Saturday, November 26, 2011

Potholder progress

The current state of my potholder 
(sorry for the bad photo, it's a dark and rainy night here in Vancouver)

After carefully (I thought!) going through all my works in progress in order to write my first WIP Wednesday post, I neglected to list the potholders, my most time-sensitive WIP! This is why I need a list!

Here in the Lower Mainland, we're lucky to have two modern quilt guilds, the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild and the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild. To build community between the two groups, we're having our first VMQG-FVMQG Swap this fall. We're making two potholders for our partners and the deadline to send them is November 30th. 

I've been going back and forth about my design for weeks but have finally settled on something I've been wanting to try for a long time - equilateral triangles. I've cut enough triangles for one potholder and now I just need to piece them together. I'm thinking I'll do them in strips but wondering if I need to press the seams after every triangle. Does anyone have any tips?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

WIP Wednesday

At the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild Sew-in on Sunday, I told Amy I was planning on joining in on WIP Wednesdays, so I thought I'd better live up to my word and write this post!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

My sewing space

I loved the idea of checking in on my works in progress, but I didn't have a list of them and I was starting to feel scattered. The other night, I sat down and broke down my projects into three categories: 
1) Works in progress
2) Planned projects that aren't started yet
3) Wish list for when I have oodles of free time (aka never)

Here are the details:

1) Works in Progress (8):
  •  Kona challenge bookshelf miniquilt (binding finished, just needs label)

  • Colour wheel quilt (rainbow wedges are cut)

  • Habitat challenge double diamonds baby quilt (quilt top is pieced)

  • Red and Aqua Bee square in square quilt (quilt blocks arrived in Spring 2011)
  • Little Folks voile patchwork quilt for me (fabric cut into squares)
  • Spring Garden Rainbow baby quilt (blocks made but I don't like them)
  • Strip-pieced picnic quilt (I've cut a few strips of old fabrics)
  • Paper-pieced hexagons (basted a couple dozen hexagons)

 2) Materials/pattern purchased, no work started (10):
  • Gift for someone who reads my blog
  • Ditto
  • Ditto
  • Ditto
  • Gift for VMQG holiday exchange (December 15, 2011)

  • Busytown pillowcase for Sophia (Christmas 2011)
  • Log cabin pincushion from kit I won at November VMQG meeting
  • Ladybug costume for Sophia from fleece
  • Gift bag for Grandma Lou using Xmas fabric she gave me 

 3) Ideas/Wish List (8):
  • Wonky stars quilt in blue and orange for the preschool (either for house corner or silent auction or both)
  • Label for Sock Monkey quilt given to me by VMQG members in December 2010
  • Label for Eleanor’s baby quilt
  • Stockings for our family for Christmas 2013
  • Christmas tree skirt
  • Bunting flag banner
  • Swoon quilt
  • Valentine’s heart flannel pillow for Sophia

That's a total of 26 projects I'm either working on or would like to do. That's a pretty full list! And don't get me started on my Pinterest tutorials board full of projects I'd love to make sometime. Well, at least I've started keeping track. Admitting you have a problem is the first step to solving it, right?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Habitat challenge progress

The big reveal for the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild's Habitat challenge happens tomorrow night at our guild meeting. This is where I'm at right now. 144 HSTs, all trimmed to four inches. Will it become a quilt top by tomorrow night? Attend our meeting* and find out!

*our meeting location has changed and our temporary spot for tomorrow night is at a private residence - spread the word and email for more info!

p.s. if you need more incentive to come to the meeting, check out what arrived in my mailbox today to add to the door prize stash:
Yes! Lark Books kindly sent our guild a copy of Pretty in Patchwork: Doll Quilts by Cathy Gaubert for one lucky member. Will it be you? Here are a few peeks into this lovely little book:
Diamond Lattice

Cupcake Quilt

Mod Log Cabin


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