Wednesday, August 24, 2011

{WiP} Wednesday ~ Number 15

WIP Wednesday at Fresly Pieced
(I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for {WiP} Wednesday) 

We had our FRMQG meet-and-sew this past weekend, and I actually got to do a leetle bit of sewing, which is kinda miraculous since I haven't every actually sewn at a sew since we moved here. :)  I give credit to the awesome team of leaders that run this guild with me - they seriously keep my head on straight...and give me the opportunity to sew! I'm so blessed.

Two things I worked on were:

(a) Paper Piecing, with a fabulous tutorial from the lovely Audrey. I made an M. If I had the energy (and the time?) I would like to make a little zipper pouch for the mama I'm giving (b) to. But the shower is this Saturday, and I'm not sure I'll be able to do it in time. (I'm kinda slow).


(b) Zee Baseball Quilt!  I'm not finished with it, but I finished the quilting last night, now I just need to bury the stitches, trim the batting, clean up all the stray threads, fold the back over and "bind" it. Oh, and put a label on it. I haven't the froggiest idea what to put on the label, though. Maybe I'll just put the baby's name and date of birth and my name and the date of the shower? Is that too lame?

What isn't lame, though, is this quilt. The stitches got a little out of hand till I determined that I needed to use my regular automatic stitch function (i.e., not my own, irregular foot at the end of my leg). And let me just tell you, if you attempt this yourself? Unpicking is NOT a joyous occasion. There were a lot of "frickin's" and "frackin's" coming out of my mouth...  But I love it! It isn't perfect, but I like how it turned out, and I'll probably keep the idea in my back pocket for other baseball loving boys getting born.

In my non-meet-and-sew time, I worked a teensy bit on my Fenced In quilt-along I'm doing with my 9 year-old neighbor. We trimmed all her fabric (and by "we", I mean "I" because she couldn't figure out how to run the rotary cutter and not her mouth...), and I gave her the homework of evenly distributing her strips among 30 pieces of cardstock so when it comes time to sew her blocks, we'll be all set. Personally, I've got too many other quilts on the go to stop and work on my Fenced In quilt right now. I'll catch up to her, though.  She's coming over Thursday to get started. Lord help me. :)

And, lastly, I'm binding a quilt for my local Quilts of Valor chapter. The leader and I were the only ones at the August meeting, and we didn't get much accomplished, so I agreed to bring home one of the quilts to (machine - ack!) bind. I'm going to try to use a wavy stitch this time. Maybe my failure has been using a straight stitch... :)

Other than that, I haven't done a thing. I hope you have a great, productive week!


  1. The initial is very cool and I LOVE the baseball stitching! My son is a huge Dodgers fan. He would really like something like that. And your whole post just made me chuckle!

  2. Oh Melissa, I LOVE the quilting on the Baseball Quilt! We miss you in LA! Hope you're well. . .

  3. Ripping out stitches is never fun but I love the way that baseball quilt turned out!

  4. Those baseballs are awesome!! I am so glad you posted that picture. I have been trying to figure out what to do for christmas presents, and this on a pillow for my cousin would be PERFECT!!!! Way to neat.

    I love all the red and blue fabrics you have in your QAV quilt, very nice indeed.

  5. Your baseball quilt looks neat! How did you create that stitch?

  6. Thanks, everyone! I just love it when an idea comes to fruition and looks like I imagined it!

    Kenda, I used one of the decorative stitches on my sewing machine. I don't know where to begin, otherwise, if you don't have that one. Maybe a blanket stitch going one direction, then go back the other direction so you get the illusion of the side-to-side stitches as well as the seam down the middle? If you make one, let me know! :)

  7. The M block looks great. i love the baseball quilt and although you had to rip out stitches it looks awesome.

  8. The "baseball" quilting is genius! So clever...

  9. I love the baseballs!!! So creative!!

  10. I just loooooove that baseball quilting! So cool! And your "M" looks great too. Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )

  11. i LOVE that baseball quilt. how fun!


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