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I have been on a bunting kick! I made one funky pink/lime green one for myself, and it’s awesome. I don’t have a very good picture of it, but it’s almost 11 feet long and currently adoring the half-wall that separates the kitchen from the living room in my house.

Funky Christmas bunting | Janeylulu

After I realized how quick and easy it is to make these buntings, I decided to start making some for Christmas gifts. I made a reversible Christmas/4th of July bunting for my aunt, who loves to decorate for the holidays (and the 4th of July is the biggest holiday in our family!). Fenway did an excellent job modeling for these pictures:

Christmas side of reversible bunting | Janeylulu4th of July side of reversible bunting | Janeylulu

I started a super-simple Christmas quilt a few weeks ago and forgot to mention it here. It’s very simple – I used a Blitzen charm pack and a bunch of Kona solids (peridot, avocado, tarragon, candy green, ruby, and stone). I have never made this type of simple charm quilt before, and I’m excited at how quickly it’s coming together. I want to practice some free motion quilting on this one!

Christmas charm quilt | Janeylulu

I have LOTS of Christmas projects to get done soon!

Here’s the in-progress inventory (I’m only counting quilts, not small projects):

Quilt tops in progress:

Blitzen Christmas quilt
Christmas Century of Progress quilt
Livy’s wonky stars quilt
Hope Valley drunkard’s path quilt
Secret solids quilt
Kieran’s robot quilt
Colorful log cabin quilt
Wonky nine-patch quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for quilting:

Delia’s Central Park log cabin quilt
Tattooed Ladies mini quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for binding:

none

This week’s stats:

Last week’s count: 9
Started this week: 1
Completed this week: 0
Current works in progress: 10

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Yikes. It’s been quite a while since I’ve spent time on this blog. It’s been a bad combination of computer problems, massive work deadlines, and various trips. (The trips part wasn’t bad, just not conducive to blogging!) I had a fantastic trip to Seattle, a pretty great work trip to Sacramento, and a wonderfully relaxing Thanksgiving break in the mountains of Colorado. My favorite picture of the Seattle trip comes from an alleyway covered in street art and absolutely plastered with posters that stated “Love art and share it with the world!” A great sentiment to live by!

I haven’t had much sewing time, either, but I’m gearing up for some fun Christmas projects. I’ve started cutting all my Christmas fabric scraps (and some other red and green scraps) into pieces to make a super scrappy Century of Progress quilt (my favorite block from the Farmer’s Wife Quilt book). I think it’s going to be awesome. I haven’t sewn any blocks together yet (I am still in the cutting phase) but I laid some pieces out to get a sense of what it might look like:

I love it! I’m so excited to have more time to sew in the next few weeks!

Here’s the in-progress inventory (I’m only counting quilts, not small projects):

Quilt tops in progress:

Christmas Century of Progress quilt
Livy’s wonky stars quilt
Hope Valley drunkard’s path quilt
Secret solids quilt
Kieran’s robot quilt
Colorful log cabin quilt
Wonky nine-patch quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for quilting:

Delia’s Central Park log cabin quilt
Tattooed Ladies mini quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for binding:

none

This week’s stats:

Last week’s count: 8
Started this week: 1
Completed this week: 0
Current works in progress: 9

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I’ve been super busy with Thanksgiving, traveling, and work, but I’ve managed to get a few hours of craftiness in!

My mom asked me to make her some little pouches to corral stuff in her purse. I picked out this Cloud Nine Pots and Jugs fabric for her because she and my dad used to live in Nigeria and she collected all kinds of beautiful African pottery while they were there! She wanted bright colors that she can easily spot within her purse – I think the turquoise with hot pink zippers will be pretty easy to spot!

I started making a table runner for my brother and sister-in-law with a scrappy Christmas tree motif, but I decided I loved the tree so much I’m making it into a mini quilt for myself! I’ll have to make them something else instead. I really had fun quilting this little guy (which is only about 10″ x 13″). My favorite part is the little bit of selvedge with the word “Deck the Halls” and a bunch of number dots!

I’ve also been working on a December Daily scrapbook/photo journal. I’m doing it mainly digitally, but will add some other stuff as well. I am using Ali Edwards’ digital templates to create a 6″ x 8″ album – the templates make it SUPER easy to easily crop photos to the right sizes and create pages quickly! (Although I always end up changing it – adding photos or removing some o the text that her templates come with. But it would be super quick if I stopped trying to change the templates!) Here’s a few of the pages I’ve done so far:

I haven’t done scrapbooking (digital or otherwise) in forever so it’s nice to get back to it!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This is one of my favorite holidays. I love the focus on family and togetherness, and the lack of commercialism! And…I love that it marks the beginning of the Christmas season! (Truth be told, I’ve been listening to Christmas music for a week or so already…I’m impatient.)

I spent this morning rushing to finish binding my LOVE Star! mini quilt. I’m giving it as a gift to my cousin’s wife Katie. Her husband (my cousin) recently deployed as a Marine helicopter pilot, and he will be missing their son’s first Christmas. I’m in awe of Katie’s strength in this difficult time, and I wanted to do something to acknowledge all the love that she’s brought to my cousin and our whole family, so I made this for her.

This mini quilt really evolved over time – it started as just the paper-pieced letters in the middle. Then I added half-square triangles around it to turn it into a star. Then I wanted to make it a little bigger and add in two more love’s, so I added the border. It finished up at about 18″ x 18″.

Tried to get my dog to pose in front of it…this was the best shot I got:

(He really needs to be groomed…look at his crazy paw fur!)

Okay, time to go deliver this gift and visit with family and friends!

This week, I turned the LOVE Star into the Love Love Love Star! I’m making it as a gift for my cousin’s wife, because my cousin just deployed as a Marine helicopter pilot and it’ll be their first Christmas apart, and her catchphrase is “Love! Love! Love!” I need suggestions for quilting! (Keep in mind I’m not experienced at free motion quilting…)

I finished one more wonky star for my niece’s quilt, bringing the grand total to FOUR. Gonna have to pick up the pace in order to finish by Christmas. The new one is the bottom left with the fussy cut Outfoxed print! It’s my favorite wonky star so far. I love orange and purple.

Last but not least, the stuff I haven’t touched this week:

Quilt tops in progress:

Kieran’s robot quilt
Colorful log cabin quilt
Central Park HST baby quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for quilting:

Delia’s Central Park log cabin quilt
Tattooed Ladies mini quilt

Small projects in progress:

Starburst Leftovers mug rug

This week’s stats:

Last week’s in-progress projects: 8
New projects – 0
Completed projects – 0
Currently in progress – 8

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced