Wednesday, February 15, 2012

WIP Wednesday 2.15.2012

Although I have multiple projects going on, I tend to focus on one at a time until it is finished.  For the last week or two that focus has been on my New York Beauty Mini Quilt.  WIP Wednesday doesn't seem nearly as exciting when I'm not making progress on multiple projects.

Old projects:
  1. Color Quilt:  No pictures this time.  I think I'll save those for the final post on this quilt top.  It's fun to have secrets.  I love how it's coming out.  I'm on blue-greens and greens right now.  That just leaves yellow-greens and then the top is done!  My plan for the back is truly a quilt on its own.  It's going to take a while.  
  2. DS Quilt: No progress.  I plan to work on this one at the retreat I'm heading to in just a couple weeks.
  3. Heather Ross Quilt:  I'm still formulating ideas on this guy.  I'm having a hard time committing to a final design.
  4. Strings Quilt: Sitting in the box.  I still need to sew these blocks together and make a quilt back.
  5. Thangles project: I'm planning to sew this into a mini quilt with grey as the background.  I worry about putting this block into a usable quilt as the tiny thangles only have 1/8" seam so a mini it is.  I had thought about framing it, but changed my mind.  I'm actually in the process of designing a similar piece in photoshop to print.  I thought it would be fun to hang this one with two different framed prints with similar, but different designs.

New Projects:

Rice Heating Pad
Not exactly a WIP since I finished it in about 30 minutes.  I made a rice heating pad the other night for my neck and shoulders sore from sewing.  I cut out a small curve to better fit my neck.  It's long enough to wrap around my shoulders a bit.  I made it from a flannel I accidentally ordered a year ago.  I love it and use it already.

Quick Curves Ruler Project:
I was chosen to participate in a Fat Quarterly Challenge using Jenny Pedigo's curved ruler from Sew Kind of Wonderful.  I have decided on fabrics and my design and am looking forward to getting started.  Go check out Jenny's patterns using her ruler.  She has some really fun ideas.

New York Beauty Quilt Along:
And finally, while I was in the middle of designing my New York Beauty Mini, I was able to join up with a great group of women to do a New York Beauty tutorial series and quilt along.  It was perfect timing. This quilt along is all about paper piecing. If you've never done paper piecing before, it might sound a little bit scary, but trust me, you can do it! The quilt along will feature step-by-step photos and instructions for each block by some very talented quilters, to give you the confidence to get off and running!  

We will be working with 10 New York Beauty blocks, and you can get a preview of the blocks here. (Edit 2/21/13: Block links are no longer working. I do not have copies of any of the patterns). Each block instruction makes one 8" x 8" block; you can either assemble 4 of the same block to make one large 15.5" x 15.5" block (like my mini pictured above), or you can mix and match to make something beautiful!

Here are the approximate fabric requirements if you are planning on making all ten 8" x 8" blocks:

- 10 fat eighths for main fabrics (or 5 fat quarters or scrap fabric)
- 1-1/2 yards background fabric

Sew Sweetness

And here is the schedule for the block tutorials:

March 5 - Kim from My Go-Go Life {Block 0}
March 12 - Sara from Sew Sweetness {Block 5}
March 19 - Megan from Canoe Ridge Creations (Block 1}
March 26 - Kati from From the Blue Chair {Block 8}
April 2 - Jeni from In Color Order {Block 7}
April 9 - Amy from Sukie Don't You Know Who I Am? {Block 6}
April 16 - Katy from The Littlest Thistle {Block 2}
April 23 - Lee from Freshly Pieced {Block 4}
April 30 - Amy from amylouwho {Block 3}
May 7 - Lindsay from Lindsay Sews {Block 9}

If you are thinking about participating, please join the Flickr Group!
We'll be sharing fabric choices and help along the way!

So...are you game?! Grab a button and we'll see you on March 5th for the first block of the series!!  It's just one block a week!  Totally doable, and you'll learn tons of paper piecing and curve sewing skills.

Linking up to Lee's this week for WIP Wednesday.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. Oh that QAL looks awesome! Curves? and paper piecing?? two of my favorite things! Love your thangles mini, it certainly does look like a work of art!

  2. I don't know...the New York Beauty quilt-along looks awesome but scary! Promise it isn't?

  3. Love the idea of the Thangles printed and as a mini side by side, and love your New York Beauty. I need to get cracking on mine!

  4. I love your minis, and can't wait for the full reveal of the colors quilt xxx

  5. Fantastic NYB! I love everything about it!

  6. the quilt along looks great. you have so many beautiful projects going on right now!

  7. I couldn't join fast enough to The New York Beauty QAL!!! Hurry up and get here March!

  8. Wow I *love* the colors in the Thangles mini.

    And boy, the NYB block looks stunning! (But whoa--it looks tough!)

  9. Holy cow, I positively love your mini!!! I must have missed it last week with my travelling and all, but it is just stunning!!! Can't wait to see more of your solids quilt, I bet it's looking fantastic!

  10. your little quilt is amazeballs ;)

  11. Kati, you have been busy! I love the mini - what size are those triangles?
    I can't wait to see your color quilt. You're keeping us in suspense!

  12. oh my... I wanted to concentrate on a few projects but maybe I have to skip them for this quilt along...

  13. Hi there wondering if you might have a pattern you can share for you neck rice heating pad. I definitely could use that here for several of us who have arthritis. Thanks.

  14. How did you come up with the quilting design on you nyb block (translation: how can I copy it) ???? I love the block and the quilting makes it so amazing!!!!!!!