WIP Wednesday

Hi all!  Such a fun and busy time of year!  I’ve got a few non-Christmas related deadlines coming up, but I managed to squeeze in a few other small projects as well.  I actually finished one, but the rest are still waiting,  so I thought I’d link up to Lee’s WIP Wednesday.  Click over and check out all the great projects people are working on!

Late last week I tested a great new pattern for quilter Karen Neary of Sew Karen-ly Created.  The pattern is Gift Scrapped (available at Craftsy) and is a scrappy block that looks like presents with ribbons.  I made the table runner version and I hope to get it quilted soon.  I opted to position my “presents” slightly differently than the pattern, but isn’t that the fun part of quilting?  The pattern also includes instructions for placemats and a lap quilt.

Over the weekend, I was lucky enough to attend one day of Quilt Camp!  This event was put together by Brenda Ratliff of Pink Castle Fabrics and included teachers Faith Jones from Fresh Lemons, Heather Jones from Olive and Ollie, Jeni Baker from In Color Order and Brenda.  Everyone had a great time!  If you missed Quilt Camp this time, Brenda has more in the works – I’m sure she’ll post details on the Pink Castle Fabrics blog.

Unfortunately, I missed Faith’s class due to a family conflict.  Her paper-pieced Poinsettia block was a big hit and I saw lots of wonderful versions.

Heather started us off with some improv log cabin blocks and then showed us several other options.  I love the quilt she made with cross blocks so I made a few of those.  I thought I ‘d like them better than the log cabin, but not really.  They just seem a little boring – some more playing needed no doubt.  I would love to put together more of these monochromatic log cabin blocks.  If I could do one a day, I’d have a quilt full in no time!

Jeni showed us her fantastic Lined Drawstring Bag.  I chose a medium sized one to use for my laundry when I travel. Jeni’s pattern includes 8 different sized bags and instructions on how to make any bag just the size you need.  These go together super fast and are such a fun way to use those prints that some of us (who, me?) might have trouble fitting into a quilt.  Jeni also suggested replacing the fabric ties with twill tape which makes a fast project even faster.  I just might have to whip up a few more of these for the holidays.

I’ve been resisting the hexy craze – I do love handwork and I knew I’d be hooked – and I was right!  Brenda showed us how to baste and stitch hexies and it is such fun!  If I didn’t have these other deadlines, I think I’d be knee deep in hexies by now.  I haven’t ordered any papers yet so that is helping to keep my mind on my other tasks.

Are you working on anything non-holiday related?

  • Jacey
    Posted at 16:27h, 17 December Reply

    The table runner looks great! I wish I could have gone to quilt camp to hang out with you all! Looks like you had a lot of fun!

  • sew katie did
    Posted at 01:34h, 14 December Reply

    Everything is holiday right now, exception of some shop samples. xo

  • Marg
    Posted at 12:19h, 13 December Reply

    Unfortunately I'm not working on anything at all. Still in vacation mode. I do want to start back on the EPP star flowers though.
    The Quilt Camp sounds like a lot of fun.

  • Hollie
    Posted at 18:40h, 12 December Reply

    So jealous you got to go to Quilt Camp. Sounds like you had a great time! I'm spending the weekend catching up on bee blocks, and I hope (fingers crossed) I get to make a dog bed for our living room. I've been promising my husband I'd make one forever.

  • LC
    Posted at 16:59h, 12 December Reply

    Unfortunately, no 🙁 As soon as all my Christmas sewing is done (by the end of the weekend, hopefully), my first order of business is to finish up my Half Square Triangle Block of the Month. I'm so excited to get caught up on that one!

    Your table runner is just too cute!

  • Natalie
    Posted at 16:55h, 12 December Reply

    I love the presents table runner! And I agree, playing with a pattern to make it your own is the way to go. Quilt camp sounds so fun– it's awesome you were able to go for a day. I'm not surprised you like the hexies, they seem right up your alley 🙂

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