Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wonky Log Cabin and Baby Gifts

Last week I blogged about how I wasn't really into my current WIPs, but was still trying to plug away at them.

I worked on my King Size Wonky Log Cabin quilt. In fact I finished all of the blocks and now I am putting sashing/border around each one. This is a huge quilt for me, so I am working in sections. I am considering "quilt as you go" because I don't think I can push a king size quilt through my machine. The largest I have ever done is queen size and it was very difficult. On the other hand I am just considering finish the top and getting it quilted with a long arm because it is so big. I need to decide pretty soon.

I snapped a couple of photos (not the best quality) of it laid out on my sewing room floor.

Although I have made some progress on the above mentioned quilt, I thought I should take a break and do a smaller project that might get me back into a sewing routine. I have three friends expecting babies in the next 4 months... And I know that once I find out the gender of my baby I probably won't have time to sew a lot of projects for other people so I decided to go ahead and get their gifts made. 

I decided that making quilts was out of the question, so I opted for simple minky backed blankets, matching burp rags, and a matching diaper case as a gift set for each. 

I had to order the minky and fabric for two of the gifts, so I haven't started on any of the blankets. I completed two of the three burp rags for one set and I think they are coming out rather cute. I am using leftover Animal Party by Amy Schimler for Robert Kaufman that I used to make a quilt years ago. I love this fabric and wish I could get more of it. It is so fun for baby boys. 

I need to finish up the third burp cloth. 

I will be using the following fabric backed with turquoise minky and bound with a green satin binding for the blanket.

I am looking forward to the minky and other fabric arriving in a couple of days so I can work on all of these adorable gift sets. 

On a personal note my 4 year started Pre-K today! We homeschool, but decided to send him to a local private Christian School 2 days a week for Pre-K. He is a mess! We tried to take first day of school pictures, and as usual couldn't get one that didn't have a silly face. 

Hope you are all having a great week!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Don't Really Wanna Work on My WIPs

For those of you that read my previous two posts, you know I haven't been sewing much. This is my first blog post that is actually about sewing in over two months! Wow!

The dilemma I am facing is that I really don't want to work on any of my WIPs. They just don't interest me. I don't know what my problem is. When my pregnancy took a turn towards misery I was in the middle of so many different projects and I was enjoying all of them. After 10 weeks of not working on them, or even thinking about them I just can't seem to want to work on them!

Just before I got sick I started working on a King Size Wonky Log Cabin Quilt for my bed. Last week I spent a couple of hours making more 26 inch blocks. I have 8 of 9 complete, and I started working on the 9th. Even though I added to my pile of blocks, I really didn't feel like it. I am seriously doubting my color choices, and the design. It is very modern in my opinion, and I am just not sure how I feel about it.

I am also part of of the Skill Builder Block of the Month and I am so far behind.

I still have one more "hand-pieced" block for April, then May, June and July's blocks! I began working on the second hand pieced block, the Diamond Carat, but still have a long ways to go. I am contemplating skipping it for now and moving on to try and catch up. 

I really want to move on to new projects... Baby projects to be specific. BUT we still don't know if the baby is a girl or a boy and we won't know until Sept 5th. So I should take this opportunity and finish up what's already in progress. I have spent so many hours looking at fabric options for baby bedding and colors for the nursery. I think I have decided on two different color palettes for the nursery depending on whether the baby is a boy or a girl. Of course it could change next week, there are so many lovely colors and fabrics its hard to make a decision and stick with it.  

Have you ever taken a break from sewing/quilting and then found it very difficult to start back up on your WIPs? Any tips for getting over this?

Linking up with Liz from Shush-I'm Quilting guest blogging for Freshly Pieced - WIP Wednesday