WIP Wednesday

It has been a rough week over here.  Everyone but my son has had the flu, and this morning I woke up with a migraine on top of that.  Thank goodness for Excedrin migraine.
But because I haven't been able to leave the house in a week, I have made some good progress on my + and x quilt.
+ and x quilt
When I took this photo I had finished 49 blocks, but I finished 7 more last night so I only have 7 left. Once I finish up those blocks I think I will set this one aside for a little while, I am feeling a little drained.  I have a baby quilt to make and I think it would be nice to work on a smaller project for a little bit.  

January lucky stars block

I signed up to participate in the Lucky Stars BOM and I am really glad that I did.  I am hoping to get a little more confident about paper piecing and, of course, it is fun to see what everyone else does with their blocks.  I am planning on making the 6" version because I don't really need another quilt and I think these would make a great table runner or wall quilt in the end.

I made January's block today.  It was pretty easy and came together during my kids nap.  I just love how cute and tiny the 6" block is!  I actually laughed out loud when I picked up the templates off of the printer because they are so tiny.
Lucky Stars BOM - January
I accidentally switched the red fabrics when I made my first B block, so rather than fix the problem I just switched them on the other B block.  It doesn't bother me. 

Lately I have been working on my + and x blocks that I started last year.  So far I have around 40 blocks, and I am planning on making the finished quilt 7 blocks by 9 blocks so I have a few more to go!
+ and x blocks

scrappy trip finished

I was glad to have this one to finish up over the last couple of days; we are all sick with something suspiciously flu-like and I haven't wanted to get off the couch, so finishing up the binding was perfect (I've been pretty bad about responding to comments for the past few days, I'm sorry!).

I first started to see these quilt blocks pop up on Instagram while I was visiting my family for Christmas.  At first I wasn't interested, but by the time I got home I couldn't wait to get started.  I have really loved working on this quilt and definitely think that I will make another one at some point.  Most of the fabrics are from my scrap bin, but since I made this with my nephew in mind I tried to leave out anything pink, purple, or flowery.  Considering that at least half of the fabrics in my stash fall into one of those categories, I had to venture a little bit outside of the scrap bin.
scrappy trip along quilt finished
This one is going to be a little difficult for me to give away.  It is a great couch size (60x72) and I have grown very attached to it. 

For the backing I used this Chicopee plaid print.
scrappy trip backing
I had a hard time choosing a fabric for the binding, but I decided to go for another Chicopee print.  I was really proud of myself for using up a fabric that was in my stash, but now that I am finished with the quilt I am a little concerned that that print is all gone now and I might need to order some more!
scrappy trip binding
This is the first scrap quilt I have made and it is making me very excited to get started on my Maple Leaf Rag Quilt from Material Obsession II.  
scrappy trip quilt

WIP Wednesday

1. I have spent most of my time finishing up my Scrappy Trip Along quilt.  I have to admit, even though I was reluctant to start this one, it has really turned into one of my all time favorite quilts.  I have never made a scrap quilt before and I really like seeing so many fabrics in the same place.  I made this for my nephew, but at this point I am afraid that I might keep it :)
 The quilt top is done and the quilting is 90% done.
I decided to go with the zig zag layout, which I think is a lot of fun, and then I have quilted along the diagonal echoing the zig zag shape.  Please forgive the iphone photo, this is layout that I went with, although it was taken a few steps ago.
2.  My other WIP is my + and x quilt which I didn't touch this week.  Hopefully that will change soon!
+ and x blocks

do good stitches update

I spent the last couple of days finishing up our November quilt so that I can get it donated this week.  I really enjoyed making this pattern (it is called Simply Woven from Moda Bake Shop) and seeing this quilt is actually what inspired me to want to make a quilt for Moda myself.  The pattern is pretty simple (as long as you read the directions very closely!) and it was a lot of fun to make.  I can definitely see myself making this again.
do good stitches November quilt, Wish circle
For the backing I used this DS Quilts fabric which I got for $3 a yard a Joann's!  I think it works nicely with the quilt and I am loving plaids lately so of course I bought the rest of the bolt :)
Simply Woven quilt back
I also finished up my January do Good Stitches blocks today.  Caitlin had asked us to make 1 or 2 Arkansas Traveler blocks using this tutorial  with this photo as our color inspiration.  The color combination is very pretty, I think that the finished quilt is going to be gorgeous!
January DGS blocks

check it out . . .

A quilt I made using Aneela Hoey's GORGEOUS Posy fabric is featured over at the Moda Bake Shop today, go check it out!

wip wednesday

1.  It turns out that those Scrappy Trip Along blocks are really addictive.  Instead of basting and starting the quilting on my Simply Woven Quilt, I made 10 more scrappy blocks.
scrappy trip along progress
I am trying to decide if I want to make it 60"x60" or 60"x72".  Either way, I still have more blocks to make.  Yay!

2.  I need to figure out a backing for this quilt and then get it basted.  Hopefully that will happen tomorrow.
DGS November Quilt Top
Right now I need to get back to cleaning my house.  I have some friends coming over tonight and they might think it's weird if there are little pieces of fabric and thread all over the place!

2013 Finish-A-Long

I am back from Christmas craziness and a week with family in Utah.  I just barely unpacked our bags and I am still finding pieces of wrapping paper all over the house, but I did get my machine out and finally did some sewing after a 2 week break.
1.  I thought I would join in with the finish-a-long; I don't tend to abandon projects, but I am hoping that this will help me finish up my + and x quilt.  I found the blocks when I was cleaning out my closet a few weeks ago and have been excited to get back to work on them.  I started out mostly using a couple of collections from Momo, It's a Hoot and Just Wing it, and now I have some of the Oh Deer collection so I can include those too.
+ and x blocks
2.  While I was out of town, the Scrappy Trip Along really took off on Instagram.  I wasn't sure that I wanted to participate since I have been planning to make a Maple Leaf Rag quilt this year, but I am pretty sure I have enough scraps for both :)
scrappy trip along
3.  I got the last two blocks from our November quilt for the Wish circle of DGS on Saturday and put the blocks together last night. This one is number one on my priority list so hopefully I can make some progress on this one this week. We used this tutorial and I asked for boy-ish colors.  I am really thrilled with how it is turning out, the ladies of the Wish Circle really outdid themselves!
DGS November Quilt Top
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