Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WIP Wednesday: Sewtopiated

Happy Wednesday! I hope you all are making as much progress on your to-do lists as I am! Yay for productivity. : )

I think it's thanks to a wonderful weekend spent hanging out at the Drake Hotel in Chicago for Sewtopia. I had such a great time at this retreat! If you have a chance to go to one in the future, I can't recommend it enough. (The Sewtopia crew just announced that the next one will be in Atlanta! Woot!) I roomed with Angela of Cut To Pieces and Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts, and the three of us had waaaaay too much fun together. It was simultaneously exhausting and refreshing. : )

The weekend included classes with a couple of truly amazing and inspiring ladies—Rita of Red Pepper Quilts and Latifah of Latifah Saafir Studios. I wasn't sure I would ever get a chance to meet Rita, since she comes all the way from Australia, so I feel lucky to have taken a class with her, and she is so adorable, sweet, and talented! We learned her Kansas Dugout quilt block, which includes lots of Y-seams, but came together surprisingly well.


With Latifah, we made her fabulous Molehills quilt. Curves aren't exactly my thing, but again, the blocks came together so much more easily than I expected! Latifah is an amazing teacher—please take a class from her if you have the opportunity. My favorite thing about both of this weekend's classes was that the projects were way outside of my comfort zone, so I probably would not have been willing to tackle them on my own.

Hopefully you'll be seeing more of my versions of both of these after Quilt Market is done and I finally have time for some "me" sewing again. : )

Today's WIP Wednesday is brought to you by Cuts of Cotton!  Cuts of Cotton currently has the Doe and Architextures collections available, plus some gorgeous Blender Bundles!

COUPON CODE: This week, Cuts of Cotton is offering my readers 30% off anything in the shop! Wow, can't pass up that deal, now, can you? : ) Just use code "Fresh30" at checkout. Thank you, Cuts of Cotton! And we know how to thank them for sponsoring WIP Wednesday, right? Go buy something! : )

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 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
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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!


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