OK, folks ... you heard it here first. I am officially on a self-imposed mini quilt hiatus.
As you all know (and many have commented! : ), I've been on a bit of a mini quilt bender for the past year or so. I wouldn't have done it any differently -- I really credit all of those swaps with helping me to learn both basic and new techniques, build my confidence (thanks to all of the help and support of fellow swapees), and meet a whole bunch of really, really great people -- but it's time to face facts.
I have a whole slew of larger projects in various stages of completion. And I've been avoiding basting, quilting, and binding full-sized quilts. I've got to start clearing some of these projects out!
I believe I've seen "WIP Wednesday" posts around the blogiverse and thought it would be a great way to track my progress on these projects ... and to keep me honest! My WIP Wednesday posts will be devoted to my larger quilts only.
First up, do any of you remember my very first Doll Quilt Swap? Well, as soon as I finished up that little quilt I decided to use the remainder of my "Wee Play" charm pack to make a larger sized version of it. I've had the middle (pinwheel) part of this quilt done for, oh, almost a year now. All I had to do was add the two borders. Why did it take me so long??
In retrospect, I wish I had made the inner border a bit thinner.
Another quilt top done. Moved to the "to be quilted" pile.
Up next, piecing this Amy Butler "Midwest Modern" quilt. I bought these fabrics and picked the pattern to make as a wedding gift for an MBA classmate's August wedding. Ummm, no ... not next month. August 2008. Yes, last year. Does Miss Manners still give us 12 months to give a wedding gift??
Blocks are done. Layout is final. Now I just have to piece it all together.
I will say this about mini quilts -- they spoil you rotten. The thought of piecing together 63 blocks -- when I'm used to more like 9 -- is numbing my brain. I just have to soldier on ...
My goal is to have this top pieced by next week's WIP Wednesday.
Finally, my quilt for Dana's Old Red Barn Company quilt-along. Here are all of the strips, cut and ready to go:
I would say I am about halfway done with piecing the strip sets ... and what I've pieced has already been cut into blocks. I still have a bunch more strip sets to sew together. Maybe I'll shoot for July 22nd to show this one off?
(P.S. Not sure what happened here, but the pictures below are TERRIBLE -- those are not the colors of these blocks AT ALL!)
And then the next few projects in the hopper for WIP Wednesday:
- Remember this? My Full Moon Forest quilt that I made as part of Amanda Jean's quilt-along (embarassingly, I haven't touched this one since October 2008).
- My Amy Butler quilt with blocks from my Craftster group.
- My SewConnected, Buzz Cuts, and Cottage Quilting Bee quilts ... some straggler blocks are still rolling in.
- ... and some others that I can't think of right now.
P.S. I reserve the right to change my mind and break the hiatus any time I want!! ; )