finished quilts and hopefully they'll make it! I'm linking up with Charm About You for the start of Quarter 3 2017 Finish Along.

Thursday, June 29, 2017


 Finished up the binding on Shatterpoint this week! Really happy with how this turned out in the finish- I used the same colors as the piecing in the binding so the design flows right off the edges.

Found a great new photo spot today in a nearby park & Momm was quilt holder extraordinaire for these pix- thx Momm! The sun angles really help to showcase the quilting texture. The curves against the angles of the piecing is just what I'd hoped.

Gratuitous magic light sparkles through the fountain that I couldn't resist.

A look at the pieced backing & the extra blocks used as my label. The quilt top was created in a class I took with Denyse Schmitt back in 2013 and I had Denyse sign that triangle in the square on the back. I really enjoyed this class and am happy to mark this one complete! 
I call it Shatterpoint and used Aurifil 2810 & 1125 for the quilting. So smooth. Measures 50" x 58"

It was one my Quarter 2 Finish along list found here, and am linking up at Charm About You for the 2017 Finish Along! Linking up with 2 finishes this week over at crazymomquilts for Finish it up Friday - don't miss my other post Mai tai. 

Mai Tai anyone?

...pineapples are in my head...                    *lyrics from song Pork Soda by Glass Animals*

This quilt uses blocks I received in the #pineappleblockswap through Instagram last Fall and it's a perfect Summer time finish. Found the perfect backdrop to photograph this quilt around town & show-off these technicolor pineapples!

The backing is a fun travel themed print that even has pineapples on it too! 

quilting detail

My signature bee made it into this quilt as well! 

I'm calling this quilt Mai Tai and it's already been promised to a friend who loves pineapples as much as I do. :)  

This was on my Quarter 2 Finish Along list (original post here)so I'll be linking up with Charm About You with the finish! Also linking to CrazyMomQuilts for Finish it up Friday - with two finishes this week so be sure to check out my other post: Shatterpoint!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday WIP

Over the weekend I managed to start quilting my Shatterpoint Improv quilt! Super exciting, considering the top has been waiting patiently since 2013 for me to get it basted. :)

I'm quilting multiple spirals into it with my walking foot and guide bar to keep the spacing consistent. I'm using Aurifil thread #2810 on top and #1125 in the bobbin. Looking forward to seeing how this turns out!