Wednesday, April 3, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Guest Hosted by Natalie from Greenleaf Goods

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced 

Hi everyone! I’m Natalie from Greenleaf Goods, and I am so excited to be guest hosting WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced today! Lee’s blog was one of the first that I started reading regularly, and I loved the idea of a weekly check-in to keep all of my projects in order. It’s amazing to see how it has grown, and I have “met” some of my favorite bloggers (and now friends!) through the WIP Wednesday link-up.

I’m sorely in need of a project check-in, as I have some WIP’s that have been languishing for quite a while! It’s very motivating to make a concrete list of ALL projects in progress, it helps keep me motivated to see things through to completion. Plus, I’m often surprised at how many things I have going on at once! Here’s my current rundown:

hand quilting my single girl

1. Single Girl Quilt I started my single girl quilt 2 years ago! This is definitely my longest-term project to date, but also one of my most special quilts.

single girl WIP

After finishing the quilt top up this past summer, I decided to hand quilt the entire queen sized thing. Crazy? Maybe! But I really love the process, and I’m close to being done! Hoping to finish this one in the next month or so!

fabric bundle from purl
 
2. Next up: A new project I recently began that is inspired by a vintage quilt top I saw on pinterest. I’ve been hoarding a gorgeous bundle of fabric from Purl that I received as a wedding gift 2 years ago, and it has finally found its calling. I pulled out a ridiculously large stack of fabric to accompany the bundle (some of which are pictured below), and I’ve been working on freezer-paper templates for the piecing.

fabric for vintage inspired quilt
Lately I’ve been feeling very inspired by vintage quilt tops—perhaps a good sign that I’ll love Lee’s new book!

voile patchwork quilt top
 3. Little Folks Quilt Top: In the dead of winter I whipped up this bright voile quilt top. I’m thinking this will be my next hand-quilting venture, once I finish the single girl. I love the softness of hand quilted quilts, and stitching through voile is like stitching a cloud!

pow-wow quilt on the design wall
4. Pow-Wow Quilt: I began my pow-wow quilt last spring, but put it on the back burner when we moved in the fall. These bright colors would be perfect for a spring finish!

Stars!
5. Holiday Quilts: This past year I also decided it would be fun to have some special occasion quilts, both of which need finishing! My 4th of July-inspired quilt is basted and ready to quilt.

Spiderweb Quilt..
My Halloween quilt needs quite a few more spiderweb blocks to be complete.

chicopee hoops
6. Last up: I’m sprucing up the bathroom in our house with some Chicopee patchwork! I have to finish a few hoops, and I’m planning to embellish a white shower curtain with some patchwork squares. The Chicopee just looks so good with black and white vintage tile in our bathroom.

Phew! That’s quite a list! Now it’s time for you to share what you’re working on!

Here’s how it works:

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 the WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links. This is the best part! Check in on your sewing and blogging friends for an update on their projects, and find new friends to follow! Don’t forget to leave some encouragement for others, blog comments make everyone’s day better!

Happy Sewing!
Natalie


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46 comments:

  1. Some lovely WiP underway! The hand quilting on the Single Girl quilt looks fabulous!

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  2. You've got quite the WIP list! That hand quilting is gorgeous - I'm sure it will pair beautifully with the voile top, too ;)

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  3. Great projects! My Single Girl top is completed but still needs to be quilted!

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    1. Thanks so much! It definitely took me a while to get going on my Single Girl. Once I embraced that it was just a very long-term project it became more fun. Can't wait to see yours!

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  4. Your Single girl quilt is gorgeous - love all of the handstitching!

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  5. Wow! So many BEAUTIFUL projects! I am impressed, and also very happy to see other people having a lot of projects going on at once :)

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    1. Me too :) Lots of projects = lots of fun!

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  6. wow what awesome projects! And I admit I too am smitten with your Single Girl! Just beautiful!

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  7. WOW! You have some amazing projects on the go! I love the vintage quilt you pinned! I'd love to make one like that myself!

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    1. That would be awesome! If you decide to make a vintage-inspired quilt I'd love to see it!

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  8. Ok, that's fantastic quilting on your Single Girl quilt! I'd go on about your other stuff but I'm too distracted by it!

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  9. What a colourful energy filled post, thank you

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  10. You have some fabulous projects on the go!

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  11. Wow! All of your wips are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  12. You've got a lot going on! I admire the fact that you're hand quilting - it's something I have no desire to do, but I can so appreciate it!

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    1. It's funny, but I actually thought I hated hand quilting for the first few years I was sewing, and slowly I came around on the idea (and now I'm hooked)! What I learned is never say never!

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  13. Your single girl is gorgeous! The hand quilting looks great, I hope you finish it soon! The fabric for your vintage top is delicious! What a fun quilt and color palate.

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  14. All of that fabric just makes me drool! Want want want! ;-)
    Esther

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  15. love the quilt -are you crazy for hand quilting a queen - no you aren't - I hand quilt all the time - it is the most relaxing thing to do!!!

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  16. wow!! you have some beautiful projects on the go Natalie...very nice

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  17. Your quilts are gorgeous Natalie, thank you for sharing!

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  18. Love your projects Natalie! That hand quilting is beautiful!

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  19. Ooooh! The Pow Wow quilt! Love it!

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  20. What a gorgeous collection of WIPs! Your single girl is amazing...

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  21. Though I have seen the pattern before, this is the first I knew its name is "Single Girl." I am still chuckling. And it looks good. I also like the July 4 stars.

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  22. One great project right after another! Very inspiring.

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  23. Natalie, your projects are absolutely gorgeous! I'm so inspired!!

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  24. Again I've not posted for a few weeks, but I have been working.
    As always, I love all of your work!
    I am wanting to do a spiderweb quilt and have my materials set aside for it, but haven't started it yet. Forgot to put that in my wanting to start list today.

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  25. I love your 4th of July inspired quilt, is the pattern a specific pattern?

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    1. Hi Stephanie! Nope, not a specific pattern, just a design I came up with that mixes 2 sizes of wonky stars. I have a photo on flickr (here: http://flic.kr/p/crtiz5) that shows my original sketch for the quilt.

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  26. Hi Natalie! All of your WIPs are looking great, I love all the colors you work with. I bet those Chicopee hoops will look fantastic in your bathroom when they're done! What a fun project

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  27. Wow! Love your Single Girl quilt. Worth every minute you spent on it. We all need something extra special.

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  28. I better see some of these quilts finished at some upcoming BMQG meetings! ::wink wink::

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    1. Absolutely! Just need to finish them... :)

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  29. Oh wow, what a gorgeous selection of WIPs! I want that voile one the most though, I love the feel of voile!

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    1. I know!! I would wrap myself up in voile every day if I could!

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  30. Such gorgeous projects, Natalie. The Single Girl quilt is amazing, especially with the hand quilting.

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  31. Your hand quilting is stunning, Natalie :)

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  32. The link isn't working for me...so here is my blog. http://kissedquilts.blogspot.com/2013/04/wip-april-goals.html

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  33. Love your quilts! I think you need to o a tut for the 4th of July quilt! Very awesome :)

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  34. I am proud to say I have followed Natalie for a long while now. Her quilt photography is also always stunning...especially when she goes 'on location'!!

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  35. I love all your projects, Natalie! Can I come and stitch with you?! Off to sign up to your blog.

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  36. I am in love with your single girl quilt, and especially the amazing handquilting! Another favorite is your 4th July quilt...I really adore it! You have been hoarding a lot of unfinished projects as most of us...I really feel frustrated about this, but maybe I should get over it!

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