Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Works in progress ....

I have had my first illness of the season these last few days and, lacking in energy and with a head that hurt to move, I thought I would slowly give my studio a sort out.  I know I have lots of WIPs, a fair few made it onto my 2016FAL Q4 list, but I wasn't quite sure where I was on them all or what I needed to proceed.  So here is a summary:

My Bee Hive Quilt
I was Queen Bee earlier in the year and having seen Michelle tackling her blocks I was motivated to get mine pieced together.  

I had also asked for signature blocks so I pieced these, along with two blocks, into the backing - I love how this worked out.

All I have to do is cut the wadding and then it's ready to quilt.

New Zealand fabric Christmas Quilt - what a catchy name that is!
This quilt didn't get touched last quarter, or the quarter before, but I am determined to get it finished to use this Christmas.  I needed to make some more blocks to get it up to size and happened to have some pale green solid fabric, Kona Pond, on my cutting table whilst making them and so decided to outline several blocks in that instead of the red wickerweave.

I need to order a bit more Kona Pond to make a small border before a larger red border.  I happened to have a suitable backing in my stash.  I bought this at Quilts UK in Malvern earlier this year as a bargain so I am delighted it works with this quilt.  This quilt is proving difficult to photograph because I can't get a true reflection of the colours.

So to proceed on this one I need to order fabric, get borders attached, piece a panel in the backing, cut wadding and then it will be ready to quilt.

Feathers Quilt
This is a quilt for my daughter who chose for the backing Feathers from the new Lewis & Irene To Catch a Dream collection.  I have never ordered fabric for backing before and usually like to touch fabric before buying!  However, I am hoping this is the same quality as all the other Lewis & Irene fabric and that both my daughter and I will like it when it arrives.  There has been a delay in it arriving in the UK but it is in the country now and I am just waiting for it to be dispatched.

Once the backing has arrived I have to cut the wadding and then this will be ready to quilt.

Rainbow Rose Quilt
This is ready to quilt right now.  I know what design I am going to quilt on the grey background but still undecided on the coloured parts ..... I think I just need to load it onto the rollers and start!
Back to Front Quilt
This needs to be cut into again and have some more improv blocks placed in it.  There is a chartreuse/lime accent in a few of the fabrics and I have decided to get some solid fabric in that colour to highlight some of the areas.  I had wanted this done ready to gift next week but in reality I think I will have to deliver it myself a few weeks later.

Accent fabric needs to be ordered, some more piecing needs to be done, backing needs piecing, wadding cutting and then this will be ready to quilt!

In an effort to be more efficient and tidy I have decided to use my hanging hooks for all my quilts in progress ....

So there's the five quilts listed above plus an extra one - a customer quilt!  It is so exciting to be starting to quilt for other people and it's a real honour to be entrusted with their quilt tops.  This one is a pirate ship for the lady's grandson which should be great fun to quilt.

And, as if 6 quilts wasn't enough, I sorted out all the blocks I wanted to make into cushions or minis.  My husband kindly got me the cushion inserts on Monday, I have figured out what zips I need to purchase and I have found suitable backing fabric.

So that's me - as soon as I feel well enough I will be quilting up a storm!  It feels good to get organised and my studio now feels clearer even though nothing has actually been moved out yet.  I am hosting a sewing day in early December where 5 ladies have to be able to sew so I am slowly working towards that goal.

I am linking up with Lorna's Let's Bee Social over at Sew Fresh Quilts today.


  1. OMG, look how awesome and organized you are! I can't wait to see these finishes! :)

  2. I love your organization! I hope you feel better soon and get to start having some quilting fun again. :)

  3. You've got a lot going on! I am in love with the fabric choices in the back to front quilt. Also lusting over your long arm ... only in my dreams.

  4. I just love the quilt tops on the hangers/hooks! What an excellent way to keep them in sight while still being out of the way. I might just have to copy this idea. :)

  5. Sorry to hear that you are under the weather. Hope you get back on your feet soon 😀 what a lovely post though and yes what a brilliant idea to hang your WIP's up so that you can see them and you know what you have to do. I too, might steal this idea. Everything you do is so amazing.Abigail 😀 hugs xx

  6. Hope you feel better soon. You have lots of fun quilting ahead. I love the feather quilt. The pink and gray quilt is going to be a real beauty too.

  7. Such a fun list of projects. Hope the head is feeling better, those headaches are so nasty. Good luck with your quilty plans for the month.

  8. It looks like you have been such a busy quilting bee! What great projects you are working on and Oh my gosh you are organized!

  9. That is a very nice list. I hope to see more of your projects. Get well soon.

  10. What is the pattern for your beehive quilt? I really like it, especially in the colors you used.

  11. So much to say here . Your rainbow rose quilt I especially love and also the feather quilt . I look forward to seeing the backing when it arrives - do show and tell

  12. I'm also impressed with the organization. I don't remember seeing the bee blocks quilt top before. It's quite lovely.

  13. I'd love to see more pics of your sewing room, it looks so interesting, and big! Your bee quilt is looking great, and I love the back, what a great idea. I hope you are feeling better now and feeling more like sewing.

  14. I have several that need quilting, too. Alas. I don't love it as much as the other parts. But you are making progress, so that's good.

  15. We've had the first bug of the winter too; I hope you are feeling better now. I really like how you have arranged your work space, with all the quilts hanging up. It looks great.

  16. Hope you are feeling better. I like your hanging arrangement so you can see your progress!


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