Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WIP Wednesday

This week I'm working on Laura's traveling quilt.  She sent three rainbow rows and requested we add more.  Every time she posts a photo of the book she is reading it almost always has a hot mug of tea or coffee next to it, so I knew that's what needed to happen. 

Beginning of Laura's traveling quilt--I'm adding the teacups.

I used this free tea and coffee cup pattern collection.  I love the accuracy and fun patterns you can get from paper piecing, but I hate the massive mess it creates:

Paper piecing area, low volumes only.  Iron just out of the photo on the left.  Larger cutting area to the right, covered it bags of scraps to use or put away.

 I tried to only have two colors of fabric out at a time, and then put them away when I thought I was done with them.  Since I was using low volume fabrics for the background, they stayed out the entire time and spread out as I searched for the right size or fabric.

My next project I decided to go a little out of my comfort zone with the colors:

Fabric pull for next project.

 Yellows and pinks, especially together, are not my regular palette, but I have a plan for them and think it will come together nicely!  Hoping to start cutting it out today or tomorrow!

19 comments:

  1. The tea cups are awesome! I am not a huge paper piecer either, mostly because of the mess. I don't work well that way, but it is so necessary! Argh!

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  2. These travelling quilts that you ladies do are just AMAZING!!!! And I love the colors of your fabric pull - can't wait to see what you do with them :)

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  3. Those teacups are so cute! I agree that foundation piecing can be messy... I have recently started to pre-cut all of the fabric pieces before sewing to keep myself organized!

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  4. The tea cups are SO cute!! I am always amazed when I see updates on these traveling quilts. So much creativity and thoughtfulness shown :)

    Really like your fabric pull, and I'm not a pink fan either! Can't wait to see what you create with it!!

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  5. Awesome...I love anything rainbow. Your cups are great! I love the colors for your new project as well~

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  6. Your row of tea cups and coffee mugs is really pretty! I made a few cups using those patterns a couple of years ago and turned them into coasters and a mug rug.

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  7. The mugs are not only a great idea, they are SUPER adorable!! I feel for your paper piecing despair at the mess, but maybe because my sewing space is a mess anyway, I still <3 paper piecing. I find that I'm slowly getting a bit more organized and "neat" with it, too!

    I also love your fabric pull for your next quilt. That cotton & steel star-like pink print (that's C&S, right?) is one of my favorite basics. I'm not a typically pink and green person either, but I'm excited to see where you're going with this one.

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  8. Lovely! I love paper piecing, but I do have to keep a trashcan nearby, and empty it somewhat frequently. Also keep the "scrap cans" nearby, for those bits I need to keep. :)

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  9. Your tea cups are fabulous!! They look amazing with the rest of the rainbow awesomeness!
    And i'm diggin' the pull for your new project, but yeah, not really you.
    I do know that wonderful things will come of it though :) Can't wait to see!

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  10. The tea cups are my favorite! They look totally adorable, but also fit in well with the rest of the rows. Are you going to the vendor show this weekend? Just curious. I might try to make it, but I wish they had a quilt show as part of the event.

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  11. Your teacups are the perfect addition, ditto the up and downsides of paper piecing though. I love your fabric pull, looks like something Laura would use too.

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  12. I love your tea cup addition! I love that pattern and have been thinking of using it to make a mug rug for a while, but haven't done it yet. My least favorite part of pp is taking the papers out when I am done. Huge mess. Lol. I can't wait to see what you make with the yellows and pinks.

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  13. I love what you've done with Laura's quilt. The colors are wonderful!

    I think I really need to learn how to foundation piece. I love seeing what other people make using this method, but so far I haven't had the patience for it. Your tea cups are incredibly cute.

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  14. It will become an amazing quilt in the end; love your coffee cups!

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  15. I agree with adding the cups, and also agree with the paper mess. Not my favorite, but sometimes the only way to achieve
    the look you're after. Good eye.

    Julie

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  16. Your cups look so good with the rest of the quilt, they are the perfect addition! Paper piecing is messy, but I really like the results. Adorable!

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  17. Those tea cups are so cute! I'm with you on the mess of paper piecing...it's amazing how much fabric can spread out everywhere while you're searching for the piece that will fit exactly the spot you're trying to fill. I love all the fabrics in that fabric pull. It will be fun to see what you make of them!

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  18. Love those cups - thanks for the links - a cuppa is right up my alley too!

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