Happy Happy Hump Day AND WiP Wednesday!
First, thanks for all the love last week for my first WiP Wednesday posting! I had so much fun exploring other WiP Wednesday posts and seeing so many gorgeous projects. This is something I could definitely get used to every week.
It was a busy weekend full of birthday celebrations for Mr QQ (one more year until the big 3-0!) but I did manage to make some good progress on several fronts!
Virtual Quilting Bee
Block 2 of Diary of a Quilter’s Virtual Quilting Bee was released on Friday and my first thought was “Oh how beautiful!” quickly followed by “Oh I hope there are tutorials for all of the Y-seams / paper piecing to get that star together!” Luckily, it turned out to be pretty simple and the tutorial was really straight forward (hallelujah). I love a complicated-looking block that whips up nice and easy. Makes me feel like I’ve been quilting for more than two blinks of an eye.
Sunday I pulled out my stash of fabric for the quilt and had some tough choices. I wanted to incorporate the greens in this block and decided to use a tone-on-tone for the background. I whipped up the first version of the block Monday night and while I like the block, I”m now wishing I had switched the green and grey locations. Hmmm…
My personal challenge with this block was to do two versions that would emphasize the pattern/fabrics differently. Last night I pulled together the fabrics for the second version of Block 2 to sew later this week. Looking forward to having it together for next week’s WiP! Check out the flickr group and instagram (#VirtualQuiltingBee) to see everyone’s progress!
Ace of Cakes Quilt
This is the quilt that started it all and stopped just as quickly once graduate school started. I saw a layer cake of Moda’s Garden Party by Blackbird Designs in a fabric store and
wanted needed to do something with it. Googling around the interwebs, I found the Ace of Cakes Quilt pattern and loved the use of flying geese as sashes with simple blocks that would show off the fabric. I started the quilt but never really got anywhere before graduate school took over my life.
Fast forward 3+ years and I dug out the storage bin with all the fabric/pattern.
Pros: All of the fabric (binding and backing included) had already been purchased ($$), pressed, and cut per pattern instructions! Whew – what a money and time saver. I remembered getting through part of the flying geese (there are 100+), but not all of it. The cream corner squares had all been stacked / aligned and had a diagonal drawn on each for the seam line.
Cons: Enter the uber-fear as I unpacked. “Oh no! I did this sewing before I ever knew what a scant 1/4″ was! What if I did the seams / trimming all wrong and have to scrap the whole thing?!?!” Wellll – it wasn’t thaaaat bad. I had managed to sew one corner onto each of the 100+ geese and then trimmed the fabric and pressed the seam. Turns out I pressed the seam to the colored fabric rather than the cream. The pattern clearly states to press towards the cream corner. Whoopsie!
Lesson learned: Read the pattern 4,000 times before proceeding with any and all steps! At least I didn’t hack off the wrong corner or anything…
So, as previously mentioned – I spent a heated NC State basketball game yelling at the TV while waving a hot hot iron (I wouldn’t recommend that) and RE-PRESSING all of those seams. Then I happily chain-pieced the other corner onto the 100+ geese and got those suckers trimmed. I’m only about 1/6 of the way through pressing that seam to complete the geese (see pic with pile of geese), but – hey – it’s progress. Right? Right! Up next – squaring up the geese so they can fly (or at least make nice even sashing on my quilt). I purchased a flying geese ruler – has anyone used one before? Like it, Love it, Hate it? Any tips/recs are welcome!
Baby Quilts / Projects
Whew – I promise I’m almost through. Typing all this out makes me feel really productive – but also I’m realizing it’s time away from the machine. Hmm…
Yesterday I purchased fabric (I know, again!) for my HST baby quilt. Design TBD – I’m sure that post will come soon. I ordered Moda’s Flannel Marmalade Charm Pack by Bonnie and Camille. I loved the marmalade collection at the recent quilt show I attended, but when I saw that it was also available in flannel I quickly decided to snatch some up for one of the FOUR baby blankets I have in the pipeline for friends. I also grabbed up a yard of ivory quilting flannel to pair with the Marmalade prints for HSTs.
I’ve also been snatching up adorable flannel remanents at the local craft store for some side projects (burp clothes, etc – see pic). Are these not just the cutest? Can’t wait to cut into them!
Linking up with Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.
And as we say here in the South, take care y’all!