Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Busting My WIPs on Wednesday

It's been a good week! Hubby and I celebrated our 11th Anniversary on Friday by heading to the fun park sans kids and racing go-karts, then having a nice quiet sit down dinner. My knee started feeling LOADS better over the weekend and as of today I am completely pain free! And I've gotten lots of stuff done in the sewing department. I really hope I can keep this momentum going, it's such a nice change from the depressed state I had been in the previous week, that's for sure!

So what have I done?

In Progress...

12 Month Bee Blocks

Just waiting on October's package to arrive in the mail. We get to make starburst blocks!

Farmer's Wife Quilt Along

I've spent the last three evening pulling fabrics and cutting from templates. Once I sew them together I will have 18 more blocks. If I finish them before the week is out I will be a full MONTH ahead. Whoo Hoo!!

Double Wedding Ring Quilt Along

Nothing new here...


I finished three, that's right THREE of my on hold quilts!!! They weren't the largest quilts so they weren't that hard. I'm really glad to have busted three WIPs though! I basted these before our date on Friday and quilted and bound them on Saturday. 

I tried machine stitching the binding down for the first time and you know what? It didn't kill me! I'm not a convert or anything and will continue to hand stitch my bindings down but I thought I would try it. I used a zig zag stitch because I knew if I used a straight stitch I wouldn't be able to keep it on the binding all the way around and would hate it. I do like the way it looks, I'll admit it. It is nice to know I have this option if I'm in a jam and need it done quick. 

Strawberry Lemonade Snowball Quilt

I quilted a cross-hatch design, diagonally through the snowballs. I'm having a lot of fun finding other ways to quilt besides free motion stippling. 

I used the same backing for this one and the Ritzy Cracker quilt. I had a hard time finding a backing to go with these fabrics. The collection itself is OOP and I couldn't find yardage that I liked. I found this one in the clearance section at and thought it was perfect!

Strawberry Lemonade Ritzy Cracker Quilt

This one about killed me putting together. I realized I am not a fan of the cracker block. Not sure why, just didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I do like the finished look though!

I quilted following the seams of some of the blocks on this one, also creating a cross-hatch design. I had a hard time getting a good picture of it though.

Dill Blossoms Hexagon Quilt

This started out as a layer cake that I loved. I tried so hard to find something to make with it and settled on half hexagons. This was another one that I really didn't like putting together. I guess that's why these quilts sat on hold for soooo long. I think I started this one over a year ago! 

I had a hard time finding a backing for this one too. Then I realized that the Kona Azure that I had 11 yards of (yes, 11 yards. I bought it for the DWR and decided I didn't want to use it for that. Sigh...) Anyway, the Azure was a perfect match for the blue in the quilt top. So I backed it and bound it with it. Hey, I have 11 yards to use up! I do like the finished product.

I quilted outside the seams of the hexagons on this one, I like the pattern it created! Just ignore those wrinkles from it being folded, ok?

On Hold...

Christmas Quilt from Christmas Bee
Little Faces Quilt from 12 Month Bee
Denim Winter Quilt-This one's up next, it's getting cold!

Check out how small that list has gotten!! Can you believe it? I can't!

I do have a few projects I've been sneaking in here and there, mostly projects that never made it as a WIP because I started and finished them in between Wednesdays. Either that or they were gifts so I couldn't post them until they were received. I'll do a separate post on those. 

I also spent some time yesterday working on the new design for the blog. It had been so long since I originally set it up I forgot how to do it! I got an email from Bree while I was in the middle of it telling me that she was getting a good laugh out of hitting refresh. She said it changed every time she did, LOL. 

Anyway, if you're reading this in your reader then click on over and check it out! Let me know what you think please and if you see anything that I need to fix. We tested it out in Chrome, Firefox and IE and as long as you have your zoom set to 100% *cough* Bree *cough* then you shouldn't have any issues viewing it. Let me know if you do though so I can look into it. We wanted to keep it clean and pleasant to look at and as organized as possible. I hope you guys like it!

Linking it up!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


Melinda said...

Look at all the finishes! You rock Julie! and Happy Anniversary! I like that cracker block quilt. Sorry it gave you such a fit!

FabricDonkey said...

Great finishes, Julie!

I'm using Chrome and my zoom is set to 100% and I have to scroll across. In order to make it all fit on one page, everything is cramped and hardly legible. =/ I love the new design though!

felicity said...

Everything's looking good to me on IE7 (sigh). Great progress this week - happy anniversary; we celebrate *our* 11th on Friday! :)

Evelene S said...

Congratulations on your 11th Anniversary! Wow you really made great progress on your WIP. They all came out so pretty. I am using firefox and your graphics look cute.

Cassie said...

Wow, way to go on all the finishes! They all look so good! And the new blog design looks great!

Mollie said...

Gosh, I LOVE everything you make! I want to add these to my "to do" list! Well done!!

Anonymous said...

Looks great, Julie! Happy anniversary and yowsa on knocking out some WIP. I have a couple over here if you are still feeling ambitious. :)

Leanne said...

Wow your quilts are all wonderful! I also love the new blog look, it is lovely! I read it on a mac with chrome.

Lynne said...

Happy anniversary!

Wow! three finishes! Well done! I'm happy to just have one! LOL

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