Tuesday, November 27, 2012

WIP :: 11/27/2012

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  It was so nice to go home and have a long weekend for family, fun, great food, & lots of hugs.  It was pretty warm for Chicago area - close to 60F, but we did get some brief snow flurries later in the weekend so that was exciting!

Here's a morning picture by the river of this awesome halo around the sun.  I learned how to use the Panorama picture on my phone!

I've been thinking about posts over the last month but never got around to typing anything up.  I have worked on sewing and stash building though so there's a bit to share with you this week.

I won a mini charm pack from the Robert Kaufman blog recently and am stalking the mailbox for it to arrive!  It's of a new line coming out - Architextures - and I can't wait to see it in person.  It's always fun to see your name listed on the winner posts.  Several weeks ago I put together a fabric bundle for the  Guest curator Bundle contest over at Sex Lux fabrics.  It's called Raspberry Orange Shake and was chosen as one of the Top Ten finalists!!  Head on over to check out all 10 bundles and vote for your favorite! [which of course is mine ;) ]
momm made the button one, I made the other 2

Onwards to the WIP list for this week::

-J's quilt: okay, so my part is completed!  I finished the quilting on this one and promptly passed it on to Momm to finish up the binding.  Can't show pix yet - not until it goes to J, but am super excited to have it almost totally done.

-zip bags: I found this awesome tutorial on Aneela's blog and had to try it out.  It was easy to follow the directions, especially since there are photos with each step.  so helpful!  I love how it turned out so I made a second one.  I helped Momm make one too on our quilt weekend and have plans for more as gifties.  

my new zip bags!
-hand warmers:  I don't have a picture yet, since I made these two tonight!  I had some flannel material at work so I cut several squares and sewed them into pouches, stuffed with rice and stitched shut.  I'm testing these out as hand warmers - 25 seconds in the microwave and they are toasty little bags for about 10 minutes.  I'll also put one in the freezer over night to see how it works as a cold pack.

-Roman Stripe quilt top: I went to lay out the blocks for this quilt to see how many more I needed and was shocked to realize I had plenty made!  I rearranged the layout, fixed a couple blocks and got the top together over our quilty weekend.  I absolutely love it.  It's so exciting to have decided on a pattern, then a color palette & pull fabrics for a quilt and then have it put together just like I imagined it. Can't wait to get this one quilted and snuggle with it.

in progress
I made a list of all my UFO projects the other week - eep!  There are a handful that are completed tops, ready to baste or need backing.  I've decided these will be my focus in 2013.  
The top ones for now, because the whole list is a bit overwhelming::
-Swoon:  still need to finish the backing on this one.  I'm hesitant to quilt it on my little machine, so I may take it to work to quilt

-Summer Sampler: I've been agonizing over quilting designs for awhile now.  I've decided to just baste it and start stitching!

-Strip/row robin quilt: [a new one to the WIP list] this is an old challenge from a mini group back in MD.  I have all of my strips back and just need to put them together into a top.  I also need to make the strip for Momm's quilt so she can turn hers into a top.

That's all for this week- linking it up over at Freshly Pieced.  Cheers!