Wednesday, May 9, 2012

WIP: Workin' for a Livin'

So, the theme of this post is "what are you working on?" Leah Day's Free Motion Quilting Project is on sabbatical (vacation) for the month of May, so she is having a linky party today. I decided to share the 3 projects I am working on as well as send out a reminder for my 50 is Nifty Fabric Giveaway! (and, btw, I am not on vacation, I'm still workin' for a livin')

If you have been following me you know about all the hexagons that I have been sewing on the train to work. I've posted several times on the subject. So, here is the first WIP:





This is a quilt for my daughter. I have sewn about 300 hexies (well, thread basted using the English paper piecing technique) and I am planning on sewing them on to the yellow broadcloth. I haven't decided if I am going to make a pattern or go a little random with it, but since her bed is a queen, I decided that 780 hexies sewn together by hand was a little bit too much for the time I have, and the birthday is in August. The broadcloth looks just like Moda marble fabric and it's good quality. (I love shopping at Fabric.com. I always get a good deal, free shipping (over $35) and there is usually a sale or coupon code). I got 9 yards (3 x 3 yards) for $27 (a steal considering it would have cost me a lot more to get by the yard 44" fabric and I will have leftovers). If you have any suggestions for use of the hexies on this fabric, let me know in the comments.

Second WIP:





This one is for my grandson (son of the daughter above). His birthday is in August too. He likes astronomy and buzz lightyear. I am using a pattern that I found a while back, but I am not following the instructions. It tells you to use something called texture magic which I do not have. So, I re-sized each block and made calculations as to how much fabric I would need to make a twin size. I think it will turn out nicely.

Third WIP:




This one is for my Aunt L. I've decided that the previous 2 quilts are more urgent because of the birthdays, so this will be the last one I finish. It is a queen size and I am using a free pattern that I found from Fons & Porter. It's very scrappy and I did have to re-calculate the amount of fabric to make it queen because they did not provide the measurements for queen.

Which, brings me to another point: I think that if a pattern is suited to all different sizes, then it should include the measurements and amount of fabric for other sizes. If you really want to sell them, it adds value.

Anyway, I am linking up at Leah Day's Vacation Link Up #2 and Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesdays.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Until next time, leave me some comment love,

Mike.

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