WIP Wednesday – Slowly but Surely

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It’s been several weeks since I posed a WIP Wednesday, so let me get caught up. I don’t have a lot of pictures, but I did get a few things done.

First and foremost I quilted and bound two of my Nani Iro quilts, the wedding quilt and the one for me. The wedding quilt has been gifted to its recipients, and mine is unwashed but on my bed. I’ve been sleeping under it the last couple of nights and it’s great, but I kind of miss HST Journey – that one has wool batting and is just a little bit warmer.

Maps. And the patchwork of life. That's what it reminds me of. Perfect for a first wedding anniversary.

Big, loose organic lines to quilt this nani iro piece. <3

I also quilted and bound the Denyse Schmidt checkerboard quilt. It has quickly become my cat’s favorite quilt. I didn’t wash that one yet either. Notice a theme?


Ms. jewel checking in. Are you working? #catsofinstagram #wfh #supervisor

Any attempts I had at destashing or fabric dieting have gone out the window. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks hunting down Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt all over the Instagram destash hashtag and dark corners of the Web. I’m pretty sure I’ve found it all but I’m still waiting on a couple more packages before I can totally assess where I am. It’s amazing how a trade here and a trade there can bring out the hoarding complex that leads to panic buying. Luckily I got good prices on almost everything.

Yep. It was one of those days. Goodbye fabric diet.

In pursuit of hope valley... These are just what has come this week. Expecting at least this much more. Overboard much?

Later this month I’m participating in a Blog Hop around Quilty Bucket Lists. I’m excited. My list definitely needs an update and I’m excited to pull together some inspiration and ideas for stretch projects.

I'm participating in a blog hop in March with some amazing bloggers! Do you have a quilty bucket list? What's on it and how do you decide?

It’s my turn to host for the Nurture Circle of do. Good Stitches. I chose the Mosaic Block for my circle. I posted early because I knew paper piecing wasn’t something we had done as a circle yet and I wanted to give people plenty of time. A few ladies are already finished and they look great! I can’t wait to see this done.

Mosaic blocks

Lastly I decided I need to do a dry run of the tote bag I plan to make for the MidAtlanticMod Tote Bag Swap. I’m going with the Perfect Quilted Tote from Oh Fransson! I decided to make the wide tote but with the longer handles from the tall tote. We’ll see how it goes. Hopefully well and I can knock out the one for the swap quickly. (P.S. Do you see the pieces of Hope Valley in there! I’m using, not hoarding, I promise!)

Lots of cutting for my #perfectquiltedtote dry run for the #midatlanticmod #totebagswap. Using my own #essexlinen for this round, and the one supplied by @to bertkaufman for the next one!

Anyway, here’s my list!


  1. Design, make block, and post do. Good Stitches Nurture Circle March Quilt – 2/28
  2. Make a back for the Chicopee Checkerboard top that Amy gave me, get it sandwiched, quilted, and bound. – 3/15 (basted! needs to be quilted, and bound)
  3. Nani Iro Wedding Quilt – 3/31  (basted! needs to be quilted, and bound)
  4. Nani Iro quilt for me – 3/31 (basted! needs to be quilted, and bound)
  5. Dry-run Tote Bag – 3/10
  6. For realsies Tote Bag – 3/20
  7. Write post for Quilty Bucket List Blog Hop + Update List – 3/25
  8. Nani Iro giant star – 3/31 (no progress)
  9. Nani Iro Baby Quilt – 3/31 (no progress)
  10. Plan for MidAtlanticMod retreat – what projects, how much to bring, and prep as much as I can so all I need to do is sew. Thinking these will be my commission quilts but I need direction from my client if that’s going to happen.
  11. Make a back for Waterfront park, baste, quilt, bind – 4/15 (no progress)

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  • Susan Owenby

    Nice! I love all sorts of quilts. At the end of the day, my favorites are always simple plain old American Patchwork. The bomb I tell you!!

    • http://www.modernbias.com modern bias

      Thanks so much!

  • Jessie Aller

    Wow, I love those mosaic blocks! So nice to see everything you’re working on; your progress is so very inspiring!

    • http://www.modernbias.com modern bias

      Thanks Jessie! It feels like it has been in fits and starts lately but we’re getting there. I’m thrilled with the blocks the folks in my bee have come up with. I think it is going to be so fun for the kid that gets it.
      Carla Voorhees

  • charlotte m.

    I don’t think your cat will give up the quilt long enough for you to wash it. Look at that face.