Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Work in Progress Wednesday

What a week! I've got several major steps finished and am looking forward to some true finishes over the next few weeks. I would really love to have all my quilts completely finished (bound) before the baby comes, but we'll see if that happens or not!

Other than using the long arm machine {read more here} for the first time this weekend, I also got going on the baby's quilt that seemed to come out of no where at 5 am Friday morning {read about that bit here!}.  When I did the design, I forgot to add the seam allowance so instead of 99 Half Square Triangles (HSTs), I actually needed 120.  Thankfully, it wasn't a big deal to cut and sew a few more squares.

It was really fun to go from large stacks of squares

 To a whole buncha Half Square Triangles

Although I've used these in a quilt block, I've never made a significant number before. I am glad this is just a baby sized quilt!

This is also my first time designing my own quilt {hence forgetting the seam allowance when determining the size of my HSTs}.  Bec over at Chasing Cottons is wrapping up a really helpful Quilting 101 on her blog {it should really be 101 + 102 + .... it's super in depth}.  One of the posts discussed designing the actual quilt, and that helped me quite a bit.  I also used Rachel's tutorial for the HSTs.

I am planning to hand quilt this one, which is something totally new to me, so if you have any suggestions on techniques, threads, thimbles, needles, or how to make a chocolate cake, I'll be happy to hear from you :)

OK, so my Works in Progress...
Bind my sister's Parisville Quilt
Bind the New Wave Quilt
Sew the Kitchen Windows quilt back
Quilt Kitchen Windows
Bind Kitchen Windows
{do you see a theme yet?}
Sew together the HSTs to make the baby quilt top
{you get the idea...}

On hold
Finishing Della's "first" quilt {My sewing budget is way over this month thanks to renting the Long Arm, so I'm going to hold off on this one!}
Violet Top {I'm waiting on the pattern plus I want to make it when my mom is here and can help me!}

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. OOO I can not wait to see the baby quilt in the together stage,what pretty fabrics.

  2. Those are super cute fabrics! I've yet to do a HST quilt. I think I need to get on it ;)

  3. hand quilting has to be very time consuming. I watched a video I checked out from the library where several ladies were hand quilting. If I want my quilts anything but tied I will have to give hand quilting a try.

  4. Good for you, working on your own design!! I've had fun doing that for the first time this year.

  5. Very cool that you're getting to use the long arm! And I love that happy stack of fabric.

  6. Good luck on the hand quilting. I'm sure there are tons of videos and such on Youtube. That's my go-to place when I want to learn something new!

  7. i love working with hst's. the possibilities are endless and they provide so much fun color! love your fabric pile!


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