Tuesday, June 26, 2012

WIP Wednesday

The Fabulous Felicity is hosting WIP Wednesday this week. Felicity is one of my favorite blogging buddies. Seriously--check out that fabulous mini quilt of my blog header there on the sidebar, done by none other than Felicity herself! I nearly fainted when I opened that package!

So what do I have this week? Nothing but a bevy of  projects in various stages, at least two of which need to be completely done by this time next week!

This will be winging its way to Minnesota next week. Nearly done. One of the few quilts I have done from start to finish all by myself. Which is kind of weird considering I have been quilting for nearly twenty years. All that remains is  hand sewing the binding to the back. I wish I were proficient at machine quilting. I'm not. I hope my friend understands and likes the quilt anyway...let's just call the straight-line quilting "organic." That should do it. I'm from California. Everything is organic out here...
This is still in the "I'm just a set of blocks..." phase. And yet, a week from today, it needs to be completely ready for the big Project Gingham reveal. 
This was sent off for the QuiltCon block challenge. I wonder if I will get disqualified because I do not belong to a Modern Quilt Guild.

This is a block for Tiffany in the Stash Trad bee. I love it so much that I had a hard time putting it in the mail. If you are in a bee with me and ask for an "explosion of color," this is what you might get.Actually, I have the swirly fabric in a lot of colors, and now that I've made this block, I'm envisioning a whole quilt with a different color swirly fabric in the center of each block, surrounded by Kaffe fabric...but trying not to get distracted (oh, look! something shiny....let me drop what I'm doing to go check it out...) because there are so many other things on my list to do.
And if someone could explain to me why I jumped on the chance to co-host the Fusion Blanket Crochet-Along...(there is a giveaway going on here, here and here)
...only to discover I completely forgot how to crochet!!
So I will leave you with a completed project. It took three different sessions to complete this pillow--fabric choices, the benefits of a design wall, explaining how a sewing machine works (even a 4-year-old boy is fascinated with the needle up-and-down and the automatic thread cutter!), then sewing in small segments to work with short attention spans (blocks in pairs, rows together, and finally the pillow top), but totally worth every.single.minute.
He sat on my lap for the sewing, and most of the time I guided his hands, until he was ready to try a little on his own with very close supervision.
The front
The back
The obligatory feet--he took this picture himself--how did he know that this is a requirement??


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tartankiwi said... #

Love love love that last photo! CLASSIC!

diegoagogo said... #

I don't belong to a Mod Guild either & live in fear of my limited computer skills being exposed!! LOL
I love seeing kids get involved in sewing, so very cute.
London, UK

kareninkenai said... #

Hi Cindy - what a fabulous blog - I am visiting from Kim and Xanthe's new class. You have it "all together" girl! Amazing. Love the beautiful first "bird" quilt and I love selvages, too - though I haven't done much with my machine in 20 years except recently to do a lacebook collaborative. I love your "quilt gathering story" and where you no doubt are right now in Minnesota. I was raised in LaCrosse, WI... but, have been in Alaska now for 40+ years. Thanks for posting comments with K/X. Gives me hope for my blog. kareninkenai

Archie The Wonder Dog said... #

I love everything in this post but the feet photo/caption made me chuckle and put a little lump in my throat - so cute! He's done so well - please pass on my compliments and congratulations!!!

Mary said... #

Hi Cindy! Love your gingham project! And good for the little guy sewing his own pillow. Well done!

Susan said... #

Oooh, the gingham is coming along nicely, I say! And that fabulous orange Kaffe block- sunshine!

Unknown said... #

Your patience is incredible. That kind of sewing is so time consuming and turned out beautifully.

Amanda Rose

Katy Cameron said... #

Good luck with the gingham! Loving that stash trad block too, I don't think I'd want to part with it either... Well done to the wee man, but looks like you wore him out ;o)

Terriaw said... #

Wow, look at all that sewing and quilting you've been doing! Love seeing all your projects. Your block for the Quiltcon challenge is gorgeous!

Mrs Flying Blind... said... #

That's how I feel after sewing - love it all x

Kati said... #

Love your Quilt Con block!! Love that little guy too! What fun sewing photos with him.

Needled Mom said... #

What great WIPs! The Quiltcon piece is gorgeous.

I've been considering the crochet quilt too, but my crochet skills are also rusty. It did look like fun though.

Aww....loved the last sewing AND zzzz-ing!

Katie B said... #

I love the little fella and his pillow! He looks very proud.

Your QuiltCon block is awesome!

Grandma G said... #

Hey, I'm from Minnesota! Do you think I might get a peek at that "organically" quilted quilt? I can assure you without a doubt that its recipient will LOVE it, especially 'because' it's made entirely by you! What a special gift!!

Levi and his pillow are just awesome! Way to go, Grandma, for the memories you've been creating with him!

FlourishingPalms said... #

Your Quiltcon block is awesome! They'll surely accept because of your good looks. Well, the block's good looks! Isn't it fun to sew with a grandie? He did a great job and looks so proud of himself. And rightly so! Very well done.

Carla said... #

I am sure your buddy will love it! I have some of that birdie fabric you used in there. So cute. Happy stitching

Carla said... #

I'm gonna chime in here, right next to the other Carla1 Your projects are all so fab...especially the gingham. That sewing school looks like bunches of fun...we've been making shorts at our school here in the country!

happy zombie said... #

OMfreakingG - your MQG Quilt Con block is AMAZING!!! I loved your little peek on IG, and now in full living color. Wow, wow, WOW!

felicity said... #

First and foremost - thanks for your lovely words about me as usual. :)

I laughed out loud at your forgetting how to crochet. OOPS!

Love the Stash Trad block, love the MQG QuiltCon block A LOT.

Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday, for being awesome you and for that last photo in this post that put a big smile to my face.

The Luedtke Family said... #

Um, maybe perhaps you jumped at the chance to co-host a fusion blanket along just so I could join! I really shouldn't as I have plenty beyond plenty of projects to attend to, let alone my children and home. But, how can I pass up a project along with my quilting aunt when I don't even quilt?

Nita said... #

LOVE that orange block! And how wonderful that your son is a sewer!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said... #

Great pieces!! My favorite is the one for Tiffany....so different. And of course....the zzzzzzzzzzz's

Books_Bound said... #

I hope your QuiltCon block isn't disqualified-- it's wonderful!

Angela Nash said... #

Your WIPS are great...but pale in comparison to that wonderful pillow :)

Mama Pea said... #

LOVE what you sent in for Quilt Conn. Wow!

Got my Llama fabric yesterday. Swoon!