WIP Wednesday - Taking it easy

For the last two weeks I had been working my tuckus off preparing for a triple birthday party we hosted last Sunday night, which included not less than two quilts and three cakes!  Late Sunday night, amid empty wine glasses and birthday cake crumbs, I said to my husband "I feel like I'm on vacation now!"
So, the following wips are being handled with the utmost nonchalance and I am consciously not giving myself any deadlines.  I'm going to try to putter - something that goes a bit against my nature!

Wip 1

Before I dug in to quilt one of the birthday quilts last week, I allowed myself a bit of time to chop up a little bundle of striped vintage bedsheets, bought from Jeni's etsy shop probably three years ago.  I was thinking of a twin size quilt, destined to eventually be on Olivia's bed, once she's out of the crib.  This is as far as I've gotten.  The strips are 4.5" wide, so I still have some options open: cut them lengthwise again into skinnier strips, make them into squares for a simple patchwork design… etc.  I am now a bit stuck as to where to go from here on this.  It almost looks a bit washed out, but I guess anything would be when you look at an all Anna Maria Horner quilt on your bed every day!  I'm toying with the idea of adding some soft colours to the mix.  Any suggestions are welcome!

Wip 2

I've been needing new placemats for a while now, and entertaining last weekend really just made me put them on the top of the list.  I've had this bundle of Jay McCarroll's Habitat since it came out a few years ago, and I'm thinking it's time it got used.  I bought this really cool pattern around Christmas and I'm dying to use it.

Wip 3

Aaaahhhhh.  This is me on vacation.  Playing with scraps.  It's my version of laying on the beach.  These are all the scrap triangles cut off my AMH Herringbone quilt.  I'm just matching light and dark and making some wonky hsts, without thinking about what they will become.  All that's missing is sunscreen and a margherita.

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced...

WIP Wednesday - Flying Geese lap quilt

Despite a day in the ER for kidney stones (OMG PAIN!), and a few "lost" days recovering at home, I've managed to get all the geese sewn up for my friend's birthday quilt.  I'm hoping to get it sandwiched and quilted in the next few days so I can present it to her this weekend.  I'm currently stumped however as to how to quilt this one… anyone have any suggestions?  

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced...

Friday finish - Roscoe Village Hat

I finished this hat a few weeks ago, but was a tad shy about modeling it for you, and all the pictures of it laying flat just didn't do it justice.  The other day little miss Sassafrass decided she wanted to wear it - and solved my problem for me!  It is the Roscoe Village Hat pattern, made it in Malabrigo Rios in Bobby Blue, and I really, really love it.  This is actually the second one I made this winter.  The first one was in Malabrigo Worsted in Pearl and flew all the way to Canada to sit upon my mother's beanie.  

I think I prefer the Worsted to Rios - it's just springier and softer - and the Pearl is a gorgeous light grey.  I'm pretty proud of myself because I conquered my fear of knitting in the round!  While I was making the first one I kept saying to my husband "I can't believe I'm actually making a hat!".  
It almost makes me sad it's spring!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts...

Flying Geese WIP

Pulled out the layer cake of 1934 I've been saving and have started making some flying geese using this tutorial.  I have a friend who deserves a really great birthday present...

Friday Finish - Handstitched Kona Mini

I started this little quilt almost a year ago, but the hand-stitching was slow and so it got passed over for a while for quicker, more important projects.  It was on my list of wips to be finished after Christmas, and I finally got it done a few weeks ago!  
I'm really happy with how it turned out - a very lively and colorful little quilt.  I haven't decided where I will be putting it in the house, but it will definitely brighten the place up.  
The linen border (Essex in natural) is a bit wavy, but I don't think it'll matter when I get it framed.  I'm thinking of putting it on a wooden frame and stapling the back like you do with a painting canvas.  

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