I don’t have any REAL finishes this Friday. At least not ones from this week. So I thought I’d share a couple of finishes from my long hiatus from blogging. My grandma’s birthday was in September and i made her these oven mitts and a apple-shaped potholder to go with it. All of her dishes have apples on them and since I was a kid I’ve associated apples with grandma.
I even made a little leaf-shaped tag thingy! Woo. Crafty as hell over here.
I intended the log cabin and the star to be “wonky” but I’m not sure it translates that way very well. With just one of each it just kinda looks like I did a crap job. Oh well, grandma loves them anyway!
I had another friend that had a birthday recently. I got him these neat grass blade-shaped pens and I made him a little mini quilt to go with it. I forgot to get a picture of it when it was finished, though.
But here it is in most of its glory. It was my first attempt at making a paper-pieced design. I ended up cutting it so that the bottom didn’t look slanted.
I try to go “wonky” but I don’t think I go big enough to make it obvious, so it ends up looking messy. Oh well. Try, try again.
Freshly Pieced is taking a WIP Wednesday hiatus, but I thought I’d share my progress quilting. I am – drum roll – about 75% done quilting my king size quilt! (And the crowd goes mild.)
I have been wrenching my shoulder out of place doing this on my domestic machine. I’ve been doing large circles starting at either corner of the quilt and rippling outwards. Like this:
My rings are a lot more random, though. Ranging from 1/4 inch to about 3 inches apart. I thought I’d keep it pretty simple because I didn’t want to spend the next 9 years of my life quilting it.
As I was quilting, however, I made a horrific discovery. I used approximately 14 billion 3 or 4 shades of dark blue and without natural light in my sewing room I mismatched some of the blues.
That dark blue curve there. It haunts me in my sleep. I’ve contemplated ripping it out, but the amount of work to do that would be incredible, so I guess it stays. Truth be told, it’s not that noticeable, and it’s all part of the process right? Damn curve.
I’ve been working on this BEHEMOTH quilt for my cousin’s wedding that happened in September last year. I wanted to make it king size so it could fit on his queen size bed but would be big enough if they decided to upgrade. Here’s a couple of progress shots. Not very impressive …
I used the Metro Lattice pattern using the Quick Curve Ruler. It was suuuper easy and the pattern was really well written. I, like many quilters, was pretty intimidated by sewing curves and this made it really simple. The pattern calls for the lattice part to be a solid color, and after putting this together I can see why. Lining up the curved parts gets a little tricky which wouldn’t be noticeable if it was a solid color. But I really wanted to sort of mimic a double wedding ring.
So, without further rambling, here’s the completed flimsy.
I am such a proud quilter right now. This thing has been on and off my sewing table for MONTHS now. My cousin said his favorite color was dark green, and his wife’s is blue/teal, so I thought, “Yeah, I can totally make that work!” Now there’s a his and hers side of the bed.
I have it pin basted now, and I’m killing my shoulder wrenching this giant around my domestic machine. It’ll be worth it in the end, though.
On a side note, i absolutely fell in love with low-volume prints while I was making this. They blend so well and add a totally new dimension to the quilt.
I took this picture as i was making the background pieces and now I just want to make a low volume quilt for myself. 🙂
I thought I’d share another thing I’ve finished in the last *cough* eight months *cough*.
I made my boyfriend this super-manly pillowcase to go with a new pillow I bought him for his birthday in July.. let’s pretend it was recent. It’s so manly I can’t handle it!
So much testosterone.
I used the French Seams Pillowcase tutorial at Smashed Peas and Carrots. She SAYS it only takes half an hour, but it probably took me closer to an hour and a half. First time and all. Also, I was frequently overwhelmed with how manly this pillowcase was becoming and had to sit down.
It’s been *ahem* almost a year since I blogged. I had another site, it went down, and I never really got the motivation to continue with this one. I am shamed.
I’ve certainly been working on a number of things over the past 8 months or so, so I guess I’ll share a couple of them.
This guy got turned into a pillow for a friend for Christmas. The paper piecing was really easy to follow and can be found at Quilt Art Design’s Craftsy Store. The quilt behind the penguin is a current project. Please disregard. Move along, nothing to see here.
This was a going away present for a coworker of mine. He left the unit I work on at the hospital to do an accelerated ARNP program and I felt like he needed some encouragement. When I was trying to ever-so-coyly get information out of him as to what he likes so I could put it in the quilt, he responded with something like, “I dunno. I like to go outside.”
It’s actually been so long since I finished it that I can’t even remember what size it is, but given the approximate size of my quilt model, I’d say the quilt is about 60″x40″? Give or take. The fabrics from it are primarily “Rustique” with some solids mixed in. The center is Penny Lane, a free template from 627 Handworks. She has some really neat stuff for free on her site.
I have, of course, worked on much more than these couple of things, but, y’know, maybe it’ll give me incentive to actually post more if I don’t share everything. 🙂