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Feb 2, 2011

wip wednesday - 02/02/2011

Feb 2, 2011
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We are iced in!  Ice everywhere!  Normally this would drive me crazy, but I have my new friend {Nicey} Jane to play with, so it's not so bad.  Here's what I've been up to.

EQ Learning Quilt

First of all, THANK YOU to everyone who commented on my color quandry last week on this quilt.  Mimi summarized exactly what I needed to hear that was quietly speaking in the back of my mind.

{Mimi said...

Yellow. It will let the other fabrics glow. It will also not date the quilt quite as fast.... that would be a lot of green as there is so much green in the fabrics.}

The Kona Maize has arrived and I am in love. with. it.

So here's my freshly washed/dried stack of Nicey Jane with Kona Maize.  Oh yeah, and my trusty bottle of Niagara Spray Starch.  I'm settling in for one of my favorite parts of making a quilt - pressing.  (that's a story for another blog post.)

And of course, probably because I'm an engineer and need to check, recheck, and verify.... I didn't trust my print outs from EQ7.  I needed to sew up a test block just in case there was something wacky.  So I made this block...

Just lovely if I do say so myself!  I cannot wait to see this quilt come together.

Birdie Stitches BOM

Most of you know I've picked up a little crush on hand embroidery.  So of course, I couldn't stay away from Little Miss Shabby's Birdie Stitches BOM.  Only problem is I know I've committed myself to too many other things to stay on top of this one.  I'm sure I'll soon be running 3 months behind.

I decided I didn't want to follow her pattern for the piecing; I would do the embroidery, then figure out a design.  I can see it now.... this quilt is 2 years in the making!

Sliced Coins Quilt-Along

I posted about Elizabeth's quilt along last week showing that I plan to use some old Gap jeans as part of my coins.  It was so fun to read all the other comments from ladies, like me, who are not so Long and Lean!!  :) 

In laying them out, I realized I was missing the "Ka-Chow!" (as my 4 yr. old son Lightning McQueen would say), so I swapped out a pastel-y stripe for the pink polka dots.  This photo looks horrible even though it's edited and I blame the dingy lighting of my basement "studio".  That's where everything was laid out until I properly labeled the coins and placed them in manila folders (as suggested by the ever-so organized Elizabeth!)

In the cue

2 patterns
{Sew} Beautiful Bee block - drunk love
Sew Fresh Bee block
Perform duties of the Swapmaster for the Kona Your World Swap

Ta-Ta for now!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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  1. oh i love your eq block! so crisp. it is going to be a fabulous quilt. Laughing at your lightning mcqueen reference! you def added ka-chow with the pink. will look forward to seeing it put together.

  2. Ka-chow, that's great! And the pink definitely gives you the ka-chow, for sure. I really dig what you're doing with your sliced coins quilt, it's looking really awesome so far. What color are you embroidering on for the Birdie Stitches? That one block was a lot of fun, and the new one looks awfully adorable. And your EQ block? Gorgeous! I love it!! Makes me want to go out and buy EQ instead of replace my sadly outdated digital camera that makes a super fun clunky sound when I zoom...

  3. One of the nicest colour arrangements yet.....both of them....very nice!!!

  4. I love the pink polka dot addition!

  5. Great post...cute little snowman, and the block is great, and the quilt is coming along nicely.

  6. I like the block with the yellow! Also, fun fabric selection with your sliced coins. I can't wait to finish mine up!

  7. I'm doing the Birdie Stitches too, but with her layout. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with for your alternative lay out!

  8. I have too much in the queue, too! More time!

  9. Oh, I love your WiPs! Your sliced coins will be AWESOMESAUCE. :)

  10. Love the ka-chow in your sliced coins quilt! Looks great! And I can't wait to see more of that EQ quilt, looks yummy so far.

  11. that X block is fantastic! I agree, Kona Maize is definitly the right choice, can't wait to see more progress!

  12. I didn't even finish reading your post before I headed over and printed off all the info for the birdie stitches. Adorable! I don't need to start another project but it's so darn cute. I'll have to sneak it in sometime.

  13. I love the Ka-Chow! The birdies are so cute - very tempting, but I need to catch up on my WIPs right now, instead of adding to the list :)

  14. Loving the ka-chow! Great choice! And the EQ test block looks great. How are you piecing that?

    Thanks for linking up with WIP Wednesday, have a fabulous week!

  15. Loving the Kona Maize! But, really...pressing is your favorite? I must know more about this! And can I send you my wrinkly fabric to press??

  16. The X block is great and so is the maize!

    The Ka-Chow reference cracked me up. I have a
    4 1/2-year-old granddaughter and 3-year-old grandson. We have seriously WORN OUT the Cars movie. Not kidding. It would not work last week when they were here. Until recently they called him "Lightning the Queen."

    And your sliced coins quilt will be cool!


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