Tuesday, May 24, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Well its been a super busy week round here, how about everyone else? Isn't the Sew, Mama, Sew giveaway just the best? I've had so much fun entering giveaways and discovering new blogs. If you want to enter mine, there's still time, you'll find the post here.

Completed this week:


Last week I was struggling a little with energy and ideas. I had a day off work on Thursday and just grabbed some fabric I liked, took out my notebook and tried to make up one of the ideas I had in it. It worked out great and I ended up putting it in my giveaway! I'm really happy with this little iPhone cozy, I'm definitely going to make more and even write up a little tutorial when I have a few things tweaked.

I had fun with some scrappy pincushions - they always leave me in a good mood!


I also made a pillow (or cushion as we would say here) with some leftover blocks from my Pips quilt:


This was another impulse make and my daugher is delighted with it, she loves the dogs on the fabric. I lightly quilted it on the diagonal lines using a leftover bit of cotton batting, and then backed it with some lovely soft red polar fleece for a really snuggly feel.



In Progress:


Well, I'm really excited to have finished my Pinwheel Pips quilt top. (Sorry the photo is so bad, it was taken in the evening and the light was really poor.) I decided on this layout because I love how it gives an optical illusion and you have to really look to see where the blocks are. I kind of wish I'd maybe had some more fabric to get a better balance of colours (I had half a layer cake) but I like how it turned out. I added the sashing to bring it up to a slightly better size for a child's throw, and really like the girls on the swings fabric I used, I think its my favourite print in this collection. E is very excited about it being nearly done. My lovely hubbie really wants me to quilt it with batting and backing rather than fleece as I was planning (he loves the texture of quilts and wants her first quilt to have that) and I picked up a pink flat sheet in Heatons on sale for only €5 for the backing - result! Maybe, if I'm very lucky and get some time at the weekend, I might just get it finished as I'm planning on light quilting similar to the pillow for this one.

Started:



I got most of the pieces cut for the next quilt I'm making which is a commission for a quilt similar to the one I made for Sophie a couple of months ago. It is a simple pattern of big squares intespersed with some 4 patch blocks. I'm sticking with red and green as the dominant colours but have some different fabrics and prints this time and I'm looking forward to laying these out, I love mixing up the colours and patterns to make the quilt really work.

Well, that's it for this week, its been a good one. Hope you are all enjoying the giveaway and welcome to all my new followers - please jump in and comment so I can get to know you!

I'm linking this up to Freshly Pieced as always, as well as some other great blogs.


23 comments:

audreypawdrey said...

Your pinwheel pips is looking great!

Elizabeth D. said...

Lovely pinwheels, Sarah! They look fantastic!

Lynne said...

As a new quilter with a background in dressmaking, I still find mixing patterns quite strange and am often astounded at how well they work. I am, therefore, watching with great interest to see how this "red and green" quilt turns out.

Kristie said...

I like what you did with the Pips I sent :-)

Kirsten N said...

Love the Pips pinwheel cushion - I made some from leftovers HST's the other day too:)

Becky said...

Love the pinwheels, it's beautiful! and it's interesting to me how we use the same words for different things here. Cushion = the seat on a couch or chair here. Similar! And I was first struck with that during the pouch swap by the differences between pouch and purse. I'm a nerd like that.

Scott and Trisha said...

Wow, you have a lot going on!!

:)

Jessica said...

I just love those pinwheels! Such a simple design, but so striking. Also, I'm drooling a little over all those adorably fun fabrics you have to play with...those owls are one of my absolute favorites!!

CityHouseStudio said...

Love the pinwheel pips, so adorable!
I love how you did a wide border with the trees/swings!

Eleni said...

I'm in love with your Pinwheel Pips quilt!!! It's just beautiful:)
xo
Eleni

Flying Blind... said...

The pips look brilliant - and I love that your hubby has quilting opinions!!

Linz said...

I LOVE that little cozy and the pincushion! SO cute! And I love the pillow and quilt! Everytime I see that fabric line I have to resist the urge to go buy it all up! lol! Congratulations on a great week!

susan said...

Your pinwheel quilt looks amazing. Love the way you have laid out the blocks!

Cindy said...

I love your pin cushions, Sarah. They're so fun and would make any sewing space happy.
The fabrics you are using for the comissioned quilt are fantastic. I love the owl prints and the little orange fabric with yellow and white flowers. Adorable!

Bree said...

Loving pips in pinwheel! And that fabric pile is super yummy!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Your pinwheel pips quilt is so cute. It's making me want to do a pinwheel quilt in the very near future!

Bree said...

Everything looks great this week! I like the layout for your pinwheel pips & how the colors are kind of clustered together, but still kind of random.

Kerstin said...

I like the pinwheels with the big border around, very pretty. And that cozy is adorable!

Lee said...

Oh, pinwheel Pips! Love! The iphone cozy is super cute too. Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )

Kristen said...

I am loving all these projects. Your pips make me want me want to start a project with mine!! So cute! I'll be interested in that ithingy tut! :)

Marci Girl said...

I love how your Sherbet Pips quilt is coming along! So Beautiful!

Barbara said...

Love it all...but I especially love the case (:

Leanne said...

Your pinwheels are wonderful!