WIP Wednesday

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It’s  WIP Wednesday again, and surprisingly enough I’ve actually got another work in progress to share.  I’m super proud of myself getting started on this month’s Project Quilting Focus Through the Prism Challenge so early.  Of course, I need to get it done and out of the way, so that I can get a baby quilt made for my little nephew to be.  He’s not going to be here until October, but as busy at the next couple of weekends will be, I’d really like to get it started.

But back to projects that I’m actually working on – this month’s Project Quilting challenge was the flying geese block.  Interestingly enough, I had never made a flying geese block before I started working on this mini quilt.  They were a lot of fun and super easy to make.


After thinking about the block for a while, I decided that turned sideways, the shape reminded me a bit of waves, and I still had my blue fabric to use, so I went with an ocean theme for this month’s challenge. I started, as always, by designing out my quilt on a grid.  Having the design down on paper really helps me to make the best use of my time and materials in the sewing room.

finished piecing

With my top done, I’m ready to start the embroidery work, which is a cute little beluga whale designed by Wild Olive.

Do you ever add decorative hand work to your quilts? What projects are you working on right now?

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  1. Rita Long on September 9, 2015 at 9:28 am

    You’ve given me inspiration on using the flying geese block. I’ll be interested in seeing it after the embroidery

    • Andrea on September 9, 2015 at 9:45 am

      I hope the get the embroidery done soon. I’ll be sure to share it.

  2. anna in spain on September 9, 2015 at 9:38 am

    I hand-quilt all my quilts; for me, that’s the fun part! Yes, it takes forever, but I find it a very meditative activity that frees my mind to wander while I quilt.
    About 10 years ago I made a quilt featuring appliquéd handprints from all the women I was close to at that time. I quilted in their names and heart motifs. Unfortunately, at that time in this town it was impossible to find real handquilting batting; what you could get was high-loft stuff for machine-quilted comforters and duvets. Also the fabric I used turned out to be synthetic (I was dumb in those days) and a nightmare to work with. I am seriously considering unpicking all the quilting and getting a decent batt and backing and doing it all again.

    So tell me, friend–am I insane? I’d really like to redo it properly. It’s the unpicking that will probably be dreary beyond belief. Shall I go for it?

    Meanwhile, I’m still slowly making Storm at Sea blocks. It’s cooled down quite a bit, thank goodness.

    • Andrea on September 9, 2015 at 9:47 am

      If you think it should be redone, it will probably bother you until you redo it. Go for it!

  3. anna in spain on September 9, 2015 at 9:40 am

    **the backing fabric I used…

  4. Debra on September 9, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Very cool design! I think the embroidery will add a lot.

    • Andrea on September 9, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks! I’m hoping to get to work on the embroidery tonight.

  5. Zenia Rene on September 9, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    I’ve always admired quilters who design their own quilts. Maybe someday I will do it too. I love the flying geese as waves. And all the different blues are very captivating. I found you on Let’s Bee Social. If you are so inclined, stop by blog sometime.

    • Andrea on September 10, 2015 at 8:00 am

      Zenia, thanks so much for stopping by. Designing your own quilts is easier than you think, and it can be a lot of fun. Give it a try sometime, but start with something small, like this little 20″ mini quilt I’m making. I think you’ll enjoy it. And I’d love to stop by your blog. I love discovering new quilting blogs.

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