WIP Wednesday: Just Small Plates

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It has been a while since I’ve participated in WIP Wednesday but I now have some new things on my list so I think it is time for me to check in again.

Throughout the summer, and especially the month of September was spent finishing my 10 (!) quilts for 100 Quilts for Kids. The last eight are featured in two Prednisone for cheap.

Once those were done, it was time to tackle something new. As part of the government shutdown I was furloughed from my job last week so I had more time to sew. I was able to tackle two small projects, the October do. Good Stitches blocks and another baby quilt – this time for my boss whose wife is pregnant.

I’ve been recalled back to work so I don’t have nearly as much time to sew anymore, but it was good to get a jump on the month.

Nurture Circle do. Good Stitches October blocks

October do. Good Stitches blocks for Nurture Circle

Light blue and yellow baby quilt in progress

I turned this stack of fabric into the quilt top below.

Baby Quilt top

Finished quilt top

The baby quilt is based on the Small Plates pattern from the Practical Guide to Patchwork. It is really easy to construct. You are supposed to alternate which side of the block gets the short side of the sashing (left/right vs top/bottom) but I ended up not doing that because then I could line up the horizontal seams for a straighter look. I was asked for light blue, yellow, and a pop of red and I think it came out well. The sashing is Essex Linen in Dusty Blue and the prints are all from my stash.

I plan to quilt it with several straight line echoes in the blue sashing and pebbles in the print sashing with the center blocks left unquilted. I’m a little nervous about that however because this will be the first time I’ve FMQ’d and the first time I haven’t quilted next to or across every seam. I’m still pretty new to quilting and I’m afraid my workmanship won’t stand up in the wash. I’d hate for it to come apart later. Any advice?

I’ve also decided to start on another Small Plates inspired quilt, but this one with 121 blocks vs. 30. Luckily they are pretty quick to go together. I’m still cutting for that one. I think I might mix up the solids since I don’t have quite enough of any one color.

In the last, most exciting news, I ordered a new sewing machine! If you recall I asked for advice in a Zanaflex tablets sale. I didn’t get a lot of comments, but then I posted on the PatternReview.com forum. I got a ton of advice there, as well as all the other research I did. I ended up with a Janome 8900. Quilting the baby quilt will be my first major project on the machine when it gets here later this week. I’m planning a full post on my process, decision making, and a review of the machine.

Here’s my list:

  1. Baby quilt for boss – 10/31 (top complete)
  2. 121 block Small Plates – 11/31
  3. Project Night Night quilt 50″x60″ – 12/10
  4. Design January do. Good Stitches quilt – 12/31
  5. “Green quilt” for me  – no deadline (began cutting – 60/512 print pairs cut, need to decide on a solid)

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