Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WIP Wednesday: Too Brain-Dead To Think of a Title

It has been an interesting week. Tons of quilty deadlines hanging over my head, I'm trying to finish laying out the yearbook for my daughters' school, I had major car trouble (which is fixed now, thankfully)—plus throw in two teaching/speaking engagements, being sick enough to almost completely lose my voice (fortunately after the speaking engagements), and an emotional event for a friend, and I'm about ready to keel over. But tomorrow I'm headed to Sewtopia in Chicago and I am more than ready for that break! Cannot wait to sew with friends from near and far, plus take classes from the amazing Rita and Latifah! (I'll be Instagramming from the conference, so follow me on IG if you want to see what's happening there.)

Anyway. Pattern quilt #2 is coming right along. Hoping to finish it up today, in fact.

I can't wait to see this one come together—it's so satisfying to see something that previously existed only in my head become an actual fabric reality. : ) (Ignore all those crazy ugly threads stuck on my design wall. LOL.)

Today's WIP Wednesday is brought to you by Intrepid Thread! Intrepid Thread now conveniently has a pre-order page with all of their collections that are available for pre-order. How awesome is that? Click here to visit their pre-order page—they've got the new Cotton + Steel lines, Tula Pink's True Colors, and more available for pre-order.

GIVEAWAY: This week, Intrepid Thread is offering this pretty pretty rainbow bundle to one lucky winner! Don't the Lizzy House Butterfly prints and Joel Dewberry Herringbone prints look amazing together?

To enter the giveaway, do any or all of the following (each one gets you one chance to win):
1. Comment on this post
2. Post a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #wipwednesday
3. Link up your own WIP Wednesday blog post or Instagram photo below

COUPON CODE: Intrepid Thread is also offering 15% off the entire store (with the exception of pre-orders, BOMs, and gift certificates) to all my readers! Just use code Fresh15 at checkout, good through Friday at midnight. Thank you, Intrepid Thread!! Go show 'em some love to thank them for making WIP Wednesday possible. : )

So what are you working on? Let's see it!

LINK-UP RULES:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Reel Time Floor Pillow


In the midst of working on new patterns, I took a little break for a fun project using Zen Chic's new line for Moda, Reel Time.


My absolute favorite Zen Chic line was Comma, and Reel Time picks up where Comma left off. Reel Time was inspired by movies and the film industry—but much like Comma, it's got just a hint of industrial grunge, and I love that. : )


I've been thinking the girls might like a big pillow for when they're lying on the floor watching TV, and what better fabric for that than Reel Time? I ended up pulling out the whites and grays and greens and combining them with some gray Essex linen. And then, because I'm still having my purple moment, I added a plummy pillow trim. : )


There are a ton of good stash-builder prints in this line that I'm planning to stockpile ASAP. I especially love the dot prints and these x's inside of dots.

Want to see more of Reel Time? (Of course you do!) Check out the rest of the blog hop below! Lots more pretty projects to look at. : )

11. AprilLynne Goldsworthy from Lily’s Quiltswww.lilysquilts.blogspot.com
12. AprilNettie Peterson from A quilt is nicewww.aquiltisnice.blogspot.com
13. AprilErica Jackman from Kitchen Table Quiltingwww.kitchentablequilting.com
14. AprilLee Heinrich from Freshly Piecedwww.freshlypieced.com
15. AprilAmy Smart from Diary of a Quilterwww.diaryofaquilter.com
16. AprilNicole Daksiewicz from Modern Handcraftwww.modernhandcraft.com
17. AprilRochelle New from Lucky Lucillewww.luckylucille.com
18. AprilKelly Smith  from Live.love.create,www.craftytwinmommy.blogspot.com
19. AprilLisa Cox from A Spoon full of Sugarwww.aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WIP Wednesday: Now With More Purple

Welcome to another WIP Wednesday! It's been a super busy week around here as I try to get these new pattern quilts done.
I've been paper-piecing like a crazy woman.

And I'm sooooo happy with the results!

And here's the start of my other new pattern quilt. Apparently I like purple lately. Where did that come from? : )



This week's WIP Wednesday is brought to you by Pink Castle Fabrics.

Pink Castle has Morning Walk by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery in now, as well as Sara Lawson's Fantasia. And check out this limited edition box of Bonnie and Camille basics! Drool.

And what are you working on? Let's see it!

LINK-UP RULES:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

WIP Wednesday: All Done.

WIP Wednesday is cancelled today, because I finished all 47 of my current WIPs this past week. That's right, I'm done. With all the things. That unfinished baby quilt? Check. The Christmas quilt that I bought the fabric for five years ago and then never even cut into it? Yep—pieced, quilted, and bound, no problem. My Farmer's Wife quilt that I started in 2011? Sure, why not. Knocked that one out last Thursday, easy peasey. All these years of writing WIP posts, and I never realized I could just bust these out in a week and be done with it! How silly of me!


Ha ha ha, JUST KIDDING!!! Happy April Fool's Day! Don't worry, I can assure you that all 47** of my current WIPs and UFOs are still very much intact. Fortunately or unfortunately, there's as much reason as always for me to host WIP Wednesday. : )

Anyway. It's Spring Break around here, so my kids are home with me this week, but I plan to be a piecing fool anyway, all week long, because my new pattern quilts have gots to gets done. Looking forward to showing you more when they get to the point of actually looking like something!

And I now have three letters done on my embroidered sign, 10 to go. It's a little wrinkled from being on the frame, but you get the idea. I have a feeling this project really is going to take me right up until the deadline in May!

This week's WIP Wednesday is brought to you by Dragonfly Fabrics. Sara Lawson's new line Fantasia is just in at Dragonfly, so if you've been waiting for that one, it is finally available! Biology by Cloud 9 is newly in as well.

Fantasia by Sara Lawson

GIVEAWAY: This week, Dragonfly is kindly offering a $25 gift certificate to one random winner! Thank you, Dragonfly!

To enter the giveaway, do any or all of the following (each one gets you one chance to win):
1. Comment on this post
2. Post a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #wipwednesday
3. Link up your own WIP Wednesday blog post or Instagram photo below

COUPON CODE: Dragonfly is also offering 15% off the entire store to all my readers! Just use code Fresh15 at checkout, good through April 5.

What have you been working on? Don't be shy, let's see it!

LINK-UP RULES:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!

**May or may not be an accurate accounting of all my current WIPs. And I'm not telling whether it's under or over. : )

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