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I finished my mom’s birthday gift bookshelf mini quilt (blogged here) over the weekend:

And I made one more block for my niece’s wonky stars quilt. I’m not super crazy about the very primary colors, it feels a little too childlike (she’s about to turn 11 and I want her to like it through her teen years – is that unrealistic?!). Or maybe it’s the mostly white center block that’s bothering me. I don’t know. This one might not make it into the quilt. I do really love that mustardy yellow fabric.

I also had some really good fabric shopping and design inspiration experiences this week. This yummy stack of fabrics just came in the mail today (and Form and Fabric included this super cute little tape measure!):

Lots of Wrenly, a little Heirloom, a random elephant print (I’m collecting elephant prints!), and at the very bottom of the stack a totally cool fabric with tattooed women on it. I think I’m going to make myself a mini quilt wall hanging with that one!

In terms of inspiration, I went to the new IKEA in Colorado – my first IKEA experience ever! I just bought a lamp, but I’m sure I’ll be back for some fabric (and lots of other stuff too)!

Ah yes, the stuff I haven’t touched this week:

Quilt tops in progress: 

Colorful log cabin quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for backing:

Rainbow New Wave quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for quilting: 

Delia’s Central Park log cabin quilt

Small projects in process:

Hexagon mug rug

This week’s stats:
Last week’s in-progress projects: 6
New projects – 0
Completed projects – 1
Currently in progress – 5

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Today I finished the bookshelf mini quilt/wall hanging that is an (overdue) birthday gift for my mom. I used Don’t Call Me Betsy’s awesome tutorial, although I changed the proportions cause I wanted something a little smaller and more square. I used scraps from some of my favorite fabrics on this one – some Central Park Cobblestone, Jane Dixon Desert Bloom, Joel Dewberry Herringbone, and of course I had to use the books fabric from the Victoria and Albert Grand Tour collection!! (Looks like Grand Tour is on sale at Fabricworm – I might need to buy more. We have lots of bookish people in our family!) I also used several colors of Timeless Treasures Solid Crosshatch for the background, the bookshelf, and the peach book. I really like those crosshatches as a solid alternative.

I’m really proud of my mitered corners on this one’s binding – it’s definitely the best I’ve ever done on these! I still have so many basic skills I need to master (for instance, some of my hand stitches on the binding showed through on the front – oops!), but I’m glad I managed to do a relatively neat job on these corners.

One thing that was kind of special was that I dug into a huge ziplock bag of thread that my grandmother (who passed away 9 years ago) used in her quilting and found a perfect match for the binding! Those are her scissors, too. It makes me feel connected to her and also makes me wish that I had taken more of an interest in quilting during her lifetime. Also, I get a kick out of the price on the thread – 45 cents!

Here’s the back of the mini quilt.

Can’t seem to get it together to blog except for WiP Wednesday lately! (Guess that’s what comes when you never finish a project, huh?)

This week I started a little mini quilt for my mom’s birthday gift. She used to be a librarian so I used this bookshelf mini quilt tutorial from the Don’t Call Me Betsy blog. I really love how it’s turned out, just need to quilt and bind and send it off to my mom (late, of course)!

The stuff I haven’t touched this week:

Quilt tops in progress: 

Livy’s wonky star quilt
Colorful log cabin quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for backing:

Rainbow New Wave quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for quilting: 

Delia’s Central Park log cabin quilt

Small projects in process:

Hexagon mug rug

This week’s stats:
Last week’s in-progress projects: 5
New projects – 1
Completed projects – 0
Currently in progress – 6

Check out everyone else’s links by clicking the button below.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced