Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Teacher gifts in progress - WIP Wednesday

Before I begin, I want to thank everyone who left a comment on my recent post about originality in patchwork.  Your advice and encouragement are just what I needed to work out my own feelings and move forward.  Thank you all!

There are only a few more days of school left, and I can't believe how much there is still left to do.  I've focused all my spare time on teacher gifts and I'm nearly done.

teacher gift in progress

I'm working on a Divided Basket (pattern from Noodlehead), and my 3rd Tinker Tote from the Craftsy class, "Quilt-As-You-Go: Patchwork Bags".

Tinker tote #3

I just need to sew down the binding on the tote, and of course fill both with summer goodies.  I also picked up copies of Outlander (Amazon affiliate link) to include as summer reading.  No reason not to share my addiction with someone else, right?  I am counting down the days for the next one to be released (5 more, in case you are interested), and I have my Kindle all charged up.

I've also been sketching out my thoughts for my blocks for the guild quilt show at the end of September.  The theme is "Across America" and I have 5 states to make finished mini's for.  Each mini has to be between 10 and 15 inches square, so I've drawn mine 15 inches.  I don't have any paper that large, so I find it helpful to draw my idea directly onto a piece of cheap muslin.  It gives me a better idea of how the final block will look.  Here is my road map for Massachusetts.

Massachusetts mini design in progress

As you can see, I still have a lot of work to do, but at least I took the first step today.

As always, thanks for reading,


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 WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. Cute bag. I love all the pink. I want to make a noodlehead divided basket. I doubt I'd stop at one. I have made one of her bike buckets. Hope you enjoy your summer reads. School has already been out for weeks here.

  2. In Australia our school year finishes at Christmas time so teacher gifts tend to be Christmas gifts and its a really busy time of the year as everything breaks up then and has their Christmas parties and you are trying to get ready for Christmas too. I am sure your teachers will appreciate what you give them. The bag looks great. I made my first zipper bag this week at a workshop... I felt really chuffed. Must buy a few more zippers and make some more before I forget what I was doing

  3. Lovely teacher gifts! I like how you are including a book. I bought Outlander on my Kindle awhile back, but still have not read it. Hopefully, this summer I will!

  4. Great bags Jen. Hadn't realised that the next Outlander book was due out so soon thanks for the heads up :)

  5. Bah, I've got seven more weeks at school!!!! I've *finally* done it snd booked my first craftsy class! I wanted to when you posted they were half price, but couldn't find either of the ones I wanted, so thanks for the bag link / now just got to find the time!!!!!


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