WIP Wednesday

This week I have a lot more WIPs than usual. Here’s the rundown:

1: This is technically an old WIP. It was meant to be shown for 4-H but I set it aside to finish the Donkey Quilt. I unexpectedly picked it back up this week… I love it when that happens! When I left this bad boy I had just started putting the squares into columns. Now, the squares are all in columns which are patiently waiting to be put together.

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2:. My newest shop sample is coming along slowly but surely. The pattern is very straightforward and simple. I think its turning out well!

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3: This is my newest WIP! Remember Strike Out!? Well, its recipient wants to learn how to quilt! He decided he wanted to make a HST quilt based off one from Pinterest. Woohoo 250 HSTs!!! We’re starting off with this pile o’pretties (12 fat quarters) and we’ll go from there.

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I love those little birdies and that black is so…BLACK! Know what I mean??

Saving Grace

Quilting people are the nicest people one will ever meet! I stopped by my LQS to ask if they knew of anyone who was selling their machine and they generously lent out one of their Featherweights to me! My own 4-H club wouldn’t even do that!

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So after a week delay, I’m trying to get back on track. Yesterday was the two month mark for both my 4-H quilts. One top hasn’t even been started… Needless to say I was freaking out. But now, the Tennessee Waltz Quilt top will hopefully be done by Monday. I’m starting to chill out some… Key word is some!

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The snowball blocks just need to be cut and pressed and then its time to piece the top!

{Work in Progress}

Just dropping in for a quick “Howdy” for WIP Wednesday!
Last night, I cut out my snowball blocks and each of the 17 blocks are 9.5″ square, based on the star blocks.

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Over the next few days, I’ll be working on marking the snowball corners and hopefully be sewing by the weekend. It’s a hump week for some reason….so I’m not being overly ambitious!

What is everyone else working on??

P.S.- The camera is in the shop (sad-face!) so please “enjoy” the crappy iPad pictures. Hopefully she’ll be back for the weekend…

Party Like a Block Star

Friday night, I sat myself in front of the sewing machine (and TV- I multitask) for about five hours non stop. With that being said, I finished all 18 star blocks!

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*Sorry for all the pictures!

I was not planning on finishing all my blocks that night but once I realized I only had 2 blocks to go, I couldn’t stop! The lights to my sewing room went off around 11:30, so I was working late. I have to say 18 blocks in about 10 days is not bad at all.

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Next up, I have to make my snowball blocks. I have 17 to make but I’m predicting that wont take to long. …But you know how that goes….

See my other star blocks here, here, and here.

{Work in Progress}

I have successfully met my goal thus far for making one star block a day for the Tennessee Waltz quilt. I’m even a little bit ahead!

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I have a total of 9 blocks finished! Whoop whoop 50%!!

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And there’s the block party! And here’s an out take:

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When I was laying out all my blocks, I only came up with eight blocks. I absolutely could not find the ninth block. I knew I had the ninth block because I had just counted. I looked everywhere thinking the wind blew it away (egad!). I then found it under another block. Oops!

-Linking up to WIP Wednesday

Star Block Finishes

My quilting area looks like a tornado hit it after this week… And it will probably stay like that for awhile!

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(It may not look bad but its really bad to me!)
The reason it is such a mess is because I started working on my Tennessee Waltz quilt again and have put together a number of star blocks. Tennessee Waltz needs to be done for July 10, and at the beginning of this week I had exactly one out of 18 star blocks together. So que Rocky theme song, its crunch time!
My goal is at least one block a day. That will take me over 2 weeks to finish all the blocks.
Here’s what I have so far:

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(Shhh! Don’t tell but the last one is my favorite!)
I now have four blocks completed! That’s 22%…. Why does everything sound so bad in percentage form??

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-Linking up to Finish It Up Friday

FNSI Wrap Up

Last night was nice! I sewed for about three hours and I got quite a bit done.

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I sewed together all the star points that I had ready. I only had half of what I needed because of the pattern… I think. It might have been because of me…

Anywho, After I had finished my star points, I put together my first block!

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It was a lot of lining up to do and that’s something that I hate to do; I don’t have the patience. I have to make 18 blocks total, so I’m thinking that I’ll space them out so that it doesn’t get as frustrating.

I love how its turning out!!!

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For the top, I still have to 1.) finish the start points, 2.) make the snowball blocks, 3.) finish all the star blocks, 4.) and finally put the top together….. *sigh* I thought I had so much more done.

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What do you think? And how did your sew-in go?

Are Ready For This?

Tonight is the monthly Friday Night Sew-In. This is my first time but, hey, I’m ready!
FNSI is a real simple concept: join the linky prior, have a wild and crazy Friday night at your sewing machine, and on Saturday, share what you got accomplished!

What am I going to be working on? Piecing some star points!

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Hopefully, I’ll finish them tonight!! If by some miracle that happens, I’ll then square them up, and piece the stars…. O I’m so excited!!! *insert squeal of happiness*

So, are you ready for this???

{Works in Progress}

My days finally began to slow down so I finally got to sit back down in front of my sewing machine! I started piecing the star points and for whatever reason, they really intimidated me. Now that I started them, I actually like them!

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I only got 23 halfway done. Its not a lot but, hey, its a start! As a side note, it already looks like I’ll have to cut more star points… I hate when patterns aren’t right! (It seems like every pattern I use is wrong; maybe its me??)

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I was planning on starting my Strike Out! quilt tonight but I forgot to get freezer paper at the store, so it got pushed onto the back burner.

-Linking up to WIP Wednesday

Label Like Whoa, part II

I hope I didn’t keep you in “suspense” for too long, but—-
*insert drumroll*

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“I was waltzing with my darlin’…”
Tennessee Waltz Quilt 4-H

I finished my label! I am very pleased with how it turned out. That quote is the opening line to a poem titled “Tennessee Waltz” by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King. The poem is absolutely beautiful and sad…. I wish I could have put the whole thing on the label!

It is cross stitched with what I dubbed the Pull-Out method. I basted a cross stitch canvas over a quilting cotton then stitched like I normally do.

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When the stitching was completed, I cut the canvas into small-ish sections (careful not to cut the stitches) and then pulled out the canvas. Hence the name. I learned that using eyebrow tweezers really saved my finger tips.

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I had to be really careful; if I pulled the canvas in any way but straight out, I risked distorting the stitches. My only complaint is that the stitches are loose and I’m scared they’ll get messed up once they go through the wash.

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I think this is a darling way to do a label and will definitely use it on my other projects!

-Linking up to Finish It Up Friday