Wednesday, March 7, 2012

{WiP} Wednesday ~ 9/52

First, does anyone know why I wanted gray flannel? I clearly remember thinking that I doubted Joann's had gray flannel, and now Pink Chalk Fabrics is having a sale on flannels, and there's a gorgeous Robert Kaufman flannel for $4.38/yd, and I need to buy it, but can't, for the life of me, remember why!  Rats!  I know I can just buy it, but if I knew what I needed it for, I'd know how much to buy!

Oh, pregnancy brain, why do you hate me?

Hmph. This will torment me until I figure it out...

I have a few finishes from this last week, but, sadly, not the cursed Sea glass quilt. That has also tormented me this week.

First, my February blocks for Laura in the Mod Mosaic Bee. She said "scrappy". Any kind of "scrappy". So I got out the three bags of scraps that haven't been sorted into colors, yet, and went to town! I wasn't entirely improvisational since I didn't want the same, or similar, fabric, next to each other, but I went scrappy, that's for sure! :)

Mod Mosaic Bee block ~ February 2012

I also finished another mod mosaic block for another project, but I learned 2 things about taking photos of quilt projects. (1) It's often best to not take pictures outside on a windy, Colorado winter day, and (2) always double-check that you got an actual photo of the actual block before you mail it off. It was gorgeous, though. :)


And, we finally get to reveal a secret baby bee quilt that we made for Kelly. Here's the final quilt:

And it's backed with flannel from Sarah Jane's Children at Play line, which you can see behind the label: 

 So glad Tucker likes it, Kelly! :)

OH!!!! I just figured it out!! Why I wanted the gray flannel! Sweet!  (sigh of relief)

I won this pattern for a car seat privacy canopy from Georgia Leigh Designs, and was thinking that I should use the Maude Asbury Calypso Ovals in Cool for the top, and use gray flannel for the back!  Wanna see the lovely Ovals in Cool again? Here:

Isn't it just the best boy fabric ever in the history of boy fabric?

Okay, then. Now back to our previously scheduled WiP posting... :o)

Here's what's on the menu for this week:

Still Cooking
  1. The Harrison Quilts ~ even more progress, though not finished.
  2. Car Seat Privacy Cover ~ I've got the pattern, now I just need to order the flannel. I really need to make this a priority over the next 5 weeks.
  3. Bee Blocks ~  Back to 10, although 4 are really small and simple.
  4. Sea glass Quilt ~I'm still stuck on my tension issues. I kinda stalled out last week with it because I can't figure out how to bury the thread tails (from all my stops and starts) without breaking the thread, or my needle, or the skin on my thumb, or my quilter's spirit! Sometimes I feel like the biggest doofus burger, and I'm afraid that Alissa and Latifah will kick me out of the MQG if they find out what a big doofus burger I really am!  But once I get past that, then it's just trimming the edges, and binding. Quick, right? :o) Hah!
  5. Receiving Blankets for Juice ~ Mama's got to get busy making some blankets for her boy, doesn't she? They won't take long, I'm just waiting to finish burying the threads on the Sea glass quilt to get out my serger. (I've discovered that serging the edges of the quilt before attaching the binding is incredibly helpful!)
  6. Baby Gifts for others ~ mostly stalled. Two friends had their babies last week, but somehow I'm still at 13.The storks are sure busy this year!
  7. Juice ~ daily progress. As I've reported before, he is measuring fine, moving fine, growing fine, and expected to arrive on April 9th.
  8. Mod Mosaic Quilt ~ stalled, not a priority, moving it to the back burner.
On The Back Burner
  1. Fruit Strip Quilt ~ stalled.
  2. Mod Mosaic Blocks ~ stalled.
  3. Puppet Theater Backdrop ~ stalled. The girls think it's superfab without it, so why bother?
  4. Secret Projects ~ stalled. I finished 2, but somehow, 2 more made it to the list! 8 still to go.
  5. Swoon Quilt ~ stalled, although, at the retreat, I did figure out how I want to lay it out and what solid I want to use. Now I just need to figure out how much I need, and order it so it's here whenever I want to take it out and start on it.
  6. Juice's Quilt ~ stalled. Maybe I'll back it with some RK Flannel that I should buy from Pink Chalk today. :)
  7. T-Shirt Quilts ~ stalled. Since I'm doing this with/for other people, I'm waiting on them to make it urgent.
  8. Sprout's Goodnight Moon Quilt ~ stalled, her birthday is in May, so maybe I'll finish it then.
The Truth Project
Remember a long, long time ago (January), I told you I was going to cut back on my spending and be more financially responsible, and I listed the things I could and couldn't do/buy, and I told you I would tell you how I was doing so I could be more vulnerable transparent and you could help keep me honest?  :o)

Well, here's how I'm doing: In the "Can Buy" department, I've done really well...except for the eating out once a week part. That's just tough for me...pregnant or not! Some weeks I do really well, and others I don't. :o) It's the "Can't Buy" department that has made me stumble.  I haven't bought any fabric just to stash, although that has been HARD!!! There's SO much gorgeous stuff out there right now! I did buy some blank cards (on clearance, no less!), and some sippy cups (sigh).  Huh. Well, I guess that's it. Not so bad, really.

I know I gave myself one Mulligan per month, and I've lost track of those (mostly with the eating out), but it's March, and I've been doing this for 2 months now, and I feel like I'm starting to see a difference. Sorta. Sometimes. I think I need to start looking at my grocery store purchases next.

So, that's me. I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for her {WiP} Wednesday Link-up Party. :)  Have a great week, and I hope you're more productive than me!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. Love the baby bee quilt! Chin up on the spending.. its only been a couple months and good habits take awhile to stick :)

  2. I can't believe the baby will be here in a month!

    I took a photo of a block the other day and didn't realize I'd moved the camera and just gotten a bunch of light streaks instead of the block *sigh*

  3. Love, love, love the mosaic blocks! Such vibrant prints.

  4. Sew glad you found out what you needed the flannel for! The quilt is so much fun! What a sweet gift!

    Huzzah for you on the spending tracking. It really does make a difference! Keep up the good work!

  5. you are hilarious! and wow...those are some serious lists!

  6. Heh, so glad you remembered about that flannel in the end! Love those mosaic blocks, I just made my first one tonight :o)

  7. Always love to read your posts! Would add more but little miss is really upset!

  8. Damn I think my last comment was lost. It's always entertaining to read your posts. You've got a lot going on and your little one will be here soon! Take it easy if you can, I am sure you can't get kicked out of your guild for tension issues. If you do find an easier way to bury tails, let me know. I am still trying to learn that one.

  9. I am 79 years of age and been around quilts and quilters all my life, but pray tell me what are bee blocks? You really stumped me...wondering in Texas?


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