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.

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

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.

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!

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!

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.

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!









*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.

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!





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

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

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!

(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:



(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??


-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.

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!

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!!!

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.

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!

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!

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??)

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*

“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.

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.

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.

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