Monday, May 07, 2018

a week of WIPs

I thought it would be fun to do a little mini series on the blog this week while I'm working on my WIPs. (WIP stands for Work In Progress) Each day I will strive to work on a current project and share my progress. Maybe I'll actually accomplish something. Accountability is a good thing!

A few weeks ago I brought home two very full grocery bags of scraps compliments of the free table at the Minneapolis Modern Quilt guild meeting. I resisted for awhile, but by the end of the meeting I knew that they were coming home with me. I'm happy to have adopted them.
I started sewing little bits together almost right away. This will be yet another version of a bright birch trees quilt. (Pattern is available here.)  This is my 4th time making this quilt. I LOVE it every time....I often say that this quilt is the poster child for "every scrap deserves a chance".
So far I have 8/20 blocks complete! I have several more strips sewn together, so the forest should keep growing at a decent pace. At least that's the hope!

Happy Monday to you!

20 comments:

Alison said...

I love the variety of solids you've picked for this version! :D

Charlotte M. said...

I love this quilt and have been studiously avoiding buying the pattern, but I think I may have to cave in now. What I particularly love about this quilt is the bright backgrounds. I would have to purchase some bright solids since my stash has so few. Any recommendations on how to choose solids to put into a stash? When I see them at the fabric store, I usually get overwhelmed by the color choices so I don't buy any.

Patty said...

loving this!

Little Quiltsong said...

Beautiful! Never tire of seeing this pattern, no matter which fabric, or scraps are used!

Chris said...

I think it would be cool to have 1 block with solid trees and a pieced background. Love your work.

Manon Lero said...

Great Idea!

Aileen said...

I love this idea. I have been trying to work with all my scraps. I started to get bogged down with the amount of color in crumb blocks and vortex blocks. I have some coins sewn, but I like the narrowness of your strips!

Cozy Quilts by Linda said...

always looking for ways to use up the scraps...this is right up my alley. thanks for the inspiration. Linda cozy-quilts.ca

KaHolly said...

It’s one of my favorite patterns, too, but I’ve only made it once.

Pamela Arbour said...

Aahh! I see you are a sucker for scraps too! Like we don't have enough of our own, we are willing to take others! LOL

You have selected a great pattern to use them up. I always like seeing that pattern made up. Maybe I will get to make one in the future. This year I am focusing on my UFOs and WIPs!

Sam said...

Yummy scraps! Once my hexagon lap quilt is done, I may try this one.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

It's always so fun to see what you do with such tiny scraps.

Bernie Kringel said...

I remember a while back you held a pattern giveaway on your site and I chose this one. I haven't made it yet and I love it. Each looks a bit different and they are always so bright and cheery.

FlourishingPalms said...

You've developed quite the reputation for accepting, and USING, unwanted scraps! I've taken a cue from you and have been doing the same. I came home Sunday from the Central Florida MQG retreat with the scrap bag. Today I sifted through it, cutting up 1" squares and 1-1/2" as leaders and enders. I haven't yet made your birch trees quilt, but I "get" why you're doing it! It's so difficult to see unloved scraps heading to the dump, when we KNOW they are quilt-worthy! There aren't enough years to rescue all the scraps though!

Suzanne said...

This idea makes me so happy! It's almost like the idea of treating every day like Friday.

Jessica Christensen said...

I NEED to do a quilt like this - to give all my scraps a chance!

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Sandy said...

I love this quilt. If the scrappy birch strips weren't cool enough, the interesting background colors would make up for it.