I’ve watched this on other blogs that I read and I decided to try my hand at it, as well. We’ll see how it goes, ok?
WIP stands for Work in Progress. The blogs I’ve seen it on do it on Wednesdays. There ya have it. Now, where am I?
First up is Block 1 of a kit that I am doing from JoAnn Fabrics. I have only purchased the first one but we’ll see if I can’t get all 12 of them and finish the entire thing. I’ve had it for roughly 2 weeks. Block 1 is pretty simple. They’ve already cut the pieces for me. It took me 17 minutes to recreate what they said to do.
There. A Work In Progress is finished. Now, I need to get that $10 to get Block 2 and do that one. I want to make a quilt entirely from following directions. That’s the point of this exercise.
Another thing I am making by following the instructions completely (no going off with my own ideas or whatnot) is the Advent Calendar. I cut the pieces about a month ago but haven’t done anything with them. Today, I got it started.
Here’s a rough idea of what I will be making. The tags hanging from the string that count off the days. It says to add one to the string every day until Christmas. I won’t be able to use it this year, I don’t think. However, I’ll have done it and followed the instructions without veering off to my own idea.
Step 1. Cut and sew two pieces together.
Step 2: Fold, use template to trace lines, sew. Turn right-side out, hand-sew the bottom opening and iron flat. I haven’t hand sewn the opening as yet, but I wanted to show the rest of the steps.
Step 3: Fold it so the colorful part is shown – it forms a “pocket” to put things in. Sew the sides together but not the top!
Step 4: Turn the flap down and use a button (um, no. I hate buttons) or other manner of fastening it down but leaving it able to be opened.
Step 5: Put the number of the day on the pocket part (the dark color in that picture). I don’t have the numbers ready. Imagine it, would ya? I am not entirely sure how I’ll do the numbers. It gives ideas but says to “get creative.” I might use glue and sprinkle sparkles. I may even let my boys do it – after the glue is applied in the appropriate number shape.
The next WIP is the boys’ Christmas Quilts. I’ve had a year to get it done and I have not. I can’t believe I have -absolutely- no pictures of this one. I’ll have to take pictures and post them later on. My goal is to start finishing up their blanket on Friday. That gives me a week and a few days to get it done. However, it’s not that hard. I should be able to get it done by Monday (a week before Christmas) and, since they don’t realize it is for them, I can work on it in front of them.
I believe that’s it for my very first WIP Wednesday. It felt really good to get back into my sewing room. I’ll be looking forward to getting a bunch of things done before Christmas. Might even get the Advent one done and have the boys play with that one of these nights – the decorating, that is. I might turn them loose to color or sprinkle sparkles on the numbers. Let them decide how *after* I put the numbers on – in an outline form. I don’t think I’ll be brave enough to let them put the numbers on.
I mean, seriously, have you *seen* Caiden’s handwriting?! Totally boy!
What do you think? Keep up with WIP Wednesday? It might get me back in my sewing room a lot more – which is very calming and relaxing, a complete mood-resetter for me.