Recommitting to WIPs

by Nicole

In an effort to clear some space in my closet, I’m recommitting to getting my WIPs done. I had an “Aha!” and a “Duh!” moment the other day when I realized that the faster I get my WIPs done, the more room I’ll have in my closet.

The first WIP I chose to work on was this almost finished quilt top.

Improv Wonky Star Quilt_Patchwork

I started this top about two and a half years ago when I was on a mission to use every little, itty, bitty scrap. I used improvisational piecing to stitch together the teeny pieces of scraps into “made fabric” and used those to make stars. If you’d like more info on this technique, check out 15 Minutes of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

The top has one jumbo star in the center and little wonky stars surrounding the large star.

Improv Wonky Star Quilt Top

For the backing, I chose this Dear Stella dot fabric in a bright green. I think it will be a nice contrast to the subdued gray background fabric on the front of the quilt.

Improv Wonky Star Quilt_Backing

I’m still debating on how to quilt all the negative space, but am leaning toward using it as an opportunity to practice my swirls.

Improv Wonky Star Quilt_Patchwork Stars
Now for some time to turn this top into a quilt. Wish me luck! 

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Judy H May 29, 2015 - 1:59 pm

I can see swirls. I need to finish up WIP's, but I keep adding 'must do' projects instead.

Leanne May 29, 2015 - 2:28 pm

It's a beautiful quilt, swirls would be lovely or anything else you pick.

~Diana May 29, 2015 - 2:55 pm

Lovely non-pink/orange quilt Nicole! Swirls would be awesome~

Skootchover May 29, 2015 - 3:04 pm

I can't wait to see where you go with the quilting. The colors in this quilt are gorgeous. So happy and bright. Perfect backing choice!

Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge May 29, 2015 - 4:44 pm

Finishing WIPs is so satisfying! Honestly, why don't we do this more often? 🙂 I admire your patience in using all those itty bitty little scraps.. I usually just pitch them in the bin (and by bin, I mean garbage, not scrap). Good call on the green backing. Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

Bobbi D. May 29, 2015 - 6:40 pm

oooo, I love it! I have SO many greens and blues, lol. 🙂

Rachel May 30, 2015 - 1:58 am

Very cool! I am recommitting to my WIPs as well. The other day I counted 13 WIPs!!! Too many for me.

margaret May 30, 2015 - 5:10 am

this quilt is so appealing, I have the book so must have a look at how you went about this . I think we are all guilty of WIPs, when I was doing embroidery that did not seem to happen but now I have the quilting bug I have lots and a very long list of other projects I want to do too

Suzanne May 30, 2015 - 11:41 am

Tackling WIPs must be in the water because I feel it too. I hope we both feel the urge strong and hard as we move into summer. Good luck!

Jayne May 30, 2015 - 2:17 pm

I don't often have WIP's, but when I do it is such a relief to get the finished…finally! This is really going to be gorgeous!

pandchintz May 30, 2015 - 11:41 pm

Love the colours in this top, Nicole, so calm and soothing. I think swirls would be perfect…..keep that calm feeling going! Can't wait to see it finished.

Kathy@KayakQuilting May 31, 2015 - 9:55 pm

The colors in this quilt top are beautiful! Isn't it nice to make progress on those WIP's!

Linda @ kokaquilts June 9, 2015 - 5:47 am

Lovely… the colours are great with the grey and swirl quilting will be perfect to keep that smooth feeling going! {Hm-m- some of my WiP's are a bit more dated, not really wanting to revisit them actually!} and good luck, but am sure it'll look great!

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