Status update on Works in Progress

I’m proud and happy to share some promising progress on two more Works-in-Progress (WIPS)! Woo!

First of all, I’ve finished the blocks for my Scrappy-Trip-Around-the-World quilt. I added some less-intense reds and more funky shades of the original colors and and I think it’s made a good difference.

I like it MUCH better. It’s not perfect, but it’s a big improvement. I read Jen Kingwell quote Freddy Moran who said, “10 fabrics don’t work, but 110 fabrics do.” Truth. Especially when you’re going ‘scrappy.’ (As Jen’s quilts are a perfect example.) I’m excited to sew these blocks together and get this one quilted. I think I’ll like it even more after that.

The other old WIP I’ve pulled out is this Dresden Plate quilt that I made 5 years ago. I remember doing the applique for these blocks while watching the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. (yikes. Time flies.) This one needed borders and I’d decided way back then that I wanted to have a scrappy, pieced border.

Working on the Scrappy Trip Along quilt, I cut the remnants of my 2 1/2” strips into 2 1/2” squares to add to my scrap system. They dovetailed perfectly into the pieced border for this quilt.  I don’t know that the proportion is perfect, but at this point I’m just going to get. it. done. After all this time, I’m feeling like better done and imperfect than folded up sitting in my sewing room

I’m excited because I also found the perfect back – it’s a vintage sheet and it was already the right width so I didn’t even have to piece the back! Yay! It’s ready to go off to the quilter’s. As soon as I finish the scrappy-trip, I’ll drop them both off. I even have a back for that one too! Because part of this productivity kick includes paring down my stash. Not buying more fabric.

I’m feeling so productive.

In further efforts to get organized, I added all my WIP’s to a spreadsheet. Um, there’s a lot of them. And I keep thinking of new ones and adding them to the list… And yes, I even added the Giant Hexagon quilt, just so I could have the satisfaction of checking one off the list. One down, only 26+ more to go…

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    February 4, 2015 at 5:12 am

    Gorgeous, BOTH!

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    Patchwork Reflections
    February 4, 2015 at 5:20 am

    love all the colors! quilt accounting, very clever

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    February 4, 2015 at 6:24 am

    These are great!! I love your fabrics! The colors just sing and it makes me happy just looking at them. They remind me of why I wanted to start quilting! <br />Beth

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    Sigi G
    February 4, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Just love how the red &#39;borders&#39; all those little scrappy squares in &#39;Around the World&#39; quilt. Love, love your Dresden quilt with the scrappy border. Both quilts really brighten these winter months. Beautiful!!

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    Andrea R
    February 4, 2015 at 6:48 am

    I also put my quilts on a spreadsheet to help organize and figure out which ones were closest to completion, what ones needed fabric purchased, ones i want to make but don&#39;t have everything yet – all kinds of fun stuff.<br /><br />I stopped at 40. :/

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      amy smart
      February 4, 2015 at 10:00 am

      Haha! My list keeps growing… I might be getting close!

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    Mommy B
    February 4, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Any chance you want to share your spreadsheet with us?!?

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      amy smart
      February 4, 2015 at 10:00 am

      I got my copies from a friend. She&#39;s considering offering them as a free download – I&#39;ll keep you posted!

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      February 4, 2015 at 10:28 am

      Yes, I&#39;d love to get one too!

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      Luann Fischer
      February 4, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Very interested in the spread sheet too. I can get things listed, just get hung up on naming the &quot;steps&quot; so they have relevance to all projects <br />I hope your friend decides to share,

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      February 10, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      That would be great if you shared the spreadsheet! Remember WIPs does speed up the completion process!

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    Lin's Quilts
    February 4, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Please tell me how you did the TAW. I have tons of scraps cut into 2 1/2&quot; squares. Did you do each block separately? You had to plan where the reds, etc., went. Just a little guidance, please.

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      amy smart
      February 4, 2015 at 10:02 am

      These ones were actually strip-pieced blocks. The tutorial is on Quiltville&#39;s blog – google Quiltville Scrappy Trip and it will come right up!

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    Christals Creations
    February 4, 2015 at 7:40 am

    The Dresden plate looks like it should be made from old ties. 🙂

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    tubilinha tiacarminha
    February 4, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Amo isso!!!!

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    February 4, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Gorgeous Scrappy Trip and Dresdens! I&#39;ve been trying to do the same thing…and yes, it sure feels good to catch up a little!

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    kelly e
    February 4, 2015 at 9:10 am

    that vintage sheet is amazing! did you find it at a local thrift or online?

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      amy smart
      February 4, 2015 at 10:02 am

      Found it at a local thrift shop.

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    February 4, 2015 at 9:47 am

    They&#39;re so pretty! I recently went through all my WIPs and donated the tops I wasn&#39;t &quot;feeling&quot; any more. It made me feel much less guilty about all the WIPs waiting for me and someone else gets to enjoy finishing them.

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      amy smart
      February 4, 2015 at 10:03 am

      SO smart! I&#39;m all about purging stuff that doesn&#39;t inspire you any more.

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    Kathelle - Strandom
    February 4, 2015 at 9:48 am

    aw wow! looking good! I think the scrappy trip a long will look amazing when it&#39;s done! x

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    February 4, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Both quilts are lovely. Can&#39;t wait to see the finished product.

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    Kathy's A Quilter
    February 4, 2015 at 10:19 am

    You live in a very colourful world!! Gorgeous quilts and grand finishes. Quilt On!

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    February 4, 2015 at 10:25 am

    How much you want to bet that your Scrappy Trip will end up being one of your most cherished? Hmmm. It is a feat! Exciting to look at.

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    Lauren Honeycutt
    February 4, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Dresdens!! They&#39;re gorgeous, and I love your scrappy trip quilt, too!

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    Laura Chaney
    February 4, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I love that you have a spreadsheet to track your WIPs. Do you have a template for this you&#39;d be willing to share?

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    Emily Carroll
    February 4, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    love both of them. i think your scrappy one is amazing!

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    February 4, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    What great achievements! I even feel good for you. 🙂 I need to get to work and get that feeling of achievement for myself.

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    February 4, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Happy happy dresdens and I looooove the scrappy trip

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    K Pfaff
    February 4, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    All of your work is lovely but that Dresden plate quilt is especially gorgeous! And scrappy borders are my favorite.

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    February 4, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Both are beautiful and bravo for conquering two old WiPs

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    February 5, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Those are so beautiful and colorful. I love the Dresden but am intimated by it. It is one on my to-do list. At 77 I have to get going on these! My list is older than me.. You are so encouraging!

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    February 5, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Both of them are so nice. I HAVE to do a scrappy trip one day. It looks great and, to me, epitomizes the word &quot;quilt&quot; – it was made economically (presumably from scraps and leftovers), it is a simple design, it incorporates clever colour placement, and it just shouts &quot;Here is something made with love to give you comfort&quot;.

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    February 5, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Love. Love. LOVE both quilts! The colors are so cheery and your work is fabulous! I, too, would love a copy of the WIP spreadsheet: keeping my list on a legal pad isn&#39;t very inspiring! 😉

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    February 5, 2015 at 10:52 am

    They are beautiful! And, I too, would love to have the spreadsheet to help organize my WIPS

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    February 5, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Love seeing your nearly-finished projects – it&#39;s almost as good as finishing some myself – almost. Hoping to get a crack at that spreadsheet, too – just to see those column headings where you&#39;re making checkmarks. <br />My mind could use some corralling! <br /><br />Best,<br />Liz<br />boltonia55@yahoo.com

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    February 6, 2015 at 4:50 am

    Progress always feels good and I&#39;m looking forward to see those finishes.

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    Michelle C.
    February 6, 2015 at 5:33 am

    A woman after my own heart … adding something to the to-do list just so you have the satisfaction of checking it off. And your scrappy trip around the world? So beautiful!

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    Karen Ackva
    February 6, 2015 at 8:47 am

    I would love anything to help me get more organized. If you could share the spreadsheet, or a link to the download from your friend, that would be very, very, very NICE! Thanks! Karen

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    February 6, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    I love both of them!

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    Katy Cameron
    February 8, 2015 at 7:49 am

    A spreadsheet sounds like a great idea, but I think I&#39;m going to stick with ignorance is bliss for a while longer ;o)

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    February 9, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Beautiful colors…lovely vintage and gorgeous organization.<br />Nice!

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    February 9, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    agreed with others – would love that spreadsheet! 🙂

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    Sew Stitching Cute
    February 13, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Boy oh boy you have been busy and you are going to have a busy year with all those WIPs to finish. With 26… that&#39;s a quilt every other week! I wish you the best of luck and can&#39;t wait to see what comes about!

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    Mimi Loves To Quilt!
    February 17, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    I will definitely bookmark this new site. Wonderful fabrics, great new quilting ideas are sparked!<br />

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