Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Have some cake! - WIP Wednesday

One of my good friends had a birthday this week.  As usual, I struggled with what to get her.  Since neither of us really need anything (or the stuff we need is way to pricey for a gift), we typically trade cookbooks or generic gift cards.  Complicating matters, my friend recently bought a new house, that she hasn't moved into yet because they are doing major renovations.  In fact, they are held up in a tiny guest house until said renovations are complete.  Because of this, I figure my friend probably wouldn't want any additional "stuff" at this time.  So what to you get a gal that has everything and no space for anything new?  You make her a mug rug so she has something special to drink her morning coffee with...

A couple of weeks ago, Jennifer at Ellison Lane had this adorable paper pieced cake pattern posted for FREE on her blog.  She actually made a gorgeous table runner with multiple cakes, but I wanted something smaller for my friend.  I adjusted the pattern to be a little smaller, and I totally took the easy route by sewing ric-rack for my cake instead of the lovely layers Jennifer had on her cakes.  I added the border and decided to try out Leah Day's paisley filler from last week's free motion quilt along segment.  I'm not sure if it is a bit too much for this mug rug or if it adds a bit of glam.  I wonder what my friend will think.

This Wednesday......

Completed Projects:

On-going Projects:
  • Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop Item - TOP IS DONE!  QUILTING is DONE!  It needs binding.
  • Vintage Holiday Quilt Along - blocks done, top needs to be sashed and borders put on.
  • Totally Groovy Quilt Along - not started, but this one is really calling me!
  • How Far Will You Go? QAL - I might need to put this one aside for a little while.
  • Beginner Quilt Along at Quilting Gallery - they took a week off, but tomorrow we get directions for putting the top together.
  • Star of Africa Bee - get an early jump on September's block??
  • "Tree" themed quilt for the guild - since I got my top done for the LGABH, I actually started this one. I am not sure I like how it is going nor am I sure I will get it done by the deadline.
  • Grammie's placemats - STARTED!  One top done, one in the works.  Quilting should be relatively easy unless I get too fancy. deadline Sept 19th
  • 12 Bee Blocks - this quarter I am in two groups!  I haven't even chosen which blocks I will do yet!  I just can't make up my mind.
  • Leaf's Me Happy block(s) - I finally got my date for this blog hop - October 10th.  I need to at least choose a design by next Wednesday.

Back Burner:

I am determined not to forget these projects!  Keeping them in this category reminds me of them on a weekly basis.
  • Handstitched goodies - several projects in limbo.  I didn't want to put these on the "back burner", but realistically, unless I have a spark of inspiration and a bunch of time, I won't be working on these until October. 
  • Batik Stripe Quilt - still sandwiched and ready to be quilted!  
  • Red, White, Blue New York Beauty - piecing in progress, but put well out of the way.  I need to be in a paper-piecing mood to resume.
  • June UFO - "A Christmas Something for myself" -EPP in progress.  I figured out this weekend that if I want a table runner of a normal-ish size, I am going to have to baste some more hexies.  Perhaps, I should just make a collection of mug rugs instead?
  • Charity quilt for the guild - not started
This week's stats:
Completed projects - 1 + 5 blocks
New projects - 3 (but 1 is done)
Currently in Progress - 10-ish

Don't forget to link up any blocks you have been working on to yesterday's post!  The linky stays open for a whole week, so feel free to add them as you complete or wait for next Tuesday (or both)!

Quilter in the Closet

Linking up with Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday's and Quilt Along Wednesdays.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedFree Motion Quilt Along


  1. Love it, the rik rak is perfect for the cream

  2. Love your little mug rug. Nice FMQ!

  3. Your Paisley FMQ fits in very nicely! Great job!

  4. I love how your paisleys turned out! I've tried quilting them too, and it's a fun pattern.

  5. Very pretty stitching. What a nice birthday quilt.

  6. So cute and thanks for introducing me to an awesome blog! I love the cakes!


  7. That ric rac is such a cute embellishment and works so well with the cake! Your FMQ skills are amazing. :O I don't think it's too much for a mug rug at all!

  8. I love the cake rug mug. I will go to the link and get the pattern. I have a friend turning 70 soon and needs nothing...except a cake rug mug. Thanks for the inspiration. The paisley pattern in the border is absolutely perfect!

  9. What a thoughtful gift that I know your friend will treasure at a crazy busy time in her life. The paisley looks great in the border.

  10. Your paisley is fantastic Jen!

  11. OMG, your cake is sooo cute and your paisley is fab!

  12. What a very special gift! It is so cute, and looks fabulous.


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