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WIP Wednesday

MBS Project

I think it’s time to let you all in on a secret…drumroll…I am a serial project starter–much less so of a project finisher.  Ha!–I know many quilters claim to have this same dilemma.  But, seriously ladies–sometimes the unfinished projects take over!

When I started quilting over 15 years ago, I told myself that I would only purchase enough fabric to work on one project at a time, finish said project and then move onto the next.  I even said this out loud…to other quilters…I am sure they all had a good laugh at that one!

So, my hope is that by sharing a couple WIP’s with you every Wednesday, it will give me the motivation to finish the project by the following Wednesday so I can share the finishes with you.  Hopefully it will help a bit, but I know that my personal projects often get pushed to the back burner for other deadlines.  Well, and of course, it is still summer and that means all kinds of summer fun with the girls!  I’m curious to see how my schedule pans out this fall…the littlest miss will be heading off to Kindergarten and it will be the first time in 9 years that I will have days with no kids at home.  Our school district is still deciding as to whether our Kindergartener’s will be going to school every other day or every day.  Either way, there are going to be kidless days…weird!

So, the project at the top of the page is MBS project–I won’t be able to share the finish with you next Wednesday but it will be completed by then!

My 2nd project is my sew-together-bag….it still needs sewn together. =)

Sew Together Bag

And the last project I would love to finish in the next week is a Metro Rings Quilt.

Metro Rings

I’ve been wanting to try out the Quick Curve Ruler and when I was asked to make a quilt to donate to auction off, I knew now was the time.  I am very excited about this quilt–the lady(a relative of my husband) left the pattern design and fabric choices 100% up to me…but, she mentioned several times during our conversation how much she loved my Ruby, Pearl, & Opal Quilt(my pattern is available on MBS).

Ruby, Pearl, & Opal Quilt
Ruby, Pearl, & Opal Quilt

I showed her the new Miss Kate line of fabric knowing it was a sister collection to Ruby which was used in my original design.  I got the feeling she wasn’t entirely sold on Miss Kate(much as I would have loved a good excuse to purchase some more of this line!)–so I raided my stash and pulled fabrics with a similar color palette to make a scrappy quilt with the same feel.  I cannot wait to see this quilt finished, I think it is going to be beautiful. =)  And, I think she will love it!

So, those are the 3 projects I would love to have finished by next week at this time…fingers crossed! =)

Tell me, what are your tried and true tricks for keeping the unfinished projects under control?

Projects Quilts

Dancing Pinwheels {A Free Quilt Pattern}

Welcome to anyone visiting from the Electric Quilt blog today!–and of course welcome to you who visit me often! =)  I was excited to be contacted by Heidi of The Electric Quilt Blog last month to see if I would be interested in being featured on their blog.  The first sentence of her email was “We noticed your website and it looks like you use EQ7”..oh boy, do I ever!

Long time followers of my blog have seen many of my finished designs but maybe not that much behind the scenes of my design process.  Almost everything I design begins in Electric Quilt–from the initial block designs to the finished quilt layout.  Above you can see the finished quilt design for my Organic Elements Quilt which I designed for Moda Bake Shop.

Free Tutorial available here: http://www.modabakeshop.com/2012/03/organic-elements-quilt.html

I am able to try out different fabric options and see what works and what doesn’t work quite as well.  My Organic Elements quilt doesn’t work nearly as well in prints–and the addition of sashing in the solid version was a must.

Many fabric companies offer their fabrics as free scans online which can very easily be imported into Electric Quilt which allows you to see exactly what your quilt will look like as a finished product.

Always Blooming Fabrics by P&B Textiles

Moda Fabrics does a wonderful job of providing free fabric scans for anyone to use.  You can find all of them available here.

When I designed the Ruby, Pearl, & Opal quilt:

Ruby, Pearl, & Opal Quilt Free Pattern Available here: http://www.modabakeshop.com/2011/09/ruby-pearl-and-opal-quilt.html

I had originally planned to use Central Park by Kate Spain:

Central Park Fabrics for Ruby, Pearl, Opal Quilt

 But when it came time for my fabrics to arrive, Moda didn’t have the precut  in Central Park that I needed to complete the quilt.  Making the change to the Ruby line of fabric was a no brainer after seeing it in those fabrics!

 I have also totally used EQ to make cool coloring pages for my daughters.  I’ve got a whole portfolio of these to keep them busy on a rainy day!

Today, I’m excited to be sharing my Dancing Pinwheels block with you all.

This is a great little easy block that’ll look neat in any setting…basic horizontal layout:

On point(it’s so easy to try out different layouts in EQ):

Or in solids:

And here’s the easy little block pattern:

Click picture to enlarge image

The HST units will finish at 4 1/2″ within the block so instead of cutting triangles as indicated by EQ you could also cut squares at 5 1/2″ and piece them using this method(trim after pressing):

Also, in my Dancing Pinwheel layouts I have two different block orientations.  To achieve the 2nd orientation, all you have to do is cut your piece A blocks diagonally in the opposite direction (instead of cutting them from the lower left corner to the upper right corner, cut them from the upper left corner to the lower right corner).  If you are using a solid background fabric that you can use either the back of the fabric or the front of the fabric you can cut them all the same and just use the opposite side for a portion of the blocks.

Thank you so much Heidi for featuring me over on the Electric Quilt Blog!  I hope you all have enjoyed this tiny little peek into my design process!

Projects Quilts

Fresh Forest Quilt & Giveaway

I’m always pumped when I get to share another finished project with you all!  This is my Fresh Forest quilt which I designed for the holiday issue of Stitch Craft Create.

Fresh Forest is made using Vintage Modern & Ruby fabrics–both by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.  This is the bundle of fabric that I used.

The quilting was done by Mary of Quilt Hollow.  She used an all over pattern which turned out beautifully.

Of course I went with a stripey binding–it totally reminds me of peppermints or candy canes…perfect for this quilt!

The folks over at Stitch Craft Create Magazine liked my design so much they asked me to make a 2nd quilt for them.  This time using Tilda fabrics.

I was very excited to work with the Tilda fabrics.  They’ve been on my radar for awhile now–they are fabulous in person.

Photo Courtesy of Stitch Craft Create

The kit for the Tilda version of Fresh Forest can be found here.

And of course, SCC has been kind enough to send me an extra issue of Stitch Craft Create to give away to a lucky reader.  Just leave me a comment!

Fabric Stash

Vintage Modern

In case you wondered why Vintage Modern wasn’t on my list of anxiously awaiting….It’s because I already had some on the way. =)  They arrived yesterday and yes, they are as amazing as you think they might be…the houndstooth print…perfect scale.

(Note:  The greens are from Ruby)


Pillow Talk Swap Pillow Finished

It must be the season for pillows!  I suppose fall does bring to mind fun projects with the cooler weather–anyway, whatever the case may be, I have finished up another pillow.  This one for my partner in the Pillow Talk Swap.

Pillow Talk Swap Fabric Choices

 My partner had more specific choices in her fabric likes–the stack above was my initial fabric pull.  After going over my choices I paired it down a bit and added a bit of navy & just a touch more grey.

This block required set in seams–something I haven’t done before–they came together great.  I really like trying out something that I haven’t done before or color options I wouldn’t usually choose or a new quilting technique etc. for these swaps.  Small projects are great to try out new techniques because you aren’t committed to finishing out a large project doing something you realize just isn’t for you.

For the quilting, I did an all over stipple and then did a little hand quilting outline using Perle Cotton.

I snagged the block pattern and triangle template pattern from the October 2009 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting–it’s based off of an antique quilt.  The pattern is one that I have been wanting to have a go at for awhile so I was glad for the chance!  I hope you like it partner!! =)