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I am still plugging away on my Sidekick Tote. I seem to have lost some momentum! First I had to wait for some hardware to arrive, and then I ran out of thread and had to go buy more. I’ll hopefully finish it by this weekend.

On a more exciting note, I am finally returning to my wonky stars quilt! This is an (extremely) overdue gift for my niece, and I had grown somewhat tired of working on it, but after a long break, these stars seem awfully fun again! I’m finding that I really prefer the stars that are monochromatic or use two colors that are next to one another on the color wheel (I am blanking on the technical term for that). I especially love this new block with a mini string block in the middle!

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I keep changing my mind on how many stars I’ll do. I am up to 14 now, and I think I want at least 20.

I am off to Chicago for some training later today so I won’t be sewing again until the weekend. I hate it when the creative juices are flowing but I’m forced to be away from my sewing machine! I have a lot of ideas for handmade Christmas gifts that I really want to get started on!

Here’s the in-progress inventory (I’m only counting 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:

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This week’s stats:

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

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Not much progress this week – it’s been a very hectic week! (Unfortunately, next week isn’t looking great either in terms of creative time…)

Most of my progress came in the form of fabric shopping! I finally got a Kona color card which I am SO excited about, and I stocked up on some solids. And I finally got my hands on some Ruby Star Rising Viewfinder! I’ve been craving it for months…I have to figure out something amazing to make for myself with it!

I did complete a couple small projects this week – starting with a zipper pouch to hold a gift card/thank you note for my wonderful friend who helped out with dogsitting (I love that Joel Dewberry tree fabric):

And then I made a cute little iPhone sleeve for my brand-spanking-new iPhone 4S! I used this super-easy tutorial¬†from Apple Blue. (I think I’ll make another one with some fusible fleece lining to add a bit more protection, but this one is good enough for now!)

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

Completed quilts, waiting for binding:

Rainbow New Wave

Quilt tops in progress:

Kieran’s robot quilt
Livy’s wonky star quilt
Colorful log cabin 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: 7 (I keep counting wrong…I need a better system of counting in-progress projects!)
New projects – 2
Completed projects – 2
Currently in progress – 7

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I caved and bought the Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt book. I’d been resisting. Not because I don’t appreciate all the amazing blocks that everyone has been posting as part of the quilt-along (I seriously LOVE the reinterpretation of very traditional blocks in modern prints and bright colors!) but because I felt like my skills are not up to par for sewing the tiny little pieces that comprise these blocks! And I was worried that I wouldn’t have the patience to actually DO anything with these blocks and it would just distract me from projects that I would actually finish. Well, the allure of the Century of Progress block finally overwhelmed me and I went to Barnes and Noble after work yesterday to buy the book. I don’t know why but this Century of Progress block has really drawn me in! So this afternoon I put one together:

I really like the way it came out! It was definitely time consuming and somewhat challenging, and I can’t imagine I’ll ever have the patience to put together anything as big as a quilt with these tiny little squares, but I’m turning this block into a potholder for the office kitchen and I could definitely see myself making more of these blocks for potholders and other small projects. Maybe I’d consider doubling the size of these blocks to make a quilt!

Sometimes I just can’t wait to cut into new fabric! And I’m newly enamored with the idea of quick and easy mini quilts that can be bound in one sitting. So last night I started making a little mini quilt with my tattooed ladies fabric. I’m going to use it to cover up my ugly fuse box. My plan (which could easily change) is to make a few different sized log cabin blocks with fussy cut tattooed ladies in the centers and put them all together somehow. Anyway, I’m quite excited about this little project and couldn’t wait to share it!

(Edited with a better photo below)

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.