Wednesday, August 1, 2012

WiP Wednesday: Progress, Finally!

 It's WiP Wednesday again over at Freshly Pieced where Katie from Katie's Korner is the host this week.  She's got an amazing project list that has some really fun ideas.  I got a bunch of fun things done this week.  A few of them are birthday presents but they are crocheted and I noticed the WiP Wednesday crowd are more of a fabric bunch so I guess that's alright anyway.  I finished my Mario block for the Mario Quilt Along hosted by Angela from Cut to Pieces.  I'm so thankful that's over with and I'm trying a different method with Luigi so we'll see how that works out.  I also finished week three for the Tetris Quilt-A-Long hosted by Melissa from Happy Quilting.  Here's my photogenic progress...

Last week I chain pieced the rest of the rows together.  You can see the start of this block here.  Once I got all the rows together I was ready to sew up the cracks between them.  I really wish I would have taken a picture before this stage but I was just so happy to get it together.  You can see the bottom three rows still need to be sewn here.

I went to show my hubby the finished product and disaster happened.  He was painting our dining room and managed to touch the quilt block while handing me something.  I was freaking out and sent Mario into the sink for a little swim.  With some dish soap and a scrub brush the paint came out quickly but it was a seriously panic moment.

Here's the finished Mario, thankfully without any paint!  There are a few seams that are off but this was much harder than I expected.  With so many seams it was easy to get off.

I finished week three of the Tetris Quilt-A-Long yesterday and added it to my growing collection.  It's on the bottom right.  See the full post here.

I told my friend and fellow quilter how I was going about the Mario block and she shuddered then donated this to my cause.  It's called Quilter's Grid by Pellon and it's iron on interfacing with a grid printed right on it.  You iron the squares on and then fold it over and sew up the lines.  She just had it in her sewing room left over from a quilt she made many moons ago.  I'm excited to give it a try for Luigi.

I laid out Luigi and ironed him on to the Quilter's Grid.  A few of the squares wanted to fall off but with a little more iron pressure they were stuck solid.  I haven't gotten around to sewing any seams yet but I hope to this week and I can compare the two experiences. 

Not Pictured:
- Crochet birthday present
- Crochet preemie hats (I've made the bases for seven more this week that need to be finished and five other ones completed)
- Crochet Fusion Blanket - I have top stitched about a third of them but they look more or less the same so I just opted no thank you on the picture.

No Progress:
- Nana Papillon quilt (too many Mario/Luigi squares on the cut table)
- Never-Ending Afghan (seriously high 90's with no A/C and only a small window unit is WAY to hot to be working on a blanket)

Here's to more progress and lower temperatures this week!  Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Julie,
    Ambassador crochet has a great crochet link for W.I.P. every Wednesday. It is a bit smaller crowd. You got a lot complete! The Mario bros. are cute!

  2. I'm so glad you got the paint off! Yikes! I've heard about the quilter's grid interfacing, and I'm interested to see what you think. I'm wondering how the finished texture will be--is it super stiff, or is it still okay in your opinion? Such cute blocks. 8 bit is great.

  3. Your Mario block looks fantastic! I am doing the QAL as well, and it's MUCH harder than it looks, and more time consuming! I love the finished blocks, but it's a bit of a labor of love. Your tetris quilt looks great! :)

  4. Mario turned out fantastic!

  5. The Mario quilt along is so fun!! You must love doing it. :)

  6. yay for Mario! I'm so glad you were able to get the paint out. I hope that the quilter's grid works well for you.

  7. You have so much going on! I like your Tetris quilt and what a great way to symbolize a fun family memory from your past.


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