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Work in Progress Wednesday (Halloween Edition)


It’s Wednesday again – how is it possible that another week has gone by already? – so it’s time to bring out your projects finished, unfinished, forlorn, and forgotten into the light of day and share with random people on the internet.

Uh…what I mean is…it’s Work in Progress Wednesday!  The random part and the bringing things out part is actually a good thing.  Let’s face it not everyone has a supportive quilt guild or community in their area and your forgotten projects will thank you.  Today’s the day to remind yourself that you are actually making progress, even if it doesn’t seem like it.  Don’t believe me?  Check out all the other folks over at Freshly Pieced.

I started out the week with a bit of a sleep deficit.  Monday started at 4:45am when I gave up on trying to get to sleep and instead went to the YMCA to ride the bike all by myself.  I didn’t have to get anyone in and out of their carseat.  I didn’t have to cajole anyone into getting their coat and shoes on.  Yes, it was dark outside and I discovered that my chosen intersection was a bit more challenging to get across because the lights were flashing red on my side, but I’ve also decided that early morning just before sunrise is the one guaranteed time that you can see a rainbow.  Have you ever noticed that?  The horizon is kind of red-ish and it goes on up the rainbow over the dome of the sky until you reach the deepest indigo high above you.

On a more mundane note, I also finally made a decision on quilting for “Still Life with Crows” and sent it off to the quilter.  My little project even made it on her WIP list for the week.

Later that evening, after folding three or four baskets full of laundry, I finished the binding on the birdhouse quilt.  It had sat on the shelf for several months before I decided to just get on with the hand sewing.  I hate hand sewing…have I mentioned that?

I love the fabrics on this one and the quilting.  I call this quilting “fun with stitches on my sewing machine.”

This one’s not quilting related, but I did finish it.  It’s one of two crowns I made for the older two kids’ Halloween costumes.  I also finished re-hemming the capes I had made for them last year so that they’re ready for another year or more of use, but that’s kind of boring.  I had hoped to include a picture of the boy’s crown, but neither Miss L nor I could figure out where he put it.  *sigh*  And yes, the darf is still missing.  How do my kids lose their stuff like that?  I’m going to go with the hope that the boy’s crown has been placed in a strategically safe place so that I don’t have to make a new one.

The biggest progress this week, though, is on the grey and yellow quilt.  It started out like this and looked like this when I “finished it.”  Last week it looked like this.  Would anyone like to take bets on whether or not it looks like that this week?  Nah?

Of course not!  It was this point when I realized that I had found my quilting style.  It’s called, keep cutting until you like what you see.  The seam allowances have been pressed open and while I have tried to keep the quilter in mind when I was piecing it back together, some of the smaller pieces mean it’s going to be a bit challenging.  That one quilt guild lady would have a heart attack over this one.  The piece as a whole is nice, but it wasn’t quite right.

More cutting and sewing, back up on the design wall (the back side of a tablecloth hung up on the wall), and we’re getting closer!  Monday night I was contemplating working in the yellow on the left, but now I’m thinking that I’ll take just the top half and surround it with large rectangles of Kona Coal.  It’ll be kind of in the middle, but maybe off center slightly?  I was thinking lap quilt, but I really like it so now I’m wondering how I’d scale it up to fit my king size bed.  The bottom square, while lovely, doesn’t really fit so I’ve decided that it’s going to be a pillow instead.  Unless I change my mind and I must say, I’m prone to changing my mind.  Often.

My other “work in progress list” has nothing to do with quilting and everything to do with Halloween and Samhain:

  • Make Pumpkin Cupcakes – baked, need frosting
  • Make cornbread for Opry Land Chicken (instead of stuffing chicken breasts per the recipe, I’m going to roast a chicken and make the stuffing for a side)
  • Make salad for Halloween Pizza Dinner
  • Gather together ancestor pictures for the harvest table
  • Straighten up the kitchen/living room
  • Bake Pan de Muerto – I really want to make this recipe, but I have yet to find orange-blossom extract.  If I could find it locally, already made I’d be a happy camper this year.  This one’s looking doubtful, but I’m keeping it on there anyway.
  • Find out how to get a house elf – do you think he or she will do the dishes and finish the laundry for me?  Yes, yes, I know. Not real.

Did you notice the shift in focus?  At this point I think any sewing or quilting is going to be on the back burner for another week (or so) – especially if I’m going to finish “Lord of the Mountains” as quickly as I finished the others.  I really shouldn’t be too hasty though, this last book is only 300 pages give or take 20 and the next one won’t be out until next year.

This last one isn’t really a work in progress anymore.  Today’s the last day of October which means it’s also the last day of NaBloWriMo.  I’m proud to announce that not only did I stick with it, but I also made it all the way to the end with at least one post a day and I never ran out of things to blog about even if it was just a picture from our day.

So, now the bigger question is NaNo yes or NaNo no?  50,000 words in 30 days is an entirely different animal than 31 blog posts.  Can I blog, write novel, quilt, and get ready for Yule all at the same time?

23 thoughts on “Work in Progress Wednesday (Halloween Edition)

  1. Congrats on completeing 31 days of posting!

  2. Very cute birdhouse quilt. Interested to watch the progress on the grey and yellow!

    • Thanks! I’m pleasantly surprised at just how well it all came together. As for the grey and yellow…who knows where I’ll end up next? It’s kind of fun not knowing.

  3. Congratulations on posting every day – that is quite an accomplishment! Love the grey and yellow improv quilt, it’s really evolving into something lovely. Best of luck finding the crown; the other one is adorable.

    • Thank you! We did find the crown, although there was a brief moment where the boy wasn’t sure himself where it was. We even found a missing hat since it was going to be windy and cold tonight. And thanks for your kind words on the quilt. 🙂

  4. I shared a runner I made with those gey/yellow fabrics! I just LOVE them! 🙂 I am stopping by from the WIP hop!http://domesticdeficitdisorder.blogspot.com/2012/10/wednesday-wips.html

  5. I love how you are working we it until it feel right. Quilting from the gut!

  6. Man – what a great WIP! Thanks for sharing everything with random me. And thanks for helping me update my baking list. I just found the smitten kitchen blog about a month ago and am in LOVE. As far as the sewing – your birdhouse quilt is super cute. I like how they are all a little offset – one is for tall birds and one is for short birds. And also – I have been dreaming about house elves for many years now. One still hasn’t appeared. The closest thing is the laundry fairy, which my boyfriend says looks a lot like me 😉

    Thanks again for sharing! cheers!

    • lol….from one random person to another, thank you! :0) Hopefully you find them as tasty as we do. As for house elves, I suppose I have one already and like yours, it does a great deal like me.

  7. Love, love, love the gray and yellow quilt. Hope you leave the bottom corner and figure out how to make it all work. I am a big fan of asymmetry and you have got it in this project. Looking forward to seeing where you go.

    • Thank you! I’m rather torn on that bottom panel. I like of making the whole project a bit bigger, but I’m also not sure if I can get it to a better place. It’s just not right and I can’t quite explain why. I’ve already been pondering more options, though. I definitely haven’t made a final decision just yet. Oh, and I *love* asymmetry too…although maybe that’s obvious. lol :0)

  8. love your quilting style

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