WIP Check~In {12/7/2011}

With Christmas just a few weeks away, I thought it would be fun to get aboard the WIP Train again {Work In Progress over at Freshly Pieced}.  With the holidays coming and with Ms. E and Ms. V into everything it has been difficult {to say the least} to get sewing time in.

But….

The Sugar Pop Zig-Zag quilt is finally completly and totally finished!!!!!!

{other Sugar Pop updates}

This quilt turned out ‘sew’ pretty.  I will be posting all the quilt ‘details’ in a finish post on Friday to tie in with Finish it Friday link-up that I am hosting with Angie over at Stitching by Starlight.

I have broken ground on the Blue Woven Ribbons quilt, but could use some help on the fifth fabric choice.  I origonally bought the leafy fabric to use with these other four blue fabrics, but even though the blues in the fabric go with the other four fabrics, I am just not sure about the orange and green.  Thoughts????

For this quilt I have all the blocks pieced, and am ready to start piecing the quilt top.  Where I was looking adding the leafy fabric was in a checkerboard border.

And that is it for progress this week.  I have a crochet shawl project I am working on while Ms. E knits {makes a mess} with a ball of left over blush yarn from her Toddler Scarf, LOL!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

{I am linking up here…}

WIP ~ Sept. 28th, 2011

Hey there ~

This has to be my favorite post to create each week.  I love the Work In Progress party at Freshly Pieced, and this has been such a motivator to keep track and get stuff done.  As a master procrastinator I tend to push off until it can’t be pushed anymore.  But since I want to be able to create a WIP post, I have show ‘some’ progress.  Thank you again Lee for hosting such a wonderful link party, and the time you put into doing it each week.

This week I can report that I am making great strides with the Sugar Pop HSTs top. I basted it this weekend by spray basting, and now have the center zig-zags and gray border quilted. I am going to continue the zig-zag lines into the outer border and connect the lines to make diamonds. I think that will help keep the scale of the quilt in line with the quilt, and add another great moment for this quilt.

This weekend I also got started on my snowball table runner using Ready, Set, Snow charms from Moda and some Kona Solids White.  I made a good start, but have probably half the charm pack to still make into these blocks.  I am using 2″ squares of the white.  It kinda takes away from the ‘snowball’ fell, but I am hoping once they are pieced together with the white sashing they will fell more like traditional snowballs.  When I started I liked the look of the 2″ squares for the corners over the 1.5″ squares.  Now I kind wish I had stuck with the 1.5″.  Maybe I will do some of both.  I have plenty of 1.5″ squares already cut.

Do you think it would look weird to have both sizes in the table runner?

No project to report on the other quilts.  But…

I added a fun set of pennants to the Girls’ Room, and received fabric orders for two top secret projects!  Yay!

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Finished top for Sugar Pop HSTs

I am tickled ‘pink’ with the finished quilt top.  This is what I love most about quilting… having an idea in my head, and then seeing that idea turn into reality. 

Isn’t that why we create?

The finished top is about 47″ by 56″, and I picked fabrics from two charm packs of Moda’s Sugar Pop fabric, designed by Liz Scott.  The gray I used in this quilt is Kona Ash.   The inner gray border is 2″ cuts {finished 1.5″}, and the outer border is made up of 6.5″ cuts of Sugar Pop Mod Buds Pink.

I am going to piece together the backing and get this quilted asap.  It is for my newest niece, Ms. Payton, on Mr. SD’s side of the family, who born this past week.  A week earlier than the doctor had hoped, but both momma and baby are doing great.  Mr. SD’s mom can’t wait to go visit in October, and I am planning/hoping to have this beauty ready to tuck in her suitcase for the trip up to Cornhusker territory.

Check out the stack of HSTs {half square triangles} that went into this quilt top.

 Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Linking up at:

Fabric Tuesday at QuiltStory

Sew and Tell Fridays at AmyLouWho

Sew Cute Tuesday at The Creative Itch

Finish it Fridays at Stitching by Startlight

Fantabulous Fridays at Momma’s Kinda Crafty

Take A Look Tuesday at Sugar Bee-Craft Edition

Feature Yourself Fridays at Fingerprints on the Fridge

Sugar Pop HSTs Top

Here is the pieced top for the Sugar Pop HSTs I have been working on.

I am thinking of using a thin gray inner border with a thicker pink outer border with gray binding to finish it off.

 

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Current Quilting Projects Update

Farmer’s Wife Quilt Along ~ 21 blocks completed… need 36 = 15 more to go!

Fabric purchased from Shabby Fabrics with the giftcard I won through Amy’s {A Diary of a Quilter} giveaway.  Thank you both for the giveaway!

The dark brown print is going to be my sashing fabric, and the light calico is going to be a wide border.  The dark brown print has a little bit of pinky rose coloring in those little light widgets that really ties into the scrappy quilt blocks.

Here is the layout I am currently thinking of for a 60″ by 60″ lap quilt size using 36 Farmer’s Wife Sampler Blocks.  I may still play with setting the blocks ‘on-point’, but am not sure that I want to try that skill at this point in time.

{PS ~ those are just blocks from Quilt Wizard not the actual block designs}

Lovely’ Quilt for Me ~ No progress, have the next block laid out and organized for sewing though.

Sugar Pop HSTs ~ finalized the layout of the blocks, and have pairs pinned together along the block sides that need to be sewn together.  Hopefully that will help ensure that next time I spend time on the HSTs I will sew the right blocks together on the correct side, LOL!

Ms. V’s Fresh Flowers Quilt ~ still considering multiple quilt patterns for this one.  Until I actually start on it I am not sure what pattern I will be using.  Right now I am leaning towards a dissapearing nine-patch with a border on two sides of each block.  Only God knows for sure what her quilt will look like, LOL.

Ready, Set, Snow Table Runner ~no progress… haven’t even looked at the blocks lately

New Projects ~

Advent Tree Wall Quilt ~ I have layed it out in Quilt Wizard tentatively.  Also, have 5 of the needed 25 yo-yos created from scraps.

Top Secret Christmas Quilt ~ fabric ordered.  I even made sure not to order any extra fabric for any other ‘use’.

Farmer’s Wife Pony Club Quilt ~ My book arrived!!!!  I have been reading through the letters.  Want to get my 36 FWQAL blocks finished before starting on this sampler quilt.  I am also working on details for the quilt-along I will be hosting for this book starting in November.

Charity Quilt ~ I really wanted to create a quilt for the Victims of the Bastrop Wildfires.  Here is the post with details on the Jelly Roll ‘Race’ quilt top I created Tuesday.  I want to get this basted and start on the quilting before this weekend, and hopefully spend time quilting it over the weekend.

I am linking up with WIP over at Freshly Pieced.

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Jelly Roll Race Quilt

I saw several Jelly Roll Race Quilts and thought it would be a fun idea.  If I had a jelly roll I wanted to just use up and did not have a specific pattern I was wanting to create with it.

Then I found this bright and cheerful jelly roll on sale at Tuesday Morning.  For less than $15 I had a jelly roll of juvenile prints perfect to create a quilt for Kate’s 100 Quilts for Kids {check out this post for more info on the quilt drive}.  Off to the races I went… very, very slowly… as in this is supposed to be a one hour project… two episodes of Design Star {‘sew’ happy Meg won, squeal!} and the entire Book of Eli movie {118 minutes}… I have a completed quilt top.  Yay!

I have to say that it was not as quick as I thought it would be.  Hey, you are sewing an entire quilt top here so it should take ‘some’ time.  Getting this done in one evening is pretty good as far as I am concerned.  I am tickled pink at the end quilt top.  I love how the variety of fabrics in the jelly roll come together using this quilting design/method.  I didn’t do a ‘true’ jelly roll race quilt.  Some people had mentioned that the pieces can get quite cumbersome towards the end.

So I just pieced all my strips together and then cut them to 55″.  The finished quilt top will probably square up to be 50″ by 60″.  I am planning on using a butter yellow sheet for the backing, and then self bind the quilt.  The yellow will bring out the fun yellow throughout the prints.

Here is a quick journey through this quilt’s creation;

The strips freshly unrolled from their roll.

Here is the rest of my haul from Tuesday Morning.  I am planning to use one of yellow sheets from the set in this picture for the backing/binding fabric.

The strips become one long piece…

… and then were cut into 55″ strips.

And these strips became a quilt top…

…and one more photo {please ignore the time on the clock Mom}

You can see here that there is some serious squaring up to do.  But isn’t it a fun quilt?  I think it is going to make some child smile really, really, really big!

Once finished, this quilt will be going to a Bastrop Wildfire Family {Modern Day Quilts Drive info}.

UPDATE: Check out my Project Progress Post for Work In Progress Wednesday, 9.14.2011

UPDATE {9/19/2011}: Link for Jelly Roll Race Directions

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

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Take A Look Tuesday at Sugar Bee-Craft Edition

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Show and Tell Wednesday at Blue Cricket Design

 

 

 

 

WIP ~ August 31st, 2011

Farmer’s Wife Sampler Blocks;

2. Autumn Tints

A little shy on the one side, but the corners all seem to meet up, LOL!

Fabrics: collection of scraps, and large squares are a green fabric from another quilter.  Block 16/111

5. Bat Wings

Another block I love.  High contrast with a fun graphic feel.

Fabrics: Brown is a Fat 1/4 from Joann’s, blue is from another quilter.  Block 14/111

6. Big Dipper

This was a fun block to piece together.  It was very helpful to have made the mistakes I made last week with matching up pieces.  This time I made sure I was sewing the correct sides together the first time.

Fabrics: Joann’s for the horseshoe print {scraps from Mr. SD’s TV quilt}, and the dark paisley print is from another quilter.  Block 15/111.

9. Box

Took a while to decided on blue on blue, and I am very happy with how it turned out this way.

Fabrics: both blues are from the same quilter as the green in Block 2.  Block 17 of 111.

108. Windmill

My new favorite.  I wish I could make a whole quilt out of these fabrics.  I wasn’t sure about the purple while I was cutting pieces, but I adore the finished look.

Fabrics: Green and Rose Print from Joann’s ages ago, purple cross hatch from Connecting Threads.  Block 18/111 

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While I have not been making much any progress on my other WIPs, I am very happy with how my Farmer’s Wife Quilt-Along blocks are coming.  I am envisioning a dark brown sashing that has some pattern to it.  Maybe like the green leafy fabric I used in block 108.  A chocolate brown would really set all of these blocks beautifully.

What have you been working on this week?

Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!

Linking up at;

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Show and Tell Wednesday at Blue Cricket Design