Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WIP Wednesday: Modern Maples

It's Wednesday! What's happening out there in WIP land?

This week I'm breaking out some maple leaf blocks for a really fun, special project. I've been working with fabric designer Allison Beilke and AIGA Wisconsin on a fabric design contest—the contest winners' designs were all printed onto fabric by Modern Yardage. And now for the fun part (for me, anyway): I get to use all the prints in a quilt!

The contestants were asked to design prints inspired by Wisconsin's natural beauty. And yes, that is a mosquito jacquard in the bottom right. : ) (It doesn't get more Wisconsin than that!) I was hard-pressed to think of a better setting for Wisconsin-inspired fabric than maple leaf blocks.

And I'm still plugging away at my kaleidoscope blocks! They're coming along nicely.


This week's WIP Wednesday is sponsored by Marmalade Fabrics. Marmalade now has Melody Miller's new Playful line from Cotton + Steel! I know you guys are all over that one, because VIEWFINDERS. Some yardage is online now, and FQ and half-yard bundles of the full line will be available soon. Marmalade also has some amazing Cotton + Steel subscriptions, featuring bundles that are available only by subscription because they sell out so quickly, so check those out as well.

GIVEAWAY: This week Marmalade is offering a bundle of Cotton + Steel basics to one random winner!

To win the bundle, do any or all of the following (each 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

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!


Thursday, January 15, 2015

I'm On the "Me Being Crafty" Podcast

Good morning! Looking for a podcast to listen to while you're sewing today? I'm on the newest episode of "Me Being Crafty" with Tsoniki Crazy Bull! 

Tsoniki and I chatted about my creative process, behind the scenes at WIP Wednesday, and much more. Tsoniki is so easy to talk to and I had a lot of fun being on the show—I just finished listening to the episode, and for once I didn't even cringe at the sound of my own voice. LOL. So head over and give it a listen. You can also subscribe to "Me Being Crafty" on iTunes and Stitcher.

And yes, I pronounce "blog" and "block" with a hard-core midwestern/Wisconsin accent. You've been warned. ; )

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WIP Wednesday: Kaleidoscopic

Wednesday again? Okay then, grab some coffee, settle in, and let's talk WIPs!

Having finished Preppy the Whale, I'm moving on to the other baby quilt on my to-do list—this one's for a girl. After starting with a bunch of HSTs, I decided I wasn't loving the direction it was taking, and I've switched to a kaleidoscope quilt instead.

 I'm liking it so far. I think. Also, I think I've gotten too much done now to change my mind again. : )

Oh, and. Sleeves. It's the grain of salt in any quilt show acceptance. You're soooo crazy excited to have your quilt in a show—and then you realize, that means you have to make a dang hanging sleeve. And hand-stitch the thing onto the back of the quilt. Not my favorite part of the process, I have to say, but at least I can watch lots of brainless TV while I'm working on it.

So who's our sponsor this week? Why, it's the lovely Cuts of Cotton! Cuts of Cotton is a great place for basics, and they've got some fab new ones in stock, including Doe, Prisma Elements, and new Architextures colors. Crosshatches, anyone?


GIVEAWAY: Emily from Cuts of Cotton is giving away a pack of Kona pre-cut hexies to one random winner! You can make a hexie quilt without having to worry about all the cutting—and yes, you can machine piece these babies! Here's a great tutorial for doing just that.

To win the bundle, do any or all of the following (each 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

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, January 13, 2015

Preppy the Whale Baby Quilt

My Preppy the Whale baby quilt is done! These whales are ready to swim off to their new little owner. : )

This quilt is for my newest nephew, Leo. Leo's mom is a veterinarian, so I landed on the idea of making him a quilt from one of Elizabeth Hartman's animal patterns. They're all pretty irresistible, but I especially loved these whales. They're very easy to piece, too!

And of course, here's some of the scallop stitch "wavy" quilting. (It's stitch #719 on my Bernina 750.) This is such an easy way to quilt something! It's especially perfect for those of you who haven't tackled free-motion quilting yet—this is a way to get something that looks FMQ-ey, but it's not. (Also, can we officially make "FMQ-ey" a word? That really needs to be a word.)

So these guys are off to live with Leo. Have fun, little whales! I'll miss you!

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