Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It's Still Wednesday

I don't know when the last time was that I posted a Work in Progress Wednesday post, but blogging has become less of a priority since Instagram became popular. I know a lot of my friends have the same feelings about it as I do. Comments are down on blog posts but Instagram likes are up, so I guess we are all more of the instant gratification generation, no matter how old we are. 

Here's what I have been working on. It seems the projects I have chosen lately are more of the long term projects than quick, except for one, this quick quilt top. 
I put out a request on Instagram the other day for suggestions for an easy and fast to sew laptop sized quilt. @Kelbysews suggested this layer cake pattern and it definitely was easy and fast. I had the squares sewn together in a few hours and pieced the top together the next afternoon. The fabric was from a kit I bought when I first started quilting a few years ago. It's not really my style anymore, but the recipient of this quilt will really like it. Once it is quilted I am hoping I will like it better too.


A project I started at the beginning of the year is my DS Clamshell quilt. This one is a humongous beast but oh so pretty. With 21 of the 27 rows of clamshells already sewn the end is near. I love sewing this quilt and I think there are more clamshell quilts in my future. It will be king sized when it is completed.


I wanted to try downsizing a block from the Vintage Quilt Revival book and it was definitely a success. You wouldn't imagine by looking at this 6" block, but it took me 4 hours to complete. Between figuring out the math and many sewing and ripping out and re-sewing of seams, it turned out just as I imagined it. Although I don't think I will be making many more of this size. I do love the color palette. Don't you? I love this block but will stick with the larger size as explained in the book.


And finally, I might have one sock syndrome. I completed this sock after working on it a very long time. I've learned a lot with this sock. I don't like making lace pattern socks, where every row is different and I rather prefer the two socks at a time method, because when you're done...you're done! I will make the other sock because I decided these are for my mom, but the next pair will be two at a time, for sure.


Linking up with Lee for the first time in many months.


I have a few other projects in various stages of completion. Some are secret, some are gifts and some will be revealed in a future blog hop series. So please come back and check this space in a few days.

13 comments:

wipgirl said...

Wow, that clamshell quilt looks amazing! That's going to be a gorgeous quilt.

I love the little 6-in block, but holy tiny pieces! I don't think I'd want to sew the centre of that one :D

capitolaquilter said...

clamshell is on my to do list for forever now, love yours. I'm just discovering my way around instagram but do find blogland a bit quieter with fewer posts and comments as well.

Meg Moe said...

Holy moly I love that clamshell quilt!

needle and nest said...

I'm not on Instagram, and have no plans to join so it's nice to see what you're up to again! I love the clamshell quilt. It's going to be AMAZING!

Josie McRazie said...

I'm not big on instagram. I think it is very impersonal. I love the clamshell! And hey... if you have mismatched socks you are on trend! My daughter BUYS hers that way!

Leanne said...

I find making two socks at a time makes the needles and project heavy and cumbersome so good for you if you love working that way. I used to knit one sock from one pair, then one from the next, then back to the first pair's second sock to keep it more interesting. I love your quilts, especially the clam shells. Instagram is fun but I never go back to the days before and I can only look at it a few times in any given week so I miss most of what happens there. I do try to read all the blog posts even if I cannot comment on them all.

genie said...

If there is any comfort in numbers, since I began the vintage block-along, I have ripped more on the 14 blocks I have made than sewn on them. It has been rough. AND...I am a one sock knitter. I read an article by a knitter years ago who only knitted one sock by one pattern and the other by another. I loved the idea and have follower that mantra ever since. My students used to love my mismatched socks. Your clamshell quilt is one awesome and colorful piece of work.

suemac said...

It is nice to whip out an easy quilt once in a while. Instant gratification

Jennifer said...

That clamshell is stunning - I'm getting my head wrapped around finally starting a King size for fiance and myself and i'm already dreading the sheer size. I don't think I could handle curves thrown in too!! :)

heart of charnwood said...

Great projects, and who wouldn't love the clamshells, just gorgeous :o)

Julie said...

I love your 6" block, your colour choices are just beautiful - I don't suppose you'd share the measurements with me please. Also please don't stop blogging - I don't have Instagram, or a fancy device to get it. I love seeing what you make, your travels and family.

Katy Cameron said...

27 rows of clamshells - you are a far better woman than I! A single sock is perfect for a hop though, tee hee :oD

Beth said...

What is the name of the block for the layer cake quilt you are making?