Rainbow Buttons by jenniferworthen
I've been doing some reorganizing of my sewing space, which included switching from one mason jar per color of button to one big jar now that I'm not using buttons as often. I guess I unconsciously went in order as I was dumping them in, because I ended up with a rainbow. Now the only problem is that I don't want to dig in and mess it up!
I finally got my quilt-along blocks done last weekend. It felt like I was behind, when in reality it was only the middle of the month, so I don't know where I got that from. Either way, I'm glad to have them done because they are some pretty cool blocks.
HST Block, February by jenniferworthen
First up is the February block for the HST quilt-along. Let me just say that HSTs have grown on me over the last few months, and I'm really enjoying this quilt-along.
Craftsy BOM, February by jenniferworthen
Much to my delight, the theme for February for the Craftsy BOM is HSTs! Woohoo! The first block is called the Balkan Puzzle block. Pretty cool, no?
Craftsy BOM, February by jenniferworthen
The second block is a chunky chevron block. I'm really loving the bright orange in this block!
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

I finally got to sit down and do some sewing last weekend, so I have some things to show you this week! I got some quilt-along blocks done as well, but in an attempt to avoid making this the longest post ever, I'll write about those separately. Here's some of what I did this week:

Projects started:
None!

Projects completed:

February Cottage by jenniferworthen
  • February Cottage cross-stitch

Quilts near completion:

  • Snapshots Quilt

Quilts nowhere near completion:

Swoon Block 3 by jenniferworthen
  • Swoon Quilt*
  • String Quilt*
  • Farmer's Wife Quilt
  • Starry-eyed Quilt
  • Drunkard's Path Quilt

Miscellaneous projects:

  • Wizard cross-stitch
  • Tote Bag
  • Paper-pieced hexagons
  • Flower embroidery
This week's stats:
 
Completed projects - 1
New projects - 0
Currently in progress - 10
*Progress made

What's on your WIP list this week? Head over to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday to link up and see what everyone else is working on!

I got a little behind on my TAST stitching, so here are three weeks worth at once!
TAST, Weeks 4-6 by jenniferworthen
Week 4 was the Cretan stitch, shown on the left. It's very similar to the feather stitch of week 3. Week 5 was the herringbone stitch, which I really loved. I can see this being a great border stitch. Week 6 was the chevron stitch, which was also fun to stitch.
TAST Progress by jenniferworthen
Here's my progress from the last six weeks. Two more and I'll have the first circle done!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

It's been a pretty busy week, so all I really got done was another swoon block. Hopefully this next week will be more productive!

Swoon, Block 2 by jenniferworthen
Swoon, Block 2, a photo by jenniferworthen on Flickr.

Projects started: 

None!
Projects completed:

None!

Quilts near completion:
  • Snapshots Quilt
Quilts nowhere near completion:
  • Swoon Quilt*
  • String Quilt
  • Farmer's Wife Quilt
  • Starry-eyed Quilt
  • Drunkard's Path Quilt
Miscellaneous projects:
  • February Cottage cross-stitch
  • Wizard cross-stitch
  • Tote Bag
  • Paper-pieced hexagons
  • Flower embroidery
This week's stats:

Completed projects - 0
New projects - 0
Currently in progress - 11
*Progress made

What's on your WIP list this week? Head over to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday to link up and see what everyone else is working on!

Hoop Travel Bags by jenniferworthen
Hoop Travel Bags, a photo by jenniferworthen on Flickr.

I have a lot of cross-stitch and embroidery on my goal list for this year. A few of them are monthly stitch-alongs, so I decided I needed something to keep my projects in long-term as I'm switching between them frequently. So, as I often do, I copied Amanda's awesome idea of making some hoop travel bags. The pattern is from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, who also happens to be the creator of the Dessert of the Month Club stitch-along that I'm also doing. The bags are the perfect size for your hoop and stitching accessories. Plus I got to use some cool colored zippers, so that was definitely exciting!

Hoop Travel Bag by jenniferworthen
Hoop Travel Bag, a photo by jenniferworthen on Flickr.

My first, and probably favorite, bag is made from some Michael Miller's Citron Grey and Amy Butler's Lark. I'm usually not good at pairing together fabrics from different lines, but this was an easy match, and I love how well they go together.

Hoop Travel Bag by jenniferworthen
Hoop Travel Bag, a photo by jenniferworthen on Flickr.

My second bag is made from two prints from Liz Scott's Sugar Pop.

Hoop Travel Bag by jenniferworthen
Hoop Travel Bag, a photo by jenniferworthen on Flickr.

My third bag is made from Robert Kaufman's Metro Living and a flannel print I bought at Joann's a very long time ago. I held on to it because I loved it SO much, but I could never find the right use for it. This bag turned out to be its perfect project!

I still have a few other hoop travel bag ideas that involve hexagons and cross-stitch on the actual bag, but those are going to take me longer to get to. These are perfect for using right now, and I love them!

What do you use to carry your hand-sewing projects in?

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Happy February everyone! After my mostly tragic start to my swoon quilt last week, I decided to start over with some new fabrics. I really am not in love with that block, so Hyperreal Garden is going to wait for a different project... I'm switching over to Ruby for Swoon!

Swoon, Block 1 by jenniferworthen
Swoon, Block 1, a photo by jenniferworthen on Flickr.

Isn't this so much better? Lee over at Freshly Pieced commented last week that these blocks seem to work best when the prints have a strong contrast between each other and the background fabric, and she was definitely right. I've paired fat quarters together keeping this in mind, so hopefully the rest of my blocks will be just as pretty!

Projects started: 

None!
Projects completed:

Hoop Travel Bags by jenniferworthen
Hoop Travel Bags, a photo by jenniferworthen on Flickr.
  • Hoop Travel Bags (post coming soon!)
Quilts near completion:
  • Snapshots Quilt
Quilts nowhere near completion:
  • Swoon Quilt*
  • String Quilt*
  • Farmer's Wife Quilt
  • Starry-eyed Quilt
  • Drunkard's Path Quilt
Miscellaneous projects:
  • February Cottage cross-stitch
  • Wizard cross-stitch
  • Tote Bag
  • Paper-pieced hexagons
  • Flower embroidery
This week's stats:

Completed projects - 1
New projects - 0
Currently in progress - 11
*Progress made

What's on your WIP list this week? Head over to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday to link up and see what everyone else is working on!