WIP Wednesday

Happy New Year!

Time to share my work in progress! This is a rather picture-heavy post, as I haven’t shared any pictures of this project at all. I just didn’t have time for blogging, I was really happy to have sewing time at all.

My current work in progress is the Helix Quilt from Emily Herrick’s book Geared for Guys (I don’t get money from the FatQuarterShop, it’s just where I bought the book and I’m quite happy with Kimberly’s service). The pattern is really easy to work with, but you have to be really organized when you prepare all the strips first and sew them together afterwards.

I used a grey solid fabric which I got at my local fabric store and the Moda Over The Rainbow batiks.
I used one FQ bundle of Horizon Over The Rainbow and one F8th bundle of Sunrise Over The Horizon and several yards of the solid fabric. So far I have “used” 10 yards of the grey solid, but I can’t tell you yet how many yards I actually needed because I have several smaller pieces left over which I plan to use for matching pillowcases and I haven’t finished piecing the back because I ran out of fabric.

So, the process…
1. Strip cutting and piecing with numbered strip sets
 … tons of strips in order to get 6 panels of strips to have plenty for two identical quilt tops…

2. organize strips as numbered in the pattern
… with a complete block of sticky post-it notes (to me the best way to number and organize sets of fabric)

3. sew the strips together as in the pattern
… and my first mistake: I sewed mirrored! 😦
I don’t understand how this happened, but I started off mirrored and continued mirrored, but then, as both quilt tops are identical, it finally doesn’t matter. It just needed a bit more brain power when it came to finishing the tops.

4. What to do with the left overs? What back do I want?

In the mean time I had seen Elizabeth Hartman‘s instructions for creative quilt backs at Craftsy. It’s a really interesting way to create quilt backs and use up leftover pieces from the quilt top. She inspired me to do some quilt back design with the strips I had left.
So, here’s the pieced block for the quilt back. It’s framed in black solid and I will piece the back with this block, grey solid and a line of black solid through the back and around the block. Pictures will follow as the back in still in planning stage (I ran out of fabric… )

5. All remaining pieces will be pieced into 19″ x 19″ pillow cases, we have 6 of them on our couch. I haven’t decided yet on the final pillow design, I’ll post on that another day.

BTW, I signed up fro the Skill Builder BOM by Pile O’ Fabric. You can see the button on the sidebar. It’s free and it sounds really interesting. Give it a try!

Happy Sewing!

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