Wednesday, September 28, 2011

WIP Wednesday #14 is flying by, isn't it?  How is September almost over already?  I set up a schedule with the kids' teachers so I can maximize my volunteer time with them while still having time for me at home too.  I'm spending all day Tuesday in Oren's class and all day Wednesday in Emma's class.  And I'll be home on Mondays, Thursdays and whenever there's nothing going on at school on Fridays.  This Friday I'll be helping the PE teachers with the annual Jump-a-thon.  It's a fundraiser where the kids get family to sponsor them jumping rope.  Ever seen 100 kindergartners jumping rope?  It's a blast to watch!  I'll get pictures to share.

But now on to my crafty works for the week...

Completed Projects:
 --I wrote on Monday how I'd finished up all of my Swap Blocks for the Scrapbuster Swap I participate in.  I got better pictures today and will mail them off tomorrow to Kari, our "head swapper."  It's a lot of fun to make a bunch of something and then get a package in the mail with different versions of the same thing.  It's like multiplying your fabric stash for each project!  When mine come in, maybe it'll be the inspiration I need to take my "Sent with Love" quilt out of the UFO list and finish it up.  I'm going to use these swapped blocks as a fun backing for my original postage stamp quilt.

This is actually 10 16-patch blocks.  Don't they look cool together though?

Works in Progress:
--I finished one of my 2 Evening Star blocks for my Summer Sampler Quilt.  This tutorial was from Kate and was as good as all of the others.  My block is woefully pieced together, but it is done and every once in a while I'm happier to just have something done than to have it perfect.  Probably no one will ever notice besides me and if it's keeping someone I love warm on the couch during the evenings than I'm happy.

I think this one will be on the back of the quilt!  ;)

--I'm pulling my "Fall Pops" quilt out of the UFO pile and am going to baste it tomorrow to quilt.  I tested a pattern for a blogger way back before I had a blog and then just never quilted it. I even pieced the back.  Apparently I just got project fatigue and set it aside.  It's getting done this week!

I think this one's going to need a good ironing before I do anything else with it! 

--I'm making more progress on my mittens.  I've got the thumb increases all knitted and my next step is to pull those stitches off for the thumb.  I don't have a new picture of these, but you can see my yarn choice and bottom ribbing here.  I am doing much better this year (so far...).  It all came back to me and I feel much more confident making increases and following directions.   Maybe this really will be the year of the knit for me!

--Oren's Greek Cross quilt is still in the "Wow that pile of fabrics is striking!" stage.  I've got it set out where I can see it when I walk in my sewing room, so that even though I don't have time still to get going on it, I can see it and admire it.  This is the one I'd most like to be working on, but I know the Summer Sampler has to be finished first so it doesn't make it's way down to the Poor and lonely list below...

I have added in a few more oranges and blues and even a few greens.  CAN'T WAIT!!
Poor, lonely Unfinished Projects that have been cast aside:
--"Sent with Love" postage stamp quilt.  Like I said...just waiting on my swap blocks and it's coming back!

--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 4 months, so I'm not sure on that one.  ;)

--My poor Sewing Room Sampler is getting moved to the UFO list.  I will finish it, but right now, it's taking a back seat to my other projects.  

  Lee is back from her self-imposed break since she's just about finished up with her Connecting Threads fabric design contest entries.  So, go over and give her some love and check out all of the wonderful bloggers who come back week after week to show off their works (in progress or otherwise).  


  1. Well, looks like you have lots of projects going on! I checked out your mitten yarn, those are going to be cute with the variegated colors. I make mitts too, that is the extent of my knitting (besides scarves). Here are some pics if you're interested- Thanks for visiting my blog!

  2. Look at you sew!!! I remember when you very first started up your blog, and now... Wow!!! You're inspiring me to get back into that wonderful sewing room of mine with it's 6 thousand unfinished and never begun projects! Can you believe I haven't sewn one stitch in five whole months?!!! Eeek!

  3. i love the star, very minimalist and pretty! The pile of fabric... i would have to touch it everyday, and rearrange it, pet it.... and love on it some... very pretty and im in love with orange right now...

    the knitting, i made slippers as a kid and i just wasn't in love with knitting!! your mittens will be beautiful though.

  4. Love the fabrics for your greek cross quilt. It's going to be beautiful!

  5. i love your summer sampler block-all that white-so pretty!

  6. Alright, I know that I pushed that little "follow" button before today, but apparently it forgot, so NOW I'm a follower for sure. I'm super impressed that you can knit mittens. Any knitting impresses me really, but mittens sound fun! The fabrics for your son's quilts look great, too. But maybe you could just do orange and white. Forget that Gator blue! ;)


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