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WIP Wednesday

Home again from our quick trip to Chicago – we saw a lot, walked a lot, and ate a lot! For once I didn’t schedule any posts ahead of time and I’m taking it easy for the rest of the week too. I’ll be back for some highlights from the trip on Friday, with more pics coming next week.

For today, another weekly update on my current Works in Progress:)

Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

After we got home from the airport yesterday, I picked up my cross stitching to make sure I didn’t fall asleep by 8 PM:)

I’m trying to keep up with each month, so we’ll see if I can finish this by next week… we’ll see!

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport 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 Works in Progress:)

Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

I picked up the Passport project again – this month we are visiting Greece! I wasn’t super excited about how this month’s portion looked at first, but I have a feeling it will grow on me as the months keep coming and the full picture is revealed. The donkey is pretty cute, gotta admit!

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

Secret Sewing

No more pics to share today because both baby quilts are off to the longarmer! Can’t wait to reveal more soon. I’m noodling on my next quilt idea for a friend and think I’ll be ready to get started soon… but it will have to wait another few weeks until I have time to sew again. This weekend we’re going on a quick trip to Chicago for my birthday, and the following weekend my parents are visiting for Memorial Day. In the meantime the ideas will just have to percolate in my head.

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 Works in Progress… which is hard to do when it’s secret sewing!

Secret Sewing

I finished the top for one baby quilt, and I just need to sew rows together for the second one. Now I just need to pick out backing fabrics and quilting patterns, and then they’re ready for the longarmer. I’ve been stalking online fabric stores all week, and I’m going to a meet-up at Craft South this Sunday so I might be doing some shopping while I’m there…
I always have a hard time choosing names for my quilts, but the nicknames I’ve used for these two in my head came somewhat easily: Blueberry Shortcake and True Blue. Both reference the patterns I used, with a blue twist of course. Here’s another little sneak peek… can’t wait to share more!
 The Amateur Librarian // True Blue Baby 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 Works in Progress:)

Spring Ring Cross Stitch

 

I’ve made quick progress on this sweet little pattern (Spring Ring from Alicia Paulson). I’m thinking the open space above the sheep will be the perfect place to add our baby girl’s name and birth date when the time comes… hopefully we can actually decide on a name before then!

The Amateur Librarian // Spring Ring Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Spring Ring Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Spring Ring Cross Stitch

Secret Sewing
Before I left for the conference, I snuck in some sewing time – it is so nice to be back in the groove! Chain piecing and patchwork was exactly what I needed. I’m working on two quilts for baby boys, and crossing my fingers that I can get them to the longarmer by the end of May.
Another little sneak peek… can’t wait to share more pics once they’ve been given!
The Amateur Librarian // True Love Baby Quilt

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

The Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch: April

This is my third year to work on a year-long cross stitch project, and the second year to play along with the mystery stitch-along month by month. Stitching Once Upon a Time in 2014 and Woodland Creatures in 2015 was so much fun – it’s addictive!

In 2016 I’m joining the Pumpkins on an adventure around the world. The fourth stop was Switzerland and I loved everything about this adorable scene, from the boy’s little hat to the swan in the moat to the sheep on top of the mountain. So super cute… and I can’t wait to see where we go in May.

A few progress pics:

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

The finished blocks so far:

 

 

 

 

 

 

April

April

 

Four months down, eight to go!

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

WIP Wednesday

Another weekly update on my current Works in Progress:)

Spring Ring Cross Stitch

 

My main cross stitch project I’m working on this year is the Pumpkin Passport mystery sampler, but after finishing up April’s block (pics tomorrow!) I couldn’t resist starting a mini project. I’ve had this wee 4″ hoop for a while and it is the perfect size for Alicia Paulson’s Spring Ring pattern. Picking out fabric and floss colors is always my favorite part, and this one should come together quickly.

The Amateur Librarian // Spring Ring Cross Stitch

Secret Sewing
Still chain piecing for some secret baby sewing. Here’s another sneak peek… little nine patches:)
The Amateur Librarian // Blueberry Shortcake 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 Works in Progress… I’m slowly climbing out of my crafty rut and actually have a couple to share this week:)

The Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

In April we’re visiting snowy Switzerland and adding another character to the journey. I love this scene, and after a couple busy weekends I finally had a chance to get started. I even brought it to guild on Saturday, since I’m a delinquent quilter and sat out for the zipper pouch class.

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

 

Secret Sewing
I’ve got baby quilts on my mind – with a few friends expecting their first babies this year, I’ve been looking for some quick patterns so I can whip up a few quilt tops with the goal of getting them professionally quilted this summer. I finally landed on a pattern for baby quilt #1 and started cutting over the weekend… but it will have to remain a secret for now. Just a little sneak peek…
The Amateur Librarian // Blueberry Shortcake Quilt
The Amateur Librarian // Blueberry Shortcake Quilt

And that’s about it!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday on Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

Pinterest Inspiration: Baby Quilts

I’ve been running low on sewing mojo the past few months.  I want to make 3-4 quilts for friends expecting first babies this year, and I’ve been totally stumped. But lately the ideas started to flow again, so of course I turned to Pinterest to look for a starting point. A million pins later, I think I have a plan. I even started cutting this weekend for baby quilt #1, woohoo!

Below are a few of my favorite recent pins featuring baby quilts… and all of them are fast, simple, and stash busting – my favorite combo! They fall under two main categories – oversized one-block tops and simple blocks.

Oversized traditional blocks

I love traditional quilt blocks, and supersizing a single block looks completely modern.

 

  • Bear Paw – with tutorial for a 32″ quilt top

 

  • Churn Dash, with the addition of string blocks. Using a solid background color would come together even quicker.
  • Log Cabins – this 46″ quilt is made up of four giant blocks. I actually have this pattern torn out from a magazine, but seeing this pin reminded me how much I love the cheery rainbow colors.
  • This is just one block, but it would be easy to translate to a quilt top.

Simple blocks

  • Stars

I love this I-Spy quilt that Giddy99, a friend from guild, posted on Instagram, so I tried to find something similar on Pinterest. The block goes by many different names, including Hatchet and Road to Tennessee… I actually made a version of this block quite a while ago, in 2011 (and recently featured in a #TBT post here)! With different measurements, the star points are more obvious which I really like.

  • Patchwork

Nothing better than simple patchwork, and this one is even more fun with the play on sizes. This pattern is no longer available on Etsy, but I think the math would be manageable.

Does anybody else have too many ideas and too little time?

The Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch: March

This is my third year to work on a year-long cross stitch project, and the second year to play along with the mystery stitch-along month by month. Stitching Once Upon a Time in 2014 and Woodland Creatures in 2015 was so much fun – it’s addictive!

In 2016 I’m joining the Pumpkins on an adventure around the world. The third stop of the year is Holland – I have to admit I wasn’t super excited about this block, but I enjoyed the details more as I stitched. The tulips and windmill are super cute.

A few progress pics:

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

The finished blocks so far:

 

The Amateur Librarian // The Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

January

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

February

March

March

Three months down, nine to go!

The Amateur Librarian // Pumpkin Passport Cross Stitch

 

Pixelated Heart Quilt

Another step closer to a finished quilt… not quite there yet, but I can’t resist sharing a few more pics. The quilting is done, just need to add the binding.

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

Pixelated Heart Quilt-Along

I needed a new project tog et me out of my sewing rut after moving, and the Pixelated Heart QAL, hosted by @SewKellySews on Instagram, was exactly what I needed!

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

Everyone used the free pattern from Robert Kaufman and you can check out more progress pics on Instagram through the hashtag. This is the first quilt I’ve had quilted by a longarmer, and I love the result! Studio V Quilting did a great job and I love the pink fans and red gingham backing. I haven’t done the binding yet, but I plan on using the same gingham as the backing.

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

 

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

 

Real talk… I took these pics by taping the quilt onto the mattress that was hanging out in our bedroom (before being moved into the guest room) because it was too cold to brave the outdoors for more pics, ha!

The Amateur Librarian // Pixelated Heart Quilt

I promise you’ll only see this quilt one more time… when it’s finally completely done!

I’m linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish Friday:)

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