WIP Wednesday

My first WIP post for 2016 gives me the chance to report that I’ve been getting on with the sewing this week – a good start to my new year, I think. I am about to start my 11th block for the Wishes BOM from 2014, so I wanted to take a look at all the finished blocks together.

Month 10 completed

Month 10 completed

I like to take photos of my works in progress often, because a lot of times, I can spot things in a photo that I don’t see in person. This works really well for color selection in particular, but also block lay out and how things are coming together. Also, a photo is an invaluable tool when I’ve got the lay out set and then have to take the quilt off the wall to sew it together. Usually I do this one row at a time, but even then it can get really confusing if I don’t have something to use as a guide. I use both my camera on my phone (down & dirty shots) and my Canon 60D (when I’m a little more serious about better photos). Those lay out photos have saved me a lot of time and frustration over the years!

Anyway, I’ve not yet got these blocks in any particular order, because I don’t plan to follow the lay out of the original pattern. I was a part of the Facebook group for this BOM and I began to notice how many people were using the same fabrics as the original pattern, and how just about all of them followed the same lay out. I guess I’m a rebel, because following the sample to the letter just doesn’t really appeal to me. I prefer to choose my own fabrics and determine my own lay out, unless the lay out is integral to the design of the quilt, which is clearly not the case with a sampler such as this one.

Now I’m starting to think about the sashing between the blocks, and I don’t think I’m going to use white as originally planned. I think I might use grey or maybe even black. Right now, grey is the front runner but I’m holding off on a decision until all the blocks are finished.

So, what’s on your worktable on this first Wednesday of 2016?

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The Curious Case of the Unfinished Quilt(s)

Today, I’m working on the Wishes Block of the Month. It’s from 2014, so it’s not really what I’d call current – it’s an Unfinished Object, or UFO. I decided a couple of weeks ago that I really should finish it, since I had five of the twelve blocks finished, and it’s just sitting here gathering dust. I’ve now got eight blocks done, so I’m definitely making progress, though maybe not as quickly as I’d like, and definitely not as quickly as others might move. I’m pretty pleased with myself today, though, because I finished one in-progress block that’s been on my table since at least last weekend, and I’ve completely made another one. Maybe I’ll get a third one completed today, if I’m feeling up to it.

While I was working on the Wishes blocks, though, I began to think of all the other projects I have that are in some stage of incompletion, and I have to admit, it’s a little embarrassing. I don’t remember whether I’ve mentioned it here or not, but I have one quilt top that I made for my daughter when she was about 10; she’s 22 now. The cutesy fish theme may no longer be to her liking, but I have determined to get it finished any way, hopefully this year.

I pulled out my old quilting journal and took a look at my list of in-progress projects. In no particular order, here it is …

Cat in the Hat quilt

Wishes Block of the Month quilt

Churn Dash quilt in brights

Brick Road quilt

Under the Sea quilt

Green & Blue Tissue Box quilt

Disappearing Nine Patch quilt

These are just the ones I can remember off the top of my head; there may be more! It’s really humbling, too, because I’ve got other quilts just waiting to be started, like something using the Minions fabric I just purchased, and the wall hanging my mother challenged me to make almost two years ago! I’ve got to do something about this …

So I’ve decided that before I can begin a new project, I have to finish at least one UFO or WIP (Work In Progress). And by finished, I do NOT mean finish a quilt top. It has to be a completed project, whether it’s a wall hanging, or a quilt, or a pair of pants. One old project must be finished in between every new project that I start. And I am going to try to start being more accountable for the things that are on the wall and my sewing table, by posting here more often. Maybe the idea of writing down that I accomplished nothing in a week will motivate me to get off my backside in the evenings and into the studio.

At any rate, that’s what’s going on in my studio right now. I guess it’s time to get back to it, but first, maybe a short little nap …

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!

Another Wednesday, Another WIP

I don’t really know what’s going on lately but I am like, totally focused on Pam’s quilt. I’ve spent the last several nights working on it, which is a really good thing considering that it takes a bit of time to piece each block. Remember how easy I said the “Block B” was to put together? Yeah, well, that’s not really the case with Block A. It’s a bit of a pain in the ass, but I think it’s going to be well worth the effort. When I bought the secondary fabrics for the quilt, I loved them. Then when I started to piece them together, I wasn’t so sure … they weren’t bad, but they weren’t what I wanted. But that’s really nothing new to me. Photos always help!

After realizing I wasn't satisfied with the colors in the quilt, I took a photo to check them.

After thinking I wasn’t satisfied with the colors in the quilt, I took a photo to check them.

Once I took a close look at the photo, I am very happy with the overall color scheme and how the secondary fabrics fit into it. I realized that the problem isn’t with the fabric or the colors; the problem is that when I’ve considering doing a green & purple quilt (one of my favorite color combos) I always envisioned it as bold, bright colors on black. Obviously, this isn’t that quilt. But the darker colors are P E R F E C T for the cream colored background in the primary fabric.

Once again, the proof is in the photo, and I’m very happy with the color combination for this particular quilt. 🙂