a wip progress report

The last few weeks have been ridiculously busy on the crafting front (a good, happy, mildly crazy, kind of busy).

I am currently taking maternity leave. And, I’m dreading my return to work later this year. I have loved every single second I’ve been able to spend with my little one, and the time I’ve had with my bigger ones. It’s been so precious.

When I return to work, not only will I not be able to spend as much time with my babies, but I’m pretty sure my crafting time will be massively curtailed. We’ll have to see. Maybe I will forgo sleep entirely?

With this impending return, I’ve been working like mad on some ongoing projects as well as trying to complete my outstanding WIPs.

The project I’m showing today has been on my list for a good 4.5 years or so (I don’t know exactly when I started it, but it was a LONG time ago.) It is a jelly roll and charm pack friendly quilt. I saw it at a quilting show, and HAD to buy the fabric, called Cotton Blossoms, from Moda. Little did I know at the time, but it was the first line of fabrics from of one of my current absolute favorite fabric duos, Bonnie and Camille.

The pattern is called Once Around The Block. I wish I had known before starting it that it is not chain piecing friendly. It’s a sew on a piece, trim, press the seam to one side and repeat kind of pattern. It’s slow moving.

I moved this project downstairs to my makeshift studio/dining room (still temporary), and readied it for piecing. Every now and then, I’ll walk by, and make a block or two, or seven. If I need a break on my current deadline project, I’ll make a block. This method seems to work for me and now I’m well on my way to finishing the blocks.

I keep vacillating on whether I should change the pattern to something more current and use the blocks in a different kind of way, but I haven’t decided yet. We’ll see. In the meantime, this is my new favorite method for working on a WIP, keeping it right out front and easy to work on alongside everything else.

Linking up to Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday.

2 thoughts on “a wip progress report

  • I like the colors and scale of the prints in Cotton Blossom. My mother would have liked that coral. I'm sorry about your disappointment with the no chaining thing. Have a sweet maternity leave. Don't go back to work. Stay home and sew. 🙂 Happy Quilting.

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