WiP - Red, White, and Blue

  Well, it's been two weeks since my last WiP post. I'm trying to settle into a routine with running and sewing and single parenting - so the blog falls to the wayside in between all that.

So what have I been up to? Quite a bit!

I finished a t-shirt quilt!

And I finished the Something New top. I handed it off to the local Quilts of Valor coordinator {and got a lovely email praising my work.} They like to have three different people involved in each quilt stage - top, quilting, and binding - so I won't see it again until it's presented. {It's on my Finish-Along list, but I'm not sure how it counts - it's finished to me.}

Saturday was QOV's National Sew Day, so I got right to work on another top. This is based on a pattern from McCall's Quilting magazine - modified to use 2.5" strips and fit the QOV dimensions. I've got about ten more strip sets to finish off before I can assemble it.

I also made and handed off three more Disappearing Hourglass blocks, which our QOV chapter used to make tops on Sew Day. I say handed off, but I'm getting a kit back with sashing and borders on Wednesday, so my blocks might be coming back to me.

And just in case that's not enough red/white/blue, I worked on my scrappy Trip Around the World. I've been making strip sets for a while, and finally started putting it together during naptimes. I need the floor space to keep this one straight!

And I've been pattern testing... {Flower is my new favorite. Sorry, Taffy!}

...and making some churn dashes... {My momma made me a dress for eighth grade graduation with the morning glory fabric. Did that just date me back to the Laura Ashley era?}

...and learning how to sew curves for one of my mini-swaps. {Cutting curves was harder.}

Jennie's color palette theme for the week is Valentine's Day. My sweet husband and I are not celebrators. In fact, when he found out he was deploying, I said, "well, February is a good month to go, since there's nothing going on." It was a week before I remembered Valentine's.

We are firm celebrators of 50% Off Chocolate Day on February 15th, though! Okay, maybe that's just me. But look at those names! Cocoa, wine, spice, latte, melon....asparagus? Yum. To all of them, actually.

See also:  BoMs Away at What a Hoot, the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at So Scrappy, Scraptastic Tuesday at Mrs. Sew and Sow

WiP - Scrap Management

Most of my works in progress are Christmas quilts, that need binding before...um, the end of the week and shipping deadlines. But in the midst of t-shirt quilt tops and Secret Santa sewing, I've been working on a scrap project as a leader/ender, and also trying to spend fifteen minutes a day cleaning up my scrap bins.

First, the bins. Each color is in a shoebox, and I separated out the little scraps into 1.5-4" baggies. This way I won't be scrounging around forever trying to find the right sizes for a log cabin or churn dash...or whatever my Rainbow Scrap Challenge will be for next year.

The problem with this is I'm also pulling scraps for projects - red, white, and blue in particular. And these could really use some organization. There's 3" squares for a Scrappy Trip Around the World. There's a bunch of fat quarters that I sliced off whatever I needed as I needed it for the leader/ender project. There's strips too small for either, and should really be put into a log cabin project bag. It seems every step in organization just adds to the project list.

And the projects! Something New is looking fabulous as piles of random pieces. I make some QSTs. Then some geese. Slowly but surely adding to the piles scattered around the sewing room...

Which unfortunately ends up not looking like much when I try to lay it out. I need to find the 2.5" strips next... I guess I know what my next fifteen minutes will be!


Fifteen Minute Challenge @ Life in Pieces

Scraptastic Tuesday @ She Can Quilt BOMs Away Monday @ What A Hoot Design Wall Monday @ Patchwork Times Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the River WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced Rainbow Scrap Challenge @ SoScrappy Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric

Something New - a Porch Swings Quilts Pattern

So Jennie decided to call the last one Something New. Perhaps we did these in the wrong order...

Jennie made hers in the fabulous Miss Kate - it's a fat eighth pattern and therefore, super scrappy friendly.

In fact, it's so scrap friendly, that you can make an AWESOME red, white and blue controlled-scrappy version. Mine is barely started - just checking measurements and seam pressing - because I want to spread out the scrappiness. {No, I don't want all those dots in the same block!}

I've been buying RW&B fat quarters/scraps for a while now with the plan to make some Quilts of Valor, and this one fits the bill perfectly! {Yes, that was my first question for pattern testing - can I use scraps instead? Luckily Jennie isn't all "you must use the latest designer fabric!"}

I'm currently in the throes of cutting t-shirt quilts and binding minis and deadlines, but I really can't wait to get back to this one. In fact, I have a stack of the pieces cut to be leaders/enders while I get these Christmas orders together.

{I also have a QOV made by someone else to bind. Man, these local chapters don't really rest when they find a volunteer!}

Anyway, same deal as before - Something New is on sale at Craftsy for $5 this week only!

But wait! You can win it here! Just leave a comment about your favorite organization to donate quilts, if you know of one.

But wait! There's more! You're going to want to head on over to Jennie's, because she has some way better shots of the quilt, plus a solid version which is almost cool as my controlled-scrappy. AND she's giving away fabric, too!

{Oh, and last week's winner was Dawn. Thanks for the Vegas suggestions! We saw Love, did a ton of eating, and - oh yeah, ran some races.}

And you're going to want to stay tuned for Wednesday - Jennie has a BIG announcement!