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WIPs – Works in Progress

LIfe can get in the way of my quilting projects. Life should – it is more important. Although, there are a lot of quilters out there that may be missing out on life because they do so much quilting. Me, I have chosen to make quilting number three on my list: Faith-Family-Hobbies.

Grandpa (my husband) & I have been watching the granddaughters a lot in the evenings, since our son-in-law has been on 10-hour work shifts. Then, there are the day-to-day activities, and of course, life includes having a job, which has been very hectic. So, I haven’t been able to do much with my quilting projects. I say that, but some of you will see my accomplishments as a lot. What has it been, three or four weeks since I last posted? At that time, I was working on wool felt ornaments for an Advent calendar. That project is still in progress, although moving along slowly. I’ve only finished two more ornaments. Several are put together and just need blanket stitching. Stores don’t seem to carry a selection of #8 perle cotton, so I finally had to order it online to get colors that I wanted. I was able to finish the key and the bell ornaments.

Wool Key Ornament

Wool Bell Ornament

I stitched together a couple of aprons, I cut out last Christmas. Trying to get ahead on gifts.

Vintage Apron pattern with rick rack trim

My applique heart quilt is in the final stages of completion. This is the first Applique Club project that I led our guild in two years ago. All the leaves have been added and now work is progressing on embroidering leaf stems and appliqueing cherries. Here is a peak at that progress.

Leaves & Cherries

Applique Heart Quilt border

My local quilt guild met the week before last, and I held the first Applique Club meeting for the 2013 guild year. Lots of new faces and some challenges in leading the group with the newest project. Songs of Spring by Lori Smith was chosen for the year’s project. I am finding this challenging, working with six-inch finished blocks, so I can only imagine how others are feeling when they are new to applique. I sure hope that I am able to lead these newbies along. The block is only partially finished.

Songs of Spring Block #1

I basted the Charm Squares Baby Quilt for my nephew and hope to spend some time today doing the quilting.

Charm Squares Baby Quilt

Baby quilt closeup

I am also designing two quilts; one for the The Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake fabric challenge and the other for the American Quilt Study Group biennial quilt study. I have decided on a bargello style quilt for the MQG challenge, and a Rose of Sharon quilt from 1852 is my inspiration for my study quilt.

I also stitched the binding onto an exchange block quilt that my long-armer quilted back in March. I haven’t done much of the hand stitching, but it should be a fast finish, if I could find the time. My surgery put a lot of quilting on hold and now I am playing catch up. So, there you have it. Far too many WIPs, you may wonder how I remember what needs to be done. Lists. I make lots of “To Do” lists. I feel like I am accomplishing something when I can cross it off from my list.

Hopefully, it won’t be so long until I post again. And, hopefully, many of these WIPs will have progressed to being finished projects.

Happy Stitching!


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