Wednesday, May 2, 2012

WIP Wednesday: The Hand Pieced Edition

Last Wednesday, I shared the beginnings of my first hand pieced quilt block ever. People, hand piecing is addictive! Before I took up quilting, I'd spend my evenings watching television and either surfing the internet or knitting, but since I bit the sewing bug, I've really cut down on my TV watching. That's not a bad thing, but there are some shows I still want to catch and I hated having to choose between watching or sewing. Hand piecing means I can do both. Yay!

I finished two hand pieced blocks this week. First up is the one I previewed last Wednesday, Broken Dishes, block 11 of the Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt. I was pleasantly surprised when I measured the block and found that it exactly the size it was supposed to be. Sweet! This block uses one of the fabrics  from The Workroom's Scrap Bags I picked up at City of Craft. I know I'm going to get a little thrill each time I use of the scraps.

I also impressed myself with how tidy the back of this block looks. Not bad for a first timer!

My second hand pieced block is only 3.5 inches square and is part of my secret project. It's a Wonky Star block and uses two of my scrap bag fabrics. I'll give you a sneak peak:

The other project that saw some progress this week is my Sew Happy Quilt back. It's almost fully pieced. I'm starting to think about how I want to quilt it and would love suggestions. Here's a link to the quilt top. Should I keep it simple with straight line quilting (maybe a tad wonky)? Should I do an all over meandering pattern? Actually, I think that would be too difficult for me as my FMQ skills aren't well honed and it's a BIG quilt for my little machine.  I could do echo quilting in each block and then something different for the borders. 
Finally, I'm adding another project to my list. Well, not really a project. I signed up for another quarter of the 3 x 6 mini bee on Flickr. Next step is to pick my block.
And now I should go to bed because Levi is sick, my husband is sick and I can feel my body shutting down I type.

WIP status report
Flora Charm Quilt - HSTs are in progress
Farmer's Wife QAL - another block is done, yay!
We Bee Learning Bee - waiting for the May block to get posted
Levi's Growth Chart - no progress
NY Beauty QAL - fabric has arrived!
Sew. Happy. Quilt back  - very close to finished
Give a Day quilt - gathering ideas
Hibernating projects
Levi's Bed Quilt - This should probably come off the list

I'm linking up with WIP Wednesdays at Freshly Pieced and the Canadian Needle and Thread Network. Check out what everyone else is up to. There's so much creativity out there.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. Well, I'm not sure I'll get addicted to hand quilting, but your work is beautiful!

  2. Your stitching is wonderful!

  3. wow hand stitching.....amazing!

  4. Yes, those who hand quilt quite like it. Your block fabrics are great!

  5. Hope you'll all be healthy soon!
    If you like handwork, and have a small sewing machine, I suggest hand quilting, perhaps outlining the different blocks.

  6. So cool that you are hand stitching! Such patience!

  7. I think straight-line quilting would look great on your quilt top. Hope you don't get sick, too.