Wednesday, January 2, 2013

WIP Wednesday 1.2.13

Like many of you, I've decided to work through my WIP piles this year. I have several quilts in progress around here. Part of me just wants to get rid of a few of these, but at the same time I'd really like to finish what I've started.

Here is my official WIP list for the beginning of 2013:

Heather Ross Snapshots:
I almost started pulling fabrics yesterday for a #scrappytripalong quilt. I just wanted to join the crowd. Everyone is making such fun quilts. I want to make one too. I knew that it would get added to the pile of WIPs. Instead, I dusted off my Heather Ross Snapshots quilt and got to work.

I had all my blocks done for this quilt and even started sewing one row together a few months back. Then I stopped. I didn't like it--at all. I was really unhappy with how it was looking together and couldn't pin down exactly what was wrong. So, it went in the drawer for months. As I pulled it out last night I realized what was wrong. There were a couple blocks I hated, mainly because I was unhappy with the border fabric. I didn't like the colors I originally chose. Also, I felt that the quilt needed more purple (odd, because I never think anything needs more purple). Finally, rather than sew the blocks together as the row already sewn, I'm going to add some cream sashing between the squares. I think they need breathing room. I'm feeling much more excited about this project again. Although, I think it's time to restock my Art Gallery Pure Elements box. I'm almost out of all of these solids and need some grand idea for the backing.

Stars Quilt:
These fantastic blocks from the wonderful ladies in the Sew Beautiful Bee and Stash Trad Bee have been sitting in a box way too long. They need to become a quilt soon.

Chicopee Kaleidoscope Quilt:
This one has also been in a box recently. We're having Sewing Saturday with SLMQG this weekend, and I plan to bring it with me to see if I can knock out another stack of blocks.

Preppy Chaos:
A while back I posted a stack of navy and green fabrics I've fallen in love with. I used a few of those fabrics in this improv quilt I basted just before Christmas. Someone commented that the stack looked very preppy. I'm calling this quilt Pretty Chaos because of the colors. It was a fun challenge, and I've started quilting it just a bit. I'm planning to quilt each section of fabric individually to try out FMQ designs. The quilted woodgrain section shown in the picture just about killed me. That design is too hard for a standard machine. I don't think I'll try it again. It requires too much movement of the quilt making it really hard to keep the design looking nice.

Baby Granny Squares:
I started this early last year during the Granny Square craze. It started as a baby quilt for someone and just wasn't right. This is how far I've progressed--1 block. I don't love it. This is one I debate about getting rid of.

DS Square in a Square:
I started this quilt about a year ago. I have all the short strips sewn to the center sections. I just need to add the long sections. I used fabrics from a couple DS lines from Jo-Ann. Again, I'm not loving this one. I keep telling myself that I might like it better once it's all sewn together. I'm feeling "meh" about it right now.

And that sums up my WIPs! I only have six! I really thought I had a dozen.

Now for other quilts on the docket for the next couple months:

Simply Color Wonky Blocks:
I'm remaking my wonky blocks quilt for Miss A's bed.

Notting Hill Lattice Baby Quilt:
I'm making a simple lattice quilt from these fabrics for the next pattern I'm working on. I love these fabrics so much! This colorway is my favorite.

Madrona Road Guild Challenge:
Our guild received bundles of Madrona Road for the Modern Quilt Guild challenge. I also have a fat 1/8s bundle from Westwood Acres to add to the fabrics I received from the guild. I'll have quite a bit of fabric to work with. The stipulation from our guild was that you must use triangles in the design. I've been searching for ideas this past week.

I kept putting off documenting all my WIPs because I kept thinking it would be overwhelming. It's really nice to have a baseline and know where I'm going. 

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. I love the blocks you will be working on from the stash bee. Can't wait to see them all together.

  2. We're doing the Madrona Road challenge in our guild too. Fabric was distributed December 7, so I've been working on mine for weeks. I'm down to the FMQing... lots of it. Hope you have fun with yours.

  3. ha! our guild received the same bundle and we decided to make wheelchair quilts for a charity we work with, but i had already decided i was going to attempt equilateral triangles for mine. can't wait to see what you do...

    also... love the chicopee kaleidoscope!

  4. Looking forward to seeing your Madrona Road quilt! I really put a dent in mine on Sunday and am hoping to finish it up this coming weekend :) Gotta hit that January 31 deadline!!

  5. I love your Heather Ross quilt so far, Katie!
    Can't wait to see it with the cream sashing!
    And your stars are just stunning.

  6. Six is not bad at all!

    My unsolicited advice:
    Get rid of the baby granny square. If you've done one and you don't like it, why do more?

    Take the DS to your MQG retreat - someone will LOVE it. Make a trade or just give it to them.

    We quilt for joy - don't waste your time on stuff you don't like. Trying things that don't turn out like you thought is part of the creative process.

    Happy New Year!

  7. Ooh, that was a nice manageable list! I was the other way, thought I had only a dozen or maybe 15 WIPs and it turned out there were 38 - I nearly passed out! Oh well, onwards and upwards and all that!

    Looking forward to seeing your finished beauties :o)

  8. I love your HR quilt, I can't wait to see it get finished up, and I love the ideas you have to switch it up a bit. I think it's going to be fabulous. And I think you should totally give yourself permission to drop that Granny Square project. If it's not fun, it's not worth spending your energy on it, just my two cents :) Happy New Year!

  9. I totally love the top three on your list there, and I agree - do someone else a kindness and gift them with the wips you don't like. It'll make their day and yours both!

  10. That's not bad at all. :) I think the HR quilt will be great!

    I need to go through and document mine. I am starting to feel overwhelmed - mostly queen sized projects that I have put off putting the blocks together on.

    Thank goodness we are having a guild sewing day in a few weeks!

  11. Hmm, I wish I was excited about my own WIPs as I am about yours! They're all gorgeous! I love your changes to the Heather Ross quilt, it's going to be fab. : )

    And I'm with Elizabeth. Drop the Granny Square quilt. If you're not feeling something, you're not feeling it. No reason to spend your valuable time on it.

    Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday, happy 2013!

  12. Looking forward to seeing the HR Snapshot and the Star quilt.... Thanks for sharing your "list".... Good inspiration.....

  13. Those are each wonderful projects, I look forward to seeing how they progress.

  14. Wow! Such lovely quilts! I especially love the stars, so gorgeous! It's always good to find that your WIP list is shorter than you thought!!
    Karen x

  15. Lots going on Katie! Good luck finishing them!

  16. I love the Notting Hill Collection!!! I'm going to buy some fabrics from that collection, but I have a little problem. I want to match the red solid fabric, the blue solid fabric and the mustard(or yellow) with these fabrics. Could You help me? You have a red fabric which matches with the rest of fabrics.

  17. We quilt for fun, so if you don't love 'em, don't do 'em!

    I think all your WIPs are stunning, and can't wait to see them finished, but what I'm really excited about are your 3 up and comers... I have the Notting Hill and the Madrona Road, and am waiting for inspiration for what to do with such gorgeous fabric, so I can't wait to see what you do, and then I might know what to do Keith mine :-)

    E xx

  18. WOWZA! You have a lot amazing WIP's. I am very much looking forward to seeing them finished Kati :-)

  19. Wowza! You've got a lot going on girl! they are all fabulous projects though. I wouldn't be able to decide what to work on first!

  20. Ooh, Kati, you are going to be busy! Happy stitching to you!

  21. Have you considered changing the background color in the granny squares? The DS square in square is really busy fabric and could use a break up with some plain or more simple color. I personally have the defect of STARTING a lot of projects and not finishing them. Bad, bad, bad habbit. I'm still trying to finish up ones that I started before moving here. Sigh. :)

  22. I love the projects you have one the go, they all look great.

  23. I am loving all the WIP quilts you have going on, but the HR snapshots is to die for! I think sashing is the perfect solution...I'm in the same boat, but couldn't resist the temptation and started cutting strips for a #scrappytripalong! Hopefully it will come together quickly and wont derail my plans too much!

  24. Isn't it nice just to get it all out there! I know its hard to finish things I don't like though, I am trying to do those first and then give them away so they are out of my life! Have fun at SS, I sure miss the guild girls!!

  25. Hi There, I too love the Notting Hill material and can not wait to see what you do with this. Keep going with your works in progress...Happy stitching.Gayle

  26. Agree with changing the background for the baby Granny Square. I think the grey is too dark and makes the others recede. If you choose a lighter colour, the others will pop forward. Just my 2 cents worth :)