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WIP Wednesday

Not much going on this week, since I didn’t work on anything over the weekend, so here’s a quick update :)

 

Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

Not sure I’ll pull this one off before the end of August (how is September next week already?!) but I love the little skunk and toadstools.

The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

 

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

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WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current WIPs :)

Scrap Stars Mini Quilt

The top of this mini has come together and I just need to quilt it. I was thinking of hand quilting it but now I’m having second thoughts… or at least thinking of machine quilting a grid and maybe hand quilting the center blocks using the template provided.

The Amateur Librarian // Scrap Stars Mini Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Scrap Stars Mini Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Scrap Stars Mini Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Scrap Stars Mini Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Scrap Stars Mini Quilt

 

On Monday, I made a rainy trip to JoAnn’s to pick out some hand quilting thread on my lunch break… let’s see if I’m brave enough to attempt the hand quilting!

The Amateur Librarian // Scrap Stars Mini Quilt

Michael Miller Fabric Challenge

I started slicing and dicing the fat eighths for the Michael Miller fabric challenge and put together some patchwork and stripes this weekend during the Open Sew at the Music City MQG meeting. But now I’m a bit stuck… I didn’t really have a plan and intended to improv the design, but I’m not sure where to go next. Up close, it’s a bit blinding… I wish I had bought a solid color to accompany it – probably black – but for these challenges I like to try to only use what is provided. So I’m stepping back from this one for a couple weeks, and hopefully I’ll come up with a plan for it before the deadline.

 

The Amateur Librarian // Michael Miller Fabric Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // Michael Miller Fabric Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // Michael Miller Fabric Challenge

Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

I’m only a few stitches into the August block, so hopefully I’ll finish before the end of the month. It doesn’t look like much right now… but eventually it will become a skunk and toadstools.

The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

 

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current WIP… just one this week :)

Scrap Stars Mini Quilt

What do I tackle first on a Sunday afternoon, exhausted from driving and a jam-packed overnight trip with a long To-Do list to get ready for the week ahead? Sit down and make a few HSTs, apparently. It worked, though… I made some progress on this sweet mini quilt and the mindless sewing calmed me down enough to prioritize what needed to get done next.

I’m trying to figure out what my next big project will be, but in the meantime this quilt kit with everything laid out and no decisions is just the ticket!

 

The Amateur Librarian // Scrap Stars Mini Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Scrap Stars Mini Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Scrap Stars Mini Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Scrap Stars Mini Quilt

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current WIPs!

It Always Seems Impossible Until is is Done Cross Stitch

The Amateur Librarian // Impossible Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Impossible Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Impossible Cross Stitch

Slowly but steadily making progress… I’ll probably put this one down for a bit to work on the August block of Woodland Creatures, but i’m enjoying this one during TV time.

Scrap Stars Mini Quilt

I’m at that part of the moving process where I know it’s coming, but there’s still a few months before I need to start putting things in boxes… so I’m looking at everything with a “use it up or get rid of it” mindset… less to pack is the goal! My eyes fell on a mini quilt kit that one of my aunts found for me during a visit to Amish country in Pennsylvania. I’ve been meaning to tackle it for a couple years… so why not now? Finished quilts are easier to pack than tubs of loose fabric, right?

The Amateur Librarian // Scrap Stars Mini Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Scrap Stars Mini Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Scrap Stars Mini Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Scrap Stars Mini Quilt

It’s more traditional that my usual style, but it’s nice to have everything laid out with no design decisions to make. I think I might try hand quilting, just to see if I can do it…

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

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Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch: July

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!
July was such a fun block – such an adorable fox amid the dandelions! Perfect summer stitching. I’m really loving this low key project, since I can pick it up or down easily and it’s not too time consuming to stay on track each month.
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
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
The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch
Seven months down, five to go… it’s really hard to believe we’re past the halfway mark of 2015!
 
I’ll be sure to share my monthly progress, similar to last year. Stay tuned!

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current WIP… only one this week! All that shopping wore me out, so I haven’t had time for much crafting. But I worked a bit on the Impossible cross stitch, so here’s an update:

It Always Seems Impossible Until is is Done 

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.

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

Riley Blake Fabric Challenge

The deadline for the Riley Blake Fabric Challenge is the end of July… so I finally cut into the fat eighth bundle last weekend. But I’ve been thinking about it for quite a while! I’ve been gathering Pin-spiration since May. I decided not to buy any additional fabric, so my project was pretty small and I was able to finish it in a weekend.

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Fabric Challenge

Before I get ahead of myself, here are the rules!
  • 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 knew I wanted to focus on the birds in the fabric, and at first I was looking at paper pieced feathers and birds, but then I started to think about nests. I remembered this tutorial for a Bloomin’ QAYG panel from Hey Let’s Make Stuff, and it seemed like a good time to try it. I’ve done a lot of QAYG lately, but I’ve never tried it in an improv fashion and I’ve never made a pillow before… so that was my “something new”!

The tutorial is great for step-by-step instructions, and it’s pretty easy to get the hang of it quickly. I did a couple things differently – I didn’t use a backing fabric since the back of the batting would be hidden inside the pillow, and I didn’t press each fabric as it was added. I set aside one fat eighth for the backing, and kept adding to the panel until it was big enough. Then I trimmed off the excess, sewed right sides together, and turned the pillow right side out. I had a nearly-full bag of stuffing left over from another project, so I used all 12 oz. and it filled out the pillow pretty nicely.

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

Here are a few progress pics:

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

Ta da! I’m really pleased with the finished pillow.

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

Here’s the back:

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

 

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current WIPs!

Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

I’m making progress on the July block… love the dandelions!

The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

Low Volume Plus Quilt

Last weekend, I worked a bit more with the low volume plus swap blocks… I can’t wait to get this one done and hung in the living room! I usually work with fabrics on the cool side, so I deliberately requested swap blocks that were outside my comfort zone – I love the summery reds, oranges, and yellows that I received!

The Amateur Librarian // Low Volume Plus Quilt

The Amateur Librarian // Low Volume Plus Quilt

I quilted all the blocks, decided on a layout, and sewed all the rows together. Next, I need to press open all the seams and attach the rows together. Then I’ll be ready to attach the backing and binding.

Mostly, though, I worked on the Riley Blake Fabric Challenge… nothing like a deadline to inspire some sewing! I actually finished the challenge, so I’ll share that tomorrow. Here’s a sneak peek until then!

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

The Amateur Librarian // 2015 Riley Blake Challenge

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current WIPs!

I very much wanted to work on the Low Volume Plus swap blocks over the weekend, but I ran out of batting.. literally every scrap of batting was all used up! I even sewed strips of scrap batting together into 14″ QAYG squares until it all ran out. So I placed an order online (even with shipping, it’s usually cheaper to order online with a coupon) and had to wait.

 

The Amateur Librarian // Low Volume Plus Swap

 

In the meantime… I worked a bit on the Impossible cross stitch, and picked up Woodland Creatures again to work on the July block.

Impossible Cross Stitch

After a little slump, this one has started to go more quickly.

The Amateur Librarian // Impossible Cross Stitch

 

Woodland Creatures Cross Stitch

Tali joined me!

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

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

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!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

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