Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WIP Wednesday

This week I started playing around with scraps.  There is something very therapeutic about just taking an idea and letting your mind and soul wander as you sew.  Free piecing.  That's what I call it.

I started with yellows for a luminous quality in the center.  Then I transitioned into pink and I'm beginning the green transition and that will probably end in blue.  This will either be a lap quilt or wall hanging.  Not sure yet. 

Taking a picture of the blocks laid out helps me get an idea of where I need to switch out blocks.  I don't have a design wall because of space and practicality (picture cats climbing the wall just for kicks!). 

I finished up this baby quilt at the beginning of the week too.

My nephew's daughter is due soon and this is the gift I'm taking to their baby shower Saturday.
I patterned it after a Granny Square block in honor of my mom.  Who is becoming a great-grandma and has fought so hard to make it this far.

Very soft, old fashioned floral prints with sweet pink and of course...white.  I used two different fabrics for the binding and I love that effect!

Summer's easier schedule and a need to push my FMQ skills led me to be creative on the quilting.  Using a Tupperware hamburger press as a pattern, I used a Frixion pen to mark circles, hoping to soften the straight lines of the quilt.

The pen's line disappear with the heat of an iron!  Sweet!

I like the way the quilting turned out.  I just used my 1/4" foot to do this and I thought enough ahead so that the quilting was a continuous line (with freshly wound bobbins as needed) using plain, white thread. 
A vintage sheet from my collection is soooooo soft and when it came out of the dryer, it was like silk!
Perfect to snuggle a newborn in!

Another WIP is quilting my Swoon blocks.  Pinterest led me to a quilt as you go tutorial I'm going to try to quilt the top and get it out of my "to quilt" pile that is growing.  Check it out and I'll share my progress here.  I picked the orange block to do first.  Using the hamburger press, a plate, bowl, ruler and some tracing paper...this was what I came up with.  Once again, just using my 1/4" foot for the geometric quilting and my darning foot for the meandering in the corners.

I'm not sure if I will use this patter on every block or try a new pattern for each individual one.

I'd like to thank Karen from Quilts on Bastings for the inspiration she gives with each quilt she shares with us!

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.  I'll be kicking back with a cold drink and reading through some very fun blogs to be inspired and encouraged to keep on learning, piecing, quilting and creating!  Hope to see you there! 


  1. Oh, these are so lovely! Great job!

  2. I really, really love the circle quilting with the hamburger press. I'm going to have to do that at some point!

  3. your new scrap quilt is amazing already....and i love the little baby quilt. great quilting

  4. Love those bright cheerful scraps... such pretty fabrics!

  5. DEE!!! your quilts are amazing! how wonderful for your mom to be becoming a great grandma! hugs on both of you!
    That quilting is amazing, I am in awe!

  6. Great scrap blocks Dee!!! Love, love the soft baby quilt. Your quilting plan is brilliant.

  7. All your quilts are looking awesome Dee! I can relate with the letting your mind wonder with scraps.

  8. Wow, am I behind on my blog reading! Love how you quilted that baby quilt. The scrap quilt is going to be amazing!

  9. I just love my Frixion pen too but my ink ran out so I need to pick up another:( Your quilting is amazing and the baby is going to love and snuggle it.

  10. I love the quilting. It's a wonderful quilt for a new baby.

  11. Love your scrap quilts! The quilting you did makes me want to try harder at some FMQ. It still intimidates me....
    The baby quilt is perfect!


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