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I finished the IKEA floral-inspired picnic blanket! I wrote lots more about it here. What a fun and quick project! My only complaint is that I am not crazy about the perle cotton ties; I think I would prefer a more substantial yarn (or actual quilting).

 

I haven’t touched any other quilting projects this week, but I do have another very exciting work-in-progress: a new blog! New name, new look, and LOTS more content. More photos, more words, more crafty projects (quilting and non-quilting), more personal/meaningful journaling, more ME. And someday there will be tutorials and an Etsy shop! I’m very excited to take a more structured approach to blogging and documenting my creative pursuits.

Goal for this week: return to some long-languishing works in progress, like my wonky stars quilt. I currently have 13 stars, and I am aiming for at least 15, possibly as many as 20. (I still haven’t decided.)

 

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

Quilt tops in progress:

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: 0
Completed this week:  1
Current works in progress – 8

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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I missed a week. Oops.

No new projects, just the excitement of finishing the top of my picnic blanket! I love the simplicity of it, although I’m still second-guessing that dark forest green, and I kind of wish it was “pinker”, though I think my boyfriend will appreciate that it’s not ridiculously girly, despite its floral inspiration.

I sewed the rectangles into pairs, then foursomes, then eightsomes. Then I had the challenge of arranging the eightsomes in such a way that no two rectangles of the same fabric were touching each other and the really dark/bold colors were distributed somewhat evenly and not clumped all together. I relied on my trusty paper, scissors, and colored pencils to solve that puzzle!

In retrospect, I probably could have distributed the colors and bolder patterns better if I had planned out the layout from the start, but this method has its own charms.

It’s rather large and it’s tough to get a picture of the whole thing!

There’s one block that’s different than the others – middle right, there’s a block with two squares and a rectangle. All the rectangles are “golden rectangles” (the ratio of width to length is 1.62, also known as phi, also known as my boyfriend’s favorite number) and the idea of the golden rectangle is that if you cut a square out of the rectangle, the remainder forms another rectangle with the same proportions. If you keep cutting squares out of the rectangle, you’ll form a “golden spiral.” Math is fun!

Here’s the in-progress inventory:

Quilt tops in progress:

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:

Summer floral picnic blanket
Delia’s Central Park log cabin quilt
Tattooed Ladies mini quilt

Completed quilt tops, waiting for binding:

none

Small projects in progress:

Starburst Leftovers mug rug
Christmas mug rug
Ruby Star Rising zip pocket pouch
Poppy print makeup roll

This week’s stats:

Last week’s count: 12
Started this week: 0
Completed this week:  0
Current works in progress – 12

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I’ve been thinking lately that I really need a summer-y, lightweight blanket for outdoor concerts and picnics. I’ve also been thinking that I buy a lot of floral fabrics, take lots of pictures of flowers, and even have a floral tattoo. Today I started pulling together some fabrics for a picnic blanket, using the color scheme from this IKEA duvet cover (which I will use for the quilt back!):

I’m planning on a 6×7 grid of simple 10.5″ squares, with no batting or binding; I want to keep it simple and finish it quickly! Here are the fabrics I’ve selected:

I may whittle that collection down a bit so that there are more squares of each fabric, but I’m not sure yet. I am kind of digging the eclectic mix of prints. About a quarter of the prints are floral, and there are a few other fun prints in there (elephants, scooters, etc.) and of course a few solids! I am also considering adding a row of smaller squares in the middle, just to break things up a bit.

I don’t know about you, but even SIMPLE quilt layouts seem to require a lot of sketching and math!

And here are some of the fun floral Instagram pictures I took last week while I was in beautiful Basalt, Colorado (near Aspen), along with a few other favorites from my mini-vacation:

Can any botanists out there identify the photo in the middle row, third column from the left? I LOVE that flower. I think the 2nd photo in the first row might be the same kind, I’m not sure.

After a wonderful weekend of travel and creativity, it’s back to the office grind tomorrow. Hopefully I won’t lose momentum on my new quilt project! (Or totally neglect all my other works in progress.)