Tuesday, February 12, 2013

WIP Wednesday: New and Improved!

WIPWednesday
Welcome to Wednesday! Before I get to my WIPs, a little housekeeping is in order: Now that we're topping 200(!) link-ups a week, it's getting unwieldy to show all of them within the post. So I've decided to start using the new "paging" linky widget by InLinkz, which arranges the link-ups in multiple pages. What this means for you:

1. Check out the linky's great new features. When you hover over any link, you'll see options allowing you to pin the link, tweet about it, or mark it as read. It makes it really easy to keep track of which links you've visited and your favorite WIP projects by others.

2. Throughout the week, I'll be tweeting about and/or pinning WIP Wednesday links that I find especially interesting and worthy of notice. In fact, I've set up a Pinterest board just for my favorite WIP Wednesday links. Follow me in both places to see what I'm loving this week!

3. At some point I hope to be able to run the links in reverse order, so that the most recent link will appear first instead of last. That seems more fair, because it would give every link a certain amount of time on the first page. That option isn't available yet, but I'll add it when I can. (Edited to add: InLinkz says this will be available in about a month - yay!)

I hope you like the new linky, but please comment or drop me a line if you have any feedback. Now let's talk WIPs! I did very little sewing this week—instead I was helping both kids with their Valentines and working with my older daughter on a Daisy Scout project and two assignments for her class's "100 Days of School" celebration.

Cutting for new pattern
But I did manage to cut into some fabric for my next pattern. I'm liking this palette, but I feel like it's missing something. I might take out the olive crosshatch fabric and replace it with more of a lime green. Any suggestions?

Rocky Road to Kansas block Made more Summer Sampler blocks with my ongoing Modern Sampler class. Most people in the class said this block (Rocky Road to Kansas) was their favorite so far. They thought the strip-piecing was fun and the paper-piecing was much easier for them than last week's.

Class print And I've been working on a new Spoonflower print featuring self-portraits of every child in my daughter's kindergarten class. The fabric will ultimately become a silent auction item—maybe a pair of pillowcases for a kid's bed, but I'm open to suggestions. What type of items made from this fabric would you want to buy? And don't say quilt, because I'm not going there, sorry. : )

Okay, so let's get linking! 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, 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?

Have a wonderful week!


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57 comments:

Gina said...

Pretty WIPs!! Looking forward to trying the new Linky. I think the kid's fabric (which is so cute!) would make a cute tote bag.

Francine said...

The kid fabric is adorable! I agree with Gina that a tote bag would be great. Also, maybe an iPad case or large zippered pouches. Maybe a big drawstring bag?

Janice said...

The fabric is adorable! Maybe some journal covers, or a library bag?

Debbie said...

I'm anxious to see how you like the new linky. And fun RE: the spoonflower class fabric! Pillowcases sound good, or a simple backpack.

Donna~~ said...

The kid fabric is cute! Doesn't Spoonflower have some type of base fabric that would make a good dishtowel? I'd want one if it had my kid's art on it!

Heidi Staples said...

What a darling idea for an auction! I think these would make great zipper pouches myself!

Kelli said...

Love the new link features. And that fabric is soo adorable.

Heidi Grohs said...

The spoonflower fabric? FUUUN! What about totes for books? You can add a few great books for the auction? Simple drawstring backpack? It would be a neat pencil bag or journal cover, but you might not get all the kids on there. I imagine you will come up with something wonderful! I like your color palettes! They are so bright and colorful, but warm and earthy at the same time!

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

Love the kidlet fabric - really cute! I like the library bag idea!

Liking the new linky too!

Austysmum said...

Love your fabric, would make a really cute little kindy tote, complete with lunch bag, or even some cute pencil rolls.

Janine said...

Lovely fabric! And I like the new linky :)

Nikadamaja said...

Lee, I am thinking maybe a little splash of orange?


MsMidge said...

Love your fabric selections! And I like the new linky!!

Diana said...

Like the fabric.I think i would like it for a bag with gymclothes or library books. But what about covers for a mobile phone or an ipad?

Nancy@OwensOlivia said...

I really like the Summer Sampler quilt. Yours will turn out lovely!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

I think lime rather than olive sounds like a good plan! I also agree with the others that have said a bag made from the fabric, it would be super cute and fun to use :)

Jenny Squawk Scheidt said...

Pillow cases, bags are all good. I'd love the idea of throw pillows. The kids are just so happy, I'd want to see them!

Maria from Cuddle Bug Kids said...

I think I would make a large tote (maybe waterproof lining so it could be a pool bag?) or a drawstring backpack. Love the kids fabric idea!!! I like the idea of inlinkz having easy settings to pin and record where you've visited! I do wish the tool didn't cover so much of the thumbnail though. Hope they will work on that.

Jeanette said...

Pillowcases are a great idea, maybe drawstring bags since kids love to carry their stuff around, lunch bag or a bunch of reusable snack bags...

Nutsy Coco said...

That fabric is so cute! I agree, some sort of bag seems like a good idea.

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

Lee, that Spoonflower fabric is so adorable!! I like the idea of making pillowcases with it. By the way, I had some issues linking up, it wouldn't let me choose a photo from the web, so I had to add it from my computer instead. Just an FYI.
Amanda

~ Val @ PinkPlease! ~ said...

Lee, that is the cutest fabric I've ever seen! What about aprons? Each Mom I am SURE would buy one!

Patti said...

Great Spoonflower fabric, and I think I would use it for a book bag! Just added my link without any issues! Off to check out everyone else's progress this week.

joanne said...

I really like the olive crosshatch in with that mix!!
That fabric is so cute! I think the idea of a drawstring bag is great! Brilliant for PE and swimming kits!!

Marla said...

I would use the spoonflower fabric for anything school related. Lunch bag, pencil case, book cover.

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

So cute- I'd say tote bag- maybe tote bag for the kids or yes to pillow cases. Cute!

Angela Bullard said...

At first I wasn't sure about the changes but I the little link to Pinterest worked really well :)

And I kind of like the olive green in the first picture. It goes well with the darker (mustard-y?) yellow. Can't wait to see what it turns into!

Lex said...

I second the tote bag, and pencil cases would be cute too

Megan said...

I think that cute children's fabric would be cute as little drawstring bags! Adorable!

Tiffany said...

I say go with lime green, instead of the olive. And the new linky is awesome!

sharpie said...

A photo album covered in that fabric would be very fun!!

Stephanie Granite said...

I think the fabric would be great to make something that the child could take to school with them. Maybe an art case? or a small backpack? Something where they'd be able to show off the print to the rest of the kids

kat129 said...

I like the idea of lime green being added in - I was also thinking about a fuschia? I am not good with color though so be weary of my suggestions... I like the new link up as well - it was daunting scrolling down through so many - it is easier to manage where you were with less on a page and more pages :-) Thanks so much Lee for hosting such a great gathering - I have met so many wonderful people through WIP Wednesday posts!

Sara said...

Gorgeous fabric!
I did want to tell you that I too had trouble linking up and couldn't pick a web image. Also it's more difficult to see the images for each link.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

iPad cases would be perfect too... our school is using them in one grade this year and expanding next year and I'm sure we aren't unique!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

What wonderful colors Lee!!

Natasha said...

What about placemats or a snack mat/mug rug from the fabric?

Sew In Stitches! said...

There is a pattern in Fabric By Fabric One Yard Wonders for a tuffet. I made my daughter one and she loves it!

Katy Cameron said...

Fun fabric :o) My gran has a couple of tea-towels of similar type ideas from her friends' grandkids, but that wouldn't be as practical with quilting cotton, maybe as edging for a set?

Steph Jacobson said...

I think a book bag would be a great item to make with the fabric.

Tina ~ Seaside Stitches said...

Oh my goodness, I love that fabric! I think pillowcases would be fantastic. I'm so happy that your daughter is a Daisy. My daughter earned the Gold Award last year. When Girl Scouting says they build girls of courage, confidence and character, they mean it! I hope your daughter enjoys her time in scouts as much as my daughter did.

Lisa C said...

The fabric is a wonderful idea. Placemats, a simple tote (like the kind for the library or grocery store, notebook cover (not electronic cover but a ledger type notebook or spiral), fabric basket, art apron?

FlourishingPalms said...

Sew up some easy drawstring bags. Kids will find lots of things to store in them. And I love this idea! You're so clever to think of it, and to go to the effort to design fabric. Someday I'll figure out how to do that too!

kelli said...

Placemats... I would also use the iron-on vinyl to protect them so that they last a little longer.

capitolaquilter said...

Book bag or laminated placemats seem like good choices.

Casey York said...

I love the new Link Party features! Thanks again for hosting this each week!

A.J. Dub. (Amy) said...

That fabric is very cute! One thing to think about with that fabric is direction with the print for a pillowcase. I hate it when my cute print is going sideways on my case instead of up and down.
I would probably make totes with it for library day.

That block looks really fun! My little facebook group of newbie quilters are trying paper piecing for the first time this month. It's only my second time. LOL!

UKMUMINUSA said...

For some reason I am unable to link up and add a photo!

Leila said...

That fabric is too cute! What a brilliant idea!
You could make a reversible apron - it only takes an hour.(http://www.modabakeshop.com/2012/06/reversible-childs-apron.html)
or just a softy type blanket (fabric on fleece/flannel wst, stitch around the edges, turn right side out, close hole and tie).
I would totally put in a bid!

Julie said...

My laptop is older, and I cannot get the new system to load. :>(
Juliana

Rachel said...

What cute Spoonflower fabric!

Tessa Marie said...

The new linky features are fabulous (as I type that, I hear it the way Jim Carrey would say it)!! So organized and easier to navigate through. And great idea for the Pinterest board! Thanks for your amazingness! The Spoonflower fabric is to die for - so clever!!

Becky said...

Very cute fabric! I was thinking a back pack, but with white as the background, maybe not... How about one of your book covers? A simple throw pillow? An apron? You need something very simple that showcases the actual print. Even a small wall hanging quilt that is super simple. Also, as an FYI, I had a bit of trouble getting the new linky to work on my new ipad mini.

Becky said...

Oh, but I like the new link up and great idea for oldest first, as us West Coasters are often late to the party LOL.

Samantha said...

The kid fabric would be great for a big, squooshy reading pillow... Lovely!!

Jen Boes said...

Love your bold fabric choices for the new quilt as they are - more of the medium rose/pinkish/blush/peach color maybe?

Great ideas for the fabric, I would love an apron.

Sarah Watson said...

Gllaaaaah! I would make a dress out of it! A woman's dress. How lovely! Amazing, amazing printwork you have done there.

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