Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Bustin' my hump on Hump Day (aka WIP Wednesday)


So last week was a bust as far as sewing went. I pushed myself so hard to finish mom's quilt that when it was done so was I. I ended up with nothing to show! I am very happy to report that mom loved her quilt though, which made me very happy :)

This week I've really been on the ball. Signing myself up for three quilt alongs all at once, one of them being a very labor intensive one and the fact that I decided to make two of them queen size quilts instead of lap size, made me really get in the mood for some sewing. 

So here we go with my really long list....

String quilt

All of my blocks are finally pieced. I swore to myself that I would never make another string quilt again after I got done. What a tedious process! I love the results though.



I have some of them sewn into actual 4 patch blocks. I put them away for now because it's a good project to take to the stitch and bitch and I have one on Friday to attend. 

Bee blocks

I actually have 2 out of 3 of my monthly bee blocks done already!

Cassey requested a string block, which made me say Ugh at first. Maybe if I hadn't just got done with all of mine. I really loved playing with her color palette though. 


Marci requested a spiderweb block. These girls are out to torture me with the strings this month! I think I set myself up by complaining about my own string quilt :P I actually enjoyed it though. I've never made one of these before.


After putting these blocks together I have to say, these girls are clever. Why didn't I send my string blocks out for other people to put together? They had the right idea! LOL

Farmer's Wife QA

The poor farmer is feeling somewhat neglected. I've only made the two blocks so far. Other than that it's been just sitting.


I'm itching to do more but wanted to get caught up on the quilt alongs that have a closer deadline and my bee blocks first. 

Kaleidoscope QA

I'm about 1/4 done with piecing my triangles onto my kites. I'm making a queen size for this one because I realized the denim one I was making (that I tried to make for the Naked Bed Challenge and seriously failed with) will be too hot for these summer temps. I'll make this our summer quilt and hopefully finish the denim one in time for winter. 


I should be caught up in time for the next post.

Double Wedding Ring QA

I'm probably going to fall a little behind on this one. I need to print off the templates and am trying to figure out if it will be cheaper to use my own ink and paper or if I should go run copies at the library or Staples. I'm making this one a queen as well and need to print 114 copies of the template (it's paper pieced). I also still need to order my solid so I can cut that.

I do however have my prints cut into 2.5"x3.5" rectangles so I do have something done. 


My own bee blocks

My blocks are starting to trickle in and I am totally loving them!! I haven't done a mosaic for my Christmas Bee blocks because there are only a few posted, but this is what I have of my Little Faces quilt so far. 

 1. 12 Month Bee Block 1 for Julie, 2. 12 Month Bee Block 2 for Julie, 3. Bee - June 2011, 4. 12 month Bee block- Julie, 5. Julie's 2nd block, 6. Julie's little Asian girl, 7. 12 Month Quilting Bee - June Block, 8. Twelve Month Quilting Bee- June Block for Julie, 9. house block for Julie #2, 10. house block for Julie #1, 11. Second block for Julie!, 12. Block for Julie!, 13. 12 month bee block- Julie, 14. 12 month Bee block- Julie


Aren't they the cutest?!


Some of the ladies very graciously offered to make more than one block for me so I am still waiting on a few more. I'm loving what I have so far though.

Any ideas on what I should do to finish this up? I was thinking it needs something between the blocks, but I'm not so sure. I also had an idea of a piano key border. I'm afraid it's going to be really big though, these blocks should finish about 15" (I'm doing a 4x5 layout) so I have to be careful with what I add so that it doesn't get too big. I guess it wouldn't hurt to have a twin size quilt though. 

Projects on Hold

Ogee Quilt Along-I'm still trying to decide what I want to do for the backing. I need to order fabric for it and my budget has been stretched tight this last month.

Strawberry Lemonade snowball quilt
Strawberry Lemonade ritzy cracker quilt
Lollipop bento box quilt
Dill Blossoms hexagon quilt

I vow to finish these, and soon! I'm going to force myself to figure out backings and work them into my budget. If I had the fabric I would probably work on them! Well, and basting spray, better add that to the list too.


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


30 comments:

KimT said...

wow, nice work! Your bee blocks are great but my fav is your little faces quilt. I love how nicely these blocks are turning out. Looking forward to seeing this one come together.

Lynne said...

Oh my, that is a lot going on!

I don't usually like star shaped blocks but that string pieced one is lovely.

And the Little Faces blocks are quirky and cute - I love 'em.

Live a Colorful Life said...

You have been busy! All those string blocks are so cool, but your little houses are going to make such a fun quilt!

Marg said...

Wow, you really do have a lot going.
I love the Little Faces blocks, so very cute.
Love your string blocks, both yours and the bee blocks.
The colours look really pretty for the kaleidoscope blocks.

Happy Turtle said...

LOVE the house blocks. That is going to be such a lovely quilt! Looking forward to the double wedding ring quilt. :)

Elizabeth D. said...

Holy moly, you've been busy! I can see why you're over strings, though :) Your string quilt progress looks super fab, and your house quilt looks amazing!! I adore it!

CityHouseStudio said...

Oh, my, what a lot of string blocks -- yikes!
And your little houses are too cute! LOVE those!

Shelly said...

Your house blocks are adorable! And all those string blocks....wow.

LynCC said...

*LOVE* the houses with the faces! so very cool and cheery. Your strings are gorgeous with the narrow white diamond forming. Maybe I'll do a start string for my block swap this month. . . a way to try it out without having to do a whole quilt. ;D

Sweet Melonade said...

"I will never do another string quilt..." is exactly what I thought as I FINALLY packaged up my first to give to its new owner yesterday. But I love the way they look, and I might do that for my bee month too. Great idea. Love the little faces quilt too!

Carla said...

So much color in all your projects. They all look so pretty!

Leanne said...

Your blocks are beautiful and your projects look like fun! I am loving those houses all together, I better get mine done and on the way back to you.

Jessica said...

wow!! All your projects are just fabulous! I know exactly what you mean about "I'm never making another string quilt"...and then making another. they are so darn addicting! Oh my a DWR with central park?? That will be amazing fabulous, can't wait to see more! I am actually finishing up a DWR using that template, it found it definitely cheaper to have the templates copied at Kinkos than wasting all my ink since you need so many copies.

Melanie said...

All of your projects look amazing! I completely understand why you don't want to do anymore string blocks, but they are beautiful! Happy WIP Wednesday!

Cindy said...

Now, the string quilt is spectacular...there's no taking away from that, but your little housese are ADORABLE!!! What a cute little village you have there ;)

Debbie said...

oh my goodness you have alot of lovely projects going! The strings are amazing! I'm in awe of them! And your kaleidoscope is nice...

kristastitched said...

great idea using binder clips to keep your cut pieces together. I'm gonna try that! love your little faces quilt blocks, i wish they were mine!

Letterpress said...

Lots of fun stuff on your blog today. I have yet to make a string quilt, only have done a sampler block here and there, but your pictures are tempting! Love the sweet faces quilt.

I've taken to shopping the sale sections of online quilt shops in order to find cheaper fabrics for my backs. With fabric running about $11 bucks a yard, it takes lots of nerve to order up what we need!

Elizabeth E.
http://occasionalpiece.wordpress.com

Kimberly White said...

I really like your string quilt blocks -- I've yet to try one but I will someday! And those houses are absolutely sweet! What a great project! Happy WIP wednesday!

Jennifer said...

That little faces quilt is going to be so cute! I can't wait to see it finished!

M-R said...

Love your string blocks and your Little Faces blocks. What about putting a gray and white "road" sashing? great work!

Melinda said...

Love it all! I'm so jealous of your string quilt! I have about 4 blocks (about 17 squares done); I just need to pick it back up again to finish it! LOVE all the little house blocks. That was such a good idea. That quilt is going to be so gorgeous!

Kathy said...

I really like all your projects, but there's something really fun about all those little rectangles for the Wedding Ring -- just think of all the potential!

Martha said...

Everything is so beautiful, but my favorite is the little faces quilt. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

Lisa Ann said...

All of your projects look nice! That last quilt with the little houses is so fun!

Andrea said...

few projects perfectly ordered

Jenniffier said...

Wow everything is looking great. You look like you are just as busy as I am. I too am falling behind on all my quilt projects. I seriously need to get caught back up.

CraftyClare said...

I love your blog and have learnt so much from it. I'm new to quilting and I am just in awe of the quilting world out there x

Lee said...

Those house blocks! Are the cutest things EVER! And your string blocks are gorgeous too! Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )

jodi@Pleasant-Home said...

I am loving your little faces quilt!

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