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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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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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

This week’s big finish is my Sidekick Tote (pattern by Noodlehead)! I love it! I made the small size, and it’s the perfect everyday purse for me. It feels very “fall.”

I’ve finished one more wonky star, and I’ve almost finished another one. I love these stars!

I’m leaving on a road trip to Seattle with my boyfriend on Sunday, and I’ve been making a bunch of zippies and a new Pad case for the trip. I made three coordinating zippies using Noodlehead’s “open wide zipper pouch” tutorial (although I sized some of them down because even the “small” is bigger than I really like!). I used some of my precious Field Study for them. My favorite is the one with the navy zipper and hot pink lining. Note: don’t skip the interfacing! I forgot for the largest one (the “small” size in the pattern) and it’s so floppy, I definitely prefer them with interfacing.

I started another zippie but this one is more improv. I think it’s going to look awesome.

And my iPad case design is blatantly inspired by One Shabby Chick’s beautiful cases with the typewriters. I am using her iPad case tutorial as well.

Lots of projects in the works! I love having time to sew!

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:

none

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

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!

Apologies for the crummy, slightly-cut-off iPhone photo, but I need suggestions for how I should quilt this bad boy, which I now call the LOVE LOVE LOVE Star.

Any ideas? Keeping in mind that I’m not much of a free-motion quilter OR a hand-quilter… I really don’t know what to do here!

I added the two additional LOVE’s because I decided to give this mini quilt to my cousin’s wife Katie, who is always saying “Love! Love! Love!” It’s kinda her catchphrase. I wanted to do something nice for her because my cousin was just deployed with the Marines yesterday, and this will be Katie’s first Christmas without him as well as their son’s first Christmas, period! She’s a rock star and seems to have everything under control for being a single mom for the next ~7 months but I know it must be so difficult for her, and Christmas will probably be especially bittersweet.