Tuesday, June 7, 2011

{WiP} Wednesday #11

WIP Wednesday at Fresly Pieced

Sadly, I didn't chew down my {WiP} list as much as I would have liked. Such is the life of a crafter, though, right? I wouldn't know what to do if I didn't have a ton of stuff on my to-do list!

  1. Kelly's Bee Happy Bee blocks -- Kelly asked for one door block and one window block. I made the door first, modeled after the front door of our house in England. The big tree on the right was a gangly bay tree. I maybe picked two bay leaves the entire time we lived there. :)  I modeled the window block after a circular window of an old building where I used to work. The windows had SO much character. Well, the whole building (and the entire campus!) had so much character.   The other Bee Happy bees are making some INCREDIBLE doors and windows. These ladies are seriously super creative.
  2. Kelly's Bee Happy Blocks ~ Window and Door
  3. Mystery mod mosaic block -- done. Kicked my butt, but it's done. That design? Wow. I've seen it done, and never realized how intense it was to make! Now I understand why I haven't seen a zillion of them! :)  Wonky log cabin? Zillions. Easy. Mod mosaic? Few. Challenging. And, of course, since it's a mystery, I can't show you pictures. :) 

Recap of WiPs:
    Building Blocks of Hope for Alabama ~ Binding roll
  1. Craft Hope/Alabama quilt -- stll binding. I had a bit of a disagreement with my sewing machine, and so I'm hand binding this. I am a hand-binder, mind you. I don't really like to machine bind, but I don't have much time left. However, if I were serious about machine binding this, I would have to rip out the stitches where I attached the binding to the front of the quilt and start over from scratch. And that would take MORE time than binding by hand. So bind I do.
    Plus, I tried my hand at making a continuous bias binding? Never again. That was such a pain in the neck. Preparing the binding takes enough time as it is. One does not need to increase the time spent by following an agonizing and not-that-worthwhile process to get the binding strip(s) cut.
  2. Robert Kaufman Kona Solids Challenge - unfinished. I have my design (I chose RF3 since it's a little edgier and way more modern!) I have my background fabric (Kona Pacific, bought with a coupon at Fabric Bliss for $3.85/yd. Woot!), now I just need to do the math (EQ7 would be super handy right about now!), and start cutting. (it's due at our July meeting)
  3. RK Solids Challenge ~ RF on the design wall
  4. Camera Strap - unstarted, but I need to move this up on the must-do list! Seriously. I kinda need to finish this one this week. Gah!
  5. Jen's Purse - unstarted.
  6. Birdie Stitches - some unfinished, some unstarted. I'm going to a retreat in June, and I plan to take these along to work on there. I'll have lots of handwork time on my hands. :)
  7. Bottled Rainbows Quilt-along - unstarted.
  8. June do.Good Stitches bee - lollipop tree blocks. I need to move these up my list, too. I can't forget about them!
  9. Secretive Get Better quilt - unstarted, but I'll put everything aside when the time comes to make this.
  10. Secretive P-n-P quilt - unstarted, must buy the fabric and then figure out a pattern. (I actually love the pattern I used for my Alabama quilt, so I might just go with that again!)
New this week
  1. June Bee Happy bee -- Katie is having us make 2 "tree" blocks, one Christmas and one rainbow. Sounds cool! I should get the fabric in the mail this week.
  2. Fabric Hutch -- I found this hutch on CraigsList on Saturday, and spent the better part of the day (a) getting it into my SUV, (b) getting it out of my SUV, and (c) cleaning the film of ick off of it. I love the design, but not the wood finish. Or the handles. Or the permeating scent of cigar smoke.  I don't mind the smell of cigars, it reminds me of my great-grandpa, but I don't want my fabric smelling like Great-grandpa Williams! :)  So I will be sanding it down, temporarily removing the glass, repainting it black, and putting lots and lots of baking soda inside to try to draw out the smell in the wood. :)  
The Fabric Hutch ~ Before (Day 1)

I feel like there must be more on my list! Am I forgetting something? This just can't be everything on my craft list! I've got a couple of baby blankets in mind...maybe by next week I'll have a plan for those. :)

Anyway, go to Lee's blog and see what my fellow crafters are up to their necks in this week! :) Me? I've got about 290" to go until that baby is bound.


  1. Awwh I was working on my kona challenge too this week. Ours is due in 11 days. Nothing like putting it off to the last minute. I too was doing a whole bunch of math. :) Good luck with all your projects. They look very nice.

  2. Lovely door and window! And that fabric hutch will look fantastic once you are done, hopefully you'll be able to get rid of the smell!

  3. Wow, I love the house block you made! So creative! And the window? Wow!! Awesome bee blocks :)

  4. Working on a scrap quilt, weather was bad so I was just trying to keep my mind occupied. Lucky you on the cabinet.

  5. Oh my goodness, once you are finished with that fabric hutch it is going to be WONDERFUL. Great size and shape, perfect for fabric! I love all your projects, and your list is just about as long as mine!

  6. I like where you are going with you Kona challenge, Melissa. And that hutch was a real find! I'm sure your fabrics will be very happy in it. If you find that the baking soda isn't working, I know that there's some stronger de-sentors (is that even a word?) available that are great at pulling out cigarette smoke. I'm sure it would work for cigar smells too. Good luck!

  7. I love your design! Very graphic and cool. Good luck with all that binding! :)

  8. can you enlighten me Ms. Melissa- what is RF3? I'm always eager to learn…..

  9. I can't get past your bee blocks. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! Just gorgeous.

  10. hand binding is so painful for me. but my machine binding looks like crap, so hand binding it is. i love how you count the inches :)

  11. All your projects tempt me to add yet another to my list of WIPs. Good luck on the new hutch--I'm hoping it will air out and be just what you want!

    Elizabeth E.

  12. Stephanie, "RF3" is my abbreviation for the design/title. Since it's me doing it on my own, just making stuff up. :) Which is totally my MO. :)

    As I progress in the quilt-making, I'll reveal what RF3 stands for.

  13. i love your solids quilt! looks great the way you have it planned. id love to sit and just watch you think one time... see how such a creative mind works!!

  14. Great blocks. I love seeing that binding rolled up.

  15. Good luck finishing your binding! I know what you mean about how machine binding should be faster, but sometimes the effort to make everything line up (and look decent) would be more than just hand-sewing the back...

  16. What pretty binding! :D I love all the colors you're working with.

  17. That cabinet is going to be amazing!!!!!

  18. Looks like you have a great start on your Kona challenge quilt, I can't wait to see more. And those door and window blocks are to die for! Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )

  19. Melissa, Check out Annie Sloane's Chalk Paint if you have not finished the cabinet. It is fabulous stuff for an antique look over almost any finish. If you want to read more about it, go to the blog for Miss Mustard Seed, on my links. She has lots of pics of how things turn out and a lot of info on how to use the product. You have to order it on-line because hardly anybody carries it but it is a blooming trend in refinishing furniture and may be just the ticket. LOVE your cabinet!!!


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