Wednesday, August 22, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Guest-hosted by Rebecca

Hi there! My name is Rebecca and I blog over at Pieces and Cream. I’m delighted to be guest posting at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday. Lee and I are friends from the Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild.

I live in Wauwatosa, a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I mostly spend my time tending to my two sons under 4 and trying to be a good wife. I teach science at a small college part-time and in my leisure time I sing at my church, ride my bicycle and make things, mostly quilts. 

Summers in Wisconsin are very short, therefore we cram all our festivals and fairs into about 3 months. That means I’ve been outside enjoying the weather, have all sorts of things in progress and am way behind on BOM’s and QAL’s. Oh well, got to enjoy the sun whilst we can.

I’ve been working on this quilt for a year because it’s been put on the back burner a lot. I thought summer was a good time to bring it back out and finish it. Some of you may remember the Dead Simple QAL at Lily’s Quilts. The idea was to learn how to use a color palate, then match up the colors to a fabric color palate, such as Kona Cotton Solids. I wasn’t overly excited about the finished top, which is probably why it stayed a WIP for so long. Well now that it’s quilted, I totally love it again. I tried “organic straight line” quilting and it really added a ton to the finished quilt. I am half done with the binding and hopefully will have it finished by next week.

 
I am a huge Malka Dubrawsky fan and used her Stitched in Color line to make her Whirligig quilt from her book Fresh Quilting. I recently basted this quilt and have decided it will be used to teach myself to free-motion quilt. You’ve probably seen that Angela Walters wrote a book called Free Motion Quilting. I picked up a copy after seeing a review and it’s got awesome pictures that will really help me visualize how to start/stop and which direction to go while quilting. I’ve just got to get over my fears and try it!! This might remain a WIP while I give myself breaks from tackling such a huge new skill.

Another project that is going to take me a long time is a hexagon quilt. I FINALLY cut into my Echo by Lotta Jansdotter and what better way to show off the large-scale prints than with 6.5” hexagons right? Even though I won’t be hand piecing these together, I have to cut out around 150 whole and 50 half hexagons. That’s going to take me forever, making it another one of those projects that remains a WIP for several months. If I try to do this all at once, I’ll go crazy. I’ve been drooling over hexagon quilts and Echo for a long time so this quilt will be well worth the wait.

Besides some bee blocks, the only other WIP that I have lying around that I haven’t made progress on is the BOM over at Sew Mama Sew. I’ve got 3 blocks done and have 3 more cut out. Even though I totally love my fabric choices, I always forget about this before making plans for another quilt. Speaking of that, there are no lack of plans for more quilts and there really never are enough hours in the day, especially hours spent quilting! I bet most of you can relate.

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?

47 comments:

  1. Really nice projects you are working on. I keep meaning to do the Sew Mama Sew BOM too. You are much further along than I am!!

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    1. Thanks! Who cares hw long it takes us, right? It'll be such a great quilt!

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  2. Love your projects! I really love the color palette you chose for you dead simple quilt. I think when it's so simple, the quilting really makes the quilt, so you HAVE to finish it to get the pay off!

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    1. Thanks, I'm hoping to finish it by the end of the weekend!

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  3. Great projects - love the organic straight line quilting on your colour palette quilt! Works beautifully :)

    Good luck with the hexagons! I admire hexagon quilts but don't think I have the patience to tackle one myself!

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    1. Thanks, I'm hoping the hexies don't test my patience too much!

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  4. Great projects - I love Malkas fabrics and Echo too! The quilting looks fabulous on your Dead Simple quilt.

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  5. I like your Whirligig! I have a Stitch in Color top all finished and ready for quilting, and I'll be making it my first FMQ effort, too :)

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    1. Thanks! I guess her fabrics have inspired us to try FMQ, good luck!

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  6. Thanks for guest hosting and sharing a bit of your life with us. Being a mom and wife, enjoying your family...thank you for making that important and I can't wait to see your hexies! I love them!

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    1. Thank you, I try real hard to balance all my favorite thing!

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  7. I love the quilting on your Dead Simple quilt! The organic curves add a real depth and movement to the straight lines of patchwork!

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  8. No quilting for me this week so I hope it's ok that I linked up anyway.
    I sure hope once this week is over that I can establish a routine that includes sewing!

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    1. No probs, good luck sneaking some sewing time in!

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  9. Great projects! I also did the Dead Simple QAL last year and loved with fabric. All those Echo hexies are going to make a great quilt!

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    1. Thanks, I sure hope the work pays off!

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  10. What fun projects Rebecca! I love the organic straight line quilting! It looks so stress free! Those hexagons are going to be so fun! I've made two different hexie quilts and love them! Thanks for guest hosting!

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    1. Thanks, yes the quilting was very enjoyable!

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  11. First...those are great projects!! I actually love the color palette you did for the Dead Simple QAL! The green really punches up the other colors!

    Second...I used to live in Glendale, Wi...it always tickles me to run into people in blog land from the area (silly, I know)...Lee already knows that I stalk her just 'cuz she is from there. Just kidding! ;D

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    1. LOL, thanks, it's great to stalk the locals or former ones in your case :)

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  12. Love your BOM fabrics! Very cool look going on there.

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  13. Great WIPs! Love those hexagons, that quilt will be stunning!!

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    1. Thanks, it's Echo so it has to be, right?

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  14. I absolutely love your Sew Mama Sew BOM blocks!

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    1. Thanks....I really gotta get back to those....

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  15. Great work |Rebecca....I just love the first quilt all quilted...lovely

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  16. Great job on the quilting! Loving the colours used in your projects! Woo Echo. I'm still looking for a pattern to use mine =D

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    1. Thanks, it's so hard to pick the perfect pattern for your favorite fabric!

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    1. Thanks! I'm hoping they become an addiction!

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  18. Loving your bright colourful projects - thanks for hosting!!!

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  19. Great projects. I think that big hexagons and Lotta fabric is a great pairing!

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    1. Thanks, it was scary to make those first cuts!

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  20. Can't wait to see how your Echo Honeycomb quilt turns out! It is a *fun* one for sure!

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    1. You're totally helping my motivation!

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  21. Hooray for you for cutting into your Echo fabrics! Hope you're enjoying the last of summertime!

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  22. I love those Echo hexagons, Rebecca. A whole quilt full of them is going to be gorgeous!

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  23. oh I cannot wait to see your echo hex quilt! I haven't tried hexagons yet but they are on my list! I also haven't cut into my echo yet!

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