Tuesday, December 17, 2013

WiP Wednesday: Pre-Op

I'm going in for surgery tomorrow to repair a tear in my c-section scar and will be out of commission for a while, I hope not too long. In preparation I've been sewing like crazy trying to get as many things done as possible. I am so excited about what I finished and what I couldn't help but start! I am linking up with Freshly Pieced.

First the finishes...
The Harry Potter quilt is done!! This is #59 for the quilts I've ever made and #16 for this year. To see the rest go here. I am literally dying to share more of this quilt, especially the fun on the back side but alas it is my project for the Kona Solids blog hop in January. So for more come back on the 8th! I wouldn't be sharing at all except it is doing double duty as a Q4 FAL project and I need to post the finish before the 31st. If only they lined up better.

Upgrade anyone?! If you've been here before you may have noticed that I do a lot of crochet projects. They are mostly hats for my shop. Well, whenever I have a work-in-progress all the yarn I'm using plus the pattern and my bag of tools are all kept in one spot. That spot used to be the cheap-o green bag on the left. The picture on front is cute enough but it really didn't get the job done. Thus when I saw this adorable yarn fabric (closeup later in the post) I knew I was in for an upgrade!

Isn't it fun?! I used the Madras Tote Pattern from Noodlehead. I love her stuff and free and clear instructions to boot!

Here's a closeup of the fun fabric and the fun pockets in front. They're just the right size too - don't be fooled by my giant knitting needles.

There are no pockets on the inside but when you're dealing with yarn that's a good thing. Less to get tangled up in. I lined it with a linen-looking cotton.

This is the project I couldn't help but start. My little man has been so patient as he's been bumped time and time again with his firetruck quilt so I decided to work on his a little yesterday. It worked up so quickly! There are 11 rows in this quilt with 15 triangles in each row. I'm going for a bit of a random look which is always hard for me. I didn't tell my little guy I was working on it and he came in my craft room to ask me a question and stopped mid-sentence with a gasp. "Is that my FIRETRUCKS! HOORAY!!" It was a fun surprise.
I have to stop and take a minute to give a shout-out to my favorite fabric shop The Intrepid Thread. I consistently receive amazing customer service from them but I had a great experience yesterday that I had to share. I had placed an order in the morning and happened upon that page on my computer much later in the day. I was looking a little more closely at the shop page and thought - I don't think that fabric matches. PANIC! So I called them up and Julie (the owner) talked me through it over the phone and we decided that it didn't match at all. Even though my fabric was already cut she talked me through some better choices and replaced the one I'd previously ordered. She was so sweet about it too! Not only that but the packages are always amazingly fast coming out to me and they always come wrapped up in tissue paper with a bow, two extra charm squares, and a handwritten thank you note. Who could ask for anything more?

So I'll be laid up for the next week or more and hope to work on learning how to knit and a bit of hand-sewing. It should be nice and relaxing after the rush to finish things before the surgery. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Hello, you have been busy! Email me. :)

  2. Gorgeous quilt Julie! Such a fun design.

  3. Good luck with surgery! I hope you will feel well soon!
    Your projects are wonderful and gorgeous, as always!
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  4. good luck with your surgery
    what a wonderful quilt you finished

    and i totally love this knitting bag

  5. Fun tote! Pefrect fabric indeed. Good luck with the surgery!

  6. That Harry Potter quilt is fantastic! It's so awesome when the littles get excited you are making them something :)

  7. Love that HP quilt! I am giving a HP quilt to my sister for Christmas and I think she is going to die of excitement.

    Good luck with the surgery - I have had two c-sections and it's the only thing that really scares me about having another kid.

  8. The HP quilt turned out great!
    Good luck with the surgery.

  9. Love the Harry Potter quilt! And I agree - Julie has fantastic customer service!

  10. Love that quilt so dang much! Great job!

  11. I'm dying to see the rest of that quilt as you are to share it! great quote. =) hope your surgery and recovery go well.

  12. Love the HP quilt! Hope the surgery goes well and that you feel better soon.

  13. How you have a smooth surgery and recovery! Your quilt looks great!! And that bag is perfect for knitting things :-)


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