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WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Winter seems to have finally arrived in Santa Cruz, if a bit behind schedule! But all the recent rainy, dreary days have meant plenty of time indoors to sew. For Play Crafts’s inaugural WIP Wednesday (thanks to Lee over at Freshly Pieced for hosting!), I’m pleased to show off my finally-almost-completed, long-term work in progress.

This is the second quilt I ever started, and it will be my sixth finish, almost a year later. I started McIntyreGirl’s Garden Fence Quiltalong last summer. It started out innocently enough…. my fellow co-founder Anne decided she was going to do it too. I picked out my fabrics (in my favorite colors!) and was ready to go, but the computer scientist in me needed order to my layout. And the only way to get that order was to make it 6×6 blocks. Which it turns out leads to a rather large quilt. And thus the “omg how am I going to ever complete this” quilting project was born!

Yesterday I finished the quilting for it, and I’m quite pleased with the results. All that’s left is to bind it…

Here’s the front! It’s almost a queen size, but I’ll be using it as an extra-snuggly couch blanket.
And the back. I decided that, since it was already going wayyyy past the QAL deadline, I might as well be ambitious with that too.
Close-up of the quilting on the front.

I’m really pleased with how this quilt is turning out, but binding it is going to have to go on the back-burner for a while. Our guild (the South Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild) has a challenge that’s due next Tuesday that I’ve barely started. The challenge is to create a quilt that draws inspiration from a photo, and I chose to make mine based on a board game we play with some friends called Civilization. Here’s what the board looks like at the end of play. It takes about 12 hours to finish a single game:

After 12 hours of board gaming. Each player is represented by different colored tokens.

So I’m taking each of the colored regions on the map and turning them into rectangles. I have an elaborate plan for this quilt; thank goodness it’s just a little wall hanging! I’ve finished the first block, which really doesn’t do justice to the overall plan. But I’m hopeful it will all turn out right in the end.

Fabrics for my challenge quilt. Two colors per civilization, red for the pirates, kona natural for the unoccupied territory, and seafoam for the ocean spaces.
One block down, 13 to go!

It’s been a busy week of quilting in my house! And it’s raining outside again…. maybe it’s time to make just one more block.


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