Wednesday, February 29, 2012

WIP Wednesday

A little bit quiet on the sewing front this week. I flew to Melbourne for a couple of days break and took some hand sewing with me. The plane trip is just over 2 hours so I packed some starflowers to sew, along with my trusty needle threader and a thread cutter.  I was going great guns until my needle threader died.  It started shredding the thread. I tried threading the needle by hand but the thread cutter wasn't cutting the thread very cleanly, which made it impossible to thread the teeny tiny needles. I gave up after about 15 mins.
This is all I managed to do. Attach the three diamonds.

I've joined in Foundation Paper Piecing for the Terrified which is being run by the lovely Katy at The Littlest Thistle. I've paper pieced before but found it too daunting and a pain in the backside as I quite often cut the fabric the wrong size and shape.  Katy's instructions are clear and concise and I made the first block last night. I used some left over Martinique jelly roll strips from my scrap bin.
First block for Paper Piecing for the Terrified

With only one little problem.

I forgot to trim the seam before folding the fabric into position after sewing, and when I remembered later I didn't fold it back far enough and sliced the fabric right through the middle when I trimmed the seam!  I won't make that mistake again.

Floral bouquet blocks
I've also started the binding for the Lily Quilt. I should have it finished in the next couple of days.

Worked On This Week
Paper Piecing for the Terrified
Lily Quilt

Sitting On The Sidelines
Material Obsession BOM
Amitie Circle Game BOM - I even went to Amitie while I was in Melbourne to get some tips on working on the blocks.
Mystery Quilt - oops I forgot about this one

Whoa - nothing, I'll have to rectify that, lol

Finished - 0
Worked On - 3
Waiting Patiently For Me - 4
New - 1

Hmm I'm thinking I could start something new. I hardly have any WIP's that I'm counting.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Linking with Lee at Freshly Pieced, pop on over to check out other WIP's this week.


  1. Trust me, when foundation paper piecing you will make the mistake of cutting the wrong bit, again and again and again! But its worth the hassle for how accurate you get.

  2. Still loving your lily quilt! Don't you have something three quarters finished which you banished to the cupboard ! LOL!!!

  3. I'm with the other two! Your lily quilt is gorgeous- well done!

  4. Bummer on the threader on the flight, but great job on your block and your lily quilt

  5. Your lily quilt is absolutely gorgeous. Impressed that you can take your sewing on a flight, I have often been tempted to try but can just imagine the response from Ryanair!

  6. I'm with Shevvy, as soon as I read that you'd never do that again I thought Oh yes you will, but it's okay, it's all part of foundation piecing. Shame about your needle threader. That star quilt is going to amazing, I love every little glimpse of it.

  7. Good luck with the FPP Marg. That cut piece of fabric reminds me of my last date with FPP - not a fan of it. Melbourne is nice:-)))

  8. I've never seen a lily quilt before, it looks lovely. I can't wait to see more of your star blocks.

  9. Your star is so pretty! and your lily quilt layout is very nice, I love it!

  10. love the red/white block. I might have to check out the paper piecing link .. I hate that I can't thread needles any more. I always have someone do it for me.

  11. Oh my such eye candy here! I love your star, it's so delicate and beautiful! And wow on the flower quilt! Just wow!

  12. I am making sunflowers. I didn't know they had a name. I have a wonderful thing( I don't know what it is call) it holds 10 threaded needles. All the threads end up wound around and stored in a little dome. It is hard to explain. It would have been perfect for the plane. I use it all the time as I thread 10 needles at a time then just sew.

  13. Hi Marg! I am back! I laughed at your mistake. It is one I have made and I am sure many others have made also. I love the quilt you showed. You always do such beautiful work!

  14. Isn't rationalization the best skill ever? Glad some sewing is happening in your corner--I too find paper piecing a pain in the rear, only attempted on project and stopped making blocks after about 20 of the 50 needed.

  15. ..that should say ONE project, not on project. Sigh.

  16. FPP - you are brave! One day I'll have to try it because there are just such gorgeous blocks out there to be made. And the precision is hard to beat. Glad you had fun in Melbourne despite the needle threader flaking out on you!

  17. LOL! "Paper-piecing for the terrified!" Perfect.

    That Lily quilt is so sweet.

  18. Don't know how i missed this post.
    Love the Lily quilt , it's so pretty but don't ask me about quilting.I'm a novice there. It feels to me like each flower should be emphasized perhaps by quilting around it. Is that possible??

  19. Love the paper piecing...shame you didn't get more done! How awas amitie??? I would love to go there.


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