Wednesday, September 7, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Yesterday was a terrible, horrible, awful, miserable bad day (or however the line goes from the children's book). I won't go into details here, but suffice it to say, the Mini-Destroyers struck again.  It was bad this time.  The hubs came home to an extremely frazzled wife.  After I had a good cry, he sent me downstairs to sew while he put the kiddos to bed.  I actually got quite a bit done last evening.  It was truly a nice break from the craziness of my day.

First off I made this scarf using the scraps from my shirt.  I used the tutorial from Stop Staring and Start Sewing.  It seriously took me 10 minutes to put it together and will be perfect with my favorite grey sweater once autumn hits around here.


I also basted this guy.  You won't see finished pictures of this project for about a month though.

I cut all my strips for my argyle quilt.  I've had serious debates about what to do with the quilt-along I proposed for this quilt.  I've tried to nail down dimensions and come up with a pattern of sorts to guide people through a quilt-along, but kept questioning myself.  I kept worrying that people might want to make a different size, incorporate more or fewer colors, etc.  Also, several other things have come up that will be taking a lot of my time over the next few months.  Rather than giving you a pattern and hosting a quilt-along, I plan to simply share my process in multiple posts.  I have a hard time sewing from patterns and an even harder time actually writing one down.  When it comes to quilting I just sort of wing-it.  Although the quilt-along sounded like a lot of fun, I'm going to take the easier route and record my process of putting this quilt together.  It will end up being a glorified tutorial, but I think it will be adequate information for anyone who wants to make their own argyle quilt. 

Finally, I have this charity quilt all basted and ready to quilt.  Members of my quilt guild made the blocks and I've put them together.  Someone donated the fabric for the borders and batting.  I plan to finish this one up in the next couple weeks.

Not exactly a work in progress, but this is what I received from UPS yesterday.  Yes, that would be 14 cans of 505 basting spray.  Before you begin to believe I've completely lost it, this is a group buy between seven people.  It's still a lot of glue.


I have a few other projects in the works, but as you all know Christmas is creeping up on us.  That means many projects will have to wait for months to be seen.

Last of all, just so I don't leave you with a horrible impression of my kiddos--here is a cute picture of them this morning.  This is another WIP--getting in shape.  My goal is to take the twins biking on the mornings Miss C has preschool.  They tolerate the trailer and whine a bit, but I think they are so dang cute in the helmets.  I'll tell you when they decide they are done they are loud, but it also gives me incentive to ride faster when they're screaming to get out.

20 comments:

  1. Thank God that's a group buy! I thought maybe you found it for $1/can or something! lol
    Did this help a lot with shipping? I was annoyed having to pay almost $10 shipping for just 2 cans of my own.

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  2. If it makes you feel better, I have had the screaming ab-dabs with my 3 this afternoon!

    Is there any scope for hanging the trailer from a tree to keep them out of mischief?!

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  3. We have all had those days! At least I sure have. Three little kids can be challenging, and I just tell myself they won't be this little forever and then eat ice cream. ;0p

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  4. your mini destroyers sure are cute :) sometimes my husband comes home to me tearing my hair out and i tell him to take the toddler and leave "my" house. i've also been known to put the toddler in the stroller and walk towards daddy's work in an effort to get some help earlier.

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  5. Sorry to hear you had a rough day. I hope today is better for you. Congrats on the work you got done. The scarf is really cute!

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  6. I think all moms can relate to days like that! I know I can. Love that scarf, and your basting spray delivery makes me laugh!

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  7. Sorry you had a hard day with the kiddos. I am sure you have heard it said that one day we will miss these days. I have a hard time thinking that's actually true sometimes. I am glad you have an outlet to let go of the stress and that the hubby supports you in that. As always, your projects look fantastic. I do love seeing the twins in the bike trailer. Our kids love going on rides in ours, but it's too hot pretty much all the time right now so it will have to wait. I hope today is better than yesterday was!

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  8. I've not heard of the 505 basting spray, I'm gonna have to look that one up.

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  9. ((((HUGS)))) Super hard to have days like that!

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  10. Sorry to hear about the terrible awful day, but you are right, your kiddos are adorable in those helmets! You certainly have been a busy lady! Your projects all look great, I'll have to check out that scarf pattern, I love wearing scarves in the fall/winter! I think your plan for the argyle quilt sounds great, can't wait to check it out :-)

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  11. They are absolutely adorable in their little helmets...who would ever think that behind those mischievious smiles would be little mini-destroyers!?!
    I hope today is going better. Good for your husband for giving you a much deserved break!

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  12. Awww, they are awfully cute in their helmets, but boo to having a rough day :( I hope tomorrow's a better one! Bummer about the argyle quilt-along, that sounded like a lot of fun, but I understand when your plate gets full! Looking forward to seeing your process for the argyle, it sounds really neat :) Love your scarf, too, it's super pretty!

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  13. Oh dear, sorry for the horrible, no good, very bad day! Glad your husband appeared at the right time to stop that scarf ending up round their cute little necks ;o)

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  14. Sounds like hubby came home just in time :-) Hugs x

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  15. I am so sorry you had a bad day. Have you ever read the blog crappy pictures? It's in my blog list. It always gives me a laugh on those rough days that include concussions, fevers, and permanent markers! That was this tuesday- no joke! Keep smiling! :)

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  16. oh boy, glad your hubby gave you a nice break from a crazy day. Those are the hardest. Looking forward to your argyle tutorial thingy. And wow on the spray basting cans! Glad that's a shared purchase.

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  17. Oh, sorry to hear about your bad day. : ( But wow, you sure did make some serious progress! I'm looking forward to the Argyle Quilt tute.

    Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )

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  18. Love your scarf, what a great little project.
    And your kiddos are ADORABLE!

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  19. Hang in there! My mom always tells me in times like those (yes, I've definately had BAD days with my 3 almost 4), "This too, shall pass." Thankful that you have a hubby who can help you get some time to regroup. Love your creativity and honesty! :)

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  20. maybe it was the moon? Caitlyn had a HORRIBLE day yesterday too. My sympathies. You definitely manage to get a bunch done when they're not around though. ;)

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