Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Buried Under a Pile of WIP's

Do you ever feel like you can't finish anything? That's how I've been feeling lately. My WIP pile is so large it's threatening to bury me alive. When I get stuck in one of these ruts I like to make (and finish) a really small project. Mug rug to the rescue!

I'm dying to finish up the Four's a Charm series, but I'm still getting to know my new sewing machine. Here she is. Isn't she a beauty?

It's been an adventure getting used to the thread cutter on the foot control, but I think I've got the hang of it now. I miss my 1/4" piecing foot on my Janome, but I'm sure the seam guide will start to feel second nature soon. So far I've pieced a placemat and a mug rug with the Juki. Then I did a straight line whole cloth quilt with one of my favorite fabric prints of all times. It's called "Around the World" by Alexander Henry. I found this piece in the remnants bin at Bolt in Portland, Oregon. I knew right away that I couldn't go home without it.

Last night I stayed up late meandering on this placemat -

This machine quilts so beautifully. The stitches are just so dang perfect!

This afternoon I practiced more complicated free motion stuff while my daughter napped. I clearly need some practice.

Please don't judge. I'm no expert.

I definitely see a few more mug rugs and placemats in my future before I hit the giant WIP pile.

If you need me, I'm buried under a pile of fabric.

Happy crafting,


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks. I feel pretty comfortable with a simple meander, but patterns intimidate me. The machine is amazing, though.

  2. I have never heard of a Juki! I had to go online and see if there were any near where I live! I know EXACTLY what you mean about having too many UFO's and not finishing things. I was just thinking the same thing today as I surveyed my insane sewing room!

  3. I just love mug rugs!!! Do not feel bad, I have so many unfinished
    projects, and I just keep starting more. UGH!!!!

  4. No judging at all!! I'd say the stitching on that red and white mug rug is gorgeous! :)

  5. Sweet machine! I see a free motion Q&A in our future!

  6. I loooove that new machine! it looks wonderful!I agree with Marie the stitching on themug rug is fantastic.

    Also that WIP pile is no joke.