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Works in Progress Wednesday - November 30, 2011

Happy Wednesday all! It's been a productive week and I'm making headway on my Christmas projects. I may not have to move Christmas after all. ;)

I'm working away on my finish for when I host TGIFF! next week. Will it be Just Me and My Peeps? Or Clockwork Orange? Or something else? At this point, your guess is as good as mine.

The talented and funny Laura @ Quokka Quilts is hosting TGIFF! this Friday though. If you've got a finish, you are more than welcome to link up. Check out the TGIF Friday! site for more details.

New Projects:
Micah's Advent Calendar - Not sure why I did this, but I've made each of my older boys their own advent calendar. Therefore, I have to follow suit with Micah. Here's the thing, I don't have a spot to hang three advent calendars. But I've started his anyway - it's a Makower calendar that I bought last year. I just love their calendars. I'll post pictures when I get it done.

Wee Spy Quilt - I've decided to do one of…

Clockwork Orange - A Finished Top

Remember this Millennium Rail Fence that I wrote about last week? I started with this, smacked it on my design wall and started playing with the suggestions from the wonderful folks who gave me their feedback last week. Thanks again for sharing your ideas with me! I love how people come up with really different ideas. It's fun to see all the different directions a quilt can go it -- and they can all work beautifully.

First, I tried some red on the border and as some applique. Nope, nothing I had worked well. Then I tried purple - nope. Needed something warmer. Pulled out the five orange fabrics that I have in my stash and auditioned them. Bingo! A dark red-orange seemed to work best -- it added some colour, but didn't clash.

One suggestion was to just sandwich it, quilt and bind it. That was so tempting! Before going that route though, I thought I'd see if I could do something to visually tame the pattern craziness so I played around with some solid black. I'd had the i…

TGIFF! - Dreaming in Colour

As I mentioned the other day, I've started my holiday gift list. Two of the items on the list are pillowcases for my older boys. Last year, they spotted some Grinch pillowcases at a craft fair and loved them. I searched high and low, but couldn't find any in time for Christmas last year.

This summer though, I spotted some Celebrate Seuss in Avonport so I snatched it up right away. I paired it with some left over Dr. Seuss stripe from their Bottled Rainbow quilts and added a solid red fabric for the trim.

A quick search on the internet found this fabulous pillowcase video tutorial by Missouri Quilt Company. Super easy, super fast. And now I can cross two Christmas gifts off my list! Hope the boys like them. :)

I'm linking up with TGIFF! over at Sparrow in Flight.

Happy Friday all!

Works in Progress Wednesday - November 23, 2011

Not a whole lot of sewing going on right now. I'm still not 100% and my wonderful sewing machine is getting a tune up. I'll be getting her back today though - yay!

It's a good thing too because I started my list of gifts or holiday things I'd like to make and it's getting long. I think I'm going to have to prioritize or push Christmas back. ;)

The sensational Shanna @ Sparrow In Flight is hosting TGIFF! this Friday. I hope you come check out the beautiful finishes and link up one of your own, if you have one. Check out the TGIF Friday! site for more details.
New and Completed Project: One little mug rug

Current Projects:

Millennium Rail Fence - I shared a bit about this project this week and where it went oh-so-wrong or at least not where I expected it to go. I got some great ideas from people -- thank you! I love hearing how different people would approach the same problem or challenge. I think I know what I want to do with it so I'm moving it to the Current…

Millennium Rail Fence - A Work in Progress

It was lost, but now it is found. I'm kind of wishing it was still lost though. ;) This poor Work in Progress (WIP)/Unfinished Object/Train Wreck was started back, well, before the Millennium. Sadly, this is not my oldest WIP.

This is a perfect case of fabrics from the same line don't always cut up and combine so well. Besides the solid black, there are four fabrics from a Karen Jarrar for Marcus Brothers Textiles line. There's a large scale beige and black print and a small scale beige and black print. There is a fabric that has black clocks on a beige background and another that has beige clocks on a black background.

I thought difference in prints and scales would show better when they were cut up than they did. Even though there's a lot of contrast between the beige and black in each fabric, when they are cut up like this and placed together, they just really blend and the rail fence effect doesn't really work. The solid black rail fence really pops though.

So th…

Getting My FMQ On

Early into 2011, I decided that I was going to focus more time and effort into improving my quilting skills this year. I wanted to do something quilting related everyday and learn how to free motion quilt (FMQ). In addition to spending more time with my kids, I wanted to take advantage of my time on leave to improve my skills and learn as much as I can about quilting.

My quilting has improved a lot this year, especially since starting this blog, and I couldn't be happier with my progress. I learned how to FMQ in the spring and I am finding that the movements and rhythm of FMQ are starting to feel more natural. 
That said, I still have a looong way to go. On Friday, I found the 2012 Free Motion Challenge on SewCalGal's blog. Normally, I'm rather reticent to jump in on all the fabulous quiltalongs out there. I'd love to join them, but have you seen my WIP list or my bucket list?! But this one, well, I'm so in. There will be free monthly tutorials by FMQ experts, as wel…

TGIFF! - 'Tis the Season for Mug Rugs

Well, Wednesday was definitely not my day. First, a cold/flu virus that no amount of Cold FX or Advil Cold and Sinus could help and then, an email virus/hacker in my hotmail account. Grrr! Huge apologies to anyone who received some ridiculous email from me. I've changed my password and upped the security. With any luck, that will take care of things. Please let me know if it doesn't. Don't people have better things to do than cause trouble?! I just don't get it. Okay, deep breath, I won't rant, even though I really want to!

Thinking quilty thoughts, thinking quilty thoughts... there that's better! ;)

So I'm starting to think a little more about holiday gifts and mug rugs are going to be prominent on the list of things to make this season. Since I still have the energy of a sloth at the moment, this is the only one I've finished so far.

The batik material of the tree is the same as the binding - one side has some gold star accents and the other does not. I…

Works in Progress Wednesday - November 15, 2011

Wretched Wednesday. Well, it's not really Wednesday that is wretched, it's just how I'm feeling today. I've been trying to outrun something since Monday, but I hit the wall last night. Ugh! Sore throat, icky cough, body aches, etc. I hate being sick. I'm a total wuss about it too. Bleh! Anyways...

A few people commented how much they liked my rationalization last week of quilting over laundry. Well, upon reading my blog post, the hubster pointed out (with humour and only a smidge of sarcasm) that the kids can't wear quilts to school. Hmmm, he may have me there. Lots of laundry got done this weekend. That said, I am tempted to tell the kids that wearing clothes inside out is a cool fashion statement so we get an extra wear out of their clothes. ;)
The terrific Tabatha of Bending Pins is hosting TGIFF! this Friday. I hope you come check out the beautiful finishes and link up one of your own, if you have one. Check out the TGIF Friday! site for more details.

As I m…

Red and Tan Bargello in the Round 2 - A Work in Progress

Friday was spent making these. Can you guess what they are? I'll just tell you because I suspect only children between the ages of five and nine would know. And maybe even they might not get it because I had to take some artistic license. They are Beyblade cakes for my seven year old's birthday party. He loved them (Phew!) and thankfully, these were easier to make than a Star Wars cake, which was the original request.

I didn't get any sewing done this past weekend, but I did get my studio cleaned up. Yay! In getting my room cleaned up, I pulled out some of my WIPs and took some photos. I thought I'd share some of them with you periodically.

This is the Red and Tan Bargello in the Round 2 project from my On Hold list. I was actually surprised at how far along this one was when I pulled it out. That ever happen to you? I thought the wedges still had to be pieced together into the round, but no. What a great surprise!

This is the second Red and Tan Bargello in the Round th…

TGIFF! - Season's Greetings

Welcome to TGIFF!, where every finish deserves a party!
Phew, this one came in just under the wire. I've been wanting a Christmas wallhanging (other than an advent calendar), for the last few years but just never got around to it.

Last week I was watching The Quilt Show video where Ricky Tims demonstrates how to make a one-seam flying geese block, to which I had linked back in June. I remember thinking that it's a really cool technique, but it sure uses a lot of fabric. That is, if you just want a flying geese block.

Mulling, mulling. What could you use the pockets for? Paper? Cards? And then it hit me that this technique could be used to make a holiday card holder wallhanging! I got a wee bit excited.

There was nothing to do, but try it out. I pulled some Christmas fabric out and made a couple of the one-seam flying geese blocks. It worked beautifully. I made a whole whack of the blocks and played around with the layout, before settling on this one. There are a lot of design p…

Honourable Mention for Don't Worry, Be Scrappy!

Doing the happy dance, doing the happy dance, yes, I'm doing the happy dance. I found out yesterday that Don't Worry, Be Scrappy! won Honourable Mention in Generation Q's Scrap Splat Challenge. Woo hoo!

I had seen Kit Lang's Off to Oz piece and Amy's Small Quilt earlier this month and LOVED their work.  The winning quilt, Flaun's White Wedding, is off the charts beautiful. I can't believe my quilt was even as close as an honourable mention, but I'll take it. :)

Generation Q Magazine has posted photos of all the submissions on their Flickr photostream. Go check it out when you get a chance -- it's so cool to see how different people interpret the same challenge.

Thank you to Thomas Knauer and Generation Q Magazine for this fun challenge!

Works in Progress Wednesday - November 9, 2011

Ah, Wednesday! Here you are again. I'm hosting TGIFF! this Friday so I've been busy trying to figure out which project I have to move my butt on to get finished in time. I have to admit that TGIFF! is helping to keep me motivated to finish my WIPs. Yay! :) Perhaps to the detriment of other responsibilities like laundry. Oh well, a quilt lasts longer than clean laundry. I hope you come check out the beautiful finishes and link up one of your own, if you have one. Check out the TGIF Friday! site for more details.

New Project: Yes! My little brainwave on Saturday has become my obsession so there was nothing to do but start on it right away. Looks like a regular Christmas-style wallhanging right? Well, this will actually be a holiday card holder. I'll show you how it works on Friday. I'm sure it's been done before, but I see a ton of design possibilities with this technique. I still need to add the border, quilt it and get the binding on before Thursday night. It's …