Wednesday, October 9, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Slow to the Finish

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Have you ever had one of those projects that seems to take 12 times longer than it should have? One of those projects that just seems to defy all efforts to complete it? A WIP that stays WIPpy forever?

Cartwheels quilt in progress
My latest Cartwheels quilt is all of that and more. I originally thought I would have this quilt done more than two weeks ago. Then I thought of course it would be done by the end of last week. And yet, here it sits, still on happily sprawled out on my sewing table, taunting me with its unfinished state.

Sparkler quilt - off to Houston
But things just keep getting in the way of my finishing that quilt. For example, I had a bit of an issue with my Sparkler quilt—I was somehow unaware until a few days ago that Sparkler had been accepted into this year's Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at Quilt Festival in Houston. Therefore, I did not in fact ship Sparkler to Houston like I was supposed to more than a month ago, and I was very confused when I got an email on Friday from the nice ladies at Quilts, Inc., asking where the heck it was. LOL. So, I don't know if there's any such thing as a quilt hanging sleeve emergency, but if there is, I had one this weekend, with all the hand-stitching that is likely to accompany such a thing.

Of course, I'm not complaining—I'm so excited that Sparkler will be hanging in Houston! (If you're planning to attend, stop by and check it out, if for no other reason than that the amazingly talented Jenny Pedigo quilted it like a boss.) But it meant that Cartwheels had to sit and wait while I stitched. And wait. And wait some more.

Cartwheels quilt in progress
Mark my words: This quilt will be done today. To. Day. I got my eye on you, Cartwheels.

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 the WIP Wednesday button for your sidebar.)
3. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!


34 comments:

Frances said...

Oh my - that Quilt Inc Email, must have been a shock. I hope it all gets sorted. Great quilting.

dutchcomfort said...

So exciting to have your Sparkler quilt exhibited in Houston!

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

Looking forward to seeing Cartwheels finished - it's looking gorgeous so far! Good luck! ;)

Gina said...

How fun to have a quilt hanging at Market!! hope you finish like you want to and nothing else keeps your WIP a WIP forever!!

Laura said...

That looks great Lee! It's amazing what a difference the quilting makes. Really gives some movement to the quilt. :)

Juliet @ Tartankiwi said...

Hang in there! Not long now until its finished. It looks beautiful by the way.

Molli Sparkles said...

Um, hello! My Bloom Bloom Pow is still not finished! So I feel your pain, sometimes things just don't come together. That Waterfront Park though is looking fabo for this Cartwheels version.

Liz said...

Wowser that quilting is awesome. I find that some quilts just need a right royal talking to before they'll get it together. You tell it what for and I bet it'll be done in no time :-)

Lorna McMahon said...

That straight line quilting... It looks sew great when it's done. But it takes forever to get it that way. Hope you can get both of those projects taken care of today. They are both very lovely, Lee.

MsMidge said...

It looks like it will be worth the wait!!! Congrats on the Sparkler news!

Gemma@prettybobbins said...

Congratulations on having your quilt shown!

quiltswithpersonality said...

Congratulations Lee on your Sparkler Quilt shown at Houston fabulous news ...it looks beautiful. Your Cartwheels is looking great ! Thank you for hosting the linky party.

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

Congrats on having Sparkler shown :)

Joanie's Trendy Quilts said...

I have enjoyed seeing the progression of your wonderful Cartwheels quilt! Congrats that your Sparkler quilt being shown in Houston. I would have to say putting Cartwheels on hold to finish Sparkler was worthwhile the wait! Thanks again for hosting your linky party!!

Kristan said...

Congrats in Sparkler! What a fiasco, albiet a wonderful one. I will definitely be sure to go visit it at the festival!

Lindsey Weight said...

Love your cartwheels quilt! Hopefully your quilt will arrive on time! Thanks again for hosting! :)

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

The cartwheels looks awesome, enjoy finishing it! Congratulations on your quilt being on show :)

LynCC said...

Good luck on finishing cartwheels today. The lines look so straight and perfectly even, but it doesn't look like you've marked the quilt? How are you doing that? Super intrigued!

Kelly Young said...

Cartwheels and Sparkler are both gorgeous, and that is so exciting the Sparkler will hang in Houston!

:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

Jayne said...

Another great link up! One of these days I will actually learn how to link it to my blog..for now its Flickr!

ChristaQuilts said...

Congrats on having your Sparkler quilt in that show. It's still one of my favorites ;-) Darn pesky had sewing hanging sleeves! I wish there was a better way to do that part quickly, LOL!

Anne said...

A big congrats on getting Sparkler into the Houston show. I look forward to seeing it in person. It's also nice to know I'm not the only one with a quilt that becomes "WIPpy forever." I so relate.

ipatchandquilt said...

Those cartwheels are gorgeous and the quilting is perfect for it!
Esther
esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com

Katy Cameron said...

Next week has to be calmer than that lol

deborah said...

Congrats on getting Sparkler shown in Houston! Cartwheels looks great so far... good luck finishing today :)

Michele said...

Love those Cartwheels :-)

hydeeannsews said...

Well, I'm glad we get to keep looking at it's awesomeness until it is finished!

Tina Craig said...

Congratulations on Sparkler, emergency sleeve sewing and all!

Rosa said...

Go you can.Sure you will finish it!

Dorian said...

How awesome Lee!! I bet you are so excited over having your quilt in Houston. Congrats.

QuarterMileQuilts said...

So in love with your Cartwheels!

Izzy said...

Love the Cartwheels and congrats on Sparkler visiting Houston. How exciting! :-)

Penni Domikis said...

I have days when I am not as productive on what I want either... but when you have to get things to market... that's the way it is.

Live a Colorful Life said...

Beautiful quilt. Cartwheels will be worth waiting for--can hardly wait to see it after its completion.

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