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I know that I’m a little crazy when it comes to things like this. But once I get on a roll, it’s hard for me to stop until everything is complete.

Every single “WIP” or idea I’ve had is prepped. I can’t think of a single pattern or piece of fabric that I own that I “need” to do something with in the near future that isn’t ready to go. Here’s what I’ve added to the list.

 

Free Spirit Tank

Photo Courtesy of Patterns for Pirates on Craftsy

 

My mom and I are kind of into the Patterns for Pirates stuff. We’ve seen some awesome tanks mashed up with another one of her patterns to add sleeves. I’m going to try the tank itself before I do the mash up.

 

Tank Fabric

Photo Courtesy of Joann Fabrics

 

This is the fabric I’m going to use that I bought at Joanns. The stripes will be horizontal and I’m making the racerback version. This fabric is light and perfect for summer, which means this needs to be one of the first items I finish so I can actually wear it this summer.

 

Boyriend V neck

Photo Courtesy of Patterns for Pirates on Craftsy

 

As I said, we like these patterns. I’m making this with the sleeve tabs. I’m using another knit from Joanns, but I can’t find a picture of it. It’s just a small white and black stripe jersey. It’s drapey and soft and I’m hoping that makes the pattern not too tight. I don’t like tight shirts. I think I cut a medium just in case.

So that’s all of the additional apparel items I’ve added. I have two quilting things, too.

These have been on my list for a while and were inspired by the fabric.

 

Triangle Quilt

 

I got this cut out and I was so excited about it that I pieced it this weekend. It’s too long, so I’ll probably rip it out in half and use it for two baby blankets. Or I’ll make pillows. We’ll see. I have binding cut for it, too. I’ve been wanting to make an equilateral triangle quilt for awhile. When I recieved this bundle from my friend Cathy, it seemed perfect. It’s Joel Dewberry. Cathy and I love his fabrics. I mainly used Sew Fresh Quilts’ tutorial. It was the best and easiest tutorial I could find. It made the triangles go together really easily.

 

Lone Star

 

 

I also started working on this quilt this weekend. I had it all cut out, so I just had to sew. I actually cut enough to make two quilts, so I pieced the sections for two quilts. These are going to be lone star quilts, but I have to get the background fabric. This was a really easy way of doing lone stars. No weird seams. No weird pieces. It took me almost no time to have the sections together. If I was only doing one quilt, it was have been hella easy. Here’s my secret: Better Off Thread. She has a great tutorial and even does the math for your to resize it or use 18 pieces instead of nine.

So there you go. I’m ready to go. Now that I’ve done some quilt piecing this last weekend, I’m ready to move onto garments. I’m just waiting to get my serger back from being serviced. 🙂

And the obligatory photo of #Hashtag. He is bothering me while I’m sewing here. He was playing with pins and all sorts of dangerous things, so I trapped him on my lap. He thought I was trying to play and started wrestling my hand. It’s adorable until he actually gets a good chunk of skin in his mouth.

 

#Hashtag

For those of you who know me, you know that I’m an organizer. I like things in order, which is why I have a spreadsheet to track all of my fabric, patterns, books, magazines, and WIPs. My WIPs list is pretty long. I document everything I want to work on, even if I haven’t started. Sometimes even if I don’t have the fabric for it yet. I also document where I’m at in the process. I realize it’s a little nuts, but it’s been a really great reference. I now buy fabric with more of a purpose because I know what projects I want to start or finish and what I need to do so.

Anyway, I have a couple of retreats coming up and I want to have things ready to sew so I’m not messing around with cutting, figuring, etc. So here’s what I’ve been prepping.

 

Cascade Quilt Fabric

 

 

I had an Emily Herrick FQ bundle that I won at Sew OK last year. I’ve been saving it for a special project and when my friend Amy made Susannah Kate’s Cascade quilt, I knew this would be perfect for it.

 

Cascade Quilt

Photo from Susannah Kate Sews

 

I think I’ll use a white background, but I don’t have that yet. I’ll probably go with a Kona. I still have 14 FQs left, so they’ll be great for another project. I have all of the prints cut and will just need to cut the background once I get it.

 

Fabric for Monkey Business Quilt

 

Most of these fabrics are Cotton and Steel. My wonderful aunt gave me a Cotton and Steel FQ bundle and then I used some other Cotton and Steel prints from my stash plus other random prints to get the 20 FQs that I needed.

 

Monkey Business Quilt

 

And they are for this quilt. I have cut the FQs down to the size and now I just need to buy some more freezer paper so I can do the sub cutting with the templates. I think this will go together really quickly once I have it cut.

 

Periwinkle Fabrics

 

So I’ve already made one Periwinkle quilt from Cotton and Steel prints and now I’m making another from Cotton and Steel Basics. This is entirely cut, even the binding, and just ready to piece.

 

Periwinkle Fabrics

 

Periwinkle Fabrics

 

Periwinkle Fabrics

 

Periwinkle Fabrics

 

I’ve paired each set of colors with two contrasting background fabrics.

 

Periwinkle

 

Here’s my first Periwikle. The quilt I’m working on will be four of these.

So that’s all of the quilts for now. I think I have two others on my list that I have fabrics for, but I haven’t gotten around to cutting those. Soon, though. 🙂

On to clothing!

 

Mesa

Photo from Seamwork Magazine

 

I subscribe to Seamwork and it’s well worth it. I really love some of the patterns they have included. This dress is perfect.

 

Mesa Fabric

Photo from Girl Charlee

 

This is a Ponte de Roma knit that I think will be perfect for it. I also think I’m going to make the sleeves out of black faux leather from Girl Charlee. Won’t that be awesome? I have this pattern printed, taped, traced, and now I’m just waiting for the fabric to arrive.

 

French Linen

Photo from Piece Keepers

 

This is French linen. It’s gorgeous. Designed in Paris. I was in love when I saw it. I need to buy more. They have it in gray and blue, too.

 

Sailor Top

Photo from Fancy Tiger Crafts.

 

I think this Sailor Top would be awesome in double gauze, but I think the linen will be really nice, too. It’s such a soft linen.

 

Sloan Fabric

Photo from Joann Fabrics

 

A while ago, I bought some performance knit from Joanns with the idea that I would make some workout pants. I have one pair of workout pants that I totally love. All of my others are just meh. I hadn’t found a pattern that I was in love with yet.

 

Sloan

Photo from Hey June

 

But then I found these from Hey June. I’m not making the two toned version, but I like the reviews and looks of ones other people have made. I hope the waist band is high enough. I think I have a long torso so things hit me weird. I don’t like waist bands on workout pants that cut me right in the middle, which happens often. I’m hoping that if it does, I can tweak it enough to make it comfortable. Wish me luck.

 

Pneuma Fabric

Photo from Joann Fabrics

 

 

This was another performance knit I bought at Joanns. I’ve learned from watching others that dark is best for the bottom…meaning navy or black. Gray shows sweat and bottom sweat isn’t really attractive. But sweat looks fine or at least normal on top. I didn’t go with gray, but I did choose a lighter more textured blue to make a workout tank from. Again, I didn’t have a pattern.

 

Pneuma Tank

Photo from Papercut

 

Then I found this tank when looking for leggings. Papercut has leggings, too, but I didn’t like them as well as the Hey June ones. This tank is perfect, though. I still need to find the straps though. That should be interesting.

 

Raglan Fabric

Photo from Girl Charlee

 

I have a large order from Girl Charlee, as you can see. I originally was thinking about using this sweatshirt fabric for the Linden, but I’m going to try it out for something else first. I want more of this, but I was having trouble finding solid colors that were gray, black or navy. I’m trying to stay away from those because I own a lot of those colors.

 

Raglan

Photo from Patterns for Pirates

 

I really like raglan shirts and this one from Patterns for Pirates has an awesome add on pack. I think I’m going to use the reverse side of the fabric fo the sleeves, band, and triangle at the collar. My mom gave me that idea.

 

Morris Fabric

Photo from Girl Charlee

 

This is also a Ponte de Roma. I like structured knits and I like garments made from structured knits.

 

Morris

Photo from Grainline Studio

 

This blazer from Grainline calls for a structured knit. I might also use some faux leather on here. Wouldn’t that look cool? Maybe the sleeves to tone the print down a bit. Maybe the sleeves and the collar. We’ll see. I have a couple of blazers and I wear them all of the time. I have a coral one that I love. If this turns out well, I could see me making many of these in all different colors.

 

Linden Fabric

Photo from Joann Fabrics

 

I bet you recognize this fabric. I made the Meridian from it, but I had quite a bit left over.

 

Linden

Photo from Grainline Studio

 

I was going to make the Linden out of sweatshirt knit, but then I wanted to try the raglan out of it, so I decided to go into my stash. I wanted a heavier knit and the above is reversible, so it’s doubled. I’ll probably do contrasting bands.

 

Everyday Elegance Fabric

Photo from Anna Maria Horner Website

 

I love this rayon. I’ve used it before in another color way and I have it in at least one more color way. I’m not a huge Anna Maria Horner fan, except for this print. I LOVE this print.

 

Everyday Elegance

Photo from Patterns for Pirates

 

Rayon will be perfect for this flowy Everyday Elegance top. My mom has already made one and I love how it turned out. I like that it has sleeves because I am always cold. I also think the bold print will work well with it.

 

Oakridge Fabric

Photo from Free Spirit

 

I also have this Joel Dewberry rayon. When I saw this in the shop, I knew immediately what I would use it for.

 

Oakridge

Photo from Sewaholic

 

I watched the Oakridge Blouse on a blog hop and I loved every one that was made. It’s similar to the Everyday Elegance, but different enough to warrant another pattern. Again, I like that is has sleeves. Somebody made one of the blog hops ones in a Cotton and Steel rayon so I knew that fabric would work.

 

Skinny Jeans Fabric

Photo from Robert Kaufman

 

This next project has been in progress for a very long time. I bought the fabric from a year and a half ago. I was scared to buy denim, but I knew I couldn’t go wrong with Robert Kaufman. This is a stretch denim.

 

Skinny Jeans

Photo from Sew Liberated

 

I want to try my hand at jeans, but I don’t want to jump in too far. These Simple Skinny Jeans are more like leggings. I’m not a fan of the waistband, so I may fiddle with that a bit, but I think it will be a good place to start.

Ok. So there are the upcoming projects. Quite a few, right? Well, I’m not quite done.

 

Quilts

 

Those are the quilt tops I need to finish. Yes, I have backing and binding chosen (and even made for some) for them. It’s all hanging together so when I can get aroudn to quilting these (or sending them off for quitling), everything is in one place. I really need to work on quilting these, but I just have too many other things. Haha. 🙂

And now…the obligatory #Hasthag photo.

 

Hashtag

 

They were looking out the window. He’s so funny and adorable…both of them.

 

I gave in and I’m trying out knitting. I already crochet, so how hard can it be?

So far, it’s not too hard.

 

Knitting

 

But it takes forever! Why does knitting take so much longer than crocheting? Is that just me?

I can’t stop finishing bee quilt tops. I got two more done this last weekend and now I only have one set of blocks left.

 

Converging Corners Quilt

Converging Corners Quilt

 

This was from a linen bee I was in. I used Film in the Fridge’s Converging Corners block. I had to make three extra blocks and add to about four blocks to get a total of 20 blocks for the top.

I love how it turned out. The linen I used is Essex from Robert Kaufman. I love the weight of it and I can’t wait to get it quilted. Our living room is red and aqua so I think this will look OK in there.

 

Bookshelf Quilt

Bookshelf Quilt

 

This was from the KC Scrappy Bee. I love books. I’ve always loved books. They were my life for a long time. A book shelf quilt was really an obvious choice for me. My bee mates knocked it out of the park on these blocks. They are so creative!

Finally, another exciting thing this weekend was that two quilts FINALLY got hung.

 

Neon Quilt

 

This one is in Andrew’s man cave.

 

Local Quilt

 

And this one is in the entry way. I got the hanging systems from IKEA and Andrew and our friend and neighbor, Quan, helped him put them up. I smile every time I walk out the door because I get to see this quilt. It’s the perfect way to enter and leave a room.

I’ve had bee blocks lying around for quite a while. Actually, I still have some. But I’m making a dent! Three sets of blocks are now quilt tops. When they will turn into quilts is still to be seen.

 

Dresden Plate

 

 

First up is the Chevron Dresden Plate quilt. This will eventually belong to my dad. He likes Dresden Plates. I’ve also turned him on to chevrons. 🙂

I love this quilt. I totally love it. It’s pretty loud and busy, but I think it’s just stunning. I made it big enough to fit on my parent’s bed so it’s pretty massive. I won’t quilt this myself. It’s too big and there’s too much I want to do to it. This will be the first one I get quilted.

 

Bow Tie

 

 

I really like bow tie quilts. I also like seeing a couple of reversed blocks in them. Do you see them? The bow ties are white instead of a print. I had to leave one bow tie block out of this quilt because I had one too many. I think it will go nicely on the back. This is a good lap sized quilt. I’m not sure what I’ll end up doing with it. I’m sure it will sit around as a top for quite awhile. I still have my first bee quilt top waiting to be quilted.

 

Modern Maples

 

 

These Modern Maple blocks are from the Stash Bee. I had to add quite a few blocks to this to get it to a decent size. It’s still pretty small, but I’m OK with that. This was my latest bee, which I JUST finished. I put the last block in the mail this week. 🙂 I’m done with bees for awhile.

 

Star Block

 

 

This is the block I was going to use as the last block for that bee, but guess what?! It wasn’t to size. I’m not sure what’s up with my 1/4″. I measured and it was exactly, if not a little scant. Who knows!? This will probably become a pillow or something.

 

Star Block

 

 

Here’s what I ended up with. If all else fails, put a border on it!

So there you go. I have three more sets of bee blocks that I’ll be working on putting into tops. They’re a little more complicated than these were. I want to get them out of the way, though. I hope you’ll see those soon!

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