Wednesday, July 11, 2012

WIP Wednesday: The Blue Chair Edition

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
I was excited when Lee asked me to guest-post this week for WIP Wednesday.  I'm Kati, and I blog over at from the blue chair.  

I am the mom to three kiddos: three-year-old twins (Little Dude and Miss A) as well as a five-year-old daughter (Miss C).  I'm also a "retired" social worker as well as the wife to a sweet husband.  I currently stay home with our kiddos and try to manage the chaos that is our life.  I started quilting during my free-time when the kiddos were tiny and all napped at the same time.  We no longer have naps, but I still try to squeeze in my sewing time to maintain my sanity.  My blog is named for my sewing chair that I refurbished. 

With an impromptu vacation to my mom's house due to a broken AC unit, I actually got a bit done this past week.  I took my sewing machine and sewed as late as I wanted after the kiddos went to bed.  First off I turned these stacks of fabric into these bags!

I used the Jane Market Bag pattern again.  It has become a favorite.  These guys just need handles now.  It's really fun having a stack of bags on hand that are perfect for a simple gift when you need it.  I do have a few favorites in the stack...they might find their way into my closet instead.

I finished sewing my HST Flea Market Fancy quilt top.  Now I'm just debating on a design for the back.

I've also made some fun progress on my Heather Ross quilt.  I wanted to keep this design simple to focus on the fussy cut prints. All the solids are Pure Elements from Art Gallery.  I really like how this one is coming along.  I'm planning to make it 5 blocks x 7 blocks.  I'm just working on it as I have time.  I think I'll back it with some grey minky I have on hand, and it will possibly be my favorite quilt all winter long.

Finally, this WIP is starting to take shape.  I asked the ladies in two of my quilt bees to send me grey and yellow paper pieced stars.  I've received four so far and have made two of my own.  I'm so excited to see it slowly come together.  This is not a quilt I would have expected myself to make even just a year ago.  I love the mix of the modern color scheme and the very traditional paper-pieced stars.  I can't wait until this one takes over my design wall.

And that, my friends, is what I have been working on lately!  What have you been up to? Here are the linky 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?


Collette said...

love all your WIP pictures! You have been a busy lady! Thanks for linking your blog which I am now following. Great to discover a new to me blog! xx

Kristy QP said...

Great WiPs! I love the Heather Ross one - looks gorgeous with the solid colours!

Cille said...

Lovely to see you on Lee's blog :) Your projects are beautiful as always. I'm especially thrilled about your star quilt. I think it will turn out wonderful. I have planned the same idea for my Bee month, which unfortunately is not until April next year :( so I'm really looking forward to see your quilt as it progresses.

Mareenchen said...

I especially enjoy the fussy cut prints with solids and the stars. Lovely colour work.

tartankiwi said...

Some really beautiful WIPS's there- thanks for sharing! I am especially loving the Heather Ross quilt. Its going to be stunning!

Patti Shanks said...

Beautiful, beautiful work! Love your grey and yellow stars!

Kelsey said...

Great projects! I love all those bags - and it's a great idea to keep some on hand - I need to do something like that!

Marsha Cooper said...

You did get a lot done!
It's sad for me to say that I get a lot more work done when I take my machine away from my house.
Hubby has vacation soon and I wish we could actually go away for the whole week instead of just one night.

Beth said...

Hi Kati - how fun to see you on WIP Wed. Love those fabrics for your bags and I really like your Heather Ross quilt - those solids are great colors.

Katy Cameron said...

Wow, you got loads done, love it all, especially that Heather Ross quilt

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

I love your quilts! The bags look brilliant too. And Kati that is one fabulous chair :)

Cherie said...

Wow what great looking quilts in progress! Looks like you have a fun month ahead =D

Jess said...

I love, love, LOVE your Heather Ross quilt and the yellow and gray stars! Your fabric choices are amazing too.

Julie said...

First off, thanks for hosting! I adore that blue chair!! The fabric is perfect too! Your quilts are adorable and those bags are so fun!

Rose Smith said...

Great idea keeping bags handy for small gifts. The colours on your star quilt are amazing - really striking.

Cathy said...

Boy you've been real busy. I just finished my 3rd Scrap Squad quilt. I think your design is still my favorite. Hugs

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