11.09.2011

WIP: Sassy Sewing Saves Sanity


I was a little held back from sewing by the whole power outage and snow thing last week, but over the last few nights I have had my sewing machine humming beautifully, much to my delight!


--NEW--

Solids-Only Tote Challenge!

Here is the latest thing I am trying my hand at.  It's a month long challenge (details can be found here) that asks participants to create a tote or bag using only solid fabric.  The extra twist is that we must use either applique, reverse applique, or patchwork to adorn the tote.  Sounds like fun, right?


I am just starting to sketch out my ideas and design.  But I'll let you in that it has to do with Dragons!!  This is going to be a great mental break for me from all the other quilts I have rolling this month and a chance to get a dragon design that has been lingering in my head all summer, out!

Color Wheel Charm Swap

I have my charms cut and ready to be mailed for the latest round of the Charm Swap hosted by the lovely Kati  From The Blue Chair

My color this round was Blue-Violet in a dark and light fabric.  Tough color, but fun to look at so many designs.  And I am really looking forward to having a big stack of charms (5x5 inch squares) to play with!!


--IN PROGRESS--
NY-NY
This quilt just feels so right. 
It's flying along, of course it's also about the half the size I normally work at, which is pretty nice for a change.  I have the front and back ready to go.  Here is the back.  It's a yard of cool NYC-esque fabric with a healthy border of that cream minky around it.
And the front you saw here, and I have added a border of dark blue linen around it.  I couldn't be happier with how it's looking!
I sandwiched it last night and my next step is to quilt it.  I am going to add the major roads and highways in the state.  Can't wait!!  And there is also one final touch I am going to keep secret.  Hoping to finish this one by the end of the weekend so I can show you a finish next week!
Winter Birds
This is a mostly top secret project that will result in a birthday/Christmas gift.  Yes, Mom (hi!!!) this one is for you <3

Shadow and Timber: confetti style

Hi Terri!!  I am excited to have gotten a healthy start on this art quilt!  I am working from this picture of two adorable labs, Shadow and Timber, playing frizbee.  Terri contacted me about turning this picture into a confetti style art quilt and together we devised a plan.


Here are most of the pieces prepped and ready to go.  And yes, I am going to make you wait one more day to hear more of the details and see how it's going.  But, I promise, it will be worth the wait!!



--ON PAUSE--
 
Laughing Leaves with Frieda Anderson


Can't wait to roll up my sleeves and dig back in!  You can also check out what I learned about using fusible in an art quilt!

Star Struck
Star quilt-a-long by Melissa at Happy Quilting.  I am still standing at one block.



I'm glad I had no deadline for myself on this one, but I am sure it will be an awesome winter project and just the right thing to pick up after all this crazy holiday sewing!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

This Week's Work in Progress (WiP) Stats:
Last WiP Wednesday Total: 6
New Projects: 1
Finished Projects: 0
Total WiP's: 7

37 comments:

Mary@QuiltGenius said...

I love the NY NY quilt. :) I bought some NY fabric and am waiting for the perfect pattern to show up for it. :)

Mary
http://www.quiltgenius.com

Lee said...

Intrigued to see what you do with that tote challenge. And have fun with Kati's color wheel swap, that's a good one. : ) Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday!

Home Designs by Amanda said...

Like the NY quilt...you're doing a great job with it!

Jennifer said...

can't wait to see that tote! NY quilt is great, so creative

Julie said...

I am intrigued by the confetti quilt made from that picture and all of those teeny tiny strips. I'm going to have to come back to see that one!

Heather D. said...

I love to see what people are using for the charm square swap. The blues/violets are awesome!

Kerstin said...

I can't wait to see the quilting on the NY one!

Foolish Feathers said...

I love the NY Quilt! Now I just have to do one for Alaska; I have been thinking of what to do for my husband (I just realized the other night that he doesn't have a quilt of his own except a baby quilt!). Thank YOU, I finally have an idea for a birthday present he will never expect!

Wee Little Birds said...

Love the fabric in your NY Quilt. Will most defiantly be checking out the solid bag challenge.
PS Love your dogs :)

Leanne said...

Your NY quilt project is looking fun, as are your other projects. I wonder what your plan for the art quilt is.

Becky said...

Love that NY quilt! Glad your power is back!! Love your blog!

Maggie said...

I love the purples! I've been missing those tones in people's work lately! Also love your pups!

Keren Duchan said...

I can't wait to see how you interpret the cute playing doggies picture to a quilt! What a neat idea.

KristyLou said...

Wow, you have a lot of neat projects going on!

mtnquiltr said...

Your projects are so creative! I love your NY quilt, can't wait to see the finish!

A Girl said...

I can't wait to see what you do with that challenge... and that confetti quilt. You have so much great stuff going on. Happy quilting.

Amber said...

Love your NY quilt! So great! Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on the Homemade Stockings. I appreciate it!

Toni said...

Such fun projects! I can't wait to see what you do for the tote. I love solids, so I'm sure it will be great. And how cool is that NY quilt?? Good stuff going on over here!

KellyS said...

Oh my gosh! I love your NY-NY quilt. I can't believe you are going to quilt the roads onto that! Amazing! Love your charms for the swap too, I can't wait to get my hands on these! I still need to cut mine... but by this weekend I should have that done. Hopefully...

Alli said...

How interesting... I'd never heard of a confetti art quilt. Now I'm curious!

Your bottled rainbows look great! :)

Marci Girl said...

I love NY NY, I have some of that print, but just in the blue colorway! I love the way that you layout your WIP Wednesday, great idea!

Elizabeth D. said...

Hmm, that tote challenge sure sounds interesting, can't wait to see what you do for it! Good luck!

Jana said...

Your NYNY quilt is really too cool. I love that fabric. It's perfect. And your Freida leaves quilt is amazing. Can't wait to see your confetti quilt.

Cille said...

Very neat idea with the NY quilt :) I like it - and the back is stunnning!

Marg said...

Lots of great projects. Looking forward to seeing your tote and the confetti quilt.
I love purple but rarely use it in quilts. It seems like purple is starting to make a slow comeback.

Marsha C said...

Wow! You have so much going on.....and it all looks great.

janeylulu said...

Wow! I love the NY quilt! I'd do a Colorado one, but nobody would recognize it as the state's outline, they'd just think it was a really boring rectangle, haha!

Rachel said...

Hooray for dragons. I have made a dragon quilt myself - not a tote though. Good luck!

Melissa said...

Progress on your NY quilt is looking good! I love that backing fabric :)

Katy Cameron said...

Can't wait for those colourwheel charms to arrive :o) Love the idea behind your NY, NY quilt

Allison said...

that green print for the back of your NY-NY quilt is awesome!!!

Kolchak Puggle said...

I love working with Solid colours, much more than I love patterns actually. I love taking the plain kind of boring fabrics and combining them to get something fabulous.

Leila said...

Loving the NY quilt. My friends moved to NYC and I have been eyeing this fabric for awhile. I just don't know what to make out of it for her.

Allegory said...

Such great picks for the Charm swap! Love the work on your NY quilt as well.

M-R said...

Very cool NY quilt! Looking forward to seeing where you take it.

Leslie said...

wow that is an amazing NY quilt. you do beautiful work

Julie said...

I love that NY state quilt, especially the plan for adding in highways and roads. I've been obsessed with map quilts for a long time, and really have to try one soon!

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