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

cashenv-2

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!

 

 

 

Two Zip Hipster — Done!

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:

Two Zip Hipster, sitting pretty

Two Zip Hipster, sitting pretty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

See, look at all that character!

See, look at all that character!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Lots of room in here!

Lots of room in 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.

 

 

 

 

Covert Robin Mystery Gift Exchange

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:

Spring Swoon for Covert Robin Swap
Back of Spring Swoon for Covert Robin Swap
Spring Swoon for Covert Robin Swap
I’m still waiting to see what my Covert Robin sends me!

Covert Robin Mystery Gift Exchange (and more)

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:

Spring Swoon for Covert Robin Swap

Spring Swoon for Covert Robin Swap

Back of Spring Swoon for Covert Robin Swap

Back of Spring Swoon for Covert Robin Swap

 

Spring Swoon for Covert Robin Swap

Spring Swoon for Covert Robin Swap

I also finished and shipped the March block for the Simply Solids Bee:

Simply Solids Bee March Block

Simply Solids Bee March Block

 

And last, but not least because it was for me and I’m in love with it, is this little pin cushion I made:

Buttons Pin Cushion, just for me!

Buttons Pin Cushion, just for me!

 

Happy Quilting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Wednesday Update 3.13.13

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?

 

Done!  There's a good foot more of quilt hanging on the other side of the fence, too.

Done! And there’s a good foot more of quilt hanging on the other side of the fence, too.

 

Wonky picture showing the red back, with pieced triangles, and the navy trim.  All the boy's choice.

Wonky picture showing the red back, with pieced triangles, and the navy trim. All the boy’s choice.

Andrew's Quilt

Smile for your close-up!

 

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.

Consider yourself lucky to see this miracle.

Consider yourself lucky to see this miracle.

 

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!

 

 

 

 

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