Wednesday, May 2, 2012

WiP Wednesday: Getting Closer

I'm getting closer and closer to being caught up in the Skill Builder Sampler!  I did five blocks this week and I only have six more to be caught up with the 30 already made.  I can do it!

I tried paper piecing for the first time and while it has always intimidated me I tackled it anyway.  It was so much easier than I expected and paper piecing is now my new love!  The next batch in the line-up are appliqued.  I made the first in a series of three and I'm excited to finish the other two.

The Never-ending afghan progressed to the halfway point so I'm halfway through eternity.  It's getting so big!

Otherwise I'm busy planning and plotting for my next few quilts and buttering up my hubby so he lets me buy the many many yards I'll be needing for each one.  Wish me luck!

Here's the photographic bit with a little more detail...

Block #15 - Diamond Dash - This is the first in the paper piecing series.  I was pleasantly surprised at how easy and fast it was!  I did feel sorry for the trees with all the paper I had to use but I got over it quickly when I saw the finished product.

Block #16 - Minnesota - I was a little nervous with this one.  True, I had a paper pieced block under my belt but this one looked intimidating.  It turned out really well and put me solidly in love with paper piecing.  Who knew I could make blocks this fancy?!

Block #17 - Starry Night - There is no way I would have ever attempted this block without the sampler because it looked too hard but once again paper piecing saved the day!  I love how it turned out and even with all the pain of removing the paper backing I think a full quilt out of this one would be beautiful!

Block #18 - Circle of Geese - LOVE!  Seriously just look at it!  Need I say more?

Block #19 - Orange windows - Okay, mine are clearly purple but that's what the block is called.  I attempted this block the first time around with the sampler and did it multicolored.  I love it with only one color!

The never-ending afghan got seven more rows this week.  That brings the current size up to 64" wide by 37" long.  I'm slightly over halfway finished and can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  If I stop putting it off I could reasonably finish it in two weeks doing three rows a day.  However, I'll probably complete it in something more like a month.

I finished five sampler blocks, seven afghan rows, and lots of schmoozing my hubby.  A productive week I'd say.

Check out other people's productive weeks at Freshly Pieced where Lee does WiP Wednesday linkups.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. WOW! Those paper pieced blocks are amazing! I especially love circle of geese and have a soft spot for the rebel purple block! :) The afghan is smashing...rah, rah - that's my cheer of encouragement to keep going!

  2. Love the new blocks! Wow! I need to get the projects I already have on my list done so I can try out paper piecing. The blocks are just beautiful! I love your fabric choices too :)

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  4. I love your circle of geese. Nicely done. and I love how you proclaim your beliefs in your blog!!

  5. I love the circle of geese blocks! The orange/purple windows is great too - I love how it matches your blog's wallpaper.

  6. Wow the blocks are great. I love the circle of geese block too, and the orange window block.
    The afghan is looking good.

  7. The paper piecing looks fabulous!! Your points are perfect!! And love your applique block. We are actually making that block in our bee this month. So fun!!!

  8. Your blocks are fab! I especially like the 'orange' windows :)

  9. Great blocks! What a great way to increase your skills--nothing will scare you ever again! And way to go on that afghan--my sister has made a couple of those, and I could never do it.


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