WIP Wednesday

carla Fabric, Quilting 5 Comments

I’ve had a string of busy weeks, and I’ve been fitting in sewing and fun where I can. On Saturday the 8th I went to see my friend Katie give a trunk show and lecture at the Anacostia Arts Center where our quilts are displayed. My friend Nicole had a pop-up shop in the gallery that was a mini version of her store in Leesburg – Finch Sewing Studio. Laura Gunn also spoke and Del Ray Fabrics also had a pop-up.

@swimbikequilt giving her awesome lecture! #stitcheddc @anacostiaarts #dcmqg


My major finish in the last couple of weeks has been the tote bag for the MidAtlanticMod Tote Bag Swap. Originally I had planned on making two – one for me and one for the swap – but I don’t think I’ll have time. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I used the Perfect Quilted Tote pattern from Elizabeth Hartman.

Perfect quilted tote

Perfect quilted tote


Then this past Friday I went out to Nicole’s shop for an open house – they have recently expanded from one room on the ground floor to four rooms. The shop looks amazing and it was a fun party.

While at the shop I picked up this amazing printed silk. I bought one yard and made a scarf out of it. My rolled hem could use a little bit of work, but overall I think it turned out really nicely. So much so I’ve ordered several voiles on sale from another shop that are destined to become more scarves.

You may not know, but I have a bit of a scarf collection / obsession. I tend to collect Pashminas – my favorites are the ones I’ve gotten overseas or someone has brought back for me from overseas. My office is quite cold and I wear a scarf pretty much every day. I’m excited to add new scarves of my own make to my wardrobe.

Finished my scarf and got a few compliments tonight! My rolled hem could use some work, but overall not bad for my first go at silk. I figure if I can sew with double gauze and silk I can probably sew with anything. Thanks for the tips @finchsewingstudio


Lastly I’ve started work on my Vintage Quilt Revival+ quilt. I need 36 sampler blocks so I’m doing all 20 from VQR plus 16 from 501 Rotary Cut Blocks. I’m excited. I’m using all Denyse Schmidt fabric, either her main lines or those made especially for JoAnn’s. I’m trading on Instagram for a few more purples to round out the palette.

Denyse Schmidt Vintage Quilt Revival+ sampler pull

I’m kitting each block out into ziplock baggies. I’m cutting all the pieces and then labeling them with the block name, book, and page number. I also went through the CD that comes with the book and compiled a master PDF with the number of templates you need for one of each block and had that printed at Kinko’s. Once I start on the paper piecing section I’ll be glad that part is done.

First 6 blocks cut! #denyseschmidt #ds #dsq #vintagequiltrevival #vqr #sampler #quilting

And here are my first 3 blocks – sewn at a special sewing day organized by Sarah (craftyfesta on Instagram) at a local library. It was really fun to meet other quilters outside of the DCMQG and MoCo MQG spheres.

Double Z:
First #DS #vintagequiltrevival double Z block


Star & Pinwheel:

Pinwheel and star. #vintagequiltrevival #vqr  #ds #dsq #sampler


Tea Leaf:



Tea leaf #vintagequiltrevival #vqr #ds #dsq

There’s a sewing day at the Anacostia Arts Center with DCMQG on Saturday. I still haven’t decided what I’m going to bring to work on. I doubt the fabric for my scarves will be here by then. Maybe I will get around to making another tote bag after all? Or making a back for a quilt that needs it? Or sewing a few more blocks from VQR? Who knows.

Here’s my current list:

  1. Write post for Quilty Bucket List Blog Hop + Update List – 3/25
  2. Finish cutting Vintage Quilt Revival+ blocks so I can work on them at MidAtlanticMod – 3/31
  3. 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. Now thinking this will be my vintage quilt revival quilt. – 3/31
  4. Make a back for Waterfront park, baste, quilt, bind – 4/15 (no progress)
  5. 2nd Tote Bag for me
  6. Nani Iro giant star – 8/31 (Deadline changed – will be donated as part of 100 quilts for kids)
  7. Nani Iro Baby Quilt – 8/31 (Deadline changed – will be donated as part of 100 quilts for kids)

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  • http://madfabriholic.wordpress.com/ Samantha

    You are so organized with those block baggies! I am super impressed!

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

      It’s the only way I can think to do it. I hate cut one – sew one. I live in a small space so I can’t leave everything out. So if I get the fabric out I cut several blocks at a time.


  • Charise Randell

    Beautiful makes ~ the bag is gorgeous!

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

      Thank you so much!


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