Wednesday, March 14, 2012

{WiP} Wednesday ~ 10/52

I kinda fell off the wagon this week.

The "do what you've got on your list already" wagon, that is. :)

I found out on Thursday that a very dear friend of mine is having a laparoscopic hysterectomy on Tuesday of next week, and will have about a week of recovery time. She is such a dear friend, and she has had YEARS and YEARS of ridiculous bleeding. And cramps. It's been awful. So I decided that she needs something to cuddle with when she gets out of the hospital. I didn't want to have to spend much on fabric, so, after much deliberation, I decided to use some of the Ty Pennington Impressions fabric that my friend, Ramona, sent me, and make a simple quilt.

Since I'm all kinds of hi-tek, here's a picture of the Excel mock-up I did. :)

Julie's Quilt Design

I wanted to use Kona Periwinkle for the light blue, and Jade for the green, but I wasn't able to find the Periwinkle locally, so I had to use a Moda Marbles fabric. It's not my favorite, but it works. I'm not trying to win any awards with this quilt, and Julie doesn't know the difference between Kona and Symphony, and a solid vs a batik vs a "marble". I just want her to have something that she can be comforted by when she is MOST uncomfortable, you know?

So here's what I've done so far...I put the light blue border around the Ty fabric.

(1) I need 30 blocks bordered in the blue, so I took as many short-cuts as I could. At this point, I had a banner of all 30 blocks with a border on 3 sides:

Block Banner ~ Julie's Quilt

(2) My favorite short cut is what I call "ladder piecing". It's not quite chain piecing, and not quite strip piecing, so it's ladder piecing! :)  Once I got the border strips on one side of the block, I just loaded it up again, and sewed a strip on the other side, then pressed and trimmed. It worked out GREAT!!

Ladder Piecing on Julie's Quilt

(3) All the blocks are bordered, and I've got to sew the Jade sashing on now. And figure out what to back it with. I was hoping to find some navy flannel, but didn't like what I could find locally. And I don't want to order online since I need to get this D.O.N.E. :)

Bordered Blocks ~ Julie's Quilt

And here is my only real finish for this week:
One bee block. For the FRMQG Adventure Swap Bee. I made for Jessica this month, and she wanted a disappearing 9 patch in pinks, grays and whites, with a touch of greens or blues.

Speaking of bee blocks, RoRo left a comment last week asking what bee blocks are, but doesn't have an email address on her comment, so RoRo, I promise to explain it tomorrow!  Promise!! :) Come back, okay?

OH...and I buried all my thread tails on my Sea glass quilt!! I used THIS fabulous tutorial. It's SO brilliant. I didn't break a thread, or a needle, or any skin. Miraculous. During one nap time I finished what would have taken 10 times as long. I'm SO glad that's done! Everyone should try her technique to bury thread tails. :)

So, on the actual {WiP} list...

Before Saturday, I need to:
  1. Make a pin cushion for our FRMQG swap. I have the tutorial and all the supplies, and I'm super excited because it's not on Pinterest, so I know mine will be the only one like it! :)
  2. Finish the top and back of Julie's quilt, then baste it and quilt it. Then, if possible, serge the edge and attach the binding. (hahahaha!!)
  3. Serge the edge and get the binding attached to the Sea glass quilt.
  4. Get ready for the FRMQG meeting. It'll be my last meeting for a couple of months, and I'm already missing my quilty friends. :-(

And Friday is my birthday, and I'm not sure what Dave has planned, so what I get done by tomorrow is what I get done. (scared!)  Gotta run!

Check out what others are doing at Lee's Freshly Pieced {WiP} Wednesday link-up.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. I have an idea for a sea glass quilt - would love to see yours, hope you bring it to guild on Saturday.

  2. AWW, I love my block!! The little Heirloom pink one is my favorite print. :) Can't wait to see all the pincushions this weekend, I need to get mine sewn up ASAP.

    Have you ever tried chain piecing a plus quilt? I'm afraid I will ruin my design if I do it, but I hate to sew up each block alone.

  3. Way to crank that baby out! The quilt I meant, not the actual baby, keep your legs crossed a while yet with that one... ;o) Good luck with that list!

  4. I love that Impressions quilt. You're friend will love it, how thoughtful of you! Your bee block is gorgeous too, love that color combination.

    Happy birthday in officially 1.5 hours... Well 2.5 for you!


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