Wednesday, July 4, 2012

WIP Wednesday: 4th of July edition

Note: Due to the holiday in the U.S., this week's WIP Wednesday linky will be open on Wednesday AND Thursday. So if you're reading this on Thursday, you're not too late—come link up!

Hi everyone!  I'm so excited to be helping Lee out on her summer vacation, and guest hosting this holiday edition of WIP Wednesday today {insert pretty fireworks here}.  My name is Jess and I blog over at SewCraftyJess.  In real life, I live outside of Pittsburgh, PA with my hubby of almost 4 years and our two bad adorable and spoiled furbabies, Zoey and Bella.  By day I work as an audiologist, but in the evenings, I try to squeeze in a little sewing every day.

First of all, to those in the US, Happy 4th of July!  Hopefully you will get some time to enjoy a cook out or two (or three in our case...) and some pretty fireworks. I know it's sort of odd when holidays like this fall in the middle of the week—we did our celebrating last weekend (and a little next weekend too), so today's sort of a free day. :-)

As for what's been going on in my sewing room, between working on my tan seeking relief from the recent 90+ temperatures at the pool, I haven't been overly productive sewing-wise, but I have managed one finish and some bee blocks, and have a few projects in the works.

Completed Projects

X Marks the Spot baby quilt

X Marks the Spot baby quilt

My lone finish of the week was this baby quilt for a cousin who recently had a baby.  You can read more about it here, and find the block tutorial here.

New Projects

Flying Geese baby quilt

flying geese baby quilt fabric

A dear friend of mine just found out she is having a baby girl, and I couldn't resist pulling fabrics from my stash to make a sweet baby girl quilt.  I knew I wanted lots of pinks, and pulled out a few sherbert-y oranges, muted aquas and light greys to pair with Essex Linen in Sand that I recently purchased from Pink Castle Fabrics.

I made quick work of turning that stack of fabrics into a slew of flying geese units, and used this nifty trick to simultaneously make a bunch of half square triangles, that would make some adorable matching pillows.

June Bee Blocks

for Amanda-do. Good Stitches Imagine circle- June

Stash Bee- June Hive 4

I spent a little time working on bee blocks for both the Imagine Circle of do. Good Stitches and the Stash Bee.  I love both of these color combinations, but that improv style of block based off this tutorial from Six White Horses sort of scared the bejeesus out of me.  You can read more about these blocks here, and see my method of paper piecing that "improv" block for a much less scary experience.

In Progress

EPP Hexagons

WIP Wednesday 2

Since I don't spend nearly as much time down in my sewing room once the weather gets nice, I wanted to start a project that would be portable and I could work on on the go.  Enter English Paper Piecing.  I typically am not a patient sewist—I like to start a project to quickly see it finished.  This is certainly not the case here, but I am enjoying taking my good old time piecing these hexies by hand.  

I'm hoping these little hexies do a little scrap busting, as my bins seem to be bursting at the seams.  I have about 20 flowers completed, with about a bajillion more to go, so I suppose this will be a lesson in patience if nothing else. :-)

WIP Wednesday 3

That about sums up what I've been up to this week. Thanks for having me, Lee!

Now it's your turn to link up! Here are the rules:

1. Link up any post from the past week that features at least one unfinished work-in-progress (WIP)
2. Somewhere in your post, link back here to my blog. (Or grab my WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other links—because what fun is a linky party without comments?


  1. Happy 4th of July and thanks for hosting!
    I just love the fabrics that you picked out for the baby quilt- its going to be stunning!

  2. Happy 4th July! Love the colours and blocks in the baby quilt!

  3. Thanks for hosting, Jess! Love your x marks the spot!

  4. Happy 4th of July! Your baby girl quilt fabric pull is delicious and I love the photo backdrop - creative use of a window blind!

  5. Happy 4th, Jess. You have some great projects going on. I just LOVE your X Marks the Spot!

  6. Wow! I love your scappy hexies Jess! And for sure I still love your 'x-marks the spot' blocks ;)

  7. Love your X marks the spot quilt! So gorgeous! THanks for hosting this week :)

  8. Lovely bee blocks and cute hexies!

  9. Your hexies epp are adorable. Such fresh and happy colors :)

  10. Happy Holiday Jess...we had ours last weekend here...but it fell on that It has been beautiful weather the past are one busy lady for only sewing in the evenings girl....great work!!

  11. Ooo! Hi Jess! I love the X markss the spot quilt! And those bee blocks are aMAZing! Thanks for sharing!

  12. The X Marks the Spot quilt is adorable, I love it!!

    The hexiblocks you're making are extremely similar to the hexipuffs I'm knitting right now! So fun! The fabrics you chose are so pretty!

  13. love your EPP hexies, that's what I've been working on, too.

  14. Great collection, as ever, love what you pulled for the baby quilt :o)

  15. Great projects Jess! Love your EPP hexies!

  16. Happy 4th July!!
    Great lot of projects there! I'm in love with your fabric stack and those hexies!! =D

  17. Gorgeous baby quilt!! I love the block - have Pinned it for future reference, thanks!

  18. love the EPP!! I am currently working on my own project, not sure what I am going to make out of them yet. Mine won't be in the gfg pattern though.

  19. I really like the bee blocks and wow on the hexagons.

  20. I am just learning paper piecing this week in Handstitched Camp, yours are such good fabric choices! Thanks for sharing Jess!

  21. I love the bee blocks, especially the top ones, they look like wonky braid blocks chopped up! Very cute x baby quilt, too.

  22. I saw your fabric over on the Art Gallery Fabrics! :)

  23. I love that x marks the spot baby quilt! The colors are so fun! I'm planning on doing a EPP Hexagon quilt too probably some time next year as I already have 7 in the works right now. I love your scrappy ones! Thanks for hosting!

  24. pretty baby stack! And great little x quilt too...
    I love the bee blocks as well - and cute hexies! Great projects Lee! :)

  25. (oops! I mean Jess! -- off to find your blog!) :)

  26. Thanks for the link up Jess and hope you are having an awesome summer Lee. I couldn't figure out if I could change my picture so I just deleted and re-linked which I could be because of the holiday extension...

  27. I love the baby quilt - such gorgous colours!


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