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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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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.

 

Another WiP Wednesday…my favorite project this week was the LOVE Star! I designed this myself (paper piecing and all) and I’m planning on making a bunch of variations on this for Christmas presents. I’m trying to decide whether to make this a bit bigger into a table runner or a wall hanging or what…

My big project right now is a Christmas gift for my 11-year-old niece Livy. I had started a few blocks for a wonky star quilt awhile ago, but I decided I wasn’t happy with the background linen I was using. So I started over with Kona Stone as the background, and I’ve made three stars so far. I think I’m going for 24 total, but I haven’t fully made up my mind yet.

I made some progress on piecing the Central Park HST baby quilt top. No rush on this one, the baby isn’t due until February, but I just wanted to see some progress! This is a little more half the quilt top (the diamond will be off-centered):

This isn’t exactly a work in progress, but I was honored to receive the Versatile Blogger Award from Shannon! Super cool! I’ve been admiring Shannon’s blog for quite a while, I love her designs and admire her enthusiasm for organic fabrics! So part of the award is that I’m supposed to share 7 things about myself and then give the award to another blogger (or bloggers) that I admire, so I’ll be putting together a post about that soon. (So it IS kinda a work in progress!)

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

Quilt tops in progress:

Kieran’s robot 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 (jeez…I’m pretty sure I miscounted last week, too)
New projects – 1
Completed projects – 0
Currently in progress – 8

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WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I definitely felt the creative juices flowing over the weekend, and finished piecing a mini quilt top using my awesome tattooed ladies fabric! I’m gonna wait until I’ve finished the quilting and binding to post a picture of the whole thing, but here are some previews:

I really had a lot of fun with this mini quilt top – fussy cutting the tattooed ladies, building some log cabin blocks around them, and fitting them together and filling in the missing spaces with scraps and strips of random colors. It was quick and fun, and I love how colorful and energetic the composition is! Yay for improv!

Life is busy but good right now – in the past five days, I’ve been to a Rockies game, yoga class, roller derby, karaoke, hiking, and a Bright Eyes concert! It feels like summer is starting to slip away (although our ridiculously high temperatures haven’t yet) and I want to be out there enjoying every last minute of the Colorado summer!

In other news, I finished the backing for my Rainbow New Wave quilt, so I’m hoping to get that one quilted this week.

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

Quilt tops in progress: 

Colorful log cabin 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