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Works in process – February

I don’t often show you my works in process (WIP’s) and I have so many. I won’t even mention my UFO list; although it might make you feel better to know someone has more UFO’s than you do!

Works in process for February

My big project is quilting my Arrow Stone quilt from last year. I made this during the quilt along I hosted last February/March and its been sitting around waiting to be finished since then. I’m just quilting straight lines from top to bottom. I have my sewing cabinet fully extended in the back and to the left of my machine. It’s nice to be able to support the weight of the quilt as I sew.

Works in process for February 2023 include quilting my Arrow Stone Quilt from last year!  The Crafty Quilter

I’m trying to keep up with the Tula Pink Butterfly Quilt Along that Pat Sloan is hosting. This is a big quilt that I’m making for my oldest granddaughter. I love everything about it. All of that piecing and the colorful Tula fabric makes me happy.

Works in process for February 2023 include this Butterfly Quilt by Tula Pink.

As I work on piecing various projects, I’m using leaders and enders that will become a scrap quilt (using the free pattern, Traffic Jam, by Pat Sloan.) My black and white scrap bins have been overflowing, so I’m using them to make this. Below you can see how the blocks are looking. I have 20 blocks, and now I’m sewing them together with sashing and cornerstones. It’s a sneaky way of making a scrap quilt while you’re making other quilts!

My progress on the Traffic Jam quilt - free pattern by Pat Sloan.

These don’t really count as WIP’s, but I have two blog posts in the works. One post has tips for pressing bulky seams and the other is a product review of Scanfil Organic thread. I should have one of them ready to publish by this Sunday.

Scanfil Organic Thread - product review coming soon at The Crafty Quilter.

Last week, I had to go to a neighboring town to pick up some prescriptive glasses and I happened to park in front of a yarn shop. Well, you know what happened next. I went inside and decided it was time to start a crochet project. I learned to crochet when I was about 10 years old and I was pretty good at it. I was making afghans and sweaters by the time I was in high school. Eventually, I started sewing and quilting which took over all my creative endeavors. Since high school was a long time ago, I’m starting my re-entry into crochet with a simple scarf. I have also rediscovered Ravelry which is another word for “rabbit hole”.

Crochet scarf is part of my works in process for February @ The Crafty Quilter.

It’s nice to have a project that I can work on in the evenings while we watch TV. I’ve started to teach more in person classes at our local quilt shop, so my schedule is full of activity. We’re expecting some cold and wet weather in the days ahead, so I look forward to staying warm inside and working on my WIP’s. I hope you’re able to do the same!

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  1. Julie, I always enjoy all of your posts. Lots of info to enjoy and use. Glad to see your crocheting, wish I had time. Thanks again- Patty B

  2. Good Morning Julie, You always have unique inspirational treats. I used to crochet. Like you, that was before quilting. I made several afghans, sweaters, baubles, and etc. A very fun craft. I am especially interested to have your thoughts regarding the Scanfil Organic threads. I just purchased some while at QuiltCon last weekend. I haven’t tried it yet, but I will. Thanks for the “heads up” re the Pat sloan “leaders and enders” quilt. Hopefully, your weather will simmer down soon!!

  3. Love the blue yarn and pattern. What is the yarn and can you tell me your pattern? I too would like to have an evening project as we sit by the tv. Thanks for all your suggestions and tips!!

  4. Julie,
    Your granddaughter is going to love that butterfly quilt! I really like using that quilting and crafting spray and I am looking forward to learning about the organic thread. I am also doing a leaders and enders scrappy project. Your suggestion of a side ironing station with wheels and drawers storage was great. But because I don’t have a lot of room in my sewing room, I decided to purchase a folding table (18×26). I just got it last night and I am looking forward to piecing and ironing today as it rains all day.

  5. Lovely scarf, Julie! I know nothing about crochet, but I do know how to admire the work!
    I am looking forward to your review of the Scanfil thread…I have never heard of it! I love the Traffic Jam pattern! I have made blue and green versions for two different grandsons, and I am thinking of starting a third version. 🙂

  6. The scarf is beautiful – both the color and the pattern. I also crochet in
    the evenings while watching TV-and it seems yarn has gotten much prettier and softer in the past few years….just like fabric colors!!
    Love leaders/enders quilt. A friend made a pincushion for me from hers and that was the beginning of my starting them!
    Thanks for showing.

  7. I have the Tula Pink butterfly kit which I purchased last year. I’ve petted all the fabrics and that’s as far as I’ve gone. I’ve kinda lost my quilting mojo the last couple months. I’m working on baby steps to get back into my sewing cave. Look forward to seeing your finished (top) butterfly.

    1. Check out ILoveToMakeQuilts.com
      Pat Sloan lists all her current projects at the bottom. She’s doing a sew along for the butterfly quilt, and even though I’m not sewing along, her weekly assignments really move the project along
      She also has great tips about the section you’re working on.
      I too would be afraid/hesitant about starting such a project, but Pat sure makes sewing along easy. Good luck. It’s a beautiful quilt.

  8. Can’t wait to see your pressing tips. And I am thoroughly enjoying making 4-at-a-time Flying Geese with your no-bulk method! Awesome.

  9. Love the fact that I’m not the only one that ends up going down rabbit holes. I recently started cross stitching again and find that occupies my evening hours. Hubby watches TV and I’m there sewing and listening. I’m intrigued by the middle quilt on your quilt ladder. Did you ever write a post about it? Thanks!

  10. I love all your projects. You are so creative. I actually really like the crochet scarf. Did you get the pattern or stitches on Ravelry? I am knitting a blanket. Happy day.

  11. Oh my, so many wonderful treats. Thankyou so much for all the inspiration. We have some similar WIPs going on.

    Happy Stitching Julie:)

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