Wednesday, February 27, 2013

WIP Wednesday: 2/27/2013

I have been in a giant rut lately. I feel as though I lost all momentum on projects. I haven't been sewing much lately. I also haven't had any projects that really get me excited--the ones I can't wait to dive back into once the kids are in bed. I haven't had one of those in quite a while.

I started three new WIPs this past week and am feeling pretty excited about each of them. Forget the fact that I have multiple WIPs in boxes just waiting to be finished. My sewing time is becoming more and more scarce, and I've decided to only spend that time on things I love rather than something I feel obligated to finish.

I did have a couple small finishes this week. These pouches have been cut out and sitting in a box for close to a year. I've wanted to finish them for sometime, but kept putting it off. These are the first pouches I've made from the Perfect Zip Pattern by Elizabeth Hartman and really enjoyed putting them together. I made them from home dec fabric I had laying around just to try the pattern. I'll be making another one soon in fabric I love more.


Now, onto my new projects. This week is a bit of overload with Notting Hill. I got a full fat quarter bundle of this line from Westwood Acres a while back with a different project in mind. Once I started pulling it out I decided to use the colorways separately and just dive in. I knew I liked this fabric, but didn't realize how much I really loved it until I started cutting. There is something about these prints that I just love. Plus I really like each individual colorway (pretty rare for me). Intrepid Thread and Pink Castle Fabrics have most of the prints in all the colorways. I Don't Do Dishes has the Poppy colorway.

I mentioned last week that I'd be heading to a little retreat hosted by Emily from Crazy Old Ladies Quilts. Unfortunately, due to the hub's busy schedule on Friday I was only able to make it up to the retreat for a short time on Saturday for my trunk show and a little extra time to chat. The time I was there was so fun. I left wishing I had been there the whole time. I was so jealous of the party. I'm hoping to make it to the full retreat next time Emily hosts one.

While I was there I borrowed Amy's Go cutter and 9" hexagon die. I'm convinced this is the perfect size hexagon. I actually just ordered more fabric in this colorway because I want to make my quilt bigger. I'll probably have to cut those by hand since I'm not sure when I'll see Amy again to borrow her Go. I plan to just make a pattern out of template plastic. There is something so fun and simple about hexagons. I love how they look in a quilt. I planned mine with some white to break up the prints. I'll definitely be doing some rearranging once I get more fabric cut.

For a while now I've been searching for the perfect block to super-size and turn into a quilt. I love Jeni's Giant Vintage Star Quilt and wanted to do something similar. The other evening while glancing through my favorite quilting book, 5500 Quilt Block Designs, I came across that perfect block. The wheels immediately started turning as I figured out the best way to approach this crazy project. It requires paper piecing on some giant blocks, but I'm really excited. I've draw up my designs and started stitching. I haven't decided if I'll actually share pictures before it's finished, but this is my box of fabric so far. I'm mixing in some Art Gallery solids and ovals. The colors match almost perfectly.

Finally, this fabric is washed and pressed--ready to become a new bag. I've planned everything and am ready to start cutting! Now the problem is just finding the time to do it all.


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

19 comments:

  1. Love that little green pouch and the orange hexies are awesome. You've been busy!

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  2. Don't feel bad I have a current project that I am obligated to and I am just not feeling it. Wish I could put it off but I can not. So would love to be doing something else!

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  3. Fun, fun fabrics! Can I just say - It's so refreshing to hear a modern quilter share a lack of enthusiasm for older projects. It seems so many of the younger quilters are power dynamos that only sew one project at a time, start-to-finish, and can't relate to having several in the mix. Your quilts are lovely, well made and refreshing. And congratulations on your QuiltCon ribbons!!

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  4. Love every picture you share. Such a pretty combinations. Looking forward to see some more.

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  5. Ruts are tricky things. Glad you're getting out of yours. I'm hoping to get out of mine soon too.

    Your hexies look great, I love the white mixed in.

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  6. I just ordered a bundle of Notting Hill to make stuff for my daughter's room, which we're giving a little re-do right now. The colors are so great! Glad you're getting your enthusiasm back - I know how that feels when you're not motivated to sew. Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday!

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  7. Love the colors in your projects! I'm glad you are feeling inspired again. It's so frustrating when nothing feels right.

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  8. I know that "rut" place all too well. I'm happy to hear your finding your way out of it. It looks like you have some really fun things happening. Love the idea of a supersize block. Enjoy! p.s. absolutely LOVED seeing your amazing quilts in person at QC. Congrats on your awards- so well deserved!

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  9. Sew what you love! Life is so much happier that way!

    A cutting tip that I use....I would take a hexie cut with the go, place it on top of a stack of fabric to be cut, align your ruler with the cut edges of the hexie, and cut through the layers below. :) I prefer to do that over using templates, b/c template plastic is slippery.

    Can't wait to see what you create - and a huge congrats on the QuiltCon wins!!!!!

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  10. I understand the rut feeling too! I have a million things I *should* be working on, but nothing I really want to do! And you're right about those old WIPs. Why do we let them bog us down??

    Anyway, I'm excited to see your progress, especially the jumbo paper-pieced thing!

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  11. I think it's great to only do the projects you want to do and not because you feel obligated to. Lovely fabrics you have there...

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  12. woohoo, that hexagon quilt is stunning -- knotted thread has all the prints too! :)

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  13. I hope that's your mojo firmly back now! Congrats on the Quilt Con awards too :o)

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  14. Those hexies are gorgoeus! I want some :-)
    And your colours for your secret project are delightful. Looking forward to seeing it finished.
    E xx

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  15. I love your hexies and a big CONGRATS on your QuiltCon win too. You and I were in the same category.

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  16. I have to agree that the Nottinghill Fabric really IS pretty! I'm still dying to try a hexagon quilt. I still need to cut it out and get started. Hope the rut goes away soon. :)

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  17. sewing time didn't happen over here for a lot of days which makes me really sad. And if there's a little moment I'm too tired to get started. *sigh*

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  18. I love all of that fabric. I am planning an all pink quilt and from what yours looks like, I am excited to start mine! Love the hexies too, Giant ones look cool.

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  19. I love the colors and fabrics you picked for these. I just met a new friend from my local guild (Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild) who told me all about that awesome retreat last weekend. If you guys do it again, count me in :-)

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