Wednesday, December 11, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Lotsa Tops

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Hey, it's Wednesday again, isn't it? How did that happen?

You know, I always have a lot of WIPs going. What I don't usually have are a lot of finished—but unquilted—tops. When I finish a top, I feel like I'm in the homestretch—so there's no point in letting it sit once it gets to that point! I almost always manage to quilt them right away.

Which is why it's so odd that right now I have no less than four unquilted tops cluttering up my sewing room. Unacceptable! I might need to have a Christmas vacation quilt-a-thon to catch me up.

Anyway, here's one of two tops I finished this week—my version of Faith's Geometric Slide pattern from Vintage Quilt Revival. But instead of using the Double Z block, as Faith did in her pattern, I used one of Katie's blocks from a different project the book: the Geometric Star block. Geometric Slide + Geometric Star = Geometric Awesomeness. In fact, maybe that's what I'll call this one. And this demonstrates one of my favorite things about Vintage Quilt Revival: You can swap blocks within the project patterns, so there are an almost infinite number of ways to make these projects very much your own. Of course, now I just have to figure out how to quilt this puppy.

And here's another top that's finally finished after a whole year in the making. I had my friends in the Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild bee make star blocks for me, out of Monica Solorio-Snow's Winterkist line. I gave them all free reign to make whatever star block they wanted, and they really did it up, don't you think?

My girls are so excited about finally having a Christmas quilt! I guess that means this one should be first on my "To Quilt" list.

My other unquilted tops are Crazytown (shown above) and my Giant Vintage Star quilt made for me by the ladies of the Sew Beautiful bee. In fact, maybe I should set a goal to get them all quilted by January 1! Is that too ambitious?

So, what are you working on this week?
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!

BTW, thanks for all of your feedback last week on the order of the links. I think I'm going to stick with reverse order for now—so the most recent links will appear at the beginning of the list. This gives everybody a chance to be at the beginning of the list for at least a short time. But you never know when I might get the urge to switch things up again—I do like to keep you all on your toes!

49 comments:

  1. I am stunned by the amount of tops I have too. It just isn't like me. I am not going to let myself get away with it next year!!! But I still need to get through Countdown Christmas!!!!

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  2. I really like the Christmas Stars bee quilt - yes, do quilt it first!

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  3. That Geometric Awesomeness is officially now one of my all-time favourite quilts. Love, love, love the colours and design.

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  4. Wow, some gorgeous tops there! Love the stars one!

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  5. Loving Geometric Awesomeness! Can't wait to see how you quilt that one!

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  6. You can give These beauties to me and I quilt them (when I can Keep them haha)

    GOREGEOUS!!!

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  7. Are all the patterns in the book paper pieced then? i think the Geometric top is stunning!

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  8. Those are simply amazing!! I love all three!

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  9. That's my favourite Christmas quilt ever!

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  10. Lee you definitely have some beauties needing their quilting! I have a quilt that I just completed where the gals from the Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild created a variety of star blocks. So I really have an appreciation for your beautiful Star blocks made by your friends. The Geometric Slide is an amazing design and colorways! You have a lot of negative space to think of something that will wow! that quilt even further! Crazytown is so pretty and interesting to gaze upon! I will be looking forward to seeing how you quilt these beauties! Thanks again for hosting your weekly linky party.

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  11. I love the stars quilt for Christmas! I am really looking forward to see how you quilt all of these. Do you quilt on a domestic or longarm?

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  12. Such beautiful quilts ~ you do such lovely work ~ especially love Geometric Slide ~ just amazing! Can't wait to get my copy of the book!

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  13. The Geometric Awesomeness is AWESOME! I love it, it's perfect! :-) Unfortunately, I don't have any WIP to share this week. All I do is Christmas presents and that's a big secret!

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  14. Love your top quilt, such a pretty quilt with lots of "white" space! And I love the christmas stars, and the setting you have them in!

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  15. Is there a Crazytown pattern? I looked in the contents for VQR and didn't see it. It is STUNNING!!!!

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  16. Lee, I just love your use of color! You are truly an artist!
    www.sewcraftychick.blogspot.com

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  17. Amazing tops, but Crazytown is completely stunning!!! What a perfect rainbow showcase!

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  18. Such gloriously colorful quilt tops!!! How can you ever stop sewing when those are so close to the "finish line"?!!

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  19. Oh the Christmas star quilt is AMAZING! Love love love. I know I'm an anomaly (in many ways other than quilting!), but so far (six months into quilting) I've finished each quilt before starting another. I do some other little projects (coasters, purses, quick gifts) along and during a quilt, but never another quilt til I finish one. Of course, like I said, I'm still new ... having just finished my 5th quilt.

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  20. You are right - that first top is definitely geometric awesomeness!!

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  21. ok, that crazy town quilt top is awesome! I a totally in love with it, its like an exploding star! <3

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  22. They are all awesome, Lee! Fantastic!

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  23. All three of your projects are stunning! I wouldn't know which one to quilt first... lucky you!

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  24. I love all of them, but the Christmas stars stands out the most.
    I've yet to make a Christmas quilt. I should think about doing so.
    I've made a couple of Christmas table runners.

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  25. Oh how I wish I could claim to be like you with no unquilted tops. I have a box full. Can't wait to see your book btw. I've loved the projects you've shared so far on the blog.

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  26. I so admire your ability to immediately quilt finished tops- that is my achilles heel!

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  27. Love all your queued up tops, hope you get time to get to them eventually!

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  28. Beautiful tops! The first/top one in the post is my favorite.

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  29. Just awesome.love all.Spectacular!!

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  30. I am loving your Christmas quilt! Happy colors.

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  31. PLEASE tell me where I can get the Crazytown pattern. I see others have asked too. Have searched and can't find anywhere. PLEASE

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    1. Hi Linda - there is no pattern, it's my own design. I'm considering making a pattern for this one, but it's somewhat of a challenging quilt, so I'm not sure whether I will or not. Thank you for your interest! : )

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  32. That Christmas quilt is fantastic!!

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  33. What a lovely line up! You do have your quilting work cut out for you. I agree, a quilt-a-thon is in order! Have to admit that the Christmas quilt is sew happy looking!

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  34. That Crazytown quilt is SO GOOD. I can't wait to see that one quilted in particular. :D

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  35. I think it's cute that you think 4 tops is too many to have sitting around un-quilted! ;)

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  36. Wow, it's amazing how a variation on a pattern can make so much difference. I love it! I've got to learn to think outside the box. All you quilt tops look great :)

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  37. first of all, great wips, as usual!

    secondly, my (your) book arrived yesterday! I'm loving it so far. such cool concepts. it's so completely versatile and informative. and inspiring! I look forward to snuggling in with it over the weekend and studying it more closely. your "slide" quilt above is fantastic - the staggered blocks was just one concept from the book that I really like. you three hit a homerun here!

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  38. All of your tops look like geometric awesomeness to me! I don't even know which one I love the most.

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  39. Gorgeous tops! Good luck with getting them quilted :)

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  40. Your tops are great! My unquilted tops are piling up too! I have three charity quilts and three other quilts waiting. Yikes!

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  41. These are all just beautiful. I really REALLY love your Christmas quilt.

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  42. Wow, some gorgeous tops there! Love the stars one!

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  43. Gorgeous tops there. Good share before Xmas.

    http://www.majorbrands.in/brand/cl_2-c_4033-p_4020/women/apparel/tops.html

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