Wednesday, September 7, 2011

WIP Wednesday #11

It’s that time of the week again…WIP Wednesday!

Yay for progress!  Works in progress are a good thing because it means I'm making a dent in my ever-growing to-do pile.  I finished up one little thing in the past week, but am making lots of progress in other areas, so here goes:

  Friday afternoon I whipped up a cute little skirt for Emma to wear to the football games on Friday nights.  She's too big for a cheerleading outfit, but too small for all of the high school shirts and her jersey, so I thought this was a fun alternative.  It's just the same bandana skirt I've made in the past.  It's so easy--seriously, if you ever need a quick skirt for a little girl...use this tutorial!!
  I have some t-shirts in mind for Oren and Emma for football games, too...I've just got to get my embroidery designs set so I'm ready to go.

Forget Boys of Fall...this is a Girl of Fall!

In Progress:
  Since last Wednesday, I've finished up two more blocks for my Summer Sampler Quilt.  First up was Faith's Lucky Pieces block.  This block was a relief of no paper piecing or intricate sewing.  It was simple HSTs sewn together.  Phew!

  Next up, Lee's Minnesota block.  And although this one involved paper piecing, it was quite enjoyable too.  I only did one section of the pp wrong and that was solely inattention to detail.  That's my biggest problem with PP--not focusing on the task at hand.  It's so easy to sew down your pieces the wrong way when you're doing 5 things at once, I mean multi-tasking!

  I'm working hard on getting the Summer Sampler done before I start anything else big, so I've got my fabrics all ready for Oren's Greek Cross quilt, but I haven't started cutting yet.  See, I've got this big pile of scraps in our bedroom floor that I'm using for the Summer Sampler, and it's driving Chris crazy!!  So...I've decided no more cutting until that pile of scraps is gone.  I'm such a good wife!  ;)  Anyway, for those of you who agree that stacks of fabric can be serious eye you go.  I'm thinking of adding in a few greens for a pop of color (and since gators are actually green), but I haven't decided.  Any opinions?

I've actually got a couple other blues that didn't make it into this picture too.  It is awful hard to find royal blues!
   I continue to work on my embroidery sampler for my sewing room...but you know me.  I've grown weary of it and I'm ready to move on to something else...namely something fall-related.  I'm going to make myself work on it for the rest of this week to see if I can just finish it up and be done, but it may quickly move to the  WIP basket so I can get on with something more timely.  Let's cross our fingers for a finish on this one, shall we?

It's these darn french knots doing me in...they're SO small!!

   Last weekend I went shopping with my sister and saw a cute Gator shirt at Target.  However, it looked cheaply made and they wanted like $25 for it.  WHAT??  "I could make that same shirt at home for less than $10," I said.  So I am.  I'd already bought a plain blue t-shirt with a Gator restyle in mind, so I'm all set.  I've actually got it ready to sew, but a cut-up shirt's not so interesting to look at, so just come back Friday for the big reveal, 'kay?

Poor, lonely Unfinished Projects that have been cast aside:
--"Sent with Love" postage stamp quilt.  It look so sad peeking out of my WIP basket knowing it's not far from being done and just needs a little love.

--Mosaic Swap quilt.  Actually, I think this one needs one more row sewn on before I can quilt it.  But I haven't touched it in like 2 months, so I'm not sure on that one.  ;)

--Fall Pops quilt.  This one goes back before blogging...  Oops!

Go check out Lee's linkup to see what she's been up to and all of the other great bloggers that link up too!  It's always inspiring to me to see what others can get done in a week...inspiring and encouraging (like a "Stop spending all of your time on Pinterest and get busy sewing!!" kind of encouragement, you know?!?)


  1. Very nice materials. I love French knots.

  2. Wow!! Those french knots may be a pain, but they're sure looking good!

  3. I love the orange and blue that you have picked out. Beautiful!

  4. I love that orange and blue. I think adding a touch of green or maybe even yellow would contrast nicely.

  5. Those Minnesota blocks look fabulous! Glad the paper-piecing wasn't too painful! Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )

  6. Love that bandana skirt, how cute!
    And your summer sampler blocks look great - my favorite was the Minnesota block!

  7. What a line-up of fun things at your place! I just finished reading a book about a small town, and it seems as it would be a lovely place to settle in to. Fun for your daughter to have a "Game Day" skirt--very cute. And love that stack of fabrics; I can tell you're going to have a lot of fun with those!

    Elizabeth E!

  8. the bandana skirt is so cute. You've put a lot of work into those quilt squares too.

  9. that orange and blue fabric stack is to die for. i love green and it would look great in with your other fabrics in the stack.

  10. hehe! Love the Girl of Fall photo. :D

  11. That skirt is super cute. I picked up some bandanas while at Hobby Lobby last week to try and make matching outfits for my two girls... another to-do, LOL! My hubby hates my sewing 'mess' as he calls it. I try to keep all current projects in those 12"x12"x4" plastic scrapbooking bins. Then he doesn't know what I have 'going', LOL!


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