Wednesday, January 11, 2012

WIP - Bit O' This, Bit O' That

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I have to apologise for the dual posts today... but whilst Weigh In Wednesday continues it might just have to be like that.  Afterall I don't want to miss out on Lee's fabulous WIP Wednesday linky party.  Hope you all don't mind!

Unfortunately, I don't have any finishes to show off as yet (I'm working hard to have something finished in time to link to M-R's TGIFF post) so today is all about those works in progress (funnily enough).


First up, a small quilt I am making for the Blankets of Love campaign.  If you haven't heard about this one, Kat is asking for donations (of blocks to complete quilts) for premature bubs born at the main women's and children's hospital in Perth, Western Australia.  As I live nearby I immediately put my hand up to contribute to this worthwhile cause.

Measuring just 25" x 25" this baby is basted and ready to quilt.  Astute eyes would have noticed the indents from previous quilting, which was unpicked the other night after a disaster with a pieced back.  Um... I seem to have learnt the hard way that squaring up the top and back is hard work.  So, after much grumbling, I've retreated to my usual safe option of a plain back, no piecing involved!

As this one was so quick to put together (as I told myself before the quilting disaster) I've also cut out another 25 5.5" squares to make another.  A good cause is a good cause afterall. 

The second quilt will be quite similar with only one print swapped out and another popped in.  There is a method behind my madness as I wanted to take this opportunity to play with colour combinations - and, in this case, see what difference more blue and less red would make to the overall look.


For this month in the Quilt Block Swap Australia group I've been paired with the lovely Melody who has requested a block incorporating an owl, in any capacity.  As I've been itching to start embroidery I couldn't resist having a play.  Here's a sneak peek of what I'm working on.

This has been a lot of fun and a great project to have on hand when I need to sit and relax.  Might have to get a move on, though, to ensure Melody receives it before the seasons change.  ;)


I've been hearing rather nasty rumours that my new little Brother BC-2500, Laurie, wouldn't handle shirring at all well... so I was determined to find out for myself.  I mean, shirred dresses are quick, easy, inexpensive and adorable!  So I stocked up on shirring elastic and sat down with some scraps for a play.  I found out pretty quickly that Laurie can, in fact, shirr... and after a play with stitch length and tension he was doing a pretty good job.  Yippee!!

So I requested some measurements from a friend with a 2 year old... and set to work.  Unfortunately things didn't go exactly to plan.  I'm not sure if I've done something wrong, or if this is how it is supposed to look... but I expected it to gather more than this?  Any thoughts?

Would absolutely love to have some tips if you know of any.  And, no Katy, I don't want to hear that he can't do it.  My beloved Laurie can do anything!  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

So that's what I'm working on this week.  I'm pretty sure that there are many other WIPs stashed around the place (a certain Summer House quilt, for example) but let's not go there.  ;)

I'm looking forward to checking out all the other projects linked up to Lee's.  Pour yourself a water/coffee/wine/etc and pop on over for a look-see.



  1. The baby quilt is looking cute, Erin! As is the shirring. I think I've read that if you give it a little shot of steam with your iron it will help a bit but I've never tried it so what do I know?

  2. Did you steam or iron the elastic after sewing? That makes it gather more.

    1. Steam the elastic with an iron. Hold the iron above the elastic and press the steam button. Don't let the iron touch the elastic. The steam shrinks the shirring elastic. OR

    2. To shrink the elastic, press using a moderate iron with a damp cloth over the shirring.

  3. Such a great quilt for little ones. I'm sure the recipient will love it!

  4. That is an adorable baby quilt! and the shirring looks good to me, but I am not an expert.

  5. OMG loving that embroidered owl so far. Hmmm...maybe you could do a bit of embroidery as a baby gift for someone??? I'm just sayin'... Hahahahaha!!! xo - B

  6. I have no idea how to shirr stuff, Erin, so I'm no help there. I love the fabrics you chose for the baby quilts. Thos babies will be very lucky to get them! And I'm thrilled that you'll have something to share on Friday -- woo hoo! Can't wait to see it!

  7. Think you'll need to adjust the lower screw a bit more for better tension...