Wednesday, August 15, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Guest-hosted by Cindy

Hi! I'm Cindy from Live a Colorful Life and I'm so excited to be guest hosting for Lee this week. I have an almost-weekly series called The Name Game where bloggers share how they chose the name for their blog, and just recently started Really Random Thursday where you can link up with anything random that you come across during the week, sewing or non-sewing. I hope you will stop by and say hi!

I live in Central California, where the temp has been hovering around 109 degrees for way too many days. I'm self-employed as a medical transcriber, working out of my home. I have been quilting for over fifteen years, so my stash is a little, um, overwhelming at times. And I'm obsessively drawn to selvages.

This is what I've been up to the last week.

I participated in the "Picture Perfect" Polaroid Block Swap and made 22 really cute little blocks. And then forgot to take a picture of the group before mailing them off. Considering it is a swap that consists of blocks made to look like photos, that's kind of funny, right? I saved one little block for me. Isn't he cute?

This block is for Amy's "Texting While Sewing" contest. I may have taken the theme a little too literally...

Last week I was working on the backing for a quilt, and sewing together strips of leftover solids. I tried to be really careful when sewing, but when I put them on the design wall, there was a really awful curve. I took them apart, made sure everything was nice and straight, sewed them together again, and it didn't make a bit of difference. So I started from scratch and the second time everything was nice and straight. But what to do with this strip?

I chopped it off where it started curving and added black on each side. Since we were in the midst of track and field events during the Olympics, it kind of reminded me of the lanes on the track with hurdles. So I'm calling it Hurdle Jump.

I was considering a short tutorial because it is a great idea for leftover jelly roll strips of all different lengths so here it is: you just sew some strips together and add some "hurdles" here and there. Sew two long strips together side to side, from top to bottom, then add the next strip by sewing bottom to top, and keep alternating, sewing the next strip from top to bottom, the next bottom to top, until you have sewed as many strips together as you like. I think that is what helped the second set to come out nice and straight.

And finally, when I'm in avoidance/procrastination mode from other projects, I continue working on these Crown of Thorn blocks, each with Kaffe Fassett fabric. And just because I sometimes amuse myself with naming quilts, this one is called Kaffe'-O-Lait.

Okay, it's your turn! What have you been working on this week? Here are the rules for linking up to WIP Wednesday:

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?



29 comments:

Sabrina said...

That llama (alpaca?) block is adorable!!! Where on earth can I find that fabric?

felicity said...

Happy to see you here, Cindy! I have zero to report but just wanted to say hi. Hi! I llove that llama!

AlyceB said...

Your texting While Sewing block is pure brilliance!!

Kristy QP said...

Loving the names you have for your quilts! They are fab!

The Hurdle Jump quilt looks great! The black sets the colours off beautifully.

Debbie said...

I agree - your texting block is super clever! Glad you have enjoyed the polaroid swap! Thanks for hosting w.i.p. Wednesday this week!

Heidi Grohs said...

Text while sewing...BRILLIANT!!!

I am so glad to see you here! I "found" your blog here on WIP, and I have never regretted hitting "follow"!

Kelly said...

Love the texting block!

Leanne said...

I love your texting while sewing block! And the other ones too.

Shontelle said...

Your Kaffe'-au-lait quilt is lovely - great name too. And that camel is cute! Thanks for guest hosting.

FabricFascination said...

I really enjoyed reading your post and seeing your works in progress. I may try your Hurdle Quilt, since I always have leftover jelly roll strips.

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love all your WIPs, particularly your hurdles quilt!

Patti said...

Love your entry into Texting While Sewing! Inspired! Crown of Thorns is amazing, however, I am still recovery from learning that I was pronouncing Kaffe wrong all this time!!!LOL!

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

Cindy, your polaroid block is ADORABLE!!! I also love your texting while sewing piece :)
Amanda

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

would love a tutorial,...thanks for hosting.

Deborah said...

What a cool surprise and I need cool! Yay! Beautiful work ...love your texting block and your polaroid block and.......well.....let's just say I love it all!!

Mina said...

Cindy, I have been seeing that llama fabric around and need some of my own! What is the name of the line?

Live a Colorful Life said...

Here is the link. It's by Laurie Wisbrun and she has some in her etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/listing/97527808/oh-la-llama-12-yard

Live a Colorful Life said...

Here is the link to Laurie Wisbrun's etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/listing/97527808/oh-la-llama-12-yard

Marsha Cooper said...

that texting block is cool. I thought you had made a cover for a phone. The picture makes it look that real.

Sarah Watson said...

Good googely moogely, what is the fabric from the polaroid block? Is it fabric? Or did you make that wonderful llama?

Katy Cameron said...

Love the llama polaroid and your texting while sewing block :oD

Beth said...

Great projects Cindy! I love your texting while sewing block - you had some awesome selvedges! And speaking of awesome fabric, your polaroid block is seriously too cute!

Dhia said...

llove the llamas but they are pricey

Cherie said...

What fun projects. Love the llamas and the phone is so cool! =D

capitolaquilter said...

I really enjoy reading The Name Game and following your blog Cindy. Thanks for being a guest on WIP and participating in Polaroid Swap. I've got those Llamas in "My Precious" stash and just may have to make my own if I don't get one of yours.

Mama Pea said...

Love your llama, as always. I think your cell phone with texts is awesome. I totally do NOT think it's too literal!

Sabrina said...

Thank you so much!

Rachel said...

Texting block. Just WOW! LOVE it!

Suzanne said...

That texting block is amazing!

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