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WIP Wednesday – 2/4/2015

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Tell It To The Stars October 5, 2014

Tell It To The Stars
October 5, 2014

Sorry it’s been awhile.  I lost my quilty mojo for a bit.  With Flowers and Baskets finished, I wanted to do a small project before I started my next big quilt, Tell It To The Stars.  I picked the Manhattan bag but it took twice as long as I wanted to spend on it.  I was hesitant to start the project because it was the first time I did that bag and I knew it would take me longer than usual.  I do like the bag and I plan to make more.  Now that that is done, I played with my secret project a bit.  I’m not loving the design so I keep moving fabric around.  It’s better tonight but I found more fabric online that I feel would complement it better than some of the fabric I’ve got on the design wall.  So, I’m waiting for the fabric to come in.

And with that, I pulled out Tell It To The Stars, my sewing table was clean and I had no more excuses.  I’m on the last clue – the border part.  I’ve pulled out the instructions a number of times but I couldn’t bring myself to do anything.  This time, I did.  Can you believe the top pictured above was from October, 2014?  And the last thing I did for this quilt was the November clue, which was part of Border #3…

Tell It To The Stars 32 blocks from the November Clue 11/9/14

Tell It To The Stars
32 blocks from the November Clue
11/9/14

There are 4 additional borders I need to cut and attach to the top.  I cut border #4 tonight.  I’ll be cutting the other borders over the next few nights.  I’ve got until 2/10/15 to work on this project because once the next clue for Scrapitude comes out I will be setting aside Tell It To The Stars again!

What is on your WIP Wednesday?

And for a piece of my non-quilty life, which is another big reason why nothing has been done – a friend of ours built my hubby’s new computer and it wasn’t working.  We couldn’t figure out what was going wrong.  I didn’t have to do anything but I did keep our friends company while they were doing this huge favor of building this new computer.  That took up the bulk of last week.  Saturday, the girl had to take a HS exam for one of the schools she is applying to.  Afterwards, we drove to Vegas for a quick getaway.  What’s a girl to do? We had a voucher for a free room that expires this week so we didn’t want to waste it.  It was a fun, quick trip.  Initially I was going to go to a quilt shop to do some damage to my stash report but I refrained from going.  There are reasons why I refrained but I’ll keep it a secret until I’m able to tell it.  Before you get the wrong idea, it isn’t because I was being good… The hubby’s computer did get fixed and is now running properly.

~Wish I was quilting…

Melanie

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TGIF, 1/30/2015

WIPs Be Gone

WIP Status:

 1. Manhattan Bag –

Manhattan Bag 1/30/15

Manhattan Bag
1/30/15

 It’s practically done.  I still need a button in the front and a magnetic button inside to keep it closed but I can use it now and no one would be wiser.   I like it but I think there are a few tweaks that need to be done.  I do not like the inside pocket… I think I read the instructions wrong or I misunderstood but the inside pocket has the wrong side of the fabric facing out.  😦  Also the inside lining seems a bit big which makes the bag a little bulky.  I am planning on doing this bag again and I think making the lining a little smaller than the outside would smooth out the inside part.  I think one of the free Craftsy bag classes talked about that.

I haven’t done anything on Tell It To The Stars. But I’ve got the final fabric pieces for my secret project and materials for a new bag keep arriving from online shops.  Woohoo!  I will not be able to play with it this weekend because the family is going to Vegas this weekend!  Whoop Whoop!!!!  It’s going to be a quick trip to get away and I plan on hitting a quilt shop or two tomorrow.  So stay tuned for Sunday Stash!

Happy Quilting everyone!
Melanie

WIP Wednesday – 1/28/2015

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Manhattan Handbag In Process 1/28/2015

Manhattan Handbag
In Process
1/28/2015

Since I finished Flowers and Baskets I’m taking a little break with this bag.  It’s been difficult.  I do not know why it’s so hard for me to follow instructions for a bag pattern but I’ve messed up more times than I can count on this one.  I’m surprised its looking as good as it looks right now.  I take each mess up in stride though and chalk it all up to a learning experience.  This is the first bag I’m attempting and I do not know the difference between fleece, decobond, and peltex… ;0  So I just look at the sizes and luckily all three were cut in completely different amounts so I could kind of tell what was what.  The next one will not be as difficult.

First Yarn Project of the year Sweet Pea Hat 1/28/2015

First Yarn Project of the year
Sweet Pea Hat
1/28/2015

I’ve also broken out the yarn ball that I set aside last fall.  I wanted to get it done in time for Jacob to where in the winter but we all know how much crafting I did last fall (nada!)….  So, I’ve casted on and knitted 3 rounds.  Don’t tell Jacob it’s called a Sweet Pea Hat – I think he won’t wear it on principle.

Yarnbox  January shipment 1/28/2015

Yarnbox
January shipment
1/28/2015

And my January shipment from Yarnbox came yesterday.  It’s lovely yarn, I’ll put it aside with my other yarnbox boxes. I’m starting to build a yarn stash too….

What is on your WIP Wednesday?

~Wish I was quilting…

Melanie

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