Wednesday, September 28, 2011

W.I.P Wednesday - September 28, 2011

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Today is WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced. Lee has been off-line (but she's back now) to focus on finishing her fabric design at Connecting Threads. I'm looking forward to seeing her designs!

This is my first time participating in WIP so here it goes..

My priority WIP is the raffle quilt. There hasn't been any progress since FNSI (sponsored by handmade by Heidi). I won't post another picture of it, but you can see it here.

My other WIPs in no particular order are as follows:

I make Prayer Quilts for the Prayer Quilt Ministry at my church and I have two in progress. They are for no one in particular at this time. The committee is trying to make a few extras to have on hand. We have had people donate fabric and I go through the remnant bins at Hobby Lobby and Michaels every chance I get to add to our stash.

This is going to be a rag quilt. I have all the squares cut out; the next task is cutting the batting. I'm going to alternate the red, white and blue fabric with denim. This is going to be a smaller sized quilt, as there wasn't much of the red, white and blue fabric. I've not ever made a rag quilt and am excited to see how it will turn out!

The way a prayer quilt works is first, I pray as I'm sewing. (I don't know if my helpers do that, but that's what I do.) There are threads/ties stitched in the quilt and left untied. When someone is in need, the congregation will tie a knot in the threads and say a silent prayer for the recipient. The knots represent the prayers and therefore the recipient is covered in prayers. I just love that! To learn more about prayer quilts you can check out this website.

This is another prayer quilt. I like it and then again, I'm not sure. There's  not as much contrast between the polka dots and striped fabric as I would have liked. I hope I will like it better when it's finished. Most
importantly I hope the recipient will like it and feel peace and comforted by the prayers said for them over the quilt and stitched into it.

The next WIP is for ME! Yes! I'm keeping this one! (that's why it's at the bottom of my pile of things to do) I started it in 2005 when I took a quilting class from my LQS. It wasn't a class that focused on the quilting part of it, which is why it's still in progress. It was about learning the different techniques of the blocks.

I hope; since I've posted it here and showed it to you, it will motivate me to finish it. It needs to be re-pinned... it's so close to being done!

What WIPs do you have going on? BTW, I like the acronym 'WIP' much better than 'UFO', I agree that it's more positive to say 'In Progress' than 'Unfinished'!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you're having a great day! There are more WIPs on my list but these are the ones that, in theory, wouldn't take long to being complete.

Be sure to head back over to Freshly Pieced to see what everyone else is working on!



  1. Gina, what a lovely thing you are doing with your prayer quilts.. I really like your polka dot quilt, it's bright and happy.. I think you are going to enjoy making the rag quilt too. Looking forward to seeing 'your' quilt finished..xx

  2. Gina, I think there is enough contrast in the polka dot quilt, it will be lovely when finished. And your right, work in progress sounds so much better than unfinished! I've never met a crafter yet that doesn't have more projects started than time to finish them all! Thanks for you visit to my blog!

  3. I like the polka dots too. I think it looks nice and the colors are vibrant. Nice postng. I need to join the WIP Wednesday...maybe I will get some of my things finished!

    Talk soon...D

  4. I love the red white and blue fabric for the rag quilt. It's going to look very pretty.
    I like the different colour polka dot fabrics.
    Your sampler quilt is so bright and cheery.

  5. Gina, that stack of squares for your prayer quilt just looks delicious! I love see a bunch of fabric ready and waiting to be sewn like that. It is a very nice thing that you and your congregation do with the quilts. When you have time do make sure to finish your own quilt...there is something important about taking care and spoiling yourself once in awhile too! ;)