Wednesday, February 6, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Guest Hosted by Jenelle of Echinops & Aster

WIPWednesday
I have two true statements for you: It's Wednesday, and that means it's time to link up those projects you've been working on this past week. I am also in fact not Lee. She has faithfully entrusted to me the keeping of WIP Wednesday this week (oh man!) and I am hoping to not make her regret it do a fantastic job. ; ) Who is this "me," you might be wondering? Well, let me introduce myself! I'm Jenelle and I blog over at Echinops & Aster. I'm a sewist and quilter with a hand-stitcher's heart and a modern aesthetic. I design embroidery patterns, love hiking, am a bit of a plant geek, and live in the Emerald City (aka Seattle) with my husband and our little siamese/ tabby, Cleo.

Cleo
Fun fact: if you took a peek at the list of labels most used in my blog posts, WIP Wednesday is the winner by far. I've been linking up with Lee almost since the beginning of this party (definitely since the beginning of my blogging career) and boy has it kept me on track! I'll be needing this linky more than ever this year as I've dedicated myself to really finishing my WIPs and to becoming generally a better finisher than starter. 

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One of the projects that I've recently picked up again after a long hiatus is my Hope Valley Swoon quilt. This past month I tackled four more blocks to bring my grand total up to five finished. Last week I really hit the ground running and finished both the blue and black ones. Now that I've gotten back into the groove with this project, I hope to get the remaining four blocks wrapped up soon so that I can try a QAYG technique on this one.

Honeycomb Stitch-Along Button
I also began a new project this week that I am totally excited about finally getting to share! I've been planning a stitch-along project for over a month now behind the scenes, and with the release of Honey Honey by Kate Spain, I can finally get started on my sample project and the tutorials. 

Honeycomb Pillow Mock-up
I designed this large throw pillow project to be a great way to practice a bunch of hand-stitching techniques like EEP, needle-turn applique, hand-quilting, and embroidery. It has little bite-sized components of each technique which makes it less daunting in my opinion to get started learning a new skill. I just began the EEP portion over the weekend and was stitching and photographing the tutorial steps in between the plays of the Super Bowl. Here's my progress so far:

Honeycomb Stitch-Along EEP
I'm going to be moving along on this project quickly to share finished photos ASAP, but in the meantime I'll be kicking off the planning stages of the stitch-along this week by posting materials lists, the tutorial schedule, and the list of prize sponsors that are going to be making this event extra fun. Please feel free to stop by my blog and follow along if you might be interested in joining me in making this great sampler project!

Fusion Crochet Blanket Progress
Finally this past week I also had the chance to crochet a couple more fusion charms while traveling to Portland on the train. I'm happy to see the growing stack, as this blanket is going to require quite a few squares to make it lap-sized. I'm also toying with the idea of throwing some granny squares into the mix to add some variety and to stretch the spacing of the fabric charms a little bit to get a slightly bigger blanket. It might be time to buy some more yarn. :)

Thanks for linking up and for helping me to do a great job guest hosting. And special thanks to Lee too for allowing me to jump in as host! I can't wait to see what you've been working on.

So what are you working on this week? Whatever you're sewing, link it up here! Just remember 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, 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?

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NOTE FROM LEE: There were some problems with the linky earlier, but they should be resolved now. Let me know if you still have any problems linking up. And please note that I am now using InLinkz's paging widget, so you may have to scroll through several pages of links to see yours (the newest links appear at the end, on the last page). Thank you for your patience!

68 comments:

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

Lots of lovely WiPs Jenelle! Loving your Swoon blocks!

Lara @ Luellabella said...

Isn't that funny - I picked up my poor neglected swoon WIP up this week too!

Lara @ Luellabella said...

Hit enter too quickly, I am loving your fabrics!

Kelli said...

Hi Jenelle! I can't wait to see your Swoon, and I think you're a great hostess of WIP Wednesday. :) xo

Kenna said...

I looovvveeee the hope valley swoon quilt!!!

Debbie said...

Great to see a fellow Seattlite hosting W.i.P. Wednesday! LOVE your Swoon blocks. And the stitch-along sounds very cool!!

MsMidge said...

Hey there! Those little fusion charms are gorgeous!

Mary said...

Your star blocks are very handsome! Congratulations!

FabricFascination said...

I've never seen fusion charms before, what a great idea!

Tabatha said...

I love your fusion charms, the marriage between fabric and yarn is so cool!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

I love your stitch along project! Great WIP post Jenelle! :)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Morning Lee....not sure what is wrong...tried to link my post up and the linky isn't moving for me. I will try again later.

CityHouseStudio said...

Your swoon blocks are gorgeous!
And your kitty is the cutest!!!

joanne said...

Those Swoons blocks are wonderful!!! I've made single blocks for cushions, but really want to make a whole quilts worth for a 'me quilt'. But I can't settle on what fabrics, they are stunning in Hope Valley!!
Love the sound of the stitch along!!

Sara said...

Love,love the fusion blocks. One of these days I am going to learn how to do that!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Sorry jenelle...I didn't stop to look before blurting out...lol. I still can't link up for some reason today. The linky takes me nowhere...this is the first time..

LynCC said...

I love the fusion of crochet and quilting. Thank you for including the link to the pattern. :)

Scrapatches said...

Thanks, Jenelle, for running WIP Wednesday this week. I love your swoon blocks and the quiltalong looks like fun. I am really going to have to try the fabric and crochet fushion charms. I am linking up again and enjoying all the quilty inspiration in the links ... :) Pat

Scrapatches said...

... ah ... or maybe not ... the link-up is not working for me right now either ... will try again later ...

Scrapatches said...

Link-up success! I closed out my browser and reopened and came back in and voila!

Cleo looks so sweet ... I want to pet her ... please give her a rub behind the ears from me ... ;) Pat

Melissa said...

Tried to add my link, but the button wasn't clickable for me. I closed my browser and tried again and it still didn't work. I also tried to use a different browser. *shrugs*

Here's my link: http://issainohandmade.blogspot.com/2013/02/wip-it-im-back.html

madfabriholic said...

Love your fusion squares- and they remind me I've been planning to make some forever!

Elizabeth said...

I'm having trouble with the "add a link" button as well. I may try again later, but if I don't get back to it, here's my link...

http://gypsydreamerquilts.blogspot.com/2013/02/wip-wednesday-fast-furious-finish.html

I love the projects being shared! What fun to see a smaller project to try out new techniques. I agree, making a whole quilt with a new technique, especially paper piecing and hand quilting which I've never done, seems overwhelming!

marcella said...

You have some beautiful projects going on! Good luck with your finish it up goals this year.

Next stop - your blog to see about that adorable stitch along project.

Marsha Cooper said...

Your first squares look too daunting for me to try. I am doing the sampler at our quilt shop and finding it frustrating with new techniques on the different block each month.
I love the idea of your charm squares with the crocheted edges. I hadn't ever though of combining the 2, but now that is one clever idea!

Marsha Cooper said...

p.s. I have 2 boxes of pre-cut hexagons that were given to me. I dearly want to learn how to make them in to something.

Heidi Grohs said...

Love the pillow design!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mrs.Pickles said...

Lovely work!

Beth said...

That stitch along sounds great Jenelle!

Cille said...

The pillow is a great idea. I've often wanted to take on more stitching techniques but a big project seems very daunting and it holds me back.

lisagillies said...

Oh I sooooooo love your swoon blocks :)

sewfrench.com said...

I can't get the Add Your Link button to work. It just sits there and acts dead. Did something happen or is it just me?
loritfrench@comcast.net

I love the idea of small bites of new techniques. That might be the only waY I could finish a needle turn project!

Rachel said...

Linky no worky for me either.. :(

Irelle said...

I did a special WIP post just to link to your blog and I can't get the linky to work. I've rebooted and tried every trick I know. Too bad. :(

Lee said...

Sorry, Irelle! I just tweeted at Inlinkz to see if they can do anything. I'll keep everyone posted. In the meantime, feel free to post your link in the comments.

Heather S. said...

Mine won't work either. I posted at http://bobbinsandbullets.blogspot.com/2013/02/wip-wednesday-february-6-2013.html

Brenda said...

Would love to sew along with you! The pillow looks great! And I have charms to make the granny charms waiting for me to start. I love the idea of some completely crocheted Granny squares intermingled with them! Hope you show us if that is what you do! Going over to visit your blog, I am intrigued! Do not think I have visited before.

Cathy said...

Your swoon blocks are so great!

Jenelle said...

Thanks Kelli! I think I might have pulled it off ok. :)

Jenelle said...

Thanks Kristy!

Jenelle said...

We're on the same page it seems! Good luck with yours. :)

Jenelle said...

Thanks Kenna!

Jenelle said...

Thanks Debbie! :) Yay Seattle! ;)

Jenelle said...

Thanks! :)

Jenelle said...

Thanks Mary!

Jenelle said...

I know! The lady that put together the tutorial is a crochet genius. :)

Jenelle said...

It's been a fun project too as it's so versatile. :)

Jenelle said...

Thanks Lucy!

Jenelle said...

Thanks! I'll tell Cleo you said so (she's snuggled in her kitty bed right now). :)

Jenelle said...

I'm really liking this in Hope Valley too. Any of Denyse's fabrics would be fantastic actually. :)

Jenelle said...

Crochet is pretty easy to learn (easier than knitting I think). You totally should!

Jenelle said...

No worries! Give it a shot now. I think Lee might have found a solution. :)

Jenelle said...

Absolutely! :)

Jenelle said...

Thanks Pat! I'm glad the linky worked for you. :) How did you know that's Cleo's favorite thing? Sometimes she even wants her ears rubbed. Only cat I've ever met like that!

Jenelle said...

You should! :) It's been a really relaxing project to work on.

Jenelle said...

Thanks Marcella!

Jenelle said...

The first four blocks aren't too difficult to piece except that they require lots of precision to get all the points matched. It's a good project to work on if your wanting to get your scant 1/4 seam down pat. :)

Hexies are so much fun and I'm sure we can help you figure out what to do with them! I am always working on different EEP projects (including the stitch-along), so if you're interested in seeing more ideas, feel free to stop by my blog. :)

Jenelle said...

Thanks Heidi!

Jenelle said...

Thanks!

Jenelle said...

Thanks Beth! I think it'll be a good time. :)

Jenelle said...

I'm glad to hear that you like the idea! I think the hardest part about learning hand-stitching techniques for lots of folks is how time consuming it is to finish a project. Bite-sized is good! :)

Jenelle said...

Thanks!

Jenelle said...

You might want to give the linky another try. I think Lee found a solution. :) Come check out the stitch-along if you're interested! I promise the needle-turn will be totally manageable. No epic projects here! :)

Jenelle said...

I found a granny square pattern that perfectly mirrors the flowers in the fabric line i'm using, so I think granny squares are a must now. :) I will definitely post more on this project!

Jenelle said...

Thanks Cathy!

Nancy said...

Thank you for hosting, Jenelle. I love your swoon blocks!

Gina said...

Thanks for hosting. You have beautiful WiP's! I love your swoon blocks and the throw you are making with crochet and fabric is amazing!!

Rachel said...

The linky does not work for me either. The page errors out before the linky loads.

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