Wednesday, 17 September 2014

WIP Wednesday [Little bits and pieces]

I've been working on lots of things these last few days that I haven't blogged about individually so I guess it's time to share!

Everyone is having babies at the moment! Friends in Moldova welcomed their little baby boy this week (a little earlier than expected). Daddy is from the north east of England whereas Moldova is land-locked so I decided to make a quilt with a sea/boat theme and set about looking for boat patterns. I don't like doing raw-edge applique on baby quilts, and my needle-turn applique isn't always the strongest or neatest, so I was looking for a foundation pieced block. And I couldn't find any that I liked. So I designed my own. I haven't ever designed foundation patterns before, so this was a bit of a learning experience. I've so far designed a sailboat, a fishing boat and a lighthouse block. Each boat block will be made twice in different colours and I'll then add in four regular (easy) patchwork blocks to make up a nine patch. So far I've made the fishing boats and I'm so pleased that they worked.

The sailboat and the lighthouse need a bit more work before I start piecing. Hopefully they will turn out just as well.

I spent Saturday evening quilting my Mini Medallion Quilt - spiral quilting! And skipped stitches... grrrr

I've decided that for Christmas this year I want to make advent calendar for my nephew, niece and daughter. I have a plan, and I'm halfway through designing the pockets. It may be a bit too ambitious, and if Mia doesn't get hers this year, I don't think she'll notice.

Back to babies - I want to make a Preppy the Whale quilt for one of the other babies due in the next few months. So I had a practice run and a mad a mini for Mia. Mia had a two-and-a-half hour nap earlier this week and I pieced the whole thing in one sitting, The pattern is really clear and the blocks are easy to put together.

I finished piecing my mini Swoon quilt. I got bored piecing the Swoon blocks so threw the pieces I'd cut for the remaining four together and then attempted to create a quilt. This type of piecing hurt my head....but I like it.

And an update on my Mix-tape blocks - I've now made 15 and put them all together, I'm going to add a few borders, then make a giant mix tape for the back and this will be given by my sister-in-law to a 13-year-old who has just been told she needs a heart transplant.

And finally I added border and corrected the piecing on my Modern Alphabet Mini.

I've got loads of projects on the go, and loads more waiting to be started - my head is spinning! Linking up with WIP Wednesday!


Sharon said...

Love your preppy the whales!

Anonymous said...

oh wow! Love all your projects! I must follow you on IG because ive liked a few of those before! Those sailboats are so cute - well done for designing yourself, im newish to foundation piecing and im just about getting my head around sewing simple things the right way up!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Very nice works going on

Karin - BluePip Designs said...

Wow, I love everything you posted here. If I had to pick two favorites it'd be the boats and the alphabet quilt. It looks so cool and I love your color choices!

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge said...

Wow! Those boat blocks are amazing... you could sell those patterns. Normally, boat blocks are so chunky looking, but yours have a lovely realism. And we must have a quilty connection because I've been drooling over that preppy the whale pattern and just made one of the mixed tapes a couple weeks ago! :)

Ada Kopitopoulou said...

Lovely projects, love them all. Great designing! Mix-tape will be great for a 13-year old.