Tuesday, February 11, 2014

It's the Small Things

 A lot of small things have been given my attention lately. No queen sized quilts.  No huge duffle bags.  No dresses for me.  And that's ok.  Ain't nobody got time for that!  Least of all me.  So here are the small sewing projects that I've been working on, even finishing... and it feels great!

I've had this baby shoe pattern for months but just last week got around to cutting out the pattern and stitching them up!  I'm a quilter - anything in 3D freaks me out... but I'm pleasantly surprised with these shoes!  The first pair took me all of three hours, but the second only about an hour.  It seems like most of my girls going-out outfits are coral so I thought some adorable coral-ish shoes would be just the ticket.

I reversed the fabric for the outside and lining and voila - coordinating, but not matching shoes.  I'l try to get an action shot of the babies wearing them - but if you saw their 9 month pictures... you'll wish me good luck.  Summer, especially, does not sit quietly.  Ever.

I've finally pulled this Fresh Lemons Poinsettia mini quilt pattern out of my WIP pile and finished piecing it... and decided to have a go at hand-quilting.  The linen is giving me a run for my money as its roughly twice as thick as regular quilting weight cotton... in my mind.  

Thanks to a nice little hand-quilting 101 blog post from Anna Maria Horner, I understand the proper technique and so I consider this mini good practice and maybe I'll attempt more hand-quilting on a non-linen piece, someday.  Again, Ain't nobody got time for that! 
I can't wait to hang this in my sewing studio!  

Last but certainly not least, is a Modern Maples block for Nicole who happens to have February for our Columbus Modern Quilt Guild Bee!  The pattern presumed I was using all the same print for the orange parts... so I had to wing it in terms of making the half square triangles.  Suffice it to say they did turn out plenty large enough to trim down to size.  Phew!

I do rather love this block and after perusing the "Falling for Modern Maples" flickr group... I may have to make an entire Modern Maples quilt!  Maybe this fall!  (Here's my fav!)

What small projects are on your to-do list?
Thanks for stopping by!



Marcia R. said...

Those shoes are super cute. It's funny, but one of the first things I made when I happened upon sewing as a hobby was some shoes like that. I didn't have a pattern - just messed with some little shoes my coworker had bought for a baby gift, and voila! cute shoes! I thought - yes, i'll make these for baby gifts, lots and lots of them, but I have not even attempted them again. That was three years ago... I also have the modern maples quilt on my to-do list. Love the one you marked as your fave.

Valerie said...

A quick strip flannel quilt, a couple of kiddo aprons, and a bit of applique on an overdue baby-now-toddler quilt. I like breaking things down a bit 'cause it feels like I'm accomplishing more when I slice up one project into many parts. {wink}

Carla said...

If I showed my daughter in law those shoes, do you think it would be too much of a hint? So very cute.
Your sewing is beautiful