Paper Piecing Progress

Because of the Project That Ate The Entire Universe, I haven’t made as much progress on my mom’s Mother’s Day gift as I’d have liked by now, but I have managed to stitch a few diamonds in place here and there. These rounds get loooooong as you go along, so progress seems so slow now. It took a whole evening just to make the diamonds, then another to sew half of the current round together.

Cushion cover WIP

On the other hand, I’m getting quicker at stitching them in and, for the first time in my life, I’m managing to use a thimble effectively. Usually they just make me hold my hand all awkwardly, so I end up taking it off and just repeatedly stab my finger in the same place until there’s a tiny, extremely painful hole. Me and my thimble are, like, totally BFFs now.

Cushion cover WIP

I’m so happy with how it’s coming together – after this Plume round, I’ll have to measure up and see if I need another full round after that. If not, I’ll just start building on the four corners to create a square that can be trimmed to make the cushion front. Either way, the grassy green in the top photo will come after the Plume round.

Cushion cover WIP

Also, I found this amazing vintage sewing box at a local Handmade & Vintage Fair over the weekend for £5! It’s gorgeous and I love it to pieces. I, stupidly, waffled over it for a bit, but my lovely knitter friends didn’t let me walk away from it. It’s actually the perfect thing that I forgot I needed. These cushion covers will be a relatively short-term project (famous last words), but it will take me years to make a whole Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt.

Vintage sewing box, a new home for paper piecing projects

Now I’ve got a place I can keep it all together, all tidy and pretty!

6 Comments on Paper Piecing Progress

  1. threadscornwall
    May 30, 2012 at 20:38 (6 years ago)

    That is gorgeous, I have a hand piecing project on the go at the moment – you have inspired me to do a bit more tonight!

    • julie
      May 31, 2012 at 08:20 (6 years ago)

      That’s awesome – I hope you did, and I hope you’ll stop by again sometime and show it off!

  2. Genevieve
    May 30, 2012 at 21:46 (6 years ago)

    Love your colors! Beautiful job!
    My friend made me a quilt that is a lot like yours except with hexagons. She said she really started hating the color she was working with when she got to the big rounds. They took so long!


    • julie
      May 31, 2012 at 08:22 (6 years ago)

      :) Yeah, they do get frustrating after a while. This round I’m *still* not finished with, even after spending ages on it last night again, is somewhere around 38 diamonds. That doesn’t seem like *that* many, but it does get dull after a while! Luckily this will just be a cushion / pillow cover (well, 2 really, so I’ll have to do this all over again) — I can’t imagine your friend’s patience to get through a whole quilt like this! (But I bet it’s beautiful! :) )

  3. Sheila
    May 31, 2012 at 05:43 (6 years ago)

    I love your new/old sewing box! It’s funny, I was given one by my grandmother when I was little, and I hadn’t thought about it in YEARS (I’m hoping it’s still at my parents’ house somewhere…), until I saw this: If I can’t find my first one, I might just have to buy a little something new. ;)

    • julie
      May 31, 2012 at 08:32 (6 years ago)

      Oooh, that’s a lovely sewing box! There’s also the same one in another print (I had a peek around the Liberty site, of course) that makes me want *another* sewing box, just ’cause it’s so lovely. :) I hope you find your old one, I’d love to see it – if you do, post about it!!


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