Wednesday, December 5, 2012

WIP Wednesday - the one with blocks and quilting

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


Birthday Blocks

Getting there!

One coffee-themed block:

Mondrian with coffee.
Only it's the wrong design!

The second coffee-themed block - this one is the correct design!

Framed coffee block.
Stars block from 99 Modern Quilt Blocks:
Stars with coffee and patriotism.

Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner

I've been avoiding quilting my own quilts, partly because my machine is just not up to the challenge of large-scale quilting in anything other than straight lines, partly because I didn't want to open that door.

But I need at least one quilt for Material Obsession's Swap Day on Saturday - something bright and 'modern', and the only thing that even vaguely fit the order was Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner, last photographed here:

Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner!
I don't know if it will exactly fit in with the vivacity of the quilts that are Material Obsession's meat and milk, but I figured it was better than my alternatives.

The quilting is very basic - 'stitch in the ditch' in a diamond pattern, following the pattern of the blocks. It's not very tight quilting, so I imagine there'll be quite a bit of puffiness as it goes through washes and washes.

Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner.

I'll be sewing the binding on over the next couple of days/nights.

Quilting Lessons

I did my machine quilting course last Wednesday on the Avanti longarm machine. Very nice, very educational. Lots to learn and take in, but also a pleasure to work with.

Quilting example

I wish I'd taken the Angela Walter's Free Motion Quilting book along with me so I could try out the various quilting styles, but, hey, there's lots of quilts yet to go!

After I finish The Eternity Quilt, I may start working on the piles of quilt tops that I haven't gotten around to quilting - partly because when I finished them I didn't have the money to get them quilted, partly because at least one of them will need specialised quilting

Speaking of which...

Eternity Quilt

Still a WIP - until this weekend!

Again, I'm hoping to get this done for Material Obsession's Swap Day - this coming Saturday. And I have three or so hours booked at the Avanti this afternoon, so hopefully some inroads will be made on the quilting. At the least, I want the copperplate outlined and emphasised with some very fine stippling. Once that's done, I'll branch out further out with curls and flourishes all the way to the edge of the quilt.

I'm privately hoping to get the binding completed tomorrow, but realistically it's very unlikely. It's a HUGE quilt! I'll be very glad to have it done, though!


Eternity quilted!

Other things

I'm going to visit my dad and his new wife in Vietnam after Christmas. I'm contemplating taking a quilt along for her - not sure quite what, though - I know almost nothing about her style, or what she might like, and I'd hate to put a lot of effort into something she thinks is 'meh'. (I don't know, she might think it's 'meh' anyway?) She seems like a very fashionable person. And I am decidedly...not fashionable. :)

Maybe leave it until after I've visited them and have a better idea of her likes/dislikes? Or whether she'd want a quilt at all.

Swap Day

I'm offering one package comprising a half-metre each of three Mendocino Mermaids prints. Go and enter the giveaway!

Mendocino mermaids
Cat is not included in giveaway!

I <3 Kona

Received the charms from my charm swap with Alyssa at Pile O'Fabric

I <3 Kona charm swap
Now to think of what to make with them!

And I think that's about it for me!

So what have you been working on this week?


  1. Wow you have been busy! Some great blocks there!

    Well done for taking on the quilting! That's always a tough job for me too. How fun to try out a longarm!

    As for a quilt for your dad's new wife... could he give you some ideas on colours she likes?

  2. All of the quilts are wonderful! Especially the Eternity quilt. I am really drawn to anything with full color spectrum!

  3. Oh, I *love* Baby in a Corner. :D

  4. Right or wrong I like all of the coffee blocks. You have certainly been a very busy lady!

  5. Really cute coffee blocks and I LOVE your Baby in a Corner quilt. So much to look at!

  6. So many projects and they are great, especially Baby in the corner.

  7. Your blog is fun to read, and I loved looking at your quilts, esp. Eternity and Don't Put Baby. . . I have a quilt like that made from autumn-colored fabrics and I never tire of it. Good for you for entering MO's swap!

    Thanks for stopping by Freshly Pieced today and posting your WIP link.
    Elizabeth E.


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