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WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current WIPs!

 

Low Volume Plus Swap

Remember the low volume plus blocks I made a couple months ago?

The Amateur Librarian // Low Volume Plus Swap

Lindsay of Lindsay Sews put the swap together, and she brought my swap blocks to the June Music City MQG meeting. I requested warm colors, and over the weekend I finally got to play around with layouts. It’s so much fun to see all the fun fabrics that went into each block, and to be almost finished already!

The Amateur Librarian // Low Volume Plus Swap

 

The Amateur Librarian // Low Volume Plus Swap

I think this is the layout I’m going with, but flipped around so the yellows are in the top right corner, progressing into orange and red in the bottom left corner. I’m going to do QAYG blocks again so hopefully I can have this one hanging over the couch by the end of the summer.

The Amateur Librarian // Low Volume Plus Swap

 

Impossible Cross Stitch

Picked this up again and made some progress! It’s about time to put it down so I can get back to the Woodland Creatures cross stitch, but I’m having fun seeing this come together.

The Amateur Librarian // Impossible Cross Stitch


The Amateur Librarian // Impossible Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Impossible Cross Stitch

Love Patchwork & Quilting mini project

My favorite quilting magazine comes with a free gift each month – sometimes notions or supplies and sometimes mini projects. I started this adorable hoop applique and have been working on it when I have some free time. I haven’t done any embroidery in quite a while, so it’s been fun to practice that again on a no-pressure project.

The Amateur Librarian // Applique Hoop

 

The Amateur Librarian // Applique Hoop

 

The Amateur Librarian // Applique Hoop

And that’s about it!

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WIP Wednesday

Another quick update on my current quilting WIPs!

Modern Maples Quilt

The layout has come together and the quilt top is done. The top is already quilted since I did QAYG for each block. I made the backing and pin pasted, now I just have to attach the backing to the front/batting sandwich. I’m about halfway through… hopefully I can finish up the quilting and binding next weekend.

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

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Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch: June

I’m working on another yearlong cross stitch project (see last year’s Once Upon a Time sampler here) but this one is a bit more laid back since it’s an older pattern and I don’t have to wait for the mystery blocks to be revealed each month. I love Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery‘s Woodland Creatures sampler, it is so super cute!
I’m loving the quick blocks, and June was another small box. I love the little firefly, and sure enough they are starting to pop up at night in our neighborhood. Even though I finish these blocks pretty quickly, I try to save each block for the month it represents, since it’s fun to follow along throughout the year.
Below are a few progress pics:
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
Here are the finished months so far:
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
Six months down, six to go… I can’t believe we’re halfway through the year already!
 
I’ll be sure to share my monthly progress, similar to last year. Stay tuned!

WIP Wednesday

More progress to share on my current quilting & stitching WIPs…

Modern Maples Quilt

Since last week, I assembled all the maple leaf blocks, decided on a layout, and quilted each block using my favorite QAYG method. I also added some improv details to personalize the quilt… but I’m not ready to share that yet until the quilt has been gifted, so I’m only sharing a sneak peek of that!

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

Next weekend, I hope to finish putting the QAYG blocks together and attaching the backing and binding.

Cross Stitch

After finishing the June block of the Woodland Creatures cross stitch (pics to come tomorrow), I couldn’t resist starting a new project. I have quite a collection of digital patterns, so the hardest part was deciding what to start next… after much deliberation, I went with this adorable sampler from Satsuma Street… love it! The finished saying will be “It Always Seems Impossible Until It Is Done” (Nelson Mandela).

I’ve only just started, but it’s a nice project to work on during TV time on the couch.

 

The Amateur Librarian // Impossible Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Impossible Cross Stitch

 

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

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WIP Wednesday

I bet you were starting to think that all I can do is PIN my crafty progress these days… but after a weekend at home, I finally had some time to actually do something with all my pent-up crafty energy!

With my Friday afternoon off (thank you, office summer hours!), I spent some time at JoAnn’s to buy fabric for a Modern Maples quilt. (I’m using this pattern but with this layout, via Pinterest.) I picked out shades of blue, trying to stay in the navy family with but still enough value variation. At first I thought I would go scrappy with the low-volume background, but decided to go with one fabric in the end. I chose a low-volume text print with a vintage vibe that I think suits the recipient.

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

Once home, I spent the weekend listening to podcasts and cutting. I’ve missed my sewing time so much over the past few months! I haven’t even touched my machine since the April MCMQG meeting… too long!

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Modern Maples Quilt

Next up is putting the blocks together, then the layout. I’m also contemplating how I want to quilt it… I would love to send it off to a longarm quilter to have a professional finish, but it’s probably not a good idea since we’re officially in money-saving mode.

I’ve also been cross stitching a bit… the Woodland Sampler is going by quickly and I’m trying not to get too far ahead since I enjoy stitching each block as the months of the year go by.

The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

I might just have to find another cross stitch project, it’s so relaxing during after-dinner TV time.

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

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More Pinterest Inspiration: Riley Blake Fabric Challenge

Time for another round of Pinterest inspiration! I received my free fabric for the Riley Blake Fabric Challenge (via the National Modern Quilt Guild) in March but the July deadline is quickly approaching… and with the amount of sewing I’ve been able to do lately (none), I’d better get cracking!

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Fabric Challenge

The challenge parameters are pretty simple:
  • Make something fantastic that is quilted.
  • Make something you’ve never done before.
  • Challenge yourself to learn something new.
  • Use only Riley Blake Cottage Garden fabrics and coordinating Riley Blake basics and solids.
  • Tag all your photos on Facebook and Instagram with #mqgfabricchallenge
  • The challenge runs from March until July 2015.

I’m not really sure what direction to go in, but I’ve been pinning lots of inspiration stemming from paper piecing, birds, feathers, arrows, etc….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch: May

I’m working on another yearlong cross stitch project (see last year’s Once Upon a Time sampler here) but this one is a bit more laid back since it’s an older pattern and I don’t have to wait for the mystery blocks to be revealed each month. I love Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s Woodland Creatures sampler, it is so super cute!
I’m loving the quick blocks, and May was super quick and cute. What an adorable little gnome! I have a little gnome living in my rosemary plant on the porch that came home with me from Rock City in Chattanooga… and this guy looks just like him!
Below are a few progress pics:
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
Here are the finished months so far:
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
Five months down, seven to go!
 
 The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
I’ll be sure to share my monthly progress, similar to last year. Stay tuned!

More Pinterest Inspiration: Dream Home

How about another round of Pinterest inspiration? House hunting has been taking over my life lately… so of course I’ve been pinning away! Most of these are “aspirational” instead of realistic… but that’s the point of a dream house, right? (Especially because I live nowhere near a beach.)

Below, a hodgepodge of dreams in no particular order…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Pinterest Inspiration

Most of my crafting has been in the form of wishful thinking lately… so here’s another Pin-spired post about what I wish I could be working on! This season has been super busy, but hopefully it will calm down again soon.

I have a new quilt in mind, but with everything going on I haven’t had time to sit down and get started. I’m still in the inspiration stage and haven’t even bought fabric or looked through my stash, so I’ve had to be content with pinning away ideas… here are a few of my favorites! (Check out my Quilts board here.)

I want to make a maple leaf quilt with a modern layout…

 

 

 

I really like when the blocks form a cool design when four of them come together, like these two quilts –

And this massive maples is really cool too, a great way to showcase four really special prints –

… but instead of fall colors, I’m thinking of a beachy navy-blue-and-white combo.

 

 

 

 

Too many ideas… too little time!

WIP Wednesday

Does it count as a work in progress if I haven’t even started yet? I’ve got a couple projects in mind, and I’ve been pinning like mad for tutorials, and last weekend I spent a blissful hour or so de-stressing at JoAnn’s while looking for supplies (house hunting is stressful!).

The Amateur Librarian // WIP Wednesday

So… I’m officially ready to start whenever I have time, ha.

To make this post a bit more useful, here are a few of my favorite recent pins to show you what I want to make!

With these supplies…

The Amateur Librarian // WIP Wednesday

… I’m making some jewelry! Wrap bracelets have been on my mind recently – a step up from friendship bracelets, and fun to add to a stack of bracelets (#armparty). Plus, my wrists are so tiny that I can never find bracelets that fit, so making my own is almost a necessity.

Here are a few pins with good tutorials that I plan on following:

 

 

And with these supplies…

The Amateur Librarian // WIP Wednesday

… I’m making needle minders! I still have to find some magnets, but once I order some online I can make fabric covered buttons into needle minders, which could be super cute with fun fabric.

These two pins have great tutorials:

 

And that’s about it… here’s hoping I have some crafty time soon!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

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