Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January Goals Met: Flimsy Finish and practice with HSTs.

I wasn't joking.  I sewed like a crazy woman yesterday.  I just got in the zone and wanted to get a ton of stuff done and I did it.  BAM, just like that.

My list of accomplishments included finishing the Briar Rose flimsy, one of the goals I had for January.

Murray approves.

All the pics are kind of craptacular but it was snowing like crazy yesterday so there was no way in hell I was going out there to take natural light pics.

So here it is in my dim-ass kitchen, hanging over the ironing board.  *yawn*

Then I spread it out on the couch to get a better idea how big it is (and get a bit more light on it, but then it was too much light and I'm an impatient photographer so then I just said screw it and put it on the cat and took his picture because cat pictures are always fun, even in poor lighting)

Some detail shots:

I used a Briar Rose layer cake and a free tutorial (Double Slice Layer Cake) from Missouri Star Quilt.

It was SUPER EASY.  If I wasn't so lazy I would have finished it a lot sooner. As it was, I made all the blocks and then let them sit for months before just putting them together.  Now I'm all obsessed with using pre-cuts to make quilt tops.  I have two jelly rolls that I want to get stitching now.

(oh, and this counts as finishing a UFO for my UFO challenge!  double woot!)

My long term goal for 2015 is to make this flimsy into a full quilt.  But I want to practice a bit more before I go for it on this because I like the fabric so much I don't want to ruin it by quilting it all crappy.

While I'm talking 2015 long term sewing goals, another one is to try my hand at more beginner block styles.  So far I've only played with basic 9-patch, wonky 9-patch, and log cabin.  I'm long over due to try half square triangles.

So these happened.  I guess they're not half square but quarter square?

I took 4 different prints and cut and sewed them back together in pairs and then cut those in the other direction and then sewed them back together.  SUPER EASY.  I don't know why I was so scared of these.  I think it's the math aspect of calculating them.  By using some pre-cut charms (and not caring what the finished size was) I got rid of the anxiety over them and they turned out super cute.

I used one on a patch and I'm not sure what I'll use these for.  Maybe I'll make some more and make practice sandwiches for free motion quilting practice (another of my long term 2015 goals).


  1. Love the flimsy, great job. I love the QST too.

  2. Yep. I delay quilting a lot when I want it to turn out nice. I'm okay when doing quilts that "don't matter."