Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Thankful

Happy Wednesday! And happy day-before-Thanksgiving!

I'm thankful for many things, but one of them is that I don't have to go out of town this Thanksgiving. I don't have to host either. I can sit on my couch and knit Christmas stockings and watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with the girls, and then I can go eat myself silly at my in-laws. Thankful, thankful, thankful!

Another thing I'm thankful for? All of you wonderful peeps. Truly. Your WIPs make my Wednesdays a whole lot brighter. You make this blog tick—you and all my wonderful sponsors over there on the right-hand side. So thank you, one and all. : )

WIPs? I've really just been knitting this week. But look at all the progress I made on my Christmas stocking! I'm having so much fun knitting it. The pattern is a free download on Ravelry—you can find it here.

This week's sponsor? It's almost Black Friday, you guys. They're ALL on the docket this week. Come back to this post on Friday to click through all the sponsors below, to see who's got what on sale! Consider this blog your Black Friday home base. : )

                  

            


      

Next week I hope to be diving into several fun new sewing projects, so same time, same place!

What are YOU working on this week? Here's how to link up:
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 and mention me, @freshlypieced
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, November 24, 2014

My Fire Whirl Quilt in Scraps, Inc.

Looking for a way to use up some scraps? Oh, you are? (How did I know that? LOL.) Well, I've got a book for you. : ) 

It's called Scraps, Inc., and it's a beautiful compilation packed with scrappy—and modern—quilts. I'm so thrilled to have a quilt of my own in this incredible volume.

My quilt is called Fire Whirl, and, well, it's a maelstrom of half-square triangles, is what it is. But what better way to put those scraps to use than HSTs? 

Also, I've got a super sneaky, Thangles-but-better way for you to make all those HSTs. This slick little method requires no squaring up. Let me repeat: Zero squaring up. Sound good? I hope you love this method as much as I do! 

I really, really love this quilt. Scrap quilts are always on my to-do list, and there are several other quilts in this book that are calling my name, including these:

My Favorite Things by Amy Ellis

Overcast by April Rosenthal

Richmond by Sherri McConnell (and I admit I'm a little jealous that my quilt didn't get to hang on that awesome aqua step ladder thingy!).

Discount: Lucky Spool is kindly offering all of you a discount on Scraps, Inc.! The book is currently on sale right here for 20% off, and you can get an additional 10% off using the code SCRAPS30. Check it out! And maybe pick up a few for Christmas gifts while you're at it. : )

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fair Isle Sew Along, Part 5: Zig Zag Rows

Welcome to Week 5 of the Fair Isle Sew-Along!

So how did everybody do with last week's reindeer blocks? I saw some really cute reindeer out there on the Interwebs! But I know some people also had some frustration with getting seams aligned. If your seams look puckery or wobbly, or your reindeer generally look like they had too much eggnog at the Christmas party, I'll return to what I said in last week's post, which is that your 1/4" seam is probably not as consistent as it could be. You get that seam consistent, and I promise your reindeer will be perfect and completely sober. : ) 

It's not easy though, so above all, please don't get discouraged. A few suggestions that might help are putting masking tape down on your machine bed to help with alignment, or you could do what I saw from sew-along participants a few times this week and eliminate some seams entirely, and just make your reindeer out of unpieced horizontal strips. That will require a little math, but if you're proficient in such things, go for it! I went back and forth about whether to actually write the pattern that way, but in the end I decided it would make the pattern-writing too complicated and the pattern would have to be even longer than it already is. It also would have made the cutting a lot more complex, and I'm sure you all agree that cutting this bad boy was plenty complex enough as it was. LOL. But for those of you who are able to do the calculations, it's a great time saver.

And the bottom line is, the real key to happy reindeer probably just comes down to practice—practice, practice, and more practice. I'd bet good money that your seams were better on the last reindeer than they were on the first, right? So just keep at it, and don't worry if your deer are a little wonky—quilting covers many evils! : )

Okay, so on to this week's task: The Zig Zag rows. Honestly, I don't have much to say about these, other than that they're really easy and fun, especially right after the reindeer! LOL. It's just strip-piecing, cross-cutting, and piecing again. 

And when you're done, you end up with this (these are from my first Fair Isle quilt):
So have fun with the Zig Zags, and I'll see you back here for the next installment! 

I'm going to publish the next installment on Friday, Nov. 28, since the 27th is Thanksgiving. Until then, can't wait to see how you're doing—don't forget to either link up below, or use the hashtag #fairislequilt. And have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with joy, love, and pie! 

Fair Isle Quilt Sew-Along
Oct. 23: Cutting
Nov. 20: Make the Red Zig-Zag Rows
Nov. 27: Make the Pink Checkerboard Row (this is Thanksgiving in the U.S., so I tried to pick the easiest section for this week)
Dec. 4: Assemble the quilt top and make the back
Dec. 11: Baste, quilt, and bind 


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Obsessions

You might notice a theme in this week's WIP Wednesday. That theme is red, white, and knitted. Or at least knitty looking. : )

Yes, my Fair Isle obsession continues, this week in the form of knitted Christmas stockings. Suddenly, I MUST have knitted Nordic Christmas stockings. There's just one catch: Here in Milwaukee, everybody celebrates St. Nick's Day by putting out their Christmas stockings on Dec. 6. Think I can finish at least two stockings by then? (Because, one for each girl. There must be either two, or none. One is not an option.)

And of course my other project is my red and white Fair Isle quilt. Zig-zag rows are up next on the Fair Isle Sew-Along! It doesn't look like much right now, but come back tomorrow for this week's installment in the sew-along, and I promise there will be more to see!

And just so this week's post is not excessively one-note, here's a reminder that today is the last day to save 40% on my new Picnic Plaid pattern. Grab the PDF version now and save!

This week's WIP Wednesday has been brought to you by Shabby Fabrics. Shabby Fabrics has an uh-mazing clearance section right now—more than 150 items (including quilt kits!) are now 50% off! There are also 1,200 fabrics in their sale section right now—and the more you buy in that section, the more you save! Score!

Giveaway: Shabby Fabrics is generously offering a fat-quarter bundle of the "Striking Sunset" color way of the Spectrum line by Camelot Fabrics! This line was new to me, but I love it already, the colors are gorgeous! Link up below for one chance to win the bundle, and/or comment on this post for a second chance to win.

Exclusive coupon code: Shabby Fabrics is also offering 10% off to all Freshly Pieced readers! How awesome are they to do a coupon code AND a giveaway? Just enter FreshlyPieced10 now through Nov. 26. (One use per customer.) Say thank you for WIP Wednesday by showing them the love. : )


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
What are YOU working on this week? Here's how to link up:
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 and mention me, @freshlypieced
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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