Wednesday, September 28, 2011

WIP Wednesday #45

Welcome back to WIP Wednesday! Not much to report this week, since you all know what I've been working on lately, but here goes nothin' ...


Ongoing:

My Connecting Threads fabric contest entry
Still plugging away, polishing up my designs and getting the files ready. Two more days to get it all done! I hope to be able to show them to you on Friday.

4x5 Bee blocks
So, you might think I'm crazy for tackling a block like this in the middle of the Connecting Threads time crunch. And you're probably right. But honestly, I've enjoyed the break from all the intensive computer time. I actually find paper-piecing fun and relaxing (I'm weird like that), so these blocks are really hitting the spot right now.

I ended up doing the Oregon Star because one of my hive-mates chose this incredible mini-quilt by Mrs. McPorkchop as her "Favorite Block." That mini has always been one of my favoritest faves myself, so I decided to look into the pattern for it. The pattern comes from the book 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars, by Carol Doak. I probably never would have given this book a second glance if it hadn't been for Amanda's mini, but once I got past the very traditional fabric used in the book, I realized the patterns had a lot of potential. I think I still love the Oregon Star the most, but you'll probably be seeing a few of the other stars from me as well, sooner or later. In the meantime, I've got two 4x5 blocks done, three to go.

Completed tops awaiting quilting:
Summer Sampler
Hope Valley

No progress:
• Farmer's Wife QA (on hold until October)
• Skill Builder QA (ditto)
• Kaleidoscope QA
• Figgy Pudding quilt
• Wonky Log Cabin

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

That's it from me—now it's your turn to share. Link up any post from the past week featuring any unfinished sewing project. Be sure to link back here to my blog and comment on at least a few of the other links. Enjoy!


45 comments:

Leanne said...

Your blocks are awesome !!!

Kerstin said...

What beautiful blocks, very, very nice!

Janine said...

Your blocks are fabulous! Looking forward to seeing your fabrics :)

Laura said...

Yay, I got in first!!! Lovely blocks! You must have magic fingers!

Shocking Hocking said...

wow - love those stars

Nonnie said...

THE BEST BOOKS are the older books ... they usually give the best instructions...are challenging... You just have to look past the dated colors and fabrics. YOU can also buy the older books cheaper at the quilt shows as older quilters clean up their book shelves. I pick up my best book for $2-5 at quilt shows.


If what is available now was available back then... there would be no Modern Quilt movement...as the older quilters would have used it all up..... I am beginning to think quilters are hostage to the local area / LQS you end up buying what they present.... Yes you can buy off the internet but that gets dicey unless you know what you want or need.

Nonnie

http://nonniesquiltingdreams.podbean.com/
Nonnie's Quilting Dreams- Podcast


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Patchwork and Play said...

The Oregon Star is fabulous- a new one to me, but one I'd love to try too!

Marg said...

Love those blocks!

Elizabeth D. said...

Wow, that is an awesome block! I've seen that book once or twice, and have almost picked it up - now the next time I see it, I will have to pick it up! You're my hero, getting your fabric line done and whipping up awesome blocks like these! :)

Megan @ MiaDolceOriginals said...

Wow - those stars are fabulous!! Love everything - the pattern, the colors, the fabrics. Can't wait to see the rest :)

Leanne said...

Your stars are fabulous! I am going to order the book!

Toni said...

Awesome blocks! I came so close to buying that book off Amazon the other day, but decided to wait. I'll definitely have to check it out now. It's funny to think about all the insane planning and ideas that must be going on in your head right now if you find respite in piecing those blocks...

Kiera said...

Beautiful blocks Lee! Can't wait to see your other designs for Connecting Threads. Good Luck!!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Nice to have you back Lee..I posted last week; not realizing...lol. oh well; I just reposted it this week...I'm just at the other end of the Dresden now..lol..have a great day.

CityHouseStudio said...

Your 4x5 bee stars are just amazing! Beautiful! Wow!

Tonni said...

Your blocks are beautiful!!!! Must look at this book.

Kimberlee said...

Love those stars. Can't wait to see your connecting threads fabrics. As always... thank you for hosting this link party!
~Kimberlee

M-R said...

Love those blocks, Lee! The colours just pop!

Becky said...

Love that block you chose, it's awesome!

Lucy said...

Gorgeous blocks, the colours are fab!

Jessica said...

That star is just amazing, Love!! Isn't it funny how just the fabric can totally change the block, I find myself saying this with every Farmers Wife block too! Good luck with your finishing touches, can't wait to see what you have come up with, I know it will be just fabulous!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Those bee blocks are amazing. I used to have that book, didn't think I would ever do the paper-pieced stars, gave the book away. Now I want it back!!

Debbie said...

Your blocks really are stunning - lovely!

Rosa said...

Your sstar blocks are awesome,love.I love to see how fabrics can change the block.Amazing!!

Looking forward to see your fabrics!!

Letterpress said...

You make such a good observation, that if we can freshen our fabric choices, each quilt will look completely new and amazing. And your block of that pieced star does look new and amazing. I also like Amanda's use of fabric to put a new twist on an older design.

Congrats to you for making it through the crunch!

Elizabeth E.
occasionalpiece.wordpress.com

Jessica said...

Particularly love that second bee block. Great color combo!!

Becky said...

Gorgeous! Of course everything "Oregon" is beautiful ;-). Can you tell I'm a bit biased about my home state LOL! Good luck with the fabric design!

Linz said...

I love - LOVE LOVE LOVE - those blocks! And I can't WAIT to see you fabric designs!! Yea!!!

Laura said...

Such pretty blocks!

Poppyprint said...

Totally killer star blocks. Holy cow. I think that mini is in everyone's favs, but you've taken the block to a whole other level by adding the additional fabric in the points. Stunning!!!

Alli said...

Your blocks are amazing!

Marsha S said...

whew! 10 wip's....I suppose in reality I have that many as well. A lot of mine are no more than the material picked out though! I took this morning to work on things just to be able to get my post in. However, I put the computer on the floor while I cut and pinned and clicked on sites that all I had to do was click on!

Katie B. said...

I'm loving these stars, Lee! You're brave to try them!

Kimberly White said...

Your bee blocks are lovely!! Have fun working on your entry! Happy WIP wednesday!

Erica said...

Your blocks are absolutely amazing! I adore the colors and the pattern is really cool.

Susan said...

Lee your blocks are really stunning. We are all rooting you on to finish up your new line for Connecting Threads. Thank's again for hosting!

Kelli said...

I can't get over those bee blocks. Absolutely stunning. If you ever just want to think we're in a bee together and make blocks for me, I can send you my address. ;) Glad you're back!

Jill@northstarquilting said...

Those stars are stunning. I love stars. I think the symmetry in them brings out my inner engineer.

Tina ~ Seaside Stitches said...

Lee, Your 4x5 blocks are awesome! I guess I'm weird too because I love paper piecing! Carol is the queen!

Manda said...

Neener Neener,that first block is mine! Feel free to be insanely jealous. ;)

Carla said...

Lee, I love the Oregon Star block....it is truly beautiful!

Marcia - Crafty Sewing and Quilting said...

Cool Stars!
Thanks for hosting! This is the first time I have joined in on the Work in Progress. I am now following you, I linked my post and put your button on my sidebar.
Enjoy your day!

pasqueflower said...

Amazing!

Amy said...

I love your blocks!! and WOW over 100 awesome! it is nice to find so many talented people through your blog.

├Žble said...

Your blocks look awesome! I'll have to keep them in mind when I'm ready to try p.p. I think this is the first time I've gotten through all of the links.

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