Wednesday, August 31, 2011

WIP Wednesday #42

Well, it was a catch-up week for me. I caught up on my quilt-alongs, I finished up my August bee blocks and other obligations, and now I'm turning my attention to September. I've got some quilting in my very near future!

Ongoing projects:
Skill Builder Sampler Quilt-Along - currently caught up

I had two blocks to do this week, after missing last week's. The first, the "Breaking Out" pinwheel block, is one I've actually done before, for a bee. As per Leila's instructions, this time I used the "Magic Method" for making flying geese. This was a completely new technique to me, and I loved how fast it was. It does seem a bit magical—one minute they look nothing like flying geese, then suddenly ... there it is! Unfortunately I didn't find this process to be as accurate as my usual corner-to-corner method of making flying geese. So this block is a little wonkeriffic. But I love my fabric choices, and it's a fabulous block design regardless.

I went back to my tried-and-true corner-to-corner method for the next block, "Double Star." I think this might be my favorite block of the QA so far. I LOVE how mine came out! I ended up using my light print for the outer corners instead of the dark print, and I really like how that looks. Don't you just love it when one little change can make an entire block look so different? Why yes, I am a design nerd, why do you ask? : )
Farmer's Wife Quilt-Along - currently caught up
26 blocks complete, 85 to go. Click here to read about this week's blocks.

Completed tops awaiting quilting:

Summer Sampler Series top

Hexing Around (Do. Good Stitches quilt)
I pieced the back tonight, and I'm ready to baste this one tomorrow. Any thoughts on how I should quilt it? Standard FMQ? Straight lines? I don't think I'm up for anything too fancy here ...

Hope Valley
No progress:
Kaleidoscope QA
Secret project
Figgy Pudding quilt
Wonky Log Cabin

This week's stats:
Completed projects - 0
Currently in progress - 10

Okay, let's see your WIPs! Link up any post from the past week featuring an unfinished work-in-progress. Please don't forget to link back to my blog in your post, and comment on some of the other links. Have a wonderful week. : )






26 comments:

  1. I can hardly believe tomorrow is September already! Love your double star block! Those colors look great together.

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  2. I think those two top blocks are great. Love the fabric choices. And yes it IS cool how changing the fabric/value of a fabric can change the whole entire block! Your Hexing Around is still one of my favorite innovative blocks. Very cool!

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  3. I am seeing zigzags between the hexagons - would that work as an overall pattern?


    No wonder you are pleased with your blocks - they are gorgeous, stunning. Love your reverse version of the star! Dare to be different!

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  4. Hello Lee, thanks again for hosting. Your colours are always unusual and very well chosen. Love your hexing around. Yes, quilting options are always a difficult decision for me too...I think if I was to machine quilt this one myself I'd opt for free motion quilting.
    The reason I love to hand quilt is that I can go for more detail without the hassle of trying to manipulate such a large project on the machine! Good luck with it. I'm sure you'll turn out something exquiste.

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  5. Oh, and I tried to crop my photo and ended up with a frog? LOL. :-)

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  6. I love your fabric choices too! My first WIP Wednesday join - wheee! :) I've linked in

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  7. Ooooh, I love, love, love your double star!! So pretty! As for quilting your Hexing Around quilt, I vote for some standard FMQ - it's good practice and I think it'll let those super cool blocks really shine.

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  8. Hi Lee - I'm loving your triple pinwheel block! I also recently discovered the magic flying geese method and I'm hooked! Thanks for hosting!

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  9. I love that double star! I was raving about it on my blog too, but I REALLY love how you did yours. I did the same version but I like your alterations to it! This is definitely one I want to use again. I used the magic method on mine and, I agree, a little wonky. I'll remember next time.

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  10. Both your blocks are lovely, and I also like the quilt very much. Thanks for hosting, it's great to link up again after such a long time!

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  11. I love both of those blocks!! Great fabrics for both. I'm always a fan of some good ole fashion FMQ, wavy lines might be nice too...can't wait to see what you decide!

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  12. Love how your double star turned out! Was the magic method the 'square in a square' technique where you end up cutting it in half and have flying geece? Your color settings in the flying geece are lovely too.

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  13. Wow, your double star block is a stunner!

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  14. The double-star block is gorgeous and I love your Hexing Around top! I'd love to see you link it up on Finished It Fridays this week. (Yes, quilt tops count!) :) http://www.stitchingbystarlight.com

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  15. Oh, and I agree with Elizabeth on the quilting - FMQ would be perfect. :)

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  16. Lovely blocks, especially double star.

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  17. Of course, everyone is gaga on that Double Star block--first you see it and then you don't! Excellent choice of fabrics and colors--lovely.

    I'm impressed that you are all caught up. So often we feel the mountain of projects just weighing down our shoulders, so it's nice to be able to breathe for a second and say "all caught up."

    I have no quilting ideas on that beautiful quilt of yours--but I'll be following along to see what you choose.

    Elizabeth E.
    http://occasionalpiece.wordpress.com

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  18. I LOVE your SBS blocks!! They are fabulous!!

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  19. You skill building blocks look great. I like the 2nd one best.
    I enjoy looking through what others are doing each week to keep me inspired, and to learn new things.
    I have such a limited amount of time each week to even get my sewing machine out. I wish I could sew, even for 10 or 15 minutes each day, 7 days a week.

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  20. Love that hexie! When I did my Spider Web I did FMQ sqiggles in the webs and then straight lines on the solid areas. A LQS owner recommended feathers in the solid areas but I had never done them. Thus, the straight lines. Will be looking forward to seeing what you do.

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  21. I used a lot of those fabrics in my doodle bricks baby quilt. They are quite colorful. I used mostly orange and pink.

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  22. The "Double Star" is gorgeous!

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  23. What's the hold-up? Get that Summer Sampler top quilted, LOL!

    Love the Double Star!

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  24. Love your double star block! I really like how the negative space is the first thing you see-- very a-typical for that kind of block. (I'm a design nert too!)

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  25. I'm agreeing with the FMQ for the Hex quilt. With all that design already going on, I think you want something understated. Looking forward to seeing the finish!

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