Wednesday, June 4, 2014

WIP Wednesday: With Guest Host Lucy from Charm About You

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced 
Happy June everyone! I am Lucy and I blog at Charm About You. Mum of three, crazy in love with my husband and total fabric addict from Manchester, UK.

To be honest I have so many WIPs and not enough time to take pictures of them so I'm going to show you the things I'm currently loving working on...

My Rose Star quilt has been in progress since December 2011 and I'm finally working on the borders. The instigator of my English Paper Piecing love and the rose star block tutorial is by Clare at Selfsewn.

It's one of those ongoing projects that gets picked up and put down between other things I'm working on, but since I received these gorgeous fabrics in a low volume swap, organised by my awesome friend Rebecca, I am motivated to finish the borders and get to work on hand quilting.

I started one of those 'just because' projects the other day—you will have seen snippets of this if you follow my blog or IG. After seeing Svetlana's adorable slippers I got a copy of Stitch Magazine (Summer 2011) because I found it on sale. If you want to make some you can get the brilliant pattern by Ayumi here. The soles are quilted and I'm working on quilting the top parts, then proper construction can begin:

I've also made progress on my le challenge project. Le Challenge is another blog I host with my talented friend Nat from Made in Home. Every month we set a theme and have a link party for finishes on the 15th of each month, with one random link winning a $25 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop. You can create something with any type of art or craft, and this month's theme is CHARITY. I am planning to do some free motion quilting on this quilt top and I hope I can get finished in time (FYI a finished quilt top will count as a finish in the link party, I'm just trying to push myself!).

When I saw the beautiful hexy quilted ottoman that Adrianne made last summer I had to make one. The pattern is by Penny at Stitch Playroom. Because I used this dotty curtain fabric I felt like the centre needed something else. I was going to save this to show when I'd finished the whole thing but I finished it, love it and here seems as good a place as any to show it off ;)

I used DMC soluble canvas to cross stitch this pattern based on the famous Robert Indiana design. It is a perfect choice as it will always make me smile and is a reminder of our honeymoon, part of which was in New York. I can't wait to finish this ottoman and put my feet up while I'm hand sewing!

Thank you to Lee for having me, and come and visit Charm About You to see these WIPs finished (eventually)!

Today's WIP Wednesday has been brought to you by Cotton Bliss. Cotton Bliss has a new customer loyalty program that offers 3% back on all purchases. Can't argue with that, right? And holiday pre-cuts are now in stock, with yardage coming soon—start planning your Christmas sewing! 

And Cotton Bliss owner Stefanie is offering WIP Wednesday readers 20% off anything in the store, now through June 15! Just use code "wipwed0614." So head straight over there to give Cotton Bliss some WIP Wednesday love.

And what are you working on this week? Here are the linky rules:
1. Link up any blog 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!

P.S. Great news for those of you on Instagram! You can now link up Instagram photos on WIP Wednesday! Just click the blue "Add your link" button below. In the dialogue box that comes up, under "Image source," click the Instagram icon at the bottom. InLinkz will ask your permission to access your IG account, and then you can choose one of your IG photos to link up. You still need to link to a URL, but you can always link to the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my feed's URL is http://www.instagram/freshlypieced). If you link up an IG photo, please tag my Instagram feed (@freshlypieced). Thank you! : )


  1. Your rose star quilt is STUNNING! I will have to check back to see your progress (no pressure!). Thank you for sharing your WIPs!

  2. Gosh, I love the rose star quilt, it is beautiful. The ottoman will be fab too. The stitching makes it extra special. I don't know where you find the time to get so much done.

  3. love the rose star quilt......must get cracking on my EPP project!

  4. English paper piecing is my favourite, slow and steady. I like hand sewing most of all - did you hand sew 'love' on the spotty fabric?

    1. Hi Jacky! Yes it was cross stitched by hand. I love all kinds of hand sewing!

  5. lucy - you are making slippers? I take my hat off!

  6. Fab projects Lucy - I made those slippers for my big sis a couple of years back.

  7. Wow Lucy all your projects are looking amazing but I especially love the ottoman! Can't wait to see more.

  8. They are all beautiful Lucy, your stamina on your EPP deserves a freakin medal! You must be feeling so excited that it's almost done :)........I actually want to steal all your LV scraps precious LOL

  9. Mr Google ate my comment!! I love your Rose Star and can hardly believe it has been that long since you started it! I think that low volume border with really make your stars sparkle!

  10. Lovely to see you here, Lucy. Your Rose Star is amazing :)

  11. Thanks for hosting and sharing, Lucy -- great inspiration!

  12. Great post by Lucy today! Those projects are all amazing. Every month I think about taking the Le Challenge - this was a great reminder !

  13. always love what you are making Lucy. Love the brightness of your Charity quilt, and the ottoman is brilliant!

  14. Gorgeous Hexy pillow, Lucy! Thanks for sharing all the great inspirational projects!

  15. Oh gosh, I can't wait to see that quilt finished.
    I'm only working with hexagons and didn't plan anything except to make flowers and a couple of table toppers, but the more I see quilts in the blogs I am so wanting to do more now and do it all by hand!
    Who cares if it take years.

  16. Love that epp quilt!
    Great news about the instagram photos!

  17. Your Rose Star quilt is beautiful Lucy. Maybe one day I'll have the patience to do something that involved.

  18. You've been mighty busy!!! Love all your projects, and the embroidery on your ottoman cover is awesome!!!

  19. Wow! You're keeping busy making beautiful projects, Lucy. Amazed at the EPP you do. It's drop dead gorgeous!

  20. Loving the slippers and the pouffee (sorry, can't go American with the name Lucy lol)

  21. Your Rose Star quilt is fabulous! Greetings from Paris!

  22. The EPP is fabulous! Your stool is so cool to, looking forward to seeing the finished article.

  23. Lucy, that cross stitch is just perfection. What a great idea!

  24. So nice to see some of your projects Lucy - your ottoman is going to be beautiful!

  25. Amazing - just amazing. Love it all! Thanks for sharing and motivating. :)

  26. I love the solids, and the LOVE cross stitching! Thanks for sharing and guest hosting.

  27. Oh how fun to see you here! Your WiPs are amazing Lucy and I love love love your Rose Star. Don't finish it otherwise we'll be deprived of seeing it.


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