Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Cut, Cut, Snip, Snip

This week has been more about cutting to prepare for my upcoming Denmark sewing retreat than it has been about sewing. Even though I understand the benefit of time saving when you cut, sew, and iron all at once, etc., the reality of it is that I have never cut all the fabric needed for a quilt all at one time. I'm so tempted to stop in between and stitch up a block before cutting some more, but I suppose that would leave me with having nothing to work on during our trip.

I'm nearing the finish line for completing the quilt top for my second pattern, and I wanted to whip up a smaller project in second colorway. I keep grabbing for this essex linen over and over again, and why not? Another project that will land in my living room once it's finished!

This past week, I joined in on the #missingmarket fun on Instagram sponsored by @gogokim and @thesewingloft. One of the topics of the "party" was to share our #longestWIPever. Wheh... what a scary topic?!? 

When I pulled out these Anna Maria Horner blocks that I started aeons ago with no real plan, I was inspired to figure out some kind of layout for them and get them together. Since I'm not as thrilled about this project anymore, and I don't really want to make more blocks, so I thought I would add some simple Basic Grey grunges to pull out the color in the blocks.

I'm really not sure if I am biting off more than I can chew, but I usually like to have at least on "basket project" in the works, and when I got the latest issue of Love Quilting and Patchwork, I knew this project from Minkikim had to make it in my basket. Her sweet applique projects are just adorable, and I love all the attention to detail.

I'm really excited to see how much I can get done on this retreat... everyone always seems to overpack, but if nothing else, then I'll be ready to just sit down and sew once I get back.

Linking up with Let's Bee Social.


  1. Have a wonderful time! I always over pack projects...or books!

  2. Have a fabulous time. Always good to have lots of options. I hope you can do something with that refound WIP - it looks intriguing. Love that selection of grunge fabrics you have pulled. Happy sewing, laughing and travelling.

  3. I'm with you on how hard it is to just cut and cut without sewing up a block or two! But it will be nice to just be able to sew and sew...the fun part :)

    I love those colors in your old WIP.

  4. It is so nice to come across another person that does their projects many steps at a time. I almost always have something going in every stage. Some cut, some pieced, some blocks together. It is just how I work best. No idea why. :)

  5. It is so hard to leave things prepared and not just start! Good luck! I like the grunge colors you picked out.

  6. Have a wonderful time at your patchwork retreat! I'm sure you'll get a lot done and I'm looking forward to seeing the results :-)

  7. As always you are a lot better prepared already ;)

    Looking forward to seeing your next interpretation for the new pattern and what you come up with for those WIP blocks. I am always amazed about your color fitting. I am so excited - it will be so much fun!


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