Wednesday, July 20, 2016

WIP Wednesday - Because quilting doesn't suck...

Some days I get a little down on myself. So I decided to do more activities that don't suck in an effort to bolster my mood. Given that quilting doesn't suck, I've been doing as much of it as I can for the past few days. It's amazing what one can do when they get in the studio for an hour or two!

After last week's jaunt to Lunenburg, I couldn't resist getting started on my version of The Lunenburg Makery's Row by Row quilt. I kept the yellow and light blue from the kit, but subbed in some Konas: Medium Gray, Silver, and Prussian.
 I love this little fishing stage and it came together quite quickly!
There's always that point in paper piecing when you think, "Oh. This is going so smoothly. Look at me... paper piecing rockstar!" And then you do this. Grab the seam ripper.
I found a dory! Hee hee hee. For those of you not from Nova Scotia, these little boats are called dories. They're a classic style here in Nova Scotia. They even have races with them in lovely little Lunenburg Harbour. It's a big deal!
And since I've finally embraced a shortened stitch length for paper piecing, the paper came off like a dream!
I also made a pile of progress on the doll quilt to go with the recent baby doll basket for DT's Sam & Stella.
And I worked away on my low volume 16 patches... or were they 25 patches? Apparently I should have looked at my previous blocks before making more! *Update - they definitely should have been 16 patch... grab the seam ripper again!*

Setting my Q3 goals for the 2016 Finish-A-Long was also a kick in the pants in the WIP department. If I ever want to finish my Technicolor Galaxy, I actually have to work on it. Go figure. After tidying my studio, ironing my freshly washed purchases, shuffling my WIP cubby... okay, flat out procrastinating... I finally got down to work.
 Getting these first two together felt momentous!
 And I felt downright triumphant when I got to this point!
 As of this afternoon,  I had six of twelve spokes of the wheel done. Yay me!
Here's hoping I can keep up this level of productivity! I'm linking up today with the lovely Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social, as well as with the Canadian Needle and Thread Network. I'm also trying out a new (to me) link-up, Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrications. If you pop back on Friday, you'll see a finish of one of these projects and you can link up your own finishes as I host TGIFF! Hope to see you then!

J

18 comments:

  1. Here's hoping your sewing time helps you shake off the funk you're in. Your technicolour is spectacular. Are you going to use it as a wall hanging afterwards? It is a work of art!

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  2. I love that last piece. And quilting always lightens my mood, too. Just the act of creativity and the concentration it takes to do it takes me to my happy place. Cheers to cheeriness.

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  3. Yes, quilting is awesome! Have fun playing with the pretty fabrics and put on some rocking music, and I'll send you a virtual hug to feel better soon.

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  4. Wow, that's a great lot of productivity! I hope that whatever has you a bit down is cured by the awesomeness of quilting and our community. Warm thoughts, hugs, laughter, friends, and loving vibes headed your way just in case, too.

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  5. Sending hugs your way. Those spokes are coming out great! Love that little purple star in the corner!

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  6. Sometimes sewing is the best soul soother when things get funky. Sending hugs your way! Your progress looks great, the paper piecing is awesome! And you know I'm psyched to see Technicolor Galaxy progress. 😊

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  7. Ahhh quilting, curer of all ills! You have been amazingly prolific. Love that little boat, it's kind of quaint and I like that.

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  8. Judging by all these cool projects, your mood must be topnotch by now! I love, love, love that row quilt pattern! And I agree, a tiny stitch is so helpful for de-papering. (Although not so much when you have to rip them out--don't ask me how I know.) It's so neat to see your Technicolor Galaxy again.

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  9. Hi! I hope your fantastic projects help you! I need to do the same now to get my mind away from things that really suck. Same here...just when I think something works easily and especially with paper piecing, then I make mistake! I can imagine how you feel when connecting the pieces in that amazing project! x Teje

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  10. Yes, yay you!
    A Nova Scotian dory looks a bit like a coracle. (And I almost typed curricle, which is a carriage, obviously! Duh, me!).

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  11. Galaxy is coming along wonderfully :)

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  12. Quilting definitely doesn't suck, even if you have to use the seam ripper. Sending positive vibes your way in hopes that it will help. Then I'm going to get to work on a project to see if I can finish it in time to link up on Friday.

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  13. My, you are working on a lot of projects. I love, love, love your technicolour!

    I'm also happy to hear I'm not the only one who needs to pull things apart...

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  14. Oh, I am so impressed! Look at you go! I didn't realize the technicolor galaxy was QAL!

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  15. I hope you're ok and it was just the blues, if t's more serious and you want to talk, i'm here and i ubderstand depression very well. Love technicolour galaxy and can't wait to see it finished!

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  16. Wow! All those finishes are coming along nicely. Still so in awe over the beauty of your technicolor Galaxy quilt! I hope to see that baby in person!

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  17. Wow! Technicolor Galaxy is going to be on awesome quilt! You did well to get that much done even though you're in a funk right now. Hopefully, this will help you regain your stride. And welcome to Midweek Makers - thanks for sharing!
    Susan

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  18. Sewing time fixes so many things, doesn't it? Lunenburg is so beautiful...I love the old captain's houses there. Your Technicolor Galaxy looks more amazing every time you share it :)

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