Wednesday, November 9, 2011

WIP Wednesday - 1st Anniversary

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I haven't done a WIP Wednesday post for a while, but boy have I been busy this week! Documenting my progress will help me see where I'm at and how much I want to accomplish before going back to work in three weeks.

Quilting
I made a goal to finish the quilt tops that I had lying around before starting any new quilts. While I didn't totally stick to that goal (you gotta be flexible, right?), I am this close to meeting that goal. This week I spent time quilting four of the five quilts that I basted a couple weeks ago. I tried to be more conscientious with the quilting. While I did an all-over loopy pattern on one, the others have straight lines, loops, flowers, swirls, snails, and a decorative stitch.

Quilting Mosaic

Baby Sewing
One of the downsides to not finding out the gender of our baby when I was pregnant was that I didn't want to do any sewing projects and make something gender neutral. I saw this tutorial for a sleep sack on Make It and Love It and decided to run to Joann's to get some fleece that was on sale.

This one is the prototype. I didn't need to add a seam allowances for the neck and arm holes, so it sits too high and the arm holes are not as loose as I wanted them to be.

Infant Sleep Sack

This one turned out much better, although there are still some improvements to be made. This picture makes it look funny too, but it actually fits my daughter really well. Sewing with fleece isn't my forte, but it keeps my baby warm at night. I'm debating whether I want to try making another one or not.

Infant Sleep Sack

I'm not sure if all Joann's have the same merchandise, but I noticed something new since the last time I was there. They have an aisle dedicated to making your own cloth diapers. I was SO HAPPY to see this aisle. I cloth diapered my two older kids and am bummed that I won't be able to cloth diaper my baby. This is kind of a lame excuse, but with working outside the home now, I have absolutely no time for diaper laundry. While I was perusing the aisle at Joann's, looking through the diaper-making books, I decided to grab some PUL (polyurethane laminate, which prevents leaks) to make some changing pads. I used PUL on one side and soft fleece on the other. One down, four more to go.

Baby Changing Pad

Rotary Cutting
I spent time last night cutting the charms for round 2 of the Color Wheel Charm Swap. I also cut 10" squares for a swap for the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild meeting this month. My local quilt shop moved locations and had a grand opening this past weekend. Their sale fabric was 75% off and I was able to get a couple yards of this Neptune print by Tula Pink for about $3.50! Talk about a screamin' deal.


To-Do Before Going Back to Work
  • Finish quilting Swirling Stars quilt
  • Make bindings for the quilts in progress
  • Finish the three changing pads I've cut out
  • Make five pairs of PJ pants for my family for Christmas Eve
  • Make gifts for the cousins whose names my kids drew for Christmas

I'm sure I have more to do since I have a tendency to start new projects all the time. But I have to admit that it feels so good getting all these quilt tops quilted and turned into finished quilts. It's this huge weight off my shoulders.

26 comments:

Mary@QuiltGenius said...

I love the stitching you have done! I especially like the snails. :)

Mary
http://www.quiltgenius.com

KristyLou said...

I love that changing pad. I am thinking it is a great idea for baby gifts! Thanks.

Heather D. said...

I love the loopy stitching you have done on your quilts.

Barb said...

Love your buntings...that is what I call them....love the fabrics.

felicity said...

Happy WIP Wednesday! I love all your different quilting stitches. Your sleep sacks turned out really lovely, and that change pad looks fab!

Elizabeth D. said...

Holy cow, look at you go!! That is a boatload of progress, my friend :) Love your quilting mosaic, and I think that's super awesome that you were able to make some sleep sacks for your wee one. Hmm, I wonder if my Jo-Ann's has PUL...

A.J. Dub. said...

Love your baby projects. The changing pad fabric is really cute!

Nice job on the quilting too.

The Thompsons said...

All of your quilting is impressive. Great job.

Katie B. said...

Your quilting looks so great!

Julie said...

You have been busy! I made a promise myself to finish up some WIPs before starting anything new. It is definitely liberating to knock some things off the list. I love all of your different quilting designs you're doing, it's fun to branch out and try different things!

Jennifer said...

the babes sewing is soooo cute!

Debbie said...

I really like your fmq! and great job on the sleep sacks for baby!

Maggie said...

I love your quilting!

Foolish Feathers said...

I love the different stitches you have done! I have been trying to branch out beyond the basic meandering stitch, what is your favorite stitch you have ever done?

Leanne said...

Your quilting is wonderful! And it looks like you have been having fun with the baby things too.

Christie, Describe Happy said...

Your quilting looks amazing and I like the variety too!

Marsha C said...

Looks like you are a natural! I started learning to quilt 3 years ago through sewing club at church. I'm still a beginner and will stay that way. I hand tie my quilts because #1 I don't know how to machine quilt and #2 my machine is small so I can't anyway. I'm wanting to give hand quilting a try.

Cille said...

Your quilting is fantastic! I'm really impressed.

Leila said...

Good for you for getting all of that quilting done. I have a quilt that I basted 3 weeks ago sitting waiting to be quilted. Fun projects.

Annabella said...

Way to go on the quilting. Love sleep sacks and yours look super cute!

Rachel said...

sewing with fleece isn't always my favorite, either. Congrats on getting so many tops quilted.

Katy Cameron said...

WTG on getting the quilting done, and making all that baby stuff! That fleece certainly looks cosy :o)

Allison said...

great idea for those changing pads! your quilting and sleep sacks look great - I'm so impressed by your productivity!

Sel's Quilting Blog said...

It's so freeing to make a prototype first!

I love how the fleeces seem to have a soft glow between the bright circles/florals and the darker background.

And you've finished so many tops! Well done!

Allegory said...

I really like the snail quilting.

Marci Girl said...

Wow, such beautiful quilting! I love, love, love the snails! I'll have to check out our new JoAnn's for the diapering aisle, so cool!

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