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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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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

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Poppies & Pinwheels

I’m working on a few projects going on around the house, but I finished the binding on this little jewel, Poppies & Pinwheels, and thought I would share.

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It might have been sprinkling when I had the chance to run down the street and snap these pictures, but there’s no harm in getting a little wet 😉 .  Ever since I started this quilt I imagined this picture and I just could not wait!

 

And lastly, my favorite picture I took while finishing the binding on a road trip..

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See you at the machine,

Care

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The Magic Ruler Strikes Again

Hello! Hello! How was your weekend?

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We have been working through different blocks a ruler I was shown recently can make. I decided to use a charm pack and make a quilt using these blocks.

 

 

As you can see, this ruler really is magic.  Cindy Casciato is the master mind behind it and you can purchase it here in her shop.

I just love how this block comes together.  The squares always have a great point and making it with a stripe pattern really show it off.

 

To see the other blocks we have been creating, you can visit them here and here.

We almost have an entire quilt pieced.  Tomorrow I will share the last block and then how I put them together.  Check back soon to see a fun quilt using a charm pack and this magic ruler. It is pretty cute if I do say so myself. 🙂

 

See you at the machine,

Care

 

 

 

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Fabulous, Fun Find (A Magic Ruler)

The first block you can create using this fabulous tool is a half square triangle.

And of course, since I love pinwheels, I made a handy-dandy pinwheel using today’s blocks.

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Check back tomorrow to see what other fantastic blocks this magic tool can create.

See you at the machine,

Care

{Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with any products shown or mentioned in this post. I am just sharing what I love.}

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Finish Line

We made it to Saturday; the end of our WIP Challenge.

Did you get your WIP finished? If not, we will have other WIP Challenges.  The point of this challenge was to get your wheels turning, to get your unfinished projects in the forefront of your mind, and to spark an interest in finishing them.  Even if you did not get to finish them; hopefully you will be able to pull them out the next time you have a couple “free” days.  (Do those exist anymore?)

 

I promised pictures today and here they are.  Enjoy!

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If you like this pattern check back in the next couple weeks for a tutorial.

Tomorrow is a new day for more projects.  I think I will be binding.

 

See you at the machine,

Care

 

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A Race to the Finish Line

We made it to Friday! That means we only have ONE more day in our WIP Challenge.IMG_1660

Time to burn the midnight oil to finish up these WIPs before this challenge ends.

Are you close? Can you see the finish line?

I might be a little bit behind, but I will have this little quilt finished tomorrow.

Get those machines humming and lets cross the finish line together!

 

 

See you at the machine,

Care