January 29, 2014

WIP Wednesday

These WIP Wednesdays sure come up quickly don't they?  Sometimes I feel like Lee last week. Don't know what day of the week it is. Believe me when I say it gets harder when you don't have school age kids around anymore and you work from home. Not as many outside references to keep the days of the week straight. Or maybe I'm just getting old.  Not.  : )

Since it's the end of the month that means I have at least a couple of WIP's to get wrapped up. Primarily bee blocks to get done and in the mail.

My Mid Century Modern bee block for Linda at Buzzing and Bumbling was the main one I wrapped up over the weekend. She requested a house block from all of us as a way to commemorate a tough year in 2013. Linda lost her home, including all her fabrics and quilts in a fire last year. I so hope these house blocks will come together into a beautiful new quilt to start her new year off in a much better place.

I winged it with an improv style for the last house block I made and it came out pretty wild. This time I thought I'd try a more planned approach. I drew the block out first. Selected fabrics based on Linda's cue and took it all to our guild sew day Saturday. It took me almost the whole day to piece. Paper piecing and I don't get along very well but I managed to get it done in between catching up with everyone. More talking at times than sewing.

One advantage of waiting till the last minute to do this block was being able to add a little something extra based on a recent post Linda did about her roses. Take a look at the beautiful quilt she just made. I found some floral fabric in my traditional stash and added some roses that I hope will remind her of her old roses. I think they really finish off the block well.

I've also added another bee to my schedule this year which should be fun. I'll be making a Mad Mosaic block for our Modern Quilt Guild bee. Should be fun since her fabrics are such a good mix of modern prints. Aren't these cute. I love the little bird. I actually love all things bird related.

My biggest WIP this week is my art quilt for the Four-in-Art quilt group. If you read my earlier post this week, you know I really procrastinated on this one. It's coming along. Should be ready for the big reveal on February 1st. Come back to see how it turned out.


  1. Cool wonky house! I love how you made that. And going with a traditional print for the flowers was a nice touch. I wish I could do fun bees...those fabrics look lovely. I find that I like all things bird as well, though not so much the real ones flying over my head. lol. Have a great day!
    - Katelyn @ Sing While Crafting

  2. Love your house and rose bushes, what a fun block!
    (Wednesday already, huh? Sometimes I have to look at my phone or the newspaper to find out what day of the week it is.)

  3. Love your quirky house block, it looks gorgeous, worth all the paper piecing effort. And those fabrics for your new bee are great. I have a weakness for birds too. And good luck with the art quilt.

  4. Sweet house block! I love the path and the addition of the flowers! The fabrics for your Mad Mosaic block are beautiful - great colors and I love the bird too!!

  5. Very cute house block. I love the roses. A great way to finish off an already great block.

  6. Those roses are perfect on your improv house (I'm not a huge fan of paper piecing, either, but I can do it if I put my mind to it--sort of. I've ripped off more backwards pieces than I can tell you!)

    I just finished my post for the Four-in-Art and am going around making sure the links work, and reading my buddies' posts!

    See you tomorrow!

  7. Love what you did with the little house and roses! - hubby


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