Friday, 20 June 2014

Mini Finish


The beginning of my week was this- don't worry this isn't a post about food.


I was hosting and doing all the food for a bridal shower for a family friend. I was in the kitchen for two days prepping and cooking and setting up and... and..

And I thought I'd never get to my sewing machine, but here it is!



So the mini quilt that I am doing for the swap is done! Hurray!

It measures 23.5" x 25 3/4", which means the one side is a little longer than the 24x24" maximum size allowed, but I figure if you average out all the sides then it comes out pretty close. I wasn't about to make those little triangles any smaller, I'll tell you that.


I'm not even going to tell you all the problems I had with this quilt (yes, I will). You'd think that a mini quilt would mean that there are less things to go wrong.

Wrong.

It was mostly the quilting. I couldn't decide (surprise, surprise) how to quilt it. So I started with circles, and didn't like those, so I unpicked it all (well, I should say that I didn't like the way I did the circles. Or, no, actually it's my machine... yeah, my machine does terrible circles).


Then I tried some straight line stitching, and ended up unpicking all of that (all in all, there was a lot of unpicking going on). I ended up quilting it pretty organically, in other words, I just did what I felt like. There's some symmetry, but not much.


I finished it off with a scrappy binding. I hand stitched the binding on (I can hear the collective gasps of disbelief now). There was no blood, but I did manage to stick the needle up underneath my thumb nail a couple of times (don't ask how...it's me and needles, it just happens). Anyway, it looks way better than when I machine bind my quilts (the fault of my horrible machine again of course).

I included some pockets on the corners so that it be hung easily. I put pockets on all the corners, just in case the recipient likes to hang it one way or the other. 


Most of the material is Denyse Schmidt with some Anna Maria Horner and Joel Dewberry thrown in (because I can't help myself when it comes to AMH).


Anyway, I'm now off to host and organize a party for seventy kids at the church today.

Party at the beginning of the week, party at the end- it's how we roll around here!


Linking up: Crazy Mom Quilts and TGIFF

17 comments:

  1. Congrats on this fresh and stylish finish, Jehnny! I love it... Especially because of the variety of triangles and how you made them into hexis The quilting may not be what you had originally intended, but it is my favourite part of this piece. What a modern look!

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  2. Oh wow look at all those tiny yummies! Your mini looks fab! Sorry to hear about unpicking but your final quilting option is fab!

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  3. Omg im so in love with your finished miniquilt, and now Im so really a bit sad, its not mine. lol
    sorry you had so many troubles with quilting, but now I totally love it

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  4. Dearest sister, you NEVER cease to amaze me. Truly. Also I see GREEN grass! must be all the rain ;)

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    1. Dearest sister, thank you, and you are a no-reply blogger. Good thing I know where you live. I'll help you figure it out when you come up next week and get to see our green grass! Thank you also for being the only family member to read my blog. You never cease to amaze me, truly!

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  5. It's really lovely. Love what you did with the quilting!

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  6. Love it! Seriously want to make one just like it. Without the issues.

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  7. It's gorgeous, Jehnny! Third time's clearly the charm with the quilting -- it suits it beautifully. Way to go! Good luck with the party!

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  8. You totally nailed this one - the colour, shapes and quilting - love it :)

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  9. Pretty! Awesome colors and precise piecing.

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  10. love your design and the quilting looks perfect!

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  11. I've spent quality time with my seam ripper lately, too. But it was worth it here--the dense quilting adds so much to this piece. Great job!

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    1. Thanks Michelle! I feel like I actually have dulled my pucker with all the unpicking, but I'm glad I did in the end!

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  12. Lovely finish. The scrappy binding looks great. Sometimes deciding how to quilt can be a real pain. Glad you stuck with it and I really like how the quilting echoes the pattern. :)

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  13. It turned out so fantastic! And you totally rocked the quilting, it looks awesome!

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  14. Two days of cooking and a party for seventy kids all in the one week? And you finished a beautiful quilt! I would need a good lie down after all that.

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  15. Very nice mini. I laughed at your descriptions, I have a machine that is very bad at binding too. :) That is some gorgeous looking food. Yum.

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