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WIP Wednesday!

I haven’t done one of these in FOREVER! It’s good to see the progress I’ve made in the past few months though. I feel like I’m getting somewhere.

Recent Finishes:


Doggie Commission Quilt

In Progress:


“Leftovers” – top is finished. Need to pin baste and quilt it. I want to follow the lines of the quilt and do some straight line quilting. I toyed with the idea of filling in the tan areas with feathers but I’m not sure how that would look with all the angles in this quilt. I may trace some stuff out on quilting paper and see how it looks from afar.


Remember this?? I pulled this oldie but goodie out of the drawer on Monday. I began sewing the blocks together and I’m considering what kind of a border I want to do. I have lots of leftover strips and some fabrics I purchased but I’m not completely happy with my fabrics to use them for a border.  I’m going to have to order a different dark fabric to use for the border since I want to do a dark inner, light middle, dark outer border for this I think. It’s hard to find that black floral print in the center block “Origins Revitalize Onyx” in stock with enough yardage for a border.

Wow was my piecing horrible a year and a half ago. I really had to pin the heck out of this to get the points to line up. Definitely going on the wall somewhere though – I still think it is beautiful.

I was piecing away Monday evening and started to feel tired but kept going. Then I looked at what I’d just pieced and realized I sewed two blocks out of order together and then sewed the rows together. Ugh! I spent a good 25 minutes unsewing and resewing those.  When will I learn to quit when I get tired?

Other Works in Progress:

  • Doggie agility ribbon quilt commission
  • Wedding memory quilt gift for a friend
  • Some machine embroidery on t-shirts, tanks, hats and totes when I have time
  • Quilted shawl tutorial
  • Hoopsisters Mystery Quilt once my dang batting and water soluble thread comes in

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  1. Zina (Z Any Mouse)

    Beautiful quilts! Okay, so I have a question. How were you able to move past the terrible piecing from before, and continue working on the quilt (which is beautiful by the way, I don’t see any terrible piecing). I have a UFO that is probably 2 years old, and I’m afraid to get it out of the box. I know that my flying geese probably look more like one-legged ducks, and my seam allowances are somewhere around 1/4″, but could be off by 1/8″ on either side. Add to that, my quilting style and taste has changed quite a bit since I started that project. Maybe I’ll just forge ahead and then put some beer goggles on when I look at it.

    • That UFO is from my very first class that I ever took regarding quilting. It was a jelly roll mystery quilt class and I had some basic foundations down but my piecing wasn’t perfect (wonky 1/4 at times if that), I wasn’t using great thread and my cutting wasn’t that great either. I know some stuff isn’t going to line up perfectly and some corners might get chopped off.

      I like the design and the fabric enough to just push through it and turn my lemons into lemonade. I pinned the intersections together and pulled a bit to make things line up. I’ll press any wonkyness that I can out of the quilt and I hope the quilting will hide any major flaws.

      I like the UFO enough to spend the time on it and finish it. If I felt it was a complete waste of time, hated the fabric and/or the pattern it would probably go into my scrap bin. It’s ok to let some UFOs go and repurpose them or rehome them altogether if you really don’t like them.

      You just need to decide if you like it enough to do that!

  2. I love the colors you used on that first quilt – and the large dark background really makes everything else stand out. :) I just found your site, having fun clicking around!

  3. What lovely quilts – they’re all so beautiful and congrats on the finish.

  4. They’re all beautiful Katie!

  5. Wow!!! I love them all….your colors are wonderfu!

  6. I love this quilt! I love the design and layout of it.

  7. I think the colors are lovely in that quilt, Katie. Your “terrible piecing” isn’t really noticeable so I think you don’t need to mention that to anyone. No one will notice it!
    Do you have a sample of your quilt shawl you mentioned on your WIP list? I’d be interested in seeing it and later seeing your quilt tutorial when you have it ready.
    Thanks. Marsha.Hodgkins@yahoo.com

  8. I really like the Origins line of fabric. I made a purse from a charm pack of it last year.

    Speaking of long ago UFOs: I have a quilt that I started long ago, when I was a beginning quilter. When I went to put the pieced border on, it didn’t fit. 7 or 8 years later, I came across it in a pile of UFOs. Lo and behold, my skills had improved enough that I was able to make the border fit! I love it and have it in my rotation of wall quilts.

    • Inspirational UFO finish story! I love that.

      I’m in the same situation with the Origins quilt since I was waffling about the border and put it off since I didn’t know what I wanted to do. Now I have better skills and I feel I could execute a good border for the quilt so I’m going to finally finish it. :)

  9. Lovely quilts! I particularly like your UFO, and honestly, you don’t notice the not-matching-up issue at all! :)

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