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Wacky WIP Week Wednesday, Right?

{WIP = Work in Progress}

Wacky WIP Week Wednesday, Right? 
You guessed it, I might have just piled four words that started with a W together. However, it does make some sense (if you close one eye, stand on your head, and spin in circles all at the same time). I mean, it is WIP Week, it’s Wednesday, and most days are a little wacky, am I right? 

It’s WIP Week. How are your projects going? 

I finally got to sneak into the sewing room last night and work on a few block borders to size up the smaller blocks. I’m hoping to get this little gem finished, but I’m wanting to play around with borders.  As long as I can get the middle piece finished, I’d be happy with this WIP Week. 


I would love to see what you’re working on! Share with hashtag #WIPWeek on Instagram or tag us on Facebook. 

On a totally different topic, does anyone else run out of fabric when they are working on a quilt? The last couple quilts I’ve attempted, I’ve definitely ran out of fabric. Thankfully all the blocks were finished on this one first, but I was still hoping to do a fun border. I think I might be able to find some fabric that will work;  it’s just a bummer and causes more of a headache.

And, while we are talking about borders, I still have not attempted the borders on my Merry, Merry Snowmen quilt. I better get on that one.

Well, I hope you have an awesome, wacky Wednesday. We’re halfway through with week, that means half way to go. You can do this!

See you at the machine,

Care



I have exciting news to share soon, but I’m going to wait until it’s a little closer. Stay tuned towards the end of the month though, you won’t want to miss it! Feel free to guess along in the comments. 

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WIP Week 

It is the first week of a new month and you know what that means- WIP Week!
{WIP = Work In Progress}
WIP Week is a week where we dig out an unfinished project we have hiding away, out of thought, and we try our best to get it done. Or, at the very least, bring it to the forefront of our mind. WIP Week happens during the first full week of every month as a way to get back in and refocus.
My hope is that we can all join force and limit our piles and piles of unfinished projects. It is always better to have a finished quilt than squares of fabric cut lying around. After all, lying under a 6” square of fabric is much too difficult.   
Break out those unfinished projects and let’s get working on them. I am going to try re-tackling my seam ripper, speed bump quilt. Hopefully it will go better this week and I can have something to show in a few days. 


There are only THREE more WIP weeks until Christmas and the end of the year so we better make this one count. What project are you going to work on? I would love to see– share your photos on Instagram or tag Quilting with Care on Facebook. 
See you at the machine,

Care

 

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Craigslist Called

I don’t check Craigslist often because any time I do, My Love gets sent 10+ pictures of sewing machines I think I need (like cannot live without) in that moment. Most of the time they are machines or things that are priced way too high so I know it will not happen and should not happen. I have many wants but he normally gets the dramatic messages of me needing something in order to take my next breath–poor guy. Self-control was never my strongest trait. I’m practicing… sort of.
Today was different. While waiting to clock in at work, I was reading about so many fun finds people had come across at thrift stores and places online. I couldn’t contain myself any longer. (I told you self-control was not my strongest trait.) I jumped on Craigslist and typed in my town then searched for “quilt”.
A few items down there was a listing for quilt tops at a great price but the main picture was not something I was interested in. Thankfully it said quilt TOPS (plural) so I clicked– sneaky, sneaky. A lady was selling all of her mom’s finished quilt tops and obviously had no idea what she was holding. First, I sent a message to My Love to figure out how to even contact a seller on craigslist. Then, I sent a quick text to the seller and surprisingly I received a prompt answer. All the quilts were still available. 

**Que freak out moment here!**

I’m not normally the one to find the fun deals; I’m the one who reads about all of it after the fact.
A time was set to meet at a popular gas station in town and, although there were three quilt tops I was definitely interested in, I asked if she could bring all the tops that were available.

Here is what I walked away with.  


Her loss is my gain. Stick around to see what happens with these quilt tops. I have so many ideas running through my head and I cannot wait to share them with you.
See you at the machine,

Care

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Speed Bumps and Seam Rippers

Do you ever plan to have a sew day but spend more time taking seams out than putting them in?  

This was how my day went yesterday. I’m working on a design-as-you-go quilt that I’m trying to finish up. The problem with these quilts is I usually spend quite a long time with my seam ripper. 

 

It’s often worth it in the end, but my goodness I think it’s time I name my seam ripper and make this relationship Facebook official. After all, we did spend many hours together all weekend, I have one favorite seam ripper, and after much practice, I know the easiest way to use it. If we aren’t in a relationship, it deserves a name at least. I’m taking suggestions! 

 

The quilt I struggled with this weekend has been an unfinished project for quite some time. You see, I hit a speed bump. I ginormous speed bump that was acting more like a dead end than something I could just slowly climb over. (I never said I wasn’t dramatic 🙂 ) 

Running out of bobbin with two inches left

I had accidentally cut a block wrong and ran out of fabric at the same time. At that point (along with many other things not going quite right) I removed the remaining blocks from my design walk to be tackled another day. Sometimes I realize when a project isn’t happening, and it’s not worth fighting through to hate the end result. 

 

Fast forward many months and it’s back on my wall. In the time it was away in hiding I had purchased new fabric that matched well, and I was able to sew up a replacement block today. 

 

When I started playing with this quilt, I wasn’t planning on having any of the diamond pinwheel blocks. I was only trying to make the pinwheel with white squares in the middle. However, I used my favorite ruler by Cindy Casciato (available here) and it made mirror images of every block. Instead of only using half the blocks I sewed, I came up with a Plan B (which was really probably Plan P but who is keeping track). I decided to turn the mirror images blocks into a pinwheel set on point. 


This led to needing to set the blocks and now another challenge was created- the diamond blocks are larger than my original blocks. 
I sure love to design as I go but it is not without those speed bumps. Thank goodness for four wheel drive. 

The newest challenge is not too big and borders around the smaller blocks will do the trick. 

 

I’m running out of room to store unfinished projects and I would much rather be looking for more room to store finished quilts. Hopefully I can leave my seam ripper alone and actually finish this quilt. 
See you at the machine, 

Care

{You might bring your seam ripper too.}

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Playtime in the Past

Have you ever inherited a project– a pile of half-sewn-together, half-cut, random-pieced project without direction or instructions?
A few months ago I received a box of inherited projects. I could not be happier. Some of the projects were full kits that have never been touched, some were half finished, and others seemed to be pieces left over from finished projects. I think fabric could be my love language so this was like love in a box.


After working on my Christmas Quilt for the better part of the weekend I decided to look at one of the inherited projects I had uncovered. 
This particular project was pinwheels. (You could have guessed that, right?) I do love a good pinwheel quilt. A few of the blocks were sewn together, two blocks were spinning a different way and were larger than the rest, and then there were blocks not yet sewn together. I started by sewing the rest of the pinwheel blocks together, and I made the decision to remove the two larger, wrong-way pinwheels. This left me with 18 finished 6” pinwheel blocks– definitely not enough for a quilt.


Since I didn’t have any of the background fabric I was kind of stuck with the amount of pinwheels already made. I love reproduction fabric, so of course I had quite the collection in my stash. I decide to checkerboard the pinwheels with solid squares. A simple, yet playful quilt emerged and Playtime in the Past was created. 


As I sewed, it was quite fun thinking of what these blocks were intended for and what other quilt they were included in if these were just leftover blocks. My imagination definitely ran wild.
 What projects have you inherited? Were you able to work through them to completion?

See you at the machine,

Care

 
 
 

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It Isn’t Too Early For a Little Christmas, Right? 

I asked my Love if I could put one of the Christmas Trees up last week. I thought it was a simple question, but it was most definitely met with a stern (but loving), “No.” Well okay then, I guess I will go sew on my Christmas quilt while I wait for the world to get on my level.  
Christmas decorations for Halloween should be a thing; although, I really do love fall and Thanksgiving. Having Christmas decorations up before Thanksgiving would not take away from the holiday, but instead it would just add to it. This is all how I felt before I realized putting Christmas decorations up now would mean they would be up for over three months, and at that point they would need dusted. I’m not a fan of dusting, so I will wait until a more applicable time to start decorating. Say, right after the dishes are finished from Thanksgiving dinner. Sounds like a fabulous time to me, only 96 more days to impatiently wait. 


Until then, I will have Christmas cheer with my snowman quilt where nothing needs dusted and no one can tell me “No” to decorating early. Plus, French General fabric is not Christmas fabric and these shapes could be confused for anything. They just look somewhat like snowmen, but that can be our little secret. 


Last weekend I was able to finish sewing the details onto this quilt and the snowmen (or blobs or interesting shapes if we are hiding that this is a Christmas quilt) really came to life. Deciding borders has been a small challenge. After all the time and work it took to complete this quilt, I thought we were for sure working with something King-size or larger. However, I was mistaken and my finished quilt sans borders was about 50” x 54”. My goal is to have a “couch quilt”; I want all of my quilts to be used often and loved well, so this little guy needed a few borders.

About these borders; I picked one fabric, a feather-like design with hints of red and tan, that I loved so I knew it would make an appearance. I also liked the light green that was speckled throughout the quilt and the red with tiny white polka-dot fabric held a place in my heart. Three fabrics—should I use them all?… One?… Two?… Time for an audition. 

I think I have settled with varying sizes of all three fabrics for a pretty good sized border. I believe they will finish the quilt well, and then I will be off to rent the longarm and finish this in time for Christmas. As a procrastinator of epic proportions, I cannot believe this quilt is actually close to finished. Someone remember this because it won’t happen ever again often. 

Hopefully I haven’t spoken too soon…

See you at the machine,

Care



If you missed working through my appliqué journey for this quilt, check out the last blog post.  It was a journey alright… 🙂 

Also, if you would like to purchase this Bunny Hill Designs pattern (which I love!). You may do so here

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Patterns & Treasures

I’ve had many friends describe quilts they are wanting to make and I have worked up a quick how-to for them. I’ve done it on old envelopes, a paper towel, scrap paper, the computer, and graph paper. Taking into consideration their skill level, I have scribbled down pictures, diagrams and instructions for them to use, but never something for public viewing; until yesterday. Yesterday I nervously, marched myself into a print shop and printed my first pattern made for a public eye. Today I dropped that pattern into a big blue mailbox for it to face a stranger. We will see what happens.

Last night, thinking of all the things I could’ve, should’ve, would’ve done on the pattern, I was sent a picture. Growing up there was a lady who was like an extra grandma and had the brightest smile and sweetest soul. As her daughter was going through a few boxes, a treasure was found.


This picture is of a 1910 Dresden Plate quilt pattern. I cannot even believe this still exists and that it is in pretty great shape. What I find most unbelievable is how anyone actually made their quilt using this. I do not understand the pattern at all, but I am going to do more research and try figuring it out. This treasure will be framed and admired for years to come. Maybe in one of those years I will figure out how they expected the pattern to be used. Do you have any insight??

I’ve actually made a Dresden Plate quilt before. I, however, did not use this pattern.


I hope you enjoy and relish in the fact that our patterns are no longer what they were but that does not mean old patterns don’t have to be a thing of the past. Patterns may be easier to follow and use modern tools, rulers, and often sewing machines that were not around then, but something about the simplicity of hand sewing is relaxing. Thinking of the stories and laughter that surrounded this pattern years ago brings happiness and wonder.
See you at the machine,

Care

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 WIP Week Wrap Up

{WIP= Work In Progress}

How was your work in progress week? Did you get anything wrapped up? I would love to see pictures on Instagram or Facebook of what you accomplished. 
Here is the quilt I was able to finish up this week. It is made using half square triangles and half of an orange layer cake. It took me a little while to settle on the layout, but I am really enjoying the finished product. 

I definitely recommend playing with half square triangles anytime you’re needing a little inspiration. 

On to the next quilt! (Of course, first I must finish this binding) 
See you at the machine, 

Care

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WIP Week Update-Time Keeps Spinning Away

{WIP = Work in Progress}
It is Thursday, but it feels like Tuesday or maybe even Monday… Does anyone else feel this way? 


I was hoping to finally get this quilt knocked out; however, it is looking like it might take me all week just to sit down at the machine and start sewing.

I have finally decided on a layout I’m happy with. I’m also still hoping to get it finished by Sunday. Stick around to see what happens!


I’m curious- how often do you make it to your sewing place? Once a day, all day (oh.. how I wish), weekly, or are you lucky to find your machine every month. 
I go in phases. I have several projects going on right now and have been trying to get in their every couple days to work on a block or two. I’m falling short this week, but I hope it is not a new pattern- someone redirect me if I get too distracted 😉 . 

See you at the machine, (hopefully sooner than later)
Care

 

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It’s WIP Week! 

{WIP=Work In Progress}

Good morning, afternoon, and evening. 

Can you believe we have entered into the month of September and it is almost Fall?

How about the fact that there are less than THREE months before the year is over? Nope, not possible! 

Knowing there are only THREE months left has lit a fire under my fanny to get some of my Work In Progress {WIP} quilts pulled together. 

With that said, we are going to start this month with a WIP Week. It’s the perfect time to get those Christmas gifts started or finished, shrink your pile of unfinished projects, or just dive in and add another quilt to your list of finished projects for 2016. Who knows, maybe that was a New Years Resolution? Better get a move on it. 

Share your finished projects or even your WIPs on the new Facebook page or on Instagram with #WIPweek. 

I cannot wait to see what you are all working on. Invite your friends and let’s make it a party. 

This is my first WIP to tackle. 
See you at the machine, 

Care