Thursday, December 13, 2012

WIP Thursday: 12.13.2012

I'm a little behind this week....

I love the end of the year because it gets me thinking about events and accomplishments of the past year. I've actually been thinking a lot about blogging and quilting recently. I have mentioned before that I have a constant debate with myself on what direction to take this hobby. I tried many new things this year, and it's been a fun challenge. I have a few ideas for next year that I'm still working out in my head. It's fun to plan and get excited about new projects.

The in-laws were in town the other evening. My father-in-law asked me how many quilts I'm working on right now. I really had to think. I have no idea how many WIPs I actually have going. I plan to organize my WIPs in the coming days and get a handle on what I actually have going on. I'd really like to work through many of those projects in the coming year. I'm trying to set some tangible goals for myself next year. I really need to focus a bit.

On to other things. This week I've been quilting.

I wrapped up watching all the videos for the Craftsy class Machine Quilting Negative Space. I decided to jump right in and give it a try. I tried out this floral design that is quite heavy quilting. It took a lot of time on this small baby quilt, but this was a perfect project for practice. In the past I've almost always gone the quickest route when it came to the quilting. I just wanted to get it done. I'm changing my mind on that lately. If I spend 20-30 hours putting a quilt together, I might as well put a bit more time and effort into the quilting.

For my Nursery Versery quilt, I wanted something much softer. I chose to do the exact same design only on a much larger scale. This actually went really quickly. This quilt is 48" x 48", and I finished the quilting in just over 45 minutes. 


I have two quilts and three minkie blankets to bind. Binding is all cut and ready to be stitched up.

I received a box of these books earlier this week! It was fun to get them in the mail. These will all be used for various giveaways next year. All the bloggers in the book have lots of books to giveaway so you'll have multiple opportunities to win over the coming months!

I did a little shopping yesterday. The two quilt shops I generally frequent had sales for 12.12.12. I went to pick up a few FQs of boyish novelty prints for a few Christmas projects.

I threw in a few for the stash as well. You might be seeing more of these colors around here next year. I'm loving navy and green together. This is a huge switch for me. I have lots of green in the stash, but mostly lime green. I think I have exactly two navy FQs in my box. It will be fun to add these in an come up with a new project.

15 comments:

  1. Navy is a hard one for me too. I have lots of blues but only a few navy or dark blue.

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  2. I started 2012 with 14 WIP's! That's 14 quilts! That may not sound like a lot to you but for me it was paralyzing and overwhelming. So, my focus for the year was to finish what I started and NOT start anything new (bee blocks and swaps were exempt) until my list was complete. I finally finished up my list in Sept. Yep, it took me 9 months! It was sooo hard not to start anything but yet I feel so much more relieved to only have 3 maybe 4 WIP's for 2013. Sometimes we get caught up in "output" that we lose sight of the process and the joy that initially brought us into the sewing/online world.
    Good Luck with all your WIP's!

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  3. The quilting looks great, Kati! It's amazing how thread color and scale can make a huge difference.

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  4. Your machine quilting is awesome. I need to start practicing!

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  5. Your quilting looks really beautiful, Kati. Did you enjoy the Craftsy class?

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  6. Great Quilting Kati! It is interesting to see the same design in different sizes and on different projects.

    Looking forward to seeing the book! It must be lovely have have them in your hands - lots of hard work has gone into them.

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  7. Love the chevron quilt. Those ombré fabrics are gorgeous

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  8. I love the quilting you used, they're both looking fab! Yay for the books, and as for the fabrics, I made a Secret Santa stocking from that dinosaur fabric for a friend's wee boy last week :o)

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  9. I love your quilting! I have not finished the class yet but I am hoping to finish a baby quilt this weekend, and I fully intend to use FMQ - if I could do it in 45 minutes, that would be awesome (also, impossible - but you've inspired me)!

    I'm really looking forward to the book as well.

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  10. My plan at the beginning if this year was to finish up all my WIP's so If I had a great quilt design idea I could do it straight away. That plan hasn't really worked out due to some personal factors but I'm going to try again in 2013! I'm loving the dark blue and green together but good dark blues are so hard to find. Could you please tell me what the dog fabric is on the left of the novelty prints?

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  11. Wow...I will definitely have to view that Craftsy class! Your quilting is beautiful! And I love your fabric purchases! Take a look at my blog to see what I did with that cute trailer fabric!

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  12. Your quilting looks fantastic! Maybe it is time for me to stop just looking at my free motion quilting books and actually use some of those designs. Your beautiful quilts are inspiring me!

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  13. I'm trying to get past my jealousy that you have two local quilt shops that stock modern fabrics! The nearest one to me here in Florida is more than 90 minutes away. It takes planning and thinking ahead to get fabric ordered online and into my hands for sewing. The new book looks wonderful, by the way. Enjoy your FMQing time. In my humble opinion, it's the quilting that makes a quilt a winner... or not.

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  14. Your quilting on the baby quilt looks fabulous! So glad you decided to put a little extra time to fancy up the quilting! Angela's class was fantastic I really enjoyed it too! :)

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  15. Who makes the pink giraffe fabric? My sister is expecting soon and she has a thing for giraffes. Thanks.

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