Friday Finish! (Finally)

This post is quite picture and text heavy. You’ve been warned.

Oh man I’ve had a busy week of sewing this week. It was spring break for my school, and I had most of the week off from work. It was a happy coincidence and I barely left my sewing table. So, I have THREE WHOLE FINISHES (Well, two and a half) to share with you.

One of my grandma’s best friends has been battling mouth cancer for years and years now and she was told recently that she has probably less than a year left. It’s been pretty hard on the family. She’s also a fellow quilter so I thought I’d send a little love her way with a hugs and kisses pillow.IMG_20160316_094224993_HDR

I did a quick needle turn applique from the back. All of the colored fabrics were from my Pink Castle Cotton + Steel monthly club and it felt good to use some of my stash. I love the monthly clubs, but they do tend to stack up.

Part of the newsprint is about the moon landing, and I got a text from her after my grandma delivered it saying that the moon landing actually happened on her 22nd birthday and it was a lovely reminder for her. How’s that for serendipity?

My second finish was a quick flimsy that I threw together. My grandma went to an estate sale a couple months ago and brought back an enormous hoard of fabric. At last count, I’d culled it down to 4 40-gallon totes.

She bought it from the family of a woman that was a quilter that had died and I’ve found all kinds of incredible and old fabrics. I also found a couple blocks that she put together here and there, so I set them aside and discovered she’d made quite a few indeed. So I got the itch to sew something one afternoon and put together a flimsy.


I love this picture because you can see the care she went to making these blocks. She even did a zig-zag stitch on every fabric end to make sure they didn’t fray.

These were a few of my favorite pictures. Look at that old Mickey! Just adorable.


Here’s the whole flimsy, or as much as I could get in the shot. There were a few blocks missing so I added the patchwork print in which was also from her fabrics. There’s one in the top middle and bottom right. It’s certainly not my usual aesthetic, but it’s a happy mess and the more I look at it, the more I like it.

My third finish was this mammoth wedding quilt that I blogged about earlier.



It’s huge! It’s so big! Also there’s a billion over a hundred different fabrics in it. Random newsprint/low volume backgrounds, some easily identified Cotton + Steel, various Art Gallery fabrics, a number of different solids, and a few things that I picked up from Joann’s here and there. What. A. Pain. But I’m so glad I did it.

More of the quilting and such. The finished size was 106″x106″. Even after washing. That’s right, almost 9ft x 9ft, my friends. It’s a miracle I didn’t rip my shoulders out of socket quilting it at home. I bound it with an Ikea print that I bought an entire bolt of on clearance a few years ago. I wanted to do a blue or a green, but I wasn’t sure I had enough to make over 36 feet of binding with anything else I had. I really loved doing the ripple quilting though. It went by really fast with only minor complications.

Another thing that saved a lot of time: wideback fabric.


After putting that top together, I couldn’t even bring myself to think about piecing a back together. I bought this Michael Miller print on super duper sale that was juuuuust big enough to cover the back. Thank God.

On the plus side, my cousin and his wife were THRILLED. They had a lot of fun looking at all the different fabrics, and I pointed a few out to them that I’d picked out with them in mind. Stags and hearts and whatnot.

It’s been quilt the millstone around my neck, though, as far as sewing goes. I hugged my boyfriend when I got home and told him, “I’m so glad they like it and it’s done.. but I’m even happier that that quilt is out of my fucking house.” Hah!

Do any of you ever feel that way about a particular project? What do you do? Do you walk away from it or just keep going?

Linking up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday.

Friday Finish! (Finally)

Sunday (or Tuesday..) Stash

I have to keep reminding my boyfriend of this…

I love this line. I love it so much.


The line is Rustique by Emily Herrick. It’s outdoorsy and happy and it’s one of my favorites. I used it in this quilt for a coworker of mine.

I want to cut into it so badly, but I have like, a bajillion other things I need to work on. This line is on sale at Gotham Quilts right now, and I may have lost my mind and bought too much of it.

Another new addition to my stash are these little blocks…


My aunt and uncle have two grown children that are both married and out of the house, and they just adopted THREE KIDS that are 9, 6, and 3 years old! Oooh man are they going to be busy.

So I figured this year would be a special mother’s day for my aunt and I had them each draw a picture for her for a surprise quilt. I’m very excited to get started on it.

Have any of you worked with fabric markers before? Do I need to do anything in particular to set the ink before I put them in the quilt? The packaging says no heat set is required but I’m pretty skeptical.

Happy sewing, everyone.

Linking up with Quarter Inch from the Edge, who is guest hosting for the lovely Molli Sparkles.

Sunday (or Tuesday..) Stash

Friday Finishes (But not really..)

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. IMG_20150510_133001348_HDRMy 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.
IMG_20150510_133102947I 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. IMG_20150929_143652924

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.

Happy Friday!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Friday Finishes (But not really..)

WIP Wednesday

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.)

My shelf is a mess… Let’s be real, my whole house is a mess.

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:

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And again on the opposite corner and they meet in the middle. You get it. 

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.

WIP Wednesday

A Small Victory

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 …

Fabric selection.


I like how you can see the really well-defined circles in this. Also, you can see my messy shelf.

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.

BOOM, BABY! Eevee’s little paw is in the bottom right. She knows not to step on quilts. Good dog. 

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. IMG_20150828_170907578

I took this picture as i was making the background pieces and now I just want to make a low volume quilt for myself. 🙂

Happy Friday everyone.

A Small Victory