WIP Wednesday

Well, it’s been quite a while since I did a work in progress (WIP) post, but I really want to start posting more often, so here goes …

Today’s WIP is the quilt I mentioned in my last post that I’m working on for my husband. Unlike most of my projects, this one does have a deadline – I’d like to take it on vacation with us next week! I know it probably seems crazy to take a quilt on vacation, but that’s only because you’ve never spent any time in a vehicle with Chris, who is always warm. Since I’m always cold, and I don’t feel like wearing a parka on a spring vacation in the South, I decided we needed a quilt for the trip. Also, the quilt I made for Chris a while back is way too big to be used in the den as a throw, so this very manly quilt will fill that need, too. 😉

I found this motorcycle fabric online a couple of years ago. It’s part of the “Man Cave” series by Bernartex, and it is really beautiful. If you’re looking for some masculine fabric, I would suggest this series. I believe it’s ongoing, as there are images on the website now of cigars and such. Anyway, I combined that with some fabrics I had in my stash, and some Kona Solids to come up with the quilt top …

Motorcycle quilt top completed

Motorcycle quilt top completed

I guess I wasn’t really paying attention, because I didn’t notice that I had quite the pattern going here. LOL If I were to make this quilt again, I would probably replace the grey fabric with black, but Chris says he likes it just this way, so if he’s happy, I’m thrilled.

By the time you read this post, I will probably have the backing put together and the quilt sandwiched. And with a little luck, I’ll be well along in the quilting process. I mean, I only have a week and a half before I need it to be done. Here is the backing fabric …

Motorcycle quilt backing

Motorcycle quilt backing

Chris is a HUGE Texans fan, so I found this fabric a while back at Hobby Lobby and decided it would make a great backing for the motorcycle quilt – two of his favorite things in one quilt! The black and red will be borders around the Texans fabric, because it’s neither wide nor long enough without it. I haven’t decided if I’ll do two red borders and two black borders, or if I’ll do it like the front and run one and then the other all the way around. At first, I thought I’d do two red and two black, but I’ve been thinking it might look cooler to do the red and black together like the front of the quilt.

I have some ideas on how I’m going to quilt it, but I’ll save that to share once the quilt is completed.

Until next time, happy sewing!

WIP Wednesday

Things are going pretty slow right now, with the wedding and everything, but I have managed to make up all the squares for my Halloween quilt.

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Right now, I’m trimming the tips off the squares that are created when sewing half-square triangles together.

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You’ll notice that I’m pressing the seams open on this quilt, which normally I don’t do. But after reading how Leah Day presses her seams open to prepare for free motion quilting, I thought I’d give it a try.

Also, I’m still rinsing the dye out of the backing for Heather’s quilt, but I’m pretty sure this is the last rinse; by the time you read this, it should hopefully be dry, and ready to sandwich Saturday. I have high hopes because I really am ready to get this quilt done and out the door to its new home. I think the backing is going to be just beautiful; what do you think?

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WIP Wednesday

I debated quite a bit whether or not I should post this today, because normally I prefer to be silent on social media on 9/11. But then I began to think that I can still remember all of those who died on that terrible day, all the horrible things that happened, and still live my life. After all, life goes on for all of us who were touched by that day, and I’m pretty sure those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, would not want us to stop living for them. So I took a moment this morning and said a prayer for all of them, remembered where I was and how it felt to see those heartbreaking images, and I decided to move on. Twelve years later, I still choke up thinking about what happened, but I can’t let it stop me from living, even on this day. I will always remember, but that said, it’s time for time to start up again this morning.

I am very pleased with Heather’s quilt at this point; the top is completely done, and now I’m working on washing all of the excess dye out of the backing. I went with a light amethyst color for the backing, just because I thought it would contrast nicely with the greens and blues of the focal fabric. I still have some of the focal fabric left over, so I’m toying with the idea of piecing some of it into the backing, but I haven’t decided on that yet.

This photo really does not do the quilt justice; I think it looks fabulous in person, but it doesn’t quite convey in this picture.

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I went with the orange inner border to try to bring some of the yellows and oranges out in the quilt a little more and it does a great job of doing that, though you can’t really tell from this photo. But I’m happy that I’m heading into the home stretch here and can only hope that Heather likes it as much as I do!

WIP Wednesday

Last week, I didn’t do a WIP Wednesday post because … well … I hadn’t made any progress on anything for most of the week. I’d made a couple squares on the quilt I’m making for my friend Heather, but nothing really worthy of a blog post or photos. This week, however, I do have something to show you.

Labor Day weekend was much busier than I had anticipated, so I didn’t get much done on the quilt on Saturday or Sunday. But I set aside Monday to work on the quilt, and quilt I did. In fact, I got all of the squares made! This means that I need to dye a backing for the quilt, so I need to make a decision on that as well. Green seems the obvious choice, but I’m not really sure that’s the direction I want to go. I was thinking sky blue, maybe. I’ll decide today so I can get it going, because I’d really like to be in a position to sandwich this weekend and get started on the quilting part. But enough talking for today. Here are a couple of pictures to show you the progress of the quilt. 🙂

 

It looks a bit like a skeleton doesn’t it?

 

 

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I do still need to go back and fix the prototype squares I made first, because they were put together out of order. But once that’s done, I can start sewing the quilt top together. Hopefully the entire top will be put together by this weekend.

 

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The nine-patches will act as setting squares.

 

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The correct way for the squares to be put together!

 

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WIP Wednesday

Although I’m really loving the quilt I’m making right now for my friend Heather, I have to confess that I haven’t made much progress on it, and the reason for that is fairly simple. As you might recall, I posted over the weekend about my daughter moving up her wedding date. Fortunately, they have made another schedule change, pushing the date back to mid-October. Still, there was a flurry of activity for several days that left me exhausted both physically and emotionally, and little was done on Heather’s quilt. Still, I share with you the progress to date …

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You’d be surprised how long it takes to sew together 25 2.5″ squares to make this one bigger square. Really, it isn’t the sewing so much as the ironing. But hopefully, with my long weekend coming up I’ll be able to make some decent progress on this one.  I’d really like to have the top finished by Labor Day, but we’ll see how it goes.

Till next time,

Me

I need to be more consistent in posting

And so, in an effort to do just that, I’ve devised a little schedule I want to try to follow for the next couple of months that will hopefully mean more consistent posting that will cover a wider range of subjects.

WIP Wednesday, where I share photos of works in progress, whether they are quilting, sewing or some other craft.

Three Things Thursday, or Throw-back Thursday, depending on how I feel and what’s on my mind. 🙂

Photo Friday, where I post photos I’ve taken either in the past or more recently.

I’m working on ideas for other days of the week as well, so that I’m posting consistently several days a week. I’ve found that for me, the secret to consistent posting is to work up several posts at a time and schedule them to be published on the days I want them to appear. Like this post – written and scheduled two days ago.

I am always open to suggestions for posts, so if there’s something you’d like to see, please feel free to drop me a line or post in the comments section. I don’t know what you’re interested in if you don’t let me know!

Until next time,

Me