Thursday, August 28, 2014

Diamond Chips mini quilt

Diamond Chips mini quilt

Yesterday I finally finished the little mini quilt from Sarah Fielke's Quilting from Little Things I'd been working on on and off for over 1 1/2 years! It is not my most precise piecing etc., but I think the outcome is quite cute, anyway. I decided to make life a little easier for myself and didn't quilt the outer corners as densely as the other spaces between the "diamonds".

Diamond Chips mini quilt

Since I got the book, I really liked the idea of this mini, fracturing a geometric fabric print even more to make some little sparkling diamond blocks. When I bought the main fabric used here (from Carnaby Street by Pat Bravo), I thought it would be perfect for this! I decided on the dense quilting, because I felt that my diamonds didn't pop enough against the background once they were pieced and I think it helps a bit to remedy that.

Diamond Chips mini quilt

I think it looks lovely from the back, too:

Diamond Chips mini quilt

This was a fun exercise in fabric choice, piecing and quilting. For instance, it made me smile to see much more coherent everything looked once I added the pink binding. I'm not sure if I'm happy enough with it to put it on the wall, but at any rate it makes a nice dolly quilt! :-)

Diamond Chips mini quilt

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, August 22, 2014

another envelope and hand-sewing in progress

another scrappy envelope

This week I managed to sew one more envelope! Yay! ;-) (Actually I also managed to sew a T-shirt for myself, double yay!) If I weren't aiming to use mainly scraps, I'd probably never come up with this combination or that background, but I have to say that I love it for all its craziness!

I also have two hand-sewing projects on the back-burner. The first is hand- quilting a mini that I started last year, a little before V. was born:

mini progress

It's the Diamond Chips pattern from Quilting from Little Things by Sarah Fielke.

Then, I have some EPP hexies that will become something in the style of this pillow I made last year.

hexies

Sometimes it's nice to do some slow hand-stitching, plus it's easier to pick up and put down than having a session at the sewing machine.

Have a great weekend!


Monday, August 11, 2014

some scrappy envelopes

envelope

This summer I bought the beautiful book Patchwork, Please which had been long on top of my wish list. These envelopes are what convinced me to buy the book, but frankly, I'd like to make all the projects in it now, they're all so cute and most of them are perfect for using up scraps!

envelope

I decided to do just that and used mostly scraps for making these. It has been such fun to make one envelope at a time, using a (more or less ...) limited number of fabrics and not thinking too much about fabric choices. My goal was to make the individual blocks look harmonious but not to agonize over the colour schemes too much. I has been fun using up scraps, trying new fabric combinations with fabrics I'd used before in a different scheme and remembering all the projects I made with the fabrics.

envelope

I really love making these, and they are my first try at Foundation Paper Piecing. The instructions in the book are very clear and this particular pattern is not too difficult in my opinion. No really tiny pieces, nor too many of them.

envelope

My plan is to make the wall pocket project from the book as long as I don't decide that the scrappiness of the blocks is too busy for that in the end. At the moment, though, I think it will be really fun and cute!

envelope