My questionable prioritizing of sewing projects continues. The mini for the Sew My Stash swap is finished, but I can’t even mail it for another month, so I’ll just show you a wee preview.
I’m really happy with how it turned out, and I sure hope my secret partner likes it.
A while ago, I also subscribed to the Fresh Mini Quilt Club, as further proof of the fact that I’m on a mini quilt kick. It really is fun to easily use fabric in my stash and complete something quickly. And with such a small project, it feels low-risk to try something new, whether that means color combinations or quilting techniques or whatever.
This is the first month’s pattern, called “It Adds Up.” I did the whole thing last weekend when I found myself with a few hours of quiet time to sew, and finished up the binding the next day. Super cute, right? And again, even if I second-guess some of my choices (the backing fabric really doesn’t work that well, and maybe I’d pick slightly different solids if I took more time with it), it’s no big deal.
I’ve been wanting to try that quilting for a while, and I love how it looks. It did seem to make the edges a bit wonky and wavy when I went to square it up, but with the binding attached it seems to have flattened out again.
Quite a while ago I made the switch to machine binding on nearly all of my quilts. Not only is it faster, but I find it quite a bit stronger and more durable; some of my older quilts are starting to have a little bit of breakage where I hand-sewed the bindings many years ago. But for a mini, I didn’t want the final stitches to be visible so I dug up a needle and went back to doing it by hand. I certainly like the way it looks better, especially on the front of the quilt, and I even find the process fairly soothing and satisfying. My finger tips (with no thimble) and my eyes (even with my glasses on) seem less thrilled, so I’ll stick to the machine for anything larger.
Back I go to the machine, where I’ve got a second one of these minis in progress as a commission for a friend, plus I’ve finally started quilting the Creeper quilt, and I’ve got a stack of wholecloth baby quilts to finish. The fun never ends, does it?
(You know I’m not complaining!)