Wednesday, 26 September 2012

WiP Wednesday – In love

 Only another quilter would understand. I’m in love with my current project. It is coming together so beautifully, and I just want to keep sewing and sewing! Know the feeling?

It’s my Iris wallhanging. Paper pieced irises. What’s not to love?!

Quiet Play Centre Iris

That’s part of the centre panel. I’m using all solids - four shades of green, four shades of purple and some gorgeous aqua homespun as the background. The photos don’t do the fabrics justice. They are much more vibrant!

I love that when you’re paper piecing – it looks such a complete mess. Like really – how can this turn into something pretty?!

Paper piecing mess

And yet – it does! Just have to wait to see the bigger picture once you put all those pieces together. I have to say, this is one of the most complicated paper piecing projects I have done but there’s quite a sense of achievement when the pieces go together just so. For the curious – not my pattern this time (I wish I was so clever!) - the pattern is Iris Garden by Eileen B. Sullivan. I bought my copy on Ebay.

Iris pattern

It’s my first time using freezer paper for paper piecing. To be honest, I haven’t noticed that great a difference to using regular paper. I don’t bother ironing my starter pieces on so that hadn’t made any difference to me. It was nice to have the pattern already printed and ready to go – though there are no seam allowances added so I have had to make sure I remembered to add that crucial 1/4” overlap. To be safe, I’ve been using wildy oversized chunks of fabric.

Oversized fabric

So far so good! You’ll have to pop back on Friday to see it all finished! It’s my turn to host TGIFF – hope you’ve got a finish you can link up!

I have a couple of other WiPs – of the bloggy kind! I’m participating in two fun blog hops next month!

First up is Donktober – celebrating all things ridonkulous. What?! You haven’t heard of Donktober? Clearly not donkey mad like Erin of Missy Mac Creations. It’s a month long celebration to party your ass off. Honestly, the name alone lends itself to so many terrible jokes, can’t help myself. 


My day is 5th October – will be sharing something fab and donkey like! Here’s a hint! 

Donktober hint

Then there’s also a fab blog hop coming up all about those gorgeous mini charm packs! You know, all those 2.5” squares. Ever wondered what to make with them? Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts did hehe! So clever girl set up the Sweet Treats blog hop for loads of ideas!

Sweet Treats

My day for that one is the 11th October. Can’t wait to share my project! Ooh and there’ll be giveaways for each day of the hop – who can resist that?!

Whew! That’s enough to keep a girl busy! Linking up with WiP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced. Are you? Winking smile wipwednesdaybutton


  1. Your irises are taking shape so so beautifully! Love the solids that you chose, the colours are perfect!

  2. I will look forward to seeing your finished irises - it looks as if you are making a beautiful job of it.

  3. Your Irises are going to be great! You have been busy!

  4. Gorgeous colours! Looking forward to seeing it finished.

  5. Your irises are coming out beautifully. I have taken a class from Eileen Sullivan (loved it!) and used several of her patterns. Her designs are fantastic and I also wish I were clever enough to dream them up.

  6. stunning Iris!! I have to try more paper piecing.

  7. Loving your irises, going to look amazing!

  8. Gorgeous iris...your color choices are perfect!! Redonculous is one of my favorite words! Happy Wednesday!

  9. Wow Kristy, that is gorgeous...I can see why you are in love! Can't wait to see it done on Friday.

  10. Those are definitely worth falling in love over, just gorgeous and by the sounds of it even more gorgeous in reality!

  11. Yup, I know the feeling:) I love your iris too, it looks really complicated to do, well done!

  12. That is one very pretty flower!

  13. OMG you are busy lady! I guess your days have more hours down there, lol.

  14. Wow I didn't even notice it was paper pieced until you said! Such fun looking blog hops! =D

  15. Well, that's just stunning! Nice work!

  16. I can see why you're in love - those purples and greens are playing beautifully together!

  17. What a beautiful block so far - I love that colour combination.

  18. Kristy, Your Iris looks soooo beautiful! I honestly thought it was your pattern :)))
    Can't wait to see the whole top finished :)


Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment. I read each and every word! I'll do my best to reply to them either via email or here on the blog, when time permits!