Wednesday, August 25, 2010

WIP Wednesday : WIP's on Parade

Alternate post titles: "Quilts with Feet", or "Sexy Man-ankles". Any would be appropriate!

So the kids were at Camp Grandma up in NYC last week and, per usual, I took the week off of work. Early in the week, Mrs. QD and I enjoyed an overnight trip to Blowing Rock, up in the North Carolina mountains. But for the latter part of the week, she began her PhD program and I was left to my lonesome.

What's a quilting dad to do?

It is so rare that I enjoy several consecutive uninterrupted hours of sewing that I decided I needed to tackle some of my bigger projects. Namely, the (embarrassingly high) stack of blocks that all need to be assembled into quilt tops. You know all of the quilting bees that I participate in? Well, I'm ashamed to admit that I had yet to sew together a single quilt top from the bee blocks I'd received.

I was a man on a mission. And between Wednesday and Sunday I sewed together 5 -- count 'em, 5 -- quilt tops. I have no idea when I'll be able to get them quilted, but no matter for now. I am just so glad to have made a dent in the WIP pile.

Wanna see 'em? I thought so! And heeeeeeeere we go ...

WIP 8 - Amy Butler Midwest Modern Quilt

First up were these blocks, originally sewn up for a friend's wedding gift 2 years ago, made from Amy Butler's Midwest Modern line.

WIP 8 - Amy Butler Midwest Modern Quilt

WIP 9 - Fresh Cut Turning Twenty Quilt

Next up were another set of blocks that I sewed together a LONG time ago ... as in, this was one of the first set of quilt blocks that I ever made. They're made from some of my favorite Fresh Cut prints by Heather Bailey, and the pattern is the popular Turning Twenty. This one actually still needs its final border.

WIP 9 - Fresh Cut Turning Twenty Quilt

WIP 5 - SewConnected Quilt

Then I moved on to my growing pile of quilting bee blocks made for me by my many talented Flickr friends. I started with my original virtual quilting bee, the SewConnected group that I started back in September 2008.

I absolutely LOVE this quilt. It's just so ... happy. It features so many of my favorite fabrics, including Flea Market Fancy and Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt, Farmer's Market by Sandi Henderson, and Flutterby ladybugs by Tula Pink. They all go so well together.

Why did I wait so long to put this together??

WIP 5 - SewConnected Quilt

WIP 7 - SewConnected 2 Quilt

By this point I was on a roll, and I was so excited to move on to my SewConnected 2 quilt. I had my SC2 friends make me mini improv houses, and boy did they deliver. I opted to use a light grey (Kona Ash) instead of white as my neutral, and I'm so glad that I did. I know I am going to LOVE this quilt for years to come.

WIP 7 - SewConnected 2 Quilt

WIP 6 - SewConnected 3 Quilt

I rounded out the weekend with my SewConnected 3 quilt, made from Anna Maria Horner's Good Folks line. I asked for quarter log cabin blocks and love the way all of the prints are mixed up together. I think this line has cemented its place as one of my all-time favorites.

And yes, those are my sexy mankles (man-ankles) in the photo above! : )

WIP 6 - SewConnected 3 Quilt

So there they are -- 5 quilt tops in 5 days. I can add them to my stack of tops ready to be quilted, which was already stacked 4 high. Oh, what's that? You want to see them, too? OK, your wish is my command!

Here's a colorful quilt top made from a line of fabric called "Mendhi" by Bill Kerr & Weeks Ringle of FunQuilts from a few years back. The pattern is the free Brick Path quilt by Amy Butler.

WIP 2 - Mendhi Quilt

This is another top made from some Amy Butler prints -- this time, her Lotus line. The pattern is called "Flip a Coin" and was featured in one of the (or even the?) very first issues of Fons & Porter's Easy Quilts magazine.

WIP 1 - Amy Butler Flip a Coin Quilt

Here's a pretty basic (i.e. no pattern) HST / pinwheel quilt made from a charm pack of Look & Learn by American Jane and bordered with some of my favorite ruler fabric:

WIP 4 - American Jane Pinwheels

I got a lot of great feedback on this next quilt when I first started blogging. And here it sits, still unfinished. It's another Turning Twenty quilt, this time using some wonderful Prints Charming fabrics.

WIP 3 - Spaceboy Turning Twenty Quilt

So some of my unifinished stacks of blocks have turned into unfinished quilt tops. But that's OK, right? One step at a time ...

I still have a bunch more to work on, including my Cottage Quilting Bee, Bee Inspired, Buzz Cuts, and {Bee} Imaginative blocks.

Any thoughts or suggestions on backing, binding, or quilting designs for any of these? I'd love to hear them!

59 comments:

  1. Wow, what an awesome group of accomplishments. They all look amazing!

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  2. Geeze, you weren't kidding, that is a lot of quilt tops!

    I cannot get over that 3rd top, it is so amazing! Love it! :)

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  3. What a neat set of projects. And a great use of time while the kids are away.

    My son and I were wandering through Bingham Hall yesterday after visiting my husband, and poked our heads in to say hi to a friend - who introduced me to your wife. A brief serendipitous quilting discussion.

    Cheers, K

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  4. Congrats on the amazing productivity! Love seeing all of these come together!

    So what's your wife getting her PhD in? Congrats to her for taking that on!!!

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  5. woot woot for the parade! i have that big amy butler print on the border of a bed quilt... love our version... wonder if i have any left...

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  6. All of your quilts are great! Especially the three SewConnected quilts - they are phenomenal! Once I get a little better, maybe I will have the courage to join a virtual bee!

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  7. They are all great and you made great progress, but I think you need to take a few more weeks off!

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  8. i'm always amazed at the speed at which some (like you!) work. i am the tortoise of the quilting world!

    Cara

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  9. Great job QuiltDad. You asked for advice, so here's mine. Figure out how much yardage you need for each one (for the backing & binding), and then walk around with the information in your wallet. Scour the clearance fabric in the hopes that you'll find something. You probably won't. If that happens, then go to fabric.com & shop with a coupon. After you collect your backings, send those babies off to be quilted. Of course, you've been so productive that you might have to sell a kid to fund that kind of work. I can't wait to see them finished. I'm hoping that I have a productive Labor Day weekend. I'm totally looking forward to 3 days of sewing (since I convinced my husband that camping in 100 degree weather was the world's worst idea).

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  10. Um, wow. You are serious. And seriously funny. "Camp Grandma" made me LOL. But seriously, beautiful work. I adore the one from SewConnected 08. Bea-u-ti-ful. Good work, dad...Quilt Dad.

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  11. You are a "Ma-chine", baby! Props to all this past weeks accomplishments. The improv houses and FMF/KJR quilts are my favs.

    Make sure you change your needle and take your machine for a service after the workout you gave that puppy this week. Whip-it! I think she deserves the week off too.

    I'm jealous of your Sexy man-ankles, btw ... If only I were so lucky to look that good in flops. LOL Kidding!!!

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  12. What a great collection of quilt tops! You are going to get a lot of quilting practice out of those. Fun!

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  13. Great quilt tops! I have to agree with you on the AMH Good Folks...it'll always be a favorite for me.
    I'm not sure if you answer questions in your comments, but I have a quilt out of that line and I've made lots of 9 patch blocks w/5" squares. I'm wondering if doing your Off the Grid pattern would make such small pieces that it would be too hard to appreciate the fabrics. What do you think?

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  14. WOW!! You have been busy. It is amazing what one can get done without children under foot. I was in Blowing Rock last week too on vacation. Seeing your Turning Twenty quilt makes me want to get out my pattern and make one too. I have the pattern, but have never made it. Oh, by the way, there are 2 quilt shops in Boone. I went to both of them to look at fabric. Hope you got to go too. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous quilt tops. They are so beautiful and I know you are proud of all of them. Best of luck to your wife as she starts her PhD. Love & blessings from NC!

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  15. Very impressive!! Great bunch of quilts...lots of progress...

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  16. Way to go Quilt Dad!! My faves are the AnnaMaria Horner Good Folks quilt and the last quilt, the one in reds and blues. Cool

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  17. ...HOLY SMOKES. Look at you go!!! I feel like the alternate title for this post could be "If you give a quiltdad some free time..." kinda like "if you give a mouse a cookie"...
    These look seriously great!!!!

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  18. 5 Quilts in 5 days! That's awesome! They all look great too! I really love the improv houses!

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  19. wow John you have been busy!!! I am especially loving those Sew Connected quilt tops - what an awesome bee of workers there!

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  20. That really is an outstanding collection, well done for getting so much done!

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  21. Impressive work John, you mention not knowing when you'll get them quilted - well have you thought about having them as double sided quilts? Just an idea the popped into my wee mind.
    hugs
    Miche'le

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  22. Thanks for that entertaining and beautifully visual post!

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  23. So many great-looking quilt-tops! And nice to see that I´m not alone with lots of tops that waits for quilting :)

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  24. I'm really surprised your sewing machine didn't overheat!! I always love all your work, however you really do need to get those babies layered and quilted so you can use them!

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  25. You have been busy. I love all of the tops and I'm particularly fond of the little houses. Nice.

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  26. Pair them up so you can enjoy both sides of your quilts; it's worth it! Thanks for the photo shoot.

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  27. I love the neighborhood quilt. I need to find another Block Bee!

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  28. I think the third one is my favorite, but WOW how do you do all this---NO SLEEP??
    J.K.

    Since I like the third one the best I think I would do a solid red binding and then mimic one of those gorgeous blocks onto the back and maybe (since there isn't much grey) do the backing around that in grey.

    Just a thought! Happy Quilting:)

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  29. So fun! I love them- what an array of different quilts. Heavens you've got a lot of binding ahead of you! :)

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  30. You, go! After seeing just blocks and minis and pillows from you (all of which I LOVE, by the way), what a treat to see whole quilt tops!

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  31. Wow, that's a lot of work. I really like that Brick Path quilt, great choice in fabrics and colors.

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  32. Wow! You've been busy! Gorgeous projects!

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  33. I adore the AB Mid Mod quilt! It very much resembles the style proposed for the Fat Quarterly quilt along. I love the scrappy look to the blocks.

    I think the more geometric quilts call for some nice straight line quilting. I always like how that turns out.

    Great job being so productive!!!

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  34. Wow! Every one of these is amazing, it would be hard to chose a favorite! I now feel less guilty about all my waiting to be quilted tops and waiting to be tops-blocks.

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  35. WOW you were a busy little bee! Is Camp Grandma taking any new recruits next year??? I've got a couple that would love to go so I could get some sewing done myself! Beautiful tops!! Can't wait to see them all quilted. Jenn

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  36. Unbelievable. The fresh cut is perfect for fall. The good folks looks 3 dimensional. I love it. I love them all. The flip a coin quilt would look great with a buttery yellow back. I'll give you my shipping address when you get it finished. HeHe.

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  37. What a machine! Wow, that is some serious top production. If I had to pick a fav, it would be the little houses - I think it's the best bee quilt I've seen. Congrats on your amazing productivity. You could employ a longarmer for a few weeks!

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  38. Nice quilt tops. Best wishes to your wife on her journey to her PHD.

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  39. I love the houses. It reminds me of this Ingrid Press piece
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/imagingermonkey/3852874991/

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  40. Holy cow!! I absolutely love the first SewConnected quilt, it's fab! The house quilt is pretty awesome too :)

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  41. Amazing! At first I thought my favorite was SewConnected1, then I saw the houses...so cute, then I moved on to the quarter log cabins and was blown away by all the angles. Your sewing machine must have really been heating up to accomplish so much in such a short time. Congrats.

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  42. WOW! YOu set a new Guiness World record!

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  43. What a week you had! As for backings. The one that popped in my mind was the last quilt top. I would do a planet pattern. I think it would look cute with a saturn and it's rings!

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  44. Wonderful job on all the quit tops. Gorgeous fabric combined with fantastic sewing. They are wonderful to look at.


    Ann Flowers

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  45. yay for productivity!! i think my favorite is the houses... but i know a quilt top of yours that needs finishing that isn't shown here... hmm...

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  46. Ok- this is awesome - but you have GOT to get those quilts quilted! You would be so happy to put all of that beautiful work to good use. My fave is the improv one with FMF, TP, etc.

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  47. Wow, these are all fantastic! Congrats on all the productivity. Good luck financing the backing and quilting of all of those! ;)

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  48. Gosh!Those are fab!I'm just about to start my 1st quilt! Feel inspired now! :)

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  49. Yowza! Those are awesome (the quilt tops AND the mankles)! I have made two quilts and I keep thinking about starting another one this fall (which I will probably actually finish in the fall of 2021). Thanks for the inspiration!

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  50. Wow. I don't know what I am more jealous of. The finished quilt tops or the uninterrupted quilting time. I have the turning twenty pattern. I think I may give it a whirl.

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  51. What an amazing group of quilt tops. I admire your perseverance!

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  52. Un. bee. lievable. Wow! All so incredible...

    I lost it when I saw the Anna Maria one...my FAV for sure! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!

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  53. All of them are wonderful, but like the commenter above, the Anna Maria quilt is my favorite! Love love love it!

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  54. Your flip a coin quilt top is absolutely beautiful. I have this fabric that I love that I've been trying to figure out what to do with it, now I know!

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  55. Um. OMG. I am SUCH a slacker. How many MONTHS did it take me to finally get ONE quilt top done, and it was simple! I need some quiltdad energy!!! (LOVE the quilts btw)

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  56. Oh, boy. You have definitely raised the bar.
    Now I challenge you to make those tops into quilts!
    "it's not a quilt until it's quilted" you know. I want the Horner quilt, personally.

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  57. I love the house quilt! In fact, I used it as inspiration for my bee for the wonky houses/trees I'd requested. Can't wait to finish my own. I pinned yours to my "Quilty Goodness" board on Pinterest (with proper credit, of course!). Feel free to follow me if you'd like: http://pinterest.com/lipglass/quilty-goodness/

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