Whipping through WIPs

After I wrote that long NaNoWriMo entry, I sat down to write. I wrote for a few days, setting up the story and realized that… I just didn’t have a story. I have a lot of world-building details and some character names, but no conflict or purpose to really drive the plot. I’ve jotted down a lot of these details and will keep noodling with it, but I’m not as focused on it any more. And my attention has shifted back to making things.

First and not pictured, the back of Fortunate Granny is done! All that’s left to do is quilt and bind!

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to hear Lizzy House speak at the joint Boston/Seacoast MQG meeting. I joined the BMQG last month, but this was the first meeting I had a chance to attend. Lizzy House was so inspiring, passionate, and tenacious about her work. Upon getting home, I did the only reasonable thing, which was to cut up my stack of Constellations into 7″ equilateral triangles. The finished quilt will be for my dear SIL, who is pregnant with her first child.

Constellations triangles

Constellations triangles

I was on such a roll that I got out my QAYG Christmas Stocking project, from the Falling Flakes Stocking tutorial by Imagine Gnats. I started these back in September but put them on hiatus while I thought about things. I decided that the first two seams weren’t as puckered as I remembered and carried on with my presser foot instead of the walking foot. This sped up the process considerably, and I’ve finished the top of one and half of the top of the second.

QAYG Christmas Stocking

I’m having fun with a little bit of free-motion quilting I’m doing on these – circling the polar bears in stitches and stitching over the line motifs and whatnot. Good practice!

QAYG Stocking in process!

Lastly, I took out the leftover Llama blocks from my Llamas in Log Cabins quilt. I had four big blocks and a couple smaller blocks remaining from the quilt.

Leftover Llamas block

I think something like this will be the final layout.

Leftover Llama planning

I can’t decide if I want to sash with white or another neutral, or try to use up some of the scraps in sashing, or make a large, scrappy outer border. So this one is now resting while I think some more about it – any ideas?

In all, it was a productive past few days In addition to the above, I also rode a carousel in 20 degree weather, set up our home WiFi (only 8 months after I moved in!), and knit a bit of a mitt. I feel unprepared for Christmas gifting/knitting but I still have a month, right?

As this entry is ALL WIPs, and it is Wednesday, I’m linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced! Hooray!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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12 thoughts on “Whipping through WIPs

  1. Maybe that’s what I need to help practice FMQ – fabric to trace around! Can’t wait to see the finished stocking. I just joined the BMQG last month as well but couldn’t make it to the Lizzy House meetup this past weekend now I’m so wishing I’d rearranged my schedule to make it!

    • Having something to trace while doing FMQ definitely helps! I’ve heard others use Hera markers or water soluble pens to mark designs – perhaps something to try as well. Will you be at the December BMQG meeting? I’m hoping to go!

  2. Visiting from WIP: I like those triangles! What will they be?? The llamas would make a nice handbag or pillows, too. I thought about trying NaNo this year (first time I’d heard about it), but decided I’d rather stitch & put that energy into my blog. I’ve been part of a weekly writing group for the past 6 wks, & it was helpful. Good that you pursued NaNo & found out what you need to create for your story next. Happy Thanksgiving! RunningHen.blogspot.com

    • The triangles will be an equilateral triangle quilt – I haven’t ever sewn triangles before and I’m looking forward to starting. Thanks for stopping by!

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