Wednesday, 15 August 2012

WiP Wednesday ~ 15 August

The middle of August already - summer is nearly over!!  My holiday feels like it was forever-ago and it only ended five days ago!  I am so pleased that Mr Toyota had a tune-up while I was away - he is sewing very well and keeping up with me!  This means I can link up with Freshly Pieced WiP Wednesday because in the past five days I have managed to work on several works in progress:
  • one Great Granny block for the Great Granny QAL which brings my total to three completed blocks (but I'm a little behind in the QAL so need to catch up!!) -- only 6 more to sew!

My first three Great Granny blocks
  •  six baubles for my Vintage Holiday QAL quilt using 'my precious' fabrics (making me slightly ahead of schedule as we are only at Week 4)
  • and two bee blocks for two Running with Scissors August bee mamas (right on schedule - will post tomorrow morning and they should arrive before the month ends)
"Spinning Star" pattern by Quilt Dad John Q Adams from Shape Workshop for Quilters book

"Chutes and Ladders" improv block
  • I also picked the scraps for the Scrappy Bits swap and I know what I will be making my secret partner for that too [no picture, sorry!]
  • and lastly I finally added the border to my Brit Quilt Swap mini quilt for my secret partner...

I added the triangular border to the left side of this block for my secret partner
These 60* triangles turned out to be quite a challenge for me.  This was the first time cutting this shape of triangle [I've only ever done half square triangles up to now] and this was the first time sewing this shape too... and I will not be doing them again anytime soon, let me tell you!!  They sewed up sort of crooked so I starched the strip as straight as I could and then it appeared to sew on well from the back but in fact I lost some points (and I didn't want to lose any triangular points).  Oh well - at least I tried something new!  Practice makes perfect I suppose!  I had planned an entire border on all four sides but I only managed one side.  Call it 'artistic'!!  Anyways, on to the next step now so I can get it to my secret partner! 

So in summary, I am behind in one QAL, ahead in another QAL, on track for Brit Quilt Swap and the Modern Scrappy Swap but a little panicked to complete a paper pieced block and an improv block for Miss August in the Kinky Bee and a word block for Miss August in the Bee Europa bee.  In addition to all of that, I am yet to re-design and sew my Texting while Sewing block and start my Sailor Mouth swap item -- all for the end of August!!  Yikes!!  But, you know me - I LOVE deadlines and lots of challenges so I'm feeling positive that everything will get done :)  I am strangely calm about it all actually and I'm enjoying the process... and having SO. MUCH. FUN!

~Linking up to Fabric Tuesday and TNT Thursday as well.
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And I couldn't forget that today is the 15th of the month so that means it is Quilty Embellishment Day!  I will be linking up my Zakka Sugar Cookies Sack as I did embroidery as the embellishment on that project.  Check out the linky party and perhaps link up something you've embellished as well!!  You could win fabric!  Woohoo!

See you at the Festival of Quilts - I'll be the one with lots of shopping bags :)




19 comments:

Cherie said...

What a lot of things to be done! Hope you manage to catch up with the projects you're behind on! =D

Kelly said...

A post full of georgeous makes Amy!

MetroQuilter said...

I'm dizzy just looking at your to do list. Some great posts.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

very nice pieces going on here....love the green granny square with the newsprint fabric!!

Beth said...

I had the same problem with the triangles - they are now all cut (the ones I hadn't sewn) and put away for some time later. I like the way that bee block looks with that circle-ish (fruit?) pattern.

Charlotte said...

aieeeeeeeeeeee!!! so much to do - so little time!

Gertie Pye said...

Amazing work rate Amy! Particularly like the granny squares, and the baubles, and the spool, and ... well, everything! You are right that deadlines do increase productivity although I am feeling the Bee pressure at the moment as it is very difficult to get around to my August blocks in the summer holidays!

Patti said...

Yowza! You've done some fun projects, Amy! Love your granny blocks and the Vintage baubles! I need to get busy on the Scrappy Bits Swap too!

linda said...

hi Amy just over from the star quilting bee to see you wow what gorgeous things you have made love the spooland your baubles are fab and your note book cover with the snow man is sooo cute love the gnome too ................seems like i love it all :))))

capitolaquilter said...

Stopping by from WIP, you've got some really terrific projects going on.

Abby said...

Love your granny square quilt. Can't wait to follow your progress. I just bought the fabric and pattern for the Vintage Christmas balls - seeing yours makes me want to get a jump on it. And the spools too! We have a lot of the same projects - except you've started yours and I am just talking about them! Now I'm motivated. Thanks!

Live a Colorful Life said...

I love everything in this post! Thanks for linking up.

Mary Menzer said...

Ohhhh, there was mine! And I love that fussy cut spool.

Books_Bound said...

Your latest granny looks like a Granny Smith apple. How fitting. :)

Janine said...

Beautiful projects. I love your grannies and the spool :)

Alison said...

These are all such beautiful blocks with beautiful fabrics! I agree that your granny square looks like a granny smith apple. :)

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

Great looking blocks, I love the way they all look! The spool with the wood looking fabric at the ends looks specially awesome! :) Thanks for sharing your work!

Melissa Corry said...

Love the little spool block. So fun!!!

MBMathis said...

The Spinning Star block - I just bought several of those Moda Prints this past weekend. I didn't get the bigger one that looks like citrus fruit cut in half, but I did get the dots and the stripes, and a couple others from that line.

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