Last week I celebrated my paper piecing breakthrough, and here is the final block for the Simply Solids bee:
So fun! Our May block is another paper pieced star — can’t wait to get started!
And here’s what has been taking up my time this week:
Linking up with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday!
If you missed the comedy act that was my first try at paper piecing last week, you might not understand why this little block makes me so happy:
Moving on to more solids! The wall-hanging blocks are complete and waiting to be sewn together. I’m looking forward to quilting this one.
And on the horizon, I’ve been pulling and buying these fabrics…
What are you working on this week?
I’m so excited because I finally get to share with you the mini quilt I made for my friend, Diane. First off, I want to give credit for the inspiration to A Crafty Fox. She made this design into a pillow for a swap, and I knew I had to make one, too.
I also want to give credit to the Y-Seams Tutorial at Fresh Lemons Quilts — great explanation on how to get these pieces to work together!
After the purse finish last week, I decided to make a small zippered envelope to hold grocery store cash. I based this loosely on the Open Wide Zippered Pouch Tutorial at Noodlehead — I have made quite a few of these and love the super easy instructions. But I made mine much smaller and did not box the bottom.
I needed a place for coins, so I added a small zippered pocket inside. By the way, I am totally not an orange person but those stripes grabbed my attention and that orange just matched. And fortunately, the two zippers I used were from a huge pack of vintage zippers that I bought at Goodwill a while back, so this entire project came out of my stash!
Ok, I should share some actual works-in-progress…
This is a block that is part of a wall hanging I am making for our master bedroom:
The layout is a careful balance of random and planned — fits us perfectly! More to come on this…
And lastly, I have to share some mishaps. Paper piecing mishaps, to be exact. I want this blog to be an accurate and true portrayal of all my quilting, and my quilting is never perfect. In fact, it is sometimes just really messed up. After four tries, I gave up on my first foray into paper piecing, to come back to it on a better day. Here are my blocks, based on the very simple beginners block at Quilter’s Cache: (don’t laugh too much!)
I have to get this right. I have a Simply Solids Bee block due at the end of the month. I’d love some tips…
Aside from working on the taxes, creativity has taken a backseat this week. Haha, just kidding, IRS!
But, before starting the taxes, I finally finished my Two Zip Hipster from Dog Under My Desk. This pattern was easy to follow and it’s purely my own fault that I messed up some of the cutting. Luckily, the mistakes weren’t anything too major. Seriously, there was a lot of attention to detail in the pattern, and I recommend it.
Here is the finished product:
Ms. Dog Under My Desk wisely advises against choosing directional fabric for this project, but did I listen to her? Nope, and I think the different directions of the front pocket and main part of the bag just make it even more unique! Just kidding… I seriously would have made it the right way if I were paying attention.
Here’s the inside, which is a different color and has a pocket that you can personalize. I also chose a different color for this zipper. As I was putting it together, I was worried that it wouldn’t be big enough for my daily use, but I am pleasantly surprised with how much unnecessary stuff I can cram into here!
That’s it for this week, although I do have one more finished project to share soon. It is a belated birthday gift to a very good friend who reads this blog, but it is finally in the mail. I’ll post pictures when it has been received.
Way back in March (you know, ages ago!), I participated in the Covert Robin Mystery Gift Exchange. I was assigned a partner for whom I would make a gift, who was different from the one who would be gifting me. My partner was Jenn from A Jennuine Life. She is quite a seamstress and makes super sweet kids clothes, in addition to lots of other crafting.
I had a hard time deciding what to make Jenn because she has done so many sewing projects! In the end, I decided to make a mini quilt of a Swoon block. The Swoon block was one I had not attempted yet, and was pleased to realize how quick and easy it is to put together. I bought the pattern from Camille Roskelley‘s shop although I’m told you can figure it out if you look up patterns for Carpenter’s Star. But Camille did the math for me, and that’s worth the $8!
Here’s the finished mini quilt:
Don’t you hate it when blogs start out with an apology for not posting lately? There’s no need to apologize! We know, we have lives, too! So, no apology, just lovely pictures of what I’ve been working on despite being too busy to blog!
My biggest finish (and just in the nick of time) was a Swoon mini quilt for my Covert Robin Mystery Gift Exchange partner. The Swoon block was one I had not attempted yet, and was pleased to realize how quick and easy it is to put together. I bought the pattern from Camille Roskelley‘s shop although I’m told you can figure it out if you look up patterns for Carpenter’s Star. But Camille did the math for me, and that’s worth the $8!
Here’s the finished mini quilt:
I also finished and shipped the March block for the Simply Solids Bee:
And last, but not least because it was for me and I’m in love with it, is this little pin cushion I made:
A whole lot of not much has happened, quilt-wise, in my life this week. We’ve been busy preparing for my hubby’s 40th birthday party and a visit from his brother.
BUT! I did finish Andrew’s quilt! This is an exciting finish because it’s the first quilt I’ve made for my son (who is 14!), even though I’ve made countless quilts for lots of other babies and kids. Terrible, isn’t it?? I had started a quilt (my very first) for him when I was pregnant, but never finished it. So, it was well overdue and I’m kind of glad that it turned out this way, as I was able to make a quilt that will grow with him. Seriously, this baby’s LONG. Ninety-five inches to be exact! Did I mention my boy is tall and getting taller by the day?
Due to the birthday plans, I was forced to clean up my sewing area. A picture was in order, as it is a minor miracle that it looks so neat.
I have some deadlines coming up (Simply Solids and Covert Robin!)…. must get to them after the party!
Happy sewing and I’m linking up with Freshly Pieced!
Here’s what has kept me busy this week:
A trip to Portland this week required a stop at Cool Cottons of course. I finally got my hands on some Pearl Bracelet! And I met Linda, who blogs at Surrounded By Scraps. She’s so lucky to work at Cool Cottons!
Linking up at Freshly Pieced, hope to see you there too!
All you quilters out there are probably familiar with that point in a quilt project where you can see the finish line, you can feel the satisfaction of having it completed, it’s just so close to being done… but you have no desire to even look at it any more!
Andrew’s quilt is at this point. I pushed through and completed the quilting, but I’m not happy with how it turned out. I could not figure out why the tension was so off — I’d move the dial one way and it would get too tight, I’d move it the other and it would be too loose, but there was no happy middle. So I pushed through, hoping it will all look lovely after a nice trip through the wash. Or at least less like it was drunken sewn. I try to keep that to a minimum!
My other work-in-progress this week is my purple-themed scrappy trip around the world. I finished almost all the squares, but one just did not lay out right (must have been drinking with that one!), so I’m short one. But I love how it’s turning out! There is always that moment of doubt (after I’ve cut up scads of fabric, of course) where I question my choices. I’m the only one who does this, right?
That’s it for me this week! I’m off to drool over the QuiltCon pictures posted by the lucky attendees. How about Portland next year, Modern Quilt Guild? A girl can dream, can’t she?
Oh! I’m linking up at Freshly Pieced!
Much work this week on Andrew’s quilt… still quilting, but at least diagonals are done! My son chose the red backing fabric, against my better judgement, but it is growing on me.
Some things I have learned:
1) When quilting either side of a seam, I should press the seams open rather than to one side.
2) When using spray adhesive for basting, a walking foot isn’t entirely necessary, and may be detrimental if said seams are not pressed open. Some of the corners had many thicknesses of fabric which made using a walking foot unsteady. This, in turn, made the thread tension wonky (and killed my walking foot!).