I worked on a lot of UFOs and finished some WIPs these last two weeks.
I tried paper piecing and found this pattern to try. It was easy when I got the hang of it. Amanda has a great tip for anyone who tries this. Megan worked on one I loved and I knew I had to make one too. I hadn't seen it for months and just linked to it today, but it seems I picked the same binding. It's funny how the subconscious works!
I added some perle cotton handquilting, but after washing I realized that the white was not prewashed and the puckering wasn't what I wanted for something I wanted to sit under a vase of flower. Noted for next time.
It peaked my interested so my son and I embarked on a mug rug paper-piecing project. While I positioned the paper and fabrics, he sewed accurately on the marked lines of the pattern!
It was so much easier than explaining how to make an accurate quarter inch seam. I sewed the binding and its corners on. Then he sewed the binding on the back, pinned by me, and my jaw dropped.
He actually was able to stitch in the ditch accurately. My husband was like, cool, but you guys know how hard that is!! I love sewing with my kids. My son was so proud of himself.
I made another pincushion for Jenny. My first got lost in the Christmas mail, but I am so glad she got this one. I added a few scraps to hopefully alleviate the waiting.
Then I picked up a really old WIP.
This is a star quilt that has been staring at me for 10+ years. (gasps) I am hand piecing them. I have twenty stars in completed rows of twenty. That's where time got away for me for a few years. Something about having 3 kids. ;) Now the rows are being sew together. I haven't finished it because it makes me want to cry. It doesn't reflect my fabric choices at all these days and takes time away from other quilts, but it would be a shame to leave it unfinished. I started it before I had a machine. Ack. Either way I am going to press on. What's a few more years, right? I fondly blame Amanda Jean for picking this one up again! :)
I am going to enjoy my time today visiting Amy, Sarah and Amanda Jean this week and finding what other finishes are out there.