Monday, February 12, 2018

Mail Call Monday - The Outgoing Variety - Secret Sewing

Welcome to another installment of Mail Call Monday!!  This post is actually about Mail Call Monday in Reverse.  It's mail that I sent out and have been waiting for it to be received.

Here is the feedback...

Belinda:  JOY!!!!!!  "what a beautiful quilted box. will use it to hold weaving stuff. thank you so much."

Libby:  It arrived yesterday!  All those tiny pieces!  And my favorite color!  Perfect!

Here is what they got...

For Belinda, I started with some fun scrap piecing by adapting Fiona's tutorial for a QAYG fabric basket - I didn't use a Quilt-as-you-go method, nor did I use the same sized base piece:



Then I did some straight line quilting:


Presto-chango!  And add some binding:


I give you a quilted "yarn bowl":


A "brim" can be folded down, if the bowl is too tall to suit:


Up...


Or down...



It's a gift that I was pleased to give.  Use it any way you see fit, B, just know that it was made with love.


For Libby, I started with a handful of red 1" squares and a design:



The iPad photo was for pattern reference.  Sorry, unknown blogger!  I used your photo to check the angle positioning, not to mimic your quilt.  Notice:  My version is totally random and scrappy!

Then I started matching up pairs of squares:


And pairs of pairs which equaled rows:


Followed by pairs of rows - and sewed those to make halves:


The quilt top was assembled and flattened as best as possible:


You may remember this photo from a previous post:


Then it was on to figuring out the borders...



And doing the quilting:



You wouldn't think that something SEW small would take such a LONG time to complete.  Alas, that is how this project rolled.

Here is the complete mug rug:



Smile for the camera:



(A staged shot...) Ready to put into service:



Until next time...
Surprise a friend with sewing!!!

17 comments:

  1. Wow, those are some teeny tiny squares! And it looks good too. I am impressed with your skills!

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  2. Wow! That mug rug is amazing. Beautiful work.

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  3. Love the basket and the mug rug! You definitely make some gorgeous things from some small scraps. ~Jeanne

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  4. wow i love your beautiful work ,you have done really well ,i am your newest follower hope you will visit and follow me too,i have enjoyed seeing your work xx

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  5. The yarn bowl turned out beautifully, as did your mug rug. Those are so so tiny pieces there!

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  6. Such a cute mini-mini! You didn't put it on the longarm?! JK! Love all your photos on this post.

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  7. Wow, Joy! What patience!
    I might have been tempted to stop at the first star! But then again I do have a star just like that in my bits and pieces ..... ooooh, you’ve given me another idea to go on my “list”!
    Two wonderful gifts! What lucky ladies!
    Hugs,
    Barbara xx

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  8. Such loving and thoughtful gifts! Seems like the time to make a quilt doesn't really depend on the SIZE of the pieces, just the NUMBER of pieces...right up until you start quilting it :)

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  9. Another sweet basket for a lucky person! It seems that big pieces take lesss time than small ones. No precision involved.

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  10. SO cute! I think I need to get my eyes checked, though. I couldn't for the life of me figure out what a YAM bowl is. LOL LOL

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  11. I LOVE what you do AND your spirit......Quilt on!

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  12. Wow, such a beautiful quilt design. Love those smaller projects so I can get them done.

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  13. Wow! That is an awesome mug mat! I'm just getting started with piecing with small pieces...the resulting blocks are just so darn cute!

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  14. I love the tall/shorter basket. Fabric buckets are fun to make. And Wow! That star is amazingly small and beautiful. Lucky friends.

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  15. Both projects are just lovely! No wonder your friends were happy :) xx

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  16. Lots of tiny pieces with great results!

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  17. Beautiful bowl and mug rug. I can't believe how small that mug rug is! Amazing.

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