Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WIP Wednesday: Last One?

Okay you guys. Let's have a little truth this Wednesday morning.

My truth is: I'm burned out on WIP Wednesday. I've been doing this link-up week in and week out for five years now (gasp, where has the time gone??). And while I've loved having the link-up and it really put my blog (and business) on the map, in the last year or so I've felt like I've been phoning it in a bit. There was a time when my Wednesday deadline helped my stay on track to have something to post, but for whatever reason, it's just not motivating me anymore. Instead, lately it hangs over my head like a mid-week anvil over Wile E. Coyote. LOL.


Still, it's a scary thing to say, "I'm done with this." As I said, it's been a huge part of my life for more than five years now. Without it, will my blog traffic drop off? Will I lose pattern sales? Will I lose sponsors? Will my motivation drop even further? Am I crazy to walk away from the single most popular feature on my blog?

So here's my decision (at least for now): I am temporarily suspending WIP Wednesday after this week. I'm going to take two months off and see how things go. What I'm hoping is that not having WIP Wednesday to worry about will actually free me up to do more quality blog posts. I can post about what I want, when I'm ready to, instead of always posting these short, ineffective mid-week check-ins. So, no, I'm not going anywhere! There will continue to be content here on the blog (potentially even more content), so I hope you won't go anywhere either! I'm also hoping this will allow me to post more frequently on Instagram, now that I don't have to "save" progress photos for Wednesdays. LOL. So be sure to follow me on IG to supplement what you see here.


When the two months are up, if not having WIP Wednesday has been a success for me and I'm feeling good about my blog and my blogging habits without it, then I think I will be done with it permanently. But I selfishly want to see how I feel about not having this in my life anymore before I make a final decision. I hope you all will bear with me while I do that. I hope to have a final decision in early April about whether WIP Wednesday will be back on this blog.

Okay, whew. I'm glad we had this talk. : ) In closing, let me just say that I am so grateful to every one of you who has ever linked up, or clicked on any of the links in order to discover new blogs and projects—you have made WIP Wednesday what it is. And let's all have one more amazing Wednesday link-up before the hiatus begins! Just for fun, I'm going to leave this WIP Wednesday link-up open for a whole week, so you'll have plenty of time to add yours! Show us what you're working on by linking up below, and have a wonderful week!

(P.S. The photos in this post are my Scrappy Picnic Plaid pattern from Stephanie Palmer's Quilter's Planner. Full post on this quilt coming tomorrow!!)

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 "Add Your Link" button below, then click on the Instagram icon at the bottom of the screen that pops up. You should then be able to select any of your recent Instagram photos. Where it says "Link," use the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag your IG post #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, January 27, 2016

WIP Wednesday: Just Some Yummy Fabric.

Hmmm. This is one of those weeks where everything I worked over the last seven days has already been shown on the blog, leaving me with no new Wednesday shots for you! So how about a fabric pull instead? These pretties will be going into more Lady of the Lake blocks if I can set some time aside for it in the coming week!

What are you working on this week? Let's see it! Happy Wednesday! : )

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 "Add Your Link" button below, then click on the Instagram icon at the bottom of the screen that pops up. You should then be able to select any of your recent Instagram photos. Where it says "Link," use the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag your IG post #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!


Monday, January 25, 2016

Lady of the Lake Blocks from Sister Sampler Quilts

Happy Monday! I hope all of you out East have managed to dig out a bit, but I hope in the meantime you got some good stay-in-and-sew time. : ) We didn't get any snow at all (much to my kids' disappointment), but I got in some quality time with my machine yesterday anyway. And the results of my afternoon's work: These Lady of the Lake blocks, with which I am now totally obsessed. 

Lady of the Lake is a classic block from the new book, Sister Sampler Quilts: 3 Modern Sampler Quilts with Paired Sister Blocks, by AnneMarie Chaney of Gen X Quilters. I love the flexibility of a good sampler book—make one block, make them all, or mix-and-match to your heart's content! Sampler books are always a good resource to add to your library, and give you a lot of bang for your buck. (If I do say so myself, having co-written one of my own!)

And AnneMarie's book is even more flexible than most, offering up instructions for 24 blocks, each in two different sizes (9" and 12" finished). I made my Lady of the Lake blocks in the 9" size. Check those cute little half-square triangles. : ) AnneMarie's method of making the blocks in "sister pairs" makes things go quickly and efficiently.

Another feature that makes this book a great resource are the fun and creative layout ideas for each of the three samplers. This one, the Bonfire Sampler, is my favorite!

I found the instructions for the Lady of the Lake block to be straightforward and easy to follow. As usually happens when I try to make just one or two blocks, I'm now dying to make a bunch more of these. All out of this fabulous Blueberry Park fabric, like the first two!

You can find out more about Sister Sampler Quilts by visiting the website AnneMarie has set up for the book, www.sistersamplerquilts.com, or click here to purchase from Amazon. And go visit the other stops on the Sister Sampler Quilts Blog Tour, listed below!

Monday, January 18  
AnneMarie Chany / Gen X Quilters - Introduction
Sara Lawson / Sew Sweetness

Tuesday, January 19 
Leah Day / Free Motion Project
Brenda Ratliff / Just A Bit Frayed

Wednesday, January 20
Faith Jones / Fresh Lemons Quilts
Angela Pingel / Cut To Pieces

Thursday, January 21
Lynne Goldsworthy / Lily's Quilts
Amy Friend / During Quiet Time

Friday, January 22
Christa Watson / Christa Quilts
Violet Craft

Monday, January 25
Lee Heinrich / Freshly Pieced
Melissa Corry / Happy Quilting

Tuesday, January 26
Karen Lewis / Karen Lewis Textiles
Amy Gibson / Stitchery Dickory Dock

Wednesday, January 27
Sherri McConnell / A Quilting Life
Melissa Mortensen / Polka Dot Chair

Thursday, January 28
Heather Valentine / The Sewing Loft

Friday, January 29
Cindy Wiens / Live A Colorful Life
AnneMarie Chany / Gen X Quilters - Wrap Up

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WIP Wednesday: In Line

Well, what can I say? I've just been quilting my Greek Key quilt. Yep, that's about the sum of things this week: Gettin' her done. : )

This one is pretty minimal for me, and it's reminded me of the importance of simplifying. I have a tendency to get pretty complex with my designs (sometimes too complex), so going the minimal route was a welcome departure. Note to self: There's beauty in simplicity too. And even when I'm designing/making something that is intentionally more complex, that doesn't mean I shouldn't use my critical eye to try to pare things down where I can!

Want to make something minimal with me? This bad boy will be a quilt-along on the Bernina's We All Sew very soon!

What are you working on this week? 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 "Add Your Link" button below, then click on the Instagram icon at the bottom of the screen that pops up. You should then be able to select any of your recent Instagram photos. Where it says "Link," use the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag your IG post #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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