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WIP Wednesday (5th June 2013)

by Clare Mansell
WIP Wednesday (5th June 2013)

My blogging friend Liz posted this week about losing her sewing confidence, which I think is something we’ve all been able to relate to at one point or another. This last pillow swap has literally given me sleepless nights with feelings of inadequacy and anxiety, so I’m quite relieved it’s over and ready to move on…

I thought the best form of therapy for me would be to make a couple of pillows for myself and to try out all the things I want to try (different closures, zips, binding) without the pressure of worrying I’ll screw up. So first up I’m trying the Bloomin Quilt-As-You-Go pillow.



I started it on Monday and have absolutely loved the way it evolves, though I’ve already realised it’s not quite as I intended as the bloomin is more square than others I have seen on Flickr.  Still it’s proved to be quite a relaxing activity during the light evenings after Theo has gone to bed…


Unfortunately it has made me realise I’m in dire need of a cutting mat upgrade. My 18 x 24″ is just too small for trimming a pillow/cushion to size on. Looking at the prices I realised why I have put off buying one for so long! Urgh…

As far as quilts go, a small update on my grand project of our bed quilt. This project has been ongoing for years. I find it utterly impossible to stick with an idea for more than a week. A month or so ago I convinced myself I was definitely making a log cabin, and it would be co-ordinating fabrics. I bought the fabrics, made two blocks and hated them…

So then I decided I needed to make it scrappy and multi-coloured. I bought more fabric, made two blocks and hated them…

So now I don’t know what to do! I really want to create a beautiful long-lasting quilt for our bed and to invest the money in getting it longarm quilted, but I don’t want it to be in fabrics or a design that will date or tire. Any suggestions anyone?!

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Lyanna L. June 5, 2013 - 2:55 pm

It’s always frustrating when you have to buy new quilting supplies that are expensive — I’d rather use the money on fabric!! But I like your pillow and your blocks look fantastic as well =)

Krysta June 5, 2013 - 7:46 pm

OOOhhh! I want to try one of those bloomin pillows, too. Love the bright happy colors you chose for yours!

Nancy June 5, 2013 - 10:16 pm

I love the bloomin as you go pillow – gorgeous colours and so fun. I wonder if you need to look at some of the modern quilt sites – I recommend this one http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?page_id=621 which my 20 year old found. I am making her the Arkansas Traveler. Probably similar colours as we both love the look of the one she made. I know it can be hard – I find I have commitment issues – I start something – don’t feel it is perfect so want to abandon it… Or worse I get bored. That’s why I have so much fabric!

Sara June 6, 2013 - 3:12 am

Another Army mom! Yeay! We are at Bragg currently.

I think your Bloomin’ block is stunning and it does look quite fun to do.

I bought my Olfa mat at Joanns online last month when it was 50% off. So be on the lookout:)

Renee June 6, 2013 - 5:41 pm

I love the bloomin’ quilt as you go block! So pretty!

snips June 6, 2013 - 10:26 pm

Gorgeous bloomin’ QAYG pillow! It’s on my list to try. Your colours are gorgeous!


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