Wednesday, January 29, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Right On Time

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
It's Wednesday. And I actually know that it's Wednesday. Let's do this thing.

Did I mention I'm making another Crazytown quilt? Well, kind of sort of. I'm getting a pattern ready, and it's going to have two design variations for you all. So I'm being a good little designer and making both versions.

I don't make a lot of all-one-fabric-line quilts these days, but I'll always make an exception for Denyse Schmidt's collections. For some reason I just can't break up her lines. The prints are so yummy together—introducing fabric from other designers or other collections never seems to improve them.

I tried adding other prints to this quilt, I really did. But Florence is just so darn awesome all on its own. So this quilt will be Florence and only Florence. Because Florence is the bomb. It reminds me of my grandpa's old ties or something.

This week's WIP Wednesday is sponsored by Pink Chalk. One of the things I really love about Pink Chalk is that they're always available to give you color and fabric matching advice by phone or email. And their "What Goes With What?" series might be one of the most useful features I've seen on a store blog. They list coordinating solids for popular new fabric lines, complete with real-life pictures of the bolts of fabric stacked up with their matching solids. Somehow it just makes it feel like you're in a brick-and-mortar fabric store.

Pink Chalk is kindly offering a $25 gift certificate for one lucky WIP winner! Same deal as last week: Link up for a chance to win, comment on this post for a chance to win, or do both for two chances. I'll draw a winner on Friday. Last week's winner of the $25 gift certificate to Intrepid Thread was Cindi at Falling Into Quilts. Congrats, Cindi! : )

So what are you working on this week? Here are the linky rules:
1. Link up any post from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. Somewhere in your post, you must link back here to my blog.
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!


114 comments:

  1. I really like these blocks! Great pattern/fabric choice.

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  2. Some of the Florence range was my first ever DS purchase - looking forward to her new range coming out too. Love the centre stars on those blocks - they really stand out:)

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  3. Your blog is so inspiring! Those blocks are beautiful!

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  4. Ooo I love the blocks you're making :)

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  5. Must try some of the patterns from Vintage Revival - your modern designs out of the traditional are so spunky! Love them!

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  6. Your blocks are SO pretty. Love that fabric!

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  7. What an interesting block! And great fabric choices too!

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  8. Loving the blocks with Florence! Such a great fabric line!

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  9. Those are really great blocks. Happy Wednesday!

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  10. love your blocks and fabric choice

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  11. I love the block. Wow! I like the pops of color, too.

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  12. beautiful blocks! They will make a stunning quilt!

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  13. I agree with you about Denyse Schmidt fabrics. I just love them. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. I love what you are working on, it is gorgeous, cant wait to see the whole pattern!

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  15. It's beautiful. I especially love the fabrics.

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  16. Thanks for the chance to win! So excited! I'm not a huge Florence fan, but I love the color combinations you have going on!

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  17. Your blocks look beautiful! I'm not usually an all-one-line fan, but these look great together. They're interesting, colorful, and coordinate without being matchy-matchy. Look forward to your pattern!

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  18. Lovin' your blocks, Lee, and your line about Grandpa's old ties. Your Grandpa was stylin'!
    Congrats to Cindi, on last week's draw. And thanks so much for the chance to win.

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  19. HI Lee,
    Thanks for the chance to win fabric again. I like your star pattern as well, may have to try it out sometime.

    ruth@rogers.com

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  20. Beautiful quilt blocks! Can't wait to see the finished quilt.
    Thanks for another chance to win this week :)

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  21. Thats going to be a great looking quilt! Well, two great looking quilts. What neat blocks.

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  22. love the blocks you are making :-)

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  23. LOVE Pink Chalk Fabrics! Thanks for the second chance to win and for getting sponsors!

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  24. oh I do like pink chalk fabrics! Your blocks are very cute with all Florence fabrics.

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  25. Those fabrics do look fabulous together! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  26. Hey Lee! I bought a jelly roll from Denyse herself. I can't wait to start on that project. Your quilt is looking great so far. Check out my WIP link for update on my quilt from your Bow Tie Required pattern :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  27. Your blocks are sew pretty. The colors you used are so bright. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  28. Your Crazytown blocks are really beautiful! I don't have any of the Florence fabrics -- but might need to get some soon!

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  29. Thanks for showing off these extraordinary blocks to us!!

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  30. I love Florence as well. I have some of it stashed waiting for just the right project!

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  31. Lol, congratulations on getting the day right this week ;)

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  32. Love your blocks! I feel the same way about DS prints. Love them all. Thanks for the link up!

    sew4given AT aol DOT com

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  33. Thanks for the giveaway! What goes with what sounds awesome...checking it out immediately:)

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  34. What beautiful blocks, Lee! I can't wait to see the finished quilt top, it's going to be a stunner for sure! and thank you so much for the giveaway, I love PinkChalk!

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  35. Yes! It is Wednesday! Nice catch. hahaha! I like your blocks for sure. I have too many projects in the works, so I can't add. I guess I'll just live through yours.

    Thanks for the link up and giveaway.

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  36. I'm a huge Florence fan too...except I just keep staring at my bundle on my shelf :)

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  37. I really love the modern blocks and quilts you make. When I get to sewing I can never replicate the look when I'm finished. The colors are so nice together, too. Happy sewing!

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  38. Love the colors in your blocks. Can't wait to see what it looks like when it grows up! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  39. I don't blog, but there's always something in process. Right now I'm working on small spool blocks to make into a pouch for quilting tools: scissors, rotary cutter, and 10" ruler.

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  40. I really love this quilt pattern though I've never paper pieced & probably never will. I'm into so many crafts that I try to keep them all pretty simple. In other words, if I can rock it with a jelly roll or some HSTs that's the route I'm gonna go. But this pattern is awesome nonetheless. Maybe one day.... ;)

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  41. Your blocks certainly look wonderful! I "broke up" (expanded?) a "flying swallows" block a long time ago, to great effect! Love it

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  42. LOVE this pattern!

    honeybeequiltco@live.com

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  43. I'm not sure how to link up so I will just post a comment. Very nice blocks. Love this pattern
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Shawn

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  44. Ooh, great giveaway! I hope I actually have something to link up today- it has been too, too long! :) thanks!

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  45. Ooh, those blocks are looking great, Lee! Thanks for hosting and for the giveaway!

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  46. Your blocks are looking great and lay so nice and flat. Thank you for hosting and for the chance in the giveaway.

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  47. Love those blocks! And thanks for the chance to do some fabric shopping.

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  48. Cabin Fever! Lots of sewing going on here in Madison!

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  49. Oh, I love your crazytown blocks! Thanks for hosting WIP Wednesday, I always get lots of motivation looking at all these fun quilting being made!

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  50. I had just come to the personal realization that I actually do like DS more than I thought I did because although I don't use her lines as a whole, I do tend to pull one or two in on almost every quilt I make lately! totally the opposite of what you said. lol. however, I do like what you have going here with Florence. maybe I need to try using her lines with a lot of white/neutral space as you've done. grandpa's ties look wonderful this way. =)

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  51. Your blocks are so cute and those fabrics together are lovely! I too love that feature about Pink Chalk fabrics. It makes it SO much easier to buy online. Thanks for the linkup and the giveaway!

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  52. Love Florence, too, but, in my book, Denyse can do NO wrong when it comes to fabric design!

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  53. I can't wait to see the finished pattern!

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  54. Wow! Such fun fabrics!
    Can't wait to see the finish!

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  55. The Florence fabrics do work wonderfully on their own...

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  56. I absolutely LOVE Florence, and have some of that too! those blocks are awesome!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  57. Cool blocks and great colors.

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  58. Those blocks are awesome! and so is that fabric! Ugh, I gotta stop looking at fabric on posts. . . it always means a trip to the online store :) hehe

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  59. Lee - most days, I feel like you did last week. Not sure what day it is or which way is up or down :) It's called being a mom!! Cute blocks, thanks for the chance to win!

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  60. Can't wait to see how this Crazytown turns out. The original was stunning. Thanks for the ggiveawau.

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  61. aawww I'm kind of sad. I missed that you had put in the linky, just late. I checked and checked and then ended up visiting more of the blogs from the previous week to get "my fix" LOL
    I see tons that I must click over to this week.
    Thanks for hosting!

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  62. Gorgeous blocks and i agree the Florence looks amazing and rather like my grandfather's ties too!

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  63. Very interesting blocks you are making, can't wait to see the finish! Pink Chalk give away-awesome!!

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  64. I really love that quilt! And Florence is a fantastic fabric....one day I too shall use mine!

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  65. Love those blocks! The colors are gorgeous.

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  66. These are the same blocks we used for one of the Scrap Squad quilts early 2013. I called it my PITA quilt until I put narrow sashing between all the blocks. I hope your pattern doesn't have these blocks all coming together in the corners as there is so much bulk it is hard to match the points. I hope you have an different idea. Good luck with assembly.

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    1. Hi Becky - I'm not sure how the units were put together for your Scrap Squad quilt, but I haven't had any trouble with the bulk. My units are paper-pieced, and the pieces go in order from left to right, which means that both seams are pressed in the same direction. That probably reduces some of the bulk at the points because one seam is going in toward the point, while the other seam is going out/away (this also allows for very easy seam matching). If your Scrap Squad quilt had both seams pressed in, toward the point, then I can see how that would be a disaster!

      Another option in my pattern will be to piece it using traditional templates instead of paper-piecing, which would allow for the seams to be pressed open. That would also really help reduce bulk.

      Thanks for the feedback!

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  67. I'm working on finishing some drunkards path blocks.

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  68. I am really loving your pattern! Did you already post a picture of the last quilt you did with that pattern? I remember seeing the top maybe...? Anyway, this one looks like it will be awesome!

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  69. So many great projects linked up so far! I have a MQG retreat this weekend so I'm looking forward to getting a few projects completed.

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  70. Florence. I love Florence- and all things DS! I'm actually just starting a project with it myself. Love your blocks!

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  71. Beautiful blocks! I love all of DS's fabrics too.

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  72. Those blocks you're working on are super cute! And thanks so much for taking the time to do this linky.

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  73. Thanks for the chance to win, Loving the look of your blocks, and can't wait to see your finished projects!

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  74. I love your blocks. They are gorgeous! Pink Chalk fabrics is one of my favorite places to shop. Their what goes with what posts have helped me out countless times.

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  75. Happy Wednesday :oD Love the blocks :o)

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  76. I am looking forward for your pattern :)

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  77. Denyse’s fabris are wonderful. I adore the way they are coming together. The quilt even reminds me of Daddy’s ties. I cannot get over how many participants you have this week for WIP. It is grand. Thanks for allowing us to be in the drawing, Happy Quilting. genie

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  78. That fabric is gorgeous and I love your comparison with your Grandpa's ties - perfect! Your quilt is looking perfect so far too.

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  79. Can't wait to see it done!
    gigiv13@gmail.com

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  80. I think I am starting to fall in love with crazytown. The more I see, the more I want to do.

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  81. The blocks look really pretty..I love Florence!

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  82. Love this layout as well Lee! And I agree, Florence is DA BOMB ;-) Still haven't decided what I'm going to make with my bundle.
    Amanda

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  83. I love those blocks; they are awesome!!! Thanks so much for hosting :)

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  84. Yay, crazytown pattern! :D I love the rainbow version you did, and I'm sure the finished DS version will be just as lovely. :)

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  85. I like the original Crazytown, so I'm looking forward to both the new versions and the pattern. Thanks!

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  86. Your blocks are beautiful and that fabric is so yummy!

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  87. I just finished a quilt top with Florence, too! Mine is just the Malachite color way but I like the oranges mixed in with the blue/greens.

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  88. Love the red/aqua combo - looks fab!

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  89. The size of the blocks show of the prints perfectly. Can't wait to see the new pattern!

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  90. I'm so excited for my first WIP Wednesday. Thank you for facilitating this fun community building weekly event.

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  91. Wow, what an amazing bunch of link ups... looks like everyone has got off to a very creative start to 2014.

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  92. That Crazytown pattern is great! Can't wait to see the Florence version all finished.

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  93. Your crazytown pattern is great, makes me think I should get on and use my collection of Florence!

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  94. I love how versatile the crazytown pattern is and love the new arrangement. So cool!

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  95. Your Crazytown pattern is so versatile and interesting.
    THX

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  96. I like the Crazytown pattern. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  97. I like the crazy town block. I am wondering what it would look like if the block was enlarged to about 36" square to make a baby quilt!
    Sorry, I don't have a blog to link for you.
    Thanks for the giveaway, I love the Pink Chalk store!

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  98. Oh, I can't wait for this pattern to be ready ~ I just love it! It would be great for a medallion quilt ~ I've got them on my mind lately ~ doing two. One with my guild (PMQG) and one with the Patchwork Society at Modern Domestic.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  99. Working on organizing my craft room right now!

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  100. I love the green fabric in the center. I might have to check out the line!

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  101. Ooh! Love these giveaways ;o) Sadly I've been trying to catch up on hours for work lately (#polarvortex=billablehourFAIL) but I'm hoping to be able to get some reacquainted with my sewing machine once Feb 1 rolls around :D

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  102. I have to agree, Florence is great all on it's own. I just got a fat quarter bundle of it and I'm pretty sure I start drooling every time I look at it. Your quilt is looks great!

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  103. Love the blOcks. I've been working on the bikini quilt along and the sewkitschy bom, but I may need to add this :)

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  104. I really like these blocks and the colors. I'm currently working on a star burst quilt for a charity project I started.

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  105. It's true. Florence is the bomb! Your blocks are beautiful!

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