Weekly Update: WIP’s, finishes, and mishaps

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.

Diane's Mini Quilt

Diane’s Mini Quilt

The back, a fabric that screams, "Diane!"  Haha!

The back, a fabric that screams, “Diane!” Haha!

Wobbly FMQ detail!

Wobbly FMQ detail…

I resisted the urge to embroider her name in each focal piece!

I resisted the urge to embroider a letter of her name in each focal piece…. too kitschy?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Cash Envelope

Small envelope for cash

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I added a zippered pocket inside for coins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

Block One of HST Wall-hanging

Block One of HST Wall-hanging

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!)

Nice try, but the triangles were too small.

Nice try, but the triangles were too small.

HAHA!  No.  Forgot to iron in between stitching each side.

HAHA! No. Forgot to iron in between stitching each side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting there!  Just a little off...

Getting there! Just a little off…

And... time to take a break.  This one had potential, but the center was pinned down wrong.

And… time to take a break. This one had potential, but the center was pinned down wrong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…

 

Happy Quilting!

 

 

 

6 Responses to Weekly Update: WIP’s, finishes, and mishaps

  1. I like Diane’s miniquilt, the way you focused on the flowers and the quilting that accents the flowers.

    I think I have made all the mistakes you have made in paper piecing. It is not my favorite method–in fact I hate tearing the paper out at the end. But it is good for some intricate blocks.

    • Connie says:

      Hi Claire! Thanks for the comments and compliments on the mini quilt. It’s good to hear that others have made the same mistakes. I think I’ve finally got it now, thanks to some YouTube videos. I’m excited about making intricate blocks.

  2. Renee says:

    Great set of projects! I love the mini quilt.

  3. Diane says:

    I do love the mini quilt you made me. It does scream Diane! And you are going to have to become an orange person. Orange people are cool! Diane

    • Connie says:

      I’m so glad you like it — it was fun and challenging to make! I don’t know about orange… we’ll have to see if I become one of the cool people!

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