Wednesday, September 26, 2012

WIP Wednesday: The Calm Before the Storm

I now know the true meaning of the phrase "not enough hours in the day." Because, for real, there aren't. With my Sewing Summit teaching gig coming up and a million other things floating around in my head, my to-do list is never-ending! But I think I've been remarkably calm in the face of it. Just taking it one day at a time, doing what I can, and not freaking out. Yay me. : )

Baby quilt in progress
 This week I mostly worked on a baby quilt for a friend who's expecting a girl, after two boys. I was kind of at a loss about the design of this quilt until I came across this cute paper-pieced block. It's actually a traditional block from the book The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns by Jinny Beyer, and I drafted the paper-piecing pattern for it myself. Yet another example of a traditional block that I would have sworn was modern. : )

Baby quilt in progress The official name of the block is "Rainbow," but since that's hardly an appropriate name for this particular quilt, I'm thinking of calling it "Cartwheels." Baby's not due quite yet, so I'm bringing this little quilt to Sewing Summit to use as a sample in the Foundation Paper Piecing class that I'm teaching with Elizabeth.

Mama Said Sew Speaking of Sewing Summit, a few other class samples are on my to-do list as well. In case you haven't noticed, I looooove paper-piecing, so I'm all dorky-excited about showing people what they can do with this technique! And I'm thinking a little of Sweetwater's new collection Mama Said Sew will have to make its way into at least one of my samples. (It's in stock at Pink Castle ... go and get it!)

Last but not least, I signed a contract today to speak about "Modern Quilting and the Online Quilting Community" at a traditional quilt guild meeting in May. Gulp. I'm excited, but also nervous about it already! Between this and teaching at Sewing Summit, I'm thinking a public-speaking class might not be a bad idea ...

So what are you working on this week? 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, you must 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 WIP Wednesday links. Because what fun is a linky party without comments? : )

Happy Wednesday, everybody!


50 comments:

Debbie said...

Especially love your baby quilt - an unusual but really striking pattern!

Live a Colorful Life said...

I LOVE your Cartwheel blocks! Very cool. You DO have lots going on!

Shanna said...

Big time love the Cartwheel quilt!! And congrats on your new speaking gig! Sounds exciting, even though you're nervous...you'll do great!

AlyceB said...

Wow, what a beautiful quilt! I don't envy your to-do list... mine's big enough as it is without being nervous and planning for teaching and lecturing, lol! Good luck!

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

Beautiful quilt! Love the colours.

Good luck with the public speaking!

Erin said...

Gorgeous paper pieced block. Can't wait to see the whole quilt. Looks beautiful.

Catherine said...

Your cartwheels are beautiful - what a happy quilt!

Gina said...

i love the quilt you are working on...what a great block and fun colors!! Public speaking can be nerve wracking but I am sure you will be great since you will be talking about something you love.

FabricFascination said...

I know what you mean about some traditional quilts looking like modern ones. Your baby quilt is looking good!

Shontelle said...

The new quilt looks absolutely gorgeous. I love the grey background. You are right, it does look like a super modern design. I myself am completely under the pump getting things organised for the Australian Machine Quilting Festival which kicks off on Friday. So on tonight's list I have to finish writing and printing two patterns and put the binding on a small quilt - definitely not enough hours in the day! Luckily I have my old friend Diet Coke to get me through ;)

Good luck with all of your prep for Sewing Summit - I am sure you will rock it!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

love the new quilt Lee!! great color and your work is fantastic

Elizabeth Dackson said...

I love your Cartwheels quilt, and I think that's a great name for it, too! I stink at naming quilts :) And I think you'll do a great job speaking to the traditional guild about modern quilting, don't sweat it!

Marla said...

I didn't think I liked Mama said sew when I saw it in stacks but seeing it all laid out might have changed my mind. Will you be making the cartwheel template available?

Linda said...

Oh! I too have been asked to speak to a traditional guild about modern quilting and the online world! I'm supposed to do that in September or October 2013. The good news is that I enjoy speaking publicly. The invitation is also motivating me to finish some UFOs (BOMs, swaps) so I have more quilts to show. It's exciting for you to be teaching and sharing like this. You have gifts to share, for sure, so do enjoy it!

Gingersnaps Quilts said...

The quilt you are working on looks great. Can't wait to see it finished.

Doreen said...

Super block! Might even get me to 'like' paper piecing!!!!! The color choices are what really make it fantastic (in my humble opinion!!!)! Know what you mean about crazy busy schedules.....same here. Hope to get back to the machine tomorrow (after 3 days of working....filling in for these days has been somewhat poor timing on my part!). Fall/Autumn seems to be the most busy of any seasons.....everyone is so ready to 'ramp up' for Christmas prep and so many programs begin again for the winter! You will be great at the May presentation.....just think of it as a conversation with a few friends!!!!

Amy Friend said...

Ahh, doesn't it feel good to share? ;)

giddy99 said...

I love the cartwheels! I would have thought that to be Mod, too. I need to check that book out.

Nancy@OwensOlivia said...

THank you for hosting! Can you tell me what fabric is in the first photo positioned at 6 o' clock. I really love it!

fallingforpieces said...

Love the rainbow/cartwheel block! What a great gift that quilt will be when the baby gets here.

wannabequilter.com said...

Gorgeous!! And let me tell you - those darn people at Sweetwater sure know how to draw me in! I want one (or 2 or 3) of everything they offer!!!

Katie B. said...

The Cartwheels quilt is really cool!

Anne said...

Your baby quilt looks adorable. Love the fabrics and the block.

Tiffany said...

Ooh! I can't wait to see the rest of your Cartwheels quilt!

Marsha Cooper said...

I still have NO idea what paper piecing is. If someone ever shows me I think I have an idea, but not sure.
If you lived close to Kansas, it would be awesome to have you speak at our quilt guild.
I love going to guild for lots of reasons---the food, the company, the learning, the workshops.

Becky said...

I love that block! You'll do fine speaking about quilting!! Remember that your audience is made up of some of the most wonderful caring people that there are ;-).

Cindy said...

Really cute quilt! I was just playing with a charm pack of Mama Said Sew yesterday. I'm trying to resist the urge to get more!

audrey said...

I love that cartwheels block! It's amazing, and I can't wait to see it in all its glory! :)

Staci said...

I just got a stack of Mama Said Sew at my house yesterday! Isn't it just fabulous? I love it even more than I thought I would! Love the cartwheel block!

Katy Cameron said...

Love that baby quilt, and good luck with your speaking engagement :o)

Mrs.Pickles said...

lovely work!

Barbie Mills said...

I am loving your cartwheels quilt. So cute!

Heidi Grohs said...

I sure love that gray with those colors! Very, very cute! I think that the guild presentation will get you a bit more settled before your BIG gig!

vexa said...

I like your color choice. It's lovely.

May @ So Very Domestic said...

Stalking your blog has inspired me to actually try to make a wee quilt for one of my wee ones. <3

Kati said...

Love that Cartwheels quilt! It turned out so fun.

Kimberly White said...

Lee! Your Cartwheels quilt is Gorgeous! And have fun teaching your class! I'm sure you'll be great!
Kim

Cathy Tomm said...

Your cart wheel is looking great. I know what you mean not enough hours in the day. not enough days in the week or month. Sept fly's by fast. I might have to get me a fabric or two from the line you showed.

Nicole said...

Love, love love this quilt!

Lisa C said...

The pinks in your quilt are just fabulous. Great job.

Tamie said...

Love this block and how this quilt is coming. Can't wait to see the whole thing. I'd also love to hear you speak but I won't be at sewing summit (or the guild where ever you are speaking).

Pile O Fabric said...

I love your quilt! I totally feel you about public speaking, I am getting used to life online and feel like when I get in person I have no clue what to say haha.

christaquilts said...

Your stipple quilting is fantastic! I hope you guys have a great time teaching at sewing summit. I just barely heard about that one - too late to go. I guess there's always next year. I am going to QuiltCon in Feb though so I can hardly wait. Thanks for all the inspiring photos!

Terry Aske Art Quilts said...

I love the block you're using in the baby quilt, and the fabrics you're using are lovely!

Lisa E said...

Love the Rainbow (Cartwheel) quilt block. I searched the internet and found http://www.jinnybeyer.com/quilting-with-jinny/design-board/detail.cfm?blockid=170
You can get the pattern for free there.

Lee said...

That's right, thanks for pointing this out, Lisa! I just want to note, for anyone who's interested, that the link provides templates for traditional piecing of this block, not paper-piecing templates.

diane said...

I love that baby quilt

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Love the baby quilt and cartwheels is a great name! X

Caryn said...

Hi. I started a blog yesterday, then totally goofed it up today, making the above link (127) inactive. I'm sorry about the inconvenience!

Caryn said...

I don't know if it's fixable, but the correct link should be...
http://caryncarson.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/wip-wednesday-the-hundred-day-hustle/
Again, I apologize for the inconvenience!

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