Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WIP Wednesday: The Resumption of Normal Service

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


It's Wednesday! And feeling human for the first time in almost 4 months, I am doing a WIP Wednesday post...and it feels great! I actually have some projects to report on. I have ideas whirling round in my head. Life is good :-)

In Progress:

I have gone from a big fat zilch to suddenly being busy again.

First up - I am just about done finishing the binding on the Princess Charming quilt. Can't wait to get this one washed and dried and finished. Hopefully before the weekend!


I started a cross stitch project - the Fellowship of the Ring. I'm loving my Gandalf - hope the rest go as well :-) More details on the pattern here.




And lastly - I am finally making real progress on  my little boy's quilt. I started back at the start of May, using a pattern in the Block Party book which I loved and thought would work perfectly to mix in all the different fabrics he told me he wanted in it.


 After a few sessions of marking out circles on the Bondaweb, and making the applique circles, I got a bit discouraged. There were just so many of them,to make a whole quilt, rather than a few blocks, and it was so, well, so BORING. So I procrastinated. A lot! Its a project that has been stalling my energy in all sorts of ways - even having the fabric stack I had pulled for it permanently in my WIP basket, taking up mental and physical space. So, feeling more like myself this week I decided to tackle this project, mainly to stop the constant guilt every time D asked me was his quilt nearly done. But I was clever. I enlisted help. My lovely hubbie, taking pity on his pregnant wife and her sore back, sat down beside me and cut the circles from the Bondaweb as I traced them - well over a hundred of them.


Then I fused the fabric and he cut out the applique circles. All of them, while watching a dvd. Serious brownie points for him this week! A joint effort and in no time we were done.


Once the boring bit was over, I had lots of fun laying out my blocks, and fusing on my circles. That bit is all done. All that remains before laying out the quilt top is to zig zag stitch all the circles to secure, and that is more than half way complete. I am back in love with these blocks again! Can't wait to see it come together now. I'm thinking a strong turquoise blue sashing between the blocks would bring it all to life - but I'm open to suggestions if you can think of another colour that might work? I don't want to go with a deeper gray as my little man loves colour and I think it would make it too sombre for him.


So, did you notice my little news in there in the middle of all that? My biggest WIP project? Yes, we have another baby on the way - hoping he or she will arrive safe and well in early January! And I just can't wait to get making some cute little projects once I get a bit further along :-) This also might explain why I have been missing in action for most of the last few months - but I'm hoping that now I am feeling more myself again, it will be back to (almost) normal for the next few months, all going well.

Stalled Projects:

There are a few projects I need to move off my stalled list and onto my progress list so I think maybe its time to start listing them.

Starflower Bee quilt top needs some extra blocks to finish
Ruby Crazy 9 patch lattice quilt top awaiting quilting
Tumbling Blocks quilt top awaiting quilting

Oh -it feels good to be busy and inspired again. I have a lot of projects I can't wait to get working on too!

I'm linking up today to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced - pop over and check out what everyone else is up to!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Sarah, Congrats on your newest "WIP", happy to hear this wonderful news for you and your family! I have missed you! Also, your circle quilt, I love the turquoise idea, but also love the red, to match the circles, and I love red and grey!!! Just an idea!!
Glad you are feeling more like your old self, and your husband is a star(or should I say a circle!)
Linda

Kirstie Cantegreil said...

HUGE congratulations for your newest project!! Such happy blessings on your family.

Leanne@onethouprojects said...

Congratulations on your news. I'm inspired by the help of hubby - what a gem!

Simone said...

Congratulations all round. Your news of a new baby is just wonderful news. I am looking forward to seeing how your quilt comes together.

memmens said...

Congratulations - I was a bit surprised to read that and thought I'd missed something - but no you just sneaked it in! Hope you're feeling much better and it doesn't get too hot for you! Love the Block Party book might just have to get it off the shelf again!

flossyknits said...

Huge Congrats Sarah!!!

Sophie Belle Designs said...

The circles are gorgeous Sarah and I too often get hubby to help me out!

Toni said...

Huge congratulations to you, Sarah! I read that bit and thought, "how have I missed that news??" I'm so happy for you and your family! I can completely understand getting stalled on a project like that, but it is looking great so far! And yay for helpful husbands!

Kelly said...

Congrats on your finest WIP - wishing you a healthy pregnancy.

Patchwork and Play said...

Congratulations on your wonderful news! Rest up and let that little 'wip' develop beautifully!

Cindy said...

Yippee, inspired Sarah! I'm loving both quilts! I like especially that you sound super happy and inspired to keep running. Here's hoping it wears off on me too :)xx

Annabella said...

I was reading this thinking, have I been away that long??? OMG, I am so thrilled for you and wishing you a safe and healthy pregnancy. There must be something in the water as everyone seems to be having a little one. Love your Prince Charming quilt and impatiently await the ta dah reveal. Kudos on the circles - I did one block and that was enough.

Katy Cameron said...

Woohoo, congrats :o) Glad you're feeling better now too.

Loving that circles quilt, I quite fancied giving it a go myself at some point, you know, when I have spare time...

Nat at Made in Home said...

Congratulations!! I did think you could be when you said it was the first time you felt alive again after 4 months - it took me 20 weeks to feel better (due beginning of December)! Not sure I would have the patience for the circles quilt, but will be following your progress.

Pieces to Love said...

Congrats on the new project growing within you! I love the quilt in progress with all the circles on it. I've been toying with the idea of making something similar.

Ginette said...

Congratulations! I think the quilt blocks look adorable! I would try a red for the sashing, but the turquoise idea sounds great too! Have fun! Glad you're feeling better.

Teresa F. said...

Great projects. I love the circles quilt. Can't wait to see it finished.

Marcia R said...

Congratulations Sarah! and YAY for the second trimester - Enjoy all the energy that brings with it! Oh yes, the circle quilt is way cool - lucky boy!

Di said...

Congrats on your "WIP". So glad that you are feeling well again. Pregnancy isn't all it is cracked up to be! Your hubby is a star doing all that drawing etc. it will be a lovely quilt. Di x

needle and nest said...

Congratulations! Seems everyone in the quilting bloggy world is pregnant right now (I'm pregnant with Baby #3, due in November). Glad to hear you're feeling better. :)

Melissa said...

Congratulations! And your Gandalf looks great. I used to love cross stitch and am trying to get back into it.

AJ said...

Congratulations! And what a wonderful husband - definitely earning brownie points. Glad to hear you are back in love with the project again.

Katie B. said...

Congratulations! That's such happy news! I love the circle quilt, and I think the turquoise sashing sounds perfect.

Svetlana said...

Congrats on your most important "wip". I love the quilt you're working on, so fun. And what a hubby, yay for helpful husbands!!!!

Sarah said...

Great work, so lovely to hear you busy enjoying sewing again :-)

SuperMomNoCape said...

Your son is going to love that circle quilt. And congratulations on the new addition you are expecting.

Jessica Kelly said...

Congratulations Sarah! Thats wonderful news!! Love those circles, you're right, major brownie points for the hubs!! Glad to hear you are doing well :-)

Flying Blind... said...

Hee hee x

Becky M said...

Congratulations Sarah! That's so exciting!

Emma said...

Congrats on the new baby.

Your stack of circles is wonderful.

Cherie said...

Woo Congratulations!!

So nice of your Husband to step in and lend you a hand! Possibly orange to go with the gray?
Loving the blocks so far =D

Marsha Cooper said...

Congrats!
I, for one, can say this is a quilter who is not pregnant he he
I love the idea of the applique circles. I've barely done any applique yet.

felicity said...

Many, many congratulations to you! So exciting!!

Sam said...

The quilt is looking fabulous. My little boy would love a quilt like that! I'll have to check out that book. Thanks for sharing.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Sarah that's wonderful news!! Huge congratulations :)
We'll both be having January babies! Hope you're keeping well xx

Quilterbell said...

Congratulations Sarah!!!!!, Sorry, I miss this post last week.

Heidi Grohs said...

Missed you posting and glad to hear the reason why!!! Congrats. Saw your quilts on fb and couldn't wait to get a chance to read blog posts!!!!

Charlotte said...

Congratulations, such wonderful news. I thought you were as I had seen you pinning lots of baby tutorials in pinterest. I'm so behind on my blog reading as am also preggers and have also been feeling rubbish! Hope you are feeling more human again now

Charlotte said...

Congratulations, such wonderful news. I thought you were as I had seen you pinning lots of baby tutorials in pinterest. I'm so behind on my blog reading as am also preggers and have also been feeling rubbish! Hope you are feeling more human again now