Tuesday, July 12, 2011

WIP Wednesday #35

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After reading over what I wrote for this post, I think I should call this "Wordy WIP Wednesday." Sheesh! Oh well, at least it goes to show that I've made some progress on my WIP list.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I finished one of the tutorials I had planned on doing using my new AccuQuilt GO! Baby.

Halloween Wall-Hanging/Table Topper

I also made some headway on the quilt for my daughter's bed. I changed my mind on the color sashing I wanted to use so now I just need to get the fabric ordered. Say goodbye to off-white and hello to light gray. (This quilt deserves a post of its own so stay tuned for that.)

I really wanted to feel like I was accomplishing something this weekend (rather than sewing things here and there and not feeling like I was getting anything done). So, I pulled out the star blocks I started making WAY back in 2007. AND...


Swirling Stars Quilt Top

I bought these turquoise and bright green fabrics from a local Hancocks back when I didn't have a clue about fabric, so the quality isn't the greatest. This was also my first attempt at placing blocks on-point in a quilt. I didn't use any fabric other than what I bought four years ago, with the exception of the solid blue, which is a Kona that I bought a few months ago just to have.

Swirling Stars Quilt Top

I was able to keep the momentum going and got another quilt top pieced last weekend, but I can't show you that for another week or so (it's a surprise for someone special).

I managed to sew Megan's bee block and I also cut out the pieces for the blocks I'll be sending to the ladies in my hive in the 4x5 bee. Hopefully, I'll get those sewn up in the next day or two.

x and + block for Megan

I also started another project: 10 gathered clutches for my son's AMAZING teachers (yes, he has 10 of them). Next week is his last week of school and I'm sad that he'll be moving on to a different program next month.

I haven't made any progress since my last update on any of these projects:
  • Kona Solids Challenge quilt

    Kona Solids Challenge

  • Sew Beautiful Bee circle of geese quilt

    Blocks Received from Sew Beautiful Bee Ladies

  • Jellyroll Sampler quilt

    Jelly Roll Quilt Along Quilt Top

  • Patching Up quilt

    patching up quilt top

  • Orange and Blue Goldfish quilt

    Goldfish Squares Quilt

In piecing those two tops this past weekend, my total for quilt tops awaiting basting, quilting, and binding is up to six. Yikes! I seriously don't like the basting process, so I may have to give spray basting a go. Have any of you tried it and swear by it? I'd love to hear of any tips or tricks you may have.

Okay, folks. That's all. Now head on over to Lee's and check out everyone else's WIPs.


Elizabeth D. said...

Oh, Brooke, I do indeed swear by spray basting, but it does take some getting used to, because it's so totally different from pin-basting. I usually do it with my husband, or with barbells (thanks to Kristie at OCD's great idea) - in fact, I do it the same way Kristie does, and I believe she wrote a tute on her blog. Good luck!

Bree said...

WOW, you have been busy! Everything looks great. I think the orange & blue goldfish is my favorite. LOVE it!

Barb said...

Lots of quilty goodness going on over there!!

Jessica said...

wow! busy lady!! I love everything, I totally understand about old fabric bought when you first started quilting, I remember not knowing the first thing about "quality"! Your little halloween mini is adorable! I wish I would have requested that apple core die, so fun! Great WIPs :-)

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

I am having serious quilt envy over here. That blue and green top really pops. I have one that I am hand quilting that is my 2nd quilt top ever. Definilty not the best quality fabric, but I made it in love. So, I figure I have to finish the way I started {7 years ago, LOL}

Katie B. said...

Congrats on finishing up your star quilt top! It must feel great to make progress on a UFO 4 years in the making!

P.S. I've tried spray basting, and I really don't like it! I guess I just can't get the hang of it. Maybe you'll have some good tips!

mtnquiltr said...

Your quilts look great! I love the green and turquoise, and the circle of geese (look like a lot of work, are they?). I use spray basting, can't imagine any other way. All my quilts are biiig, so it's hard to find enough floor space to baste them in any way. I saw a tute on youtube for basting vertically. It works! I do it pinned on the garage wall, and if you are patient, and don't fall off the ladder (!), the smoothing and straightening is easy because of the downward drag of the fabric. Don't forget to leave the garage door open, the spray is chemical.

Heather said...

Wow, that wore me out, you have a lot of projects going on right now. I love them all, the goldfish one is adorable. I have a lot of tops completed as well, you are not alone! One at a time, that is what I keep telling myself, and then I go start another one :)

Kati said...

Wow! You did get a lot done this week. I really like the pattern for your stars quilt. It turned out really cute.

Tanya said...

You've been super busy! Well done!

traceyjay said...

Beautiful projects Brooke!

How are you feeling these days?

(I need the goldfish...). ;)

Scrap,Quilt, Preach said...

beautiful star quilt. love the strong colors.

LynCC said...

Love, love, LOVE the turquoise and green! The fun thing about old blocks is that it makes for a fast top now! Great job!

Rachel said...

I love your Orange and Blue Goldfish quilt! So pretty!

Debbie said...

Boy, I seriously like everything you are doing! Very, very nice! Inspiring too! Thanks for sharing...

felicity said...

I love all your projects! Is this some pre-baby nesting or what? :)

Unsolicited advice: I wouldn't spray baste while pregnant. Chemicals, yo!

Carla said...

Busy little bee I see... All your projects look so amazing! Lots of color and the designs are very pretty. I only use spray basting on small wall/table topper quilts. Have fun basting!

Melinda said...

Love all the color! and your projects are beautiful! That blue and green is lovely!

Jenniffier said...

Everything you are are working on looks just perfect! Wonderful work!

Quilts And Pieces said...

I'm still totally in love with the circle flying geese! but I love the patching up quilt too!

Lee said...

I spray-basted for the first time a few weeks ago. I wasn't sure how I liked it, but now that I'm actually doing the quilting on that quilt, I think it's completely awesome!! No pins to put in, and no pins to take out either. Also, despite the hassles, it really did go so much faster. You should definitely try it.

Anyway, I'm loving ALL your gorgeous WIPs! You are rocking it, pregnant and all! : ) The 2007 stars quilt is gorgeous, such bright colors. Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday.

Denise said...

Oh..my..goodness. That new top is beautiful.

Kayli said...

Awesome finishes, looks like you need me to quilt some for you... :) Hope all is well!


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