Wednesday, December 18, 2013

WIP Wednesday: the one with presents!

This WIP is mostly about presents. Other people's presents, unfortunately! But still presents.


Aunty's Harvest Quilt

Got the binding done on my Aunt's Quilt on Saturday afternoon, an hour before we had our 'family Christmas dinner'.

aunty quilt bein bound

She liked it a lot!

aunty quilt

That quilt's been about 9 months in the making, and has been in the planning stages for over a year - since Father's Day last year (which, in Australia, is in September). Previous post on The Making Of is here. There's Bad Math! Getting Rid Of Fabrics I Didn't Know What To Do With! And The True Meaning Of Patchwork!

But YESSSS! It's done!

Bee Block Quilt 2011 - Grandmother's Puzzle

I joined a bee block challenge in 2011, and asked for the traditional 'grandmother's puzzle' block, with a white/cream background, and medium-dark bow-ties and arrows in different colours.

I think some people's ideas of "white/cream background" differs from mine.

The fabrics are supposed to be all cotton, but seeing the way some of them react to my, yeah, I don't think so!

grandmother's puzzle

At least the damage isn't too noticeable...I think.

Oh, and at least one person's idea of a 12" block is 3" too short of standard... Oops!

But, yeah, it's a small quilt - at ~36" square, really just a wall quilt - I thought about making more blocks and adding to it so it's at least a lap quilt, but I find I'm not so hugely fond of this quilt that I'm going to put any more effort in than absolutely necessary to get it finished.

I have several piles of other blocks from two other bee block exchanges and both of those are much nicer! Although I will need to do some extra blocks for the first, and some sashing-and-posting in the second... Ugh. Sashing and posting! Lots of little fiddly bits!

French Memo Boards

I've had this in planning for a while now - ones for my stepbrother and his wife, ones for my sisters. I really have to make another move on the sisters' ones - maybe I can give them for Christmas?

Christmas present

I think it needs a button or two at the ribbon intersections to hold everything together. Oops. Maybe I can go visit them and surreptitiously sew some buttons on?

Anyway, both of them:

Christmas present

Nice and easy gifts!


Penny Patch

Two months late to this QAL with Rachel of Stitched In Color: my initial Penny Patch colour selection!

penny patch

Maybe cut down a little on the range of colours - skip the blues and the pinks, and take out the complicated multi-colour floral (although it does work beautifully with the palette - something to consider in future). I'll have to think about it. Not too hard, though!

I just need time to do some cutting and sewing. Things are rapidly becoming a mad whirlygig of social life. It's exhausting!

Precuts Projects:

Sunkissed Town Squares

Finished sewing the blocks together, but haven't pressed them.

Sunkissed Town Square

Haven't gone any further on the two layer cake precuts, although that's going to change shortly...just as soon as my Christmas holidays start on Monday!


I have a baby shower on the 4th Jan, so I gotta get something together for that. I was thinking the crib-size version of the Penny Patch, although I'll probably have to drop the pinks. People tend to get iffy about pink for boys, as though the merest hint of the colour might result in homosexuality.

I have the week of Christmas off, and then I'll be working from home the week of New Year, which should mean I can take sewing breaks at lunch! Just a bit of chain-piecing! :)

Since I doubt there'll be a WIP Wednesday next week, I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas (or equivalent holiday greeting according to your preferences) and a Wonderful New Year!



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