Wednesday, September 12, 2012

WIP Wednesday

You know you're a quilter when...

1. Before a major event or holiday, you can be seen either up at midnight, or in the car on the way to the event, sewing the last few stitches in.

This sweet little Winnie the Pooh quilt is a labor of love for Robin's unborn daughter. Robin just reached the 30-day countdown, so she's working on it every chance she gets! I adore pinwheels for babies...and wait...those 8-point stars in the corners are pretty cool too!

2. The line outside your restroom "stall" during the play's intermission gets longer & longer because you're trying to sketch the complex design in the tile floor because it'd make a neat quilt design!

Crys really likes HSTs (half-square triangles). I have to admit my HSTs need some practice, but I think she's got it down pretty well. This is a really interesting color combination and I'm anxious to see it spread out in all it's glory.

3. Every time your boss wears a particular shirt you have to bite your tongue to keep from asking him if you can have it when he gets tired of it.

I may have mentioned before that several of our guild members are obsessed with into hexagons. They swear to me that they are fun and relaxing to do, but I just haven't bought into that idea yet :) This is another quilt by Crys using both new and old fabrics by Denyse Schmidt. I love this mix of menswear/womenswear fabrics. I see a tie, vest lining, a summer's a great mix! 

4. You don't mind spending tons of money on fabric to make a quilt for a gift but would never spend that much money on a store bought gift.

There's been a lot of chat this week about bag patterns. Shana was at the mall this weekend and she saw a cute quilted gym bag but didn't like the price. Like a lot of us, she thought "I can make that!" and that's exactly what she's doing. She's started the sides, which will be really cute. But wait, Shana...cupcakes on your gym bag? You're my kind of girl!

5. You go to the pizza place and your four year old pipes up, "Look, Mom, that man's using a rotary cutter on the pizza!"

I don't doubt that someday, one of Amanda L's kids will say that to her! Amanda has been working on this "Little Apple Orchard" quilt for a while now. I'm getting a little antsy because she just keeps giving us little snippets of it and I'm dying to see the whole thing. Made with a charm pack of Aneela Hoey's "Little Apples", the quilt has four "orchards" divided up by color and is English Paper Pieced in the shape of apple cores. Each orchard is tidily closed off by a "fence" of Kona White. The quilting in the apple orchards is done with a White Pearl Cotton. Between and surrounding each orchard is a scrumptious Essex Linen, which Amanda is hand-quilting as well with apple tree branches in a variegated Sulky Blendable Thread. She says, "It's slow going, but doing so much of the work by hand is incredibly rewarding, relaxing, and FUN!"

6. You're making travel plans and one of your first thoughts is if there are any must see quilting stores within a 100 mile radius of your destination.

A couple of weeks ago I went with my sister to take her daughter back to college. And, okay, I was a little disappointed we didn't have time to stop at a couple of the quilt shops I jotted down. I am in the middle of making a photo quilt for a friend's parents celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. I've gotten to know them a little over the years as they've come to visit her and they are absolutely fantastic people! It's really a pleasure to be able to do this for them.

7. You purchase fabric and the clerk asks "what are you making?" And you have to answer, "I don't know", "I'm not sure", or my usual "I just collect fabric."

Bri says she's been collecting 30s fabrics for the last few years and is excited to be using them in the Bee in My Bonnet Row Along she's doing. She says clues come out every other Wednesday, so the project is a bit of mystery as well. This is her Row 1 and I have to say I'm curious as to what's next!

8. You leave the house with bits of thread and fabric all over your clothes.

Bri is also working on a fall leaves quilt, which will be a retirement gift for a friend. When I first glanced at this quilt, a few of the leaves looked transparent. Can you see it too? It's almost like looking through the quilt and seeing the ground or trees.

9. You spend more money on 'quilt stuff' than you do on your wardrobe.
Happy Quilting!

Today we're linking up with:  

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. Great work everyone!!!

    Cupcakes on a gym bag is AWESOME, Shana!

    And I hope you're bringing that photo quilt to the meeting, Leslie. I'd like to see it in person. It looks very tasteful! :)

    And is anyone feeling like Robin has been pregnant forever now? ;) Can't wait to meet that little baby.

  2. This is such a fun post! I like numbers 4,5, and 7! They are so true! Your projects are looking great too!

  3. Well, seriously, 6 is a must! lol I love your post. I am stopping by from the WIP blog hop. I have my WIPs up today if you want to stop by :)

  4. What a nice variety of quilting going on by a nice variety of women : )
    Great post!

  5. Wow, thanks for a great post...I think I can relate to all these points! I've also joined BIMB's Row Along and can't wait to start on the second row. Dropping by from Freshly Pieced.

  6. 4, 6, 7, 8, 9.... oooh my gosh, I thought I was the only one!!!


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