Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WIP Wednesday

Someone asked me the other day if I ever make something that I don't like. I had to think about it but the answer was a resounding "yes"! And today's WIP post is a testament to that! Here's what's happening in my sewing world this week...

Yesterday I started one of my 2015 new projects. Bring Me Flowers, a pattern by Jen Kingwell. My first block turned out pretty well, but not without some resewing. I had the stems positioned all wrong - they didn't even touch the "flower" motif. So I unappliqued them and resewed. They're still not perfect, but I'll get better.

My Flowering Snowball Quilt... My plan was to hand quilt this. I basted it together for hand-quilting, started quilting and decided I didn't enjoy the quilting or love the look to do the whole thing.  Hand quilting for me is definitely for smaller projects. So off to the machine I went. My mistake was to leave the basting stitches in. In hindsight, I should have pin-basted it and removed the thread basting. My machine foot is annoyingly getting caught up in the threads, but I'm now more than half-way done so I'll continue. Take my advice - no thread basting for machine quilting!

So now I'm in the middle of machine quilting 2 quilts. A common mistake for me here - I quilted a motif in the squares that I didn't like at all. After 3, I ripped the stitching out and found something new. We're now on a roll...

And this project is back on track. My original plan was to make the blocks with a Heather Bailey print and a variety of solid colors. Four blocks looked great (you may have seen them on Instagram), 8 blocks looked like a chaotic mess. So back to the drawing board and I'm going with a soft look of prints and white. Liking this much better...

And just for the fun of it one night, I made this little Dresden from a Day Sail 2 1/2" pack. No problems here - I love it! Just not sure what to do with it!

Something I know for sure - changing your mind and unstitching are just part of the process. Honestly I don't even think about it much!

Linking up to Lee at Freshly Pieced!


  1. You're blocks and quilts are beautiful! I think the imperfections add character and show there was a human behind the making of it and not a machine. I found your link at Freshly Pieced. Happy sewing!

  2. When I was younger someone was always telling me "If you liked everything, you either weren't being honest or you need better taste" - I wish I could remember who that was.... But I think disliking our work and working at it until we're satisfied with it makes it a little bit more of an art. And maybe a little bit of a better person too. :D All of these projects are lovely, and show you have MUCH more patience than I. :)

  3. Well, it all looks great to me, as always!! Carry on!

  4. They are beautiful!
    I've been thread basting quilts for years. I cut and pull the basting threads as they get within a few inches of the needle. I figure when I'm already that close, the layers won't shift. It's worked so far.

  5. I think that the Amish women who quilt say that no quilt is perfect because only God can make something that is indeed perfect. I think the Bring Me Flowers block is wonderful. I am planning to start that quilt soon so keep showing your blocks.

  6. PIcking quilted stitches is a royal pain, isn't it? I've been very cozy with my seam ripper lately, too! Looking forward to seeing these finishes. Cute Dresden!

  7. Good to hear...but still, I LOVE everything you do! :)

  8. I just found your blog. Your work is beautiful.


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