Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"Have you lost your marbles???!" - or - a pincushion in a night

e - the e is about 1" square, pattern by Kristy at www.quietplay.blogspot.com

I bought a lovely paper piecing letter pattern on Craftsy from Kristy who blogs at Quiet Play a little while ago. I have been collecting letter patterns, it seems.

Last night, it all started with the e. First I reduced the pattern by 50% so that e itself is about 1"square, the whole thing is about 3.5" unfinished.

e, m - both about 1" square. I reduced the pattern by 50%. Pattern by @quietplay 2 more letters to go, about 1 hour a letter at this size.

So since it worked, I made the m. It is not a perfect m but good enough. These each took about an hour to make, mistakes included. I really just needed to focus and stop all the thinking that was filling up my head - it was a busy week by the end of Tuesday it seems.

e, m, q - 1-1.5" square letters, q was faster to make. Pattern by @quietplay  reduced to 50%. One more.

I needed a pincushion for tonight (Wednesday) to swap with my friends at the Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild. The swap was, after all, my idea and I could not come empty handed.

e m q g - Edmonton Modern Quilt Guild - will be a pincushion soon. Letters are 1" - 1.5" square. Pattern by @quietplay reduced by 50%.

The g took a while but it might be my favourite.

The back is crazy.

In case you had any thoughts as to the competence of my work, here is the back - a disaster.

A little quilting, now 5.5" square.

I slapped some batting on that back and quilted a few lines. Then a trim. Then made a box for the bottom.

Pincushion, about 5" square, 2.5" high. Letters are 1-1.5" square from pattern by @quietplay reduced by 50%. Tomorrow I will finish the stuffing and take daytime pictures.

Around midnight or so, it was basically done. I need to fix the stuffing, and sew the opening shut and take a nice daytime picture. This pincushion is about 5" square and 2.5" high.

And to answer my friend Krista's question above - posted on Instagram last night - yes, probably had lost my marbles but it worked. I had a great sleep, and I have a pincushion that is kind of cool.

Oh and thank you so much to all my Instagram friends, when you need encouragement and cheering on right now, that is the place to get it and they sure were nice to me last night, and I woke up to more cheering this morning.

I am linking this post up to Sew Cute Tuesday at Better Off Thread, where other cute things are being shown off too.

Enjoy your Wednesday.

Best,

Leanne

45 comments:

Sarah said...

Oh boy, how you had the patience to do that I dont know, but it sure does look awesome!!

Needled Mom said...

That looks totally awesome and well worth the FUN you had making it.

Michele said...

Quite impressive. It turned out really cute.

Debbie said...

oh my gosh! You are something else!! This is just darling!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Wow, it's fabulous!

Gertie Pye said...

You may have lost your marbles but what a fabulous pincushion to get at the end of it!

Kris said...

That is just so cute and such tiny work. Love it.

Fiona @ Poppy Makes said...

That is just fantastic! I love it!
But I think you might just be a little bit nuts! ;)

Esch House Quilts said...

So cute and so small!

Sheila said...

Well done for showing the back!! Great wee pinnie.

Heather D. said...

Oh my gosh, so teeny tiny. I do think you've officially lost it! But the crazy sure paid off. Very fun.

Poppyprint said...

Ok, then it's official! haha, the pin cushion turned out amazing and the recipient is in for a real treat. Wow!!!!

Brenda said...

congrats on your win at QuiltCon!fun little pincushion. If you ever want a faster way of doing letters, I'd suggest Tonya Ricucci's book Word Play Quilts, which uses strips to make letters in a free-pieced style. there's lots of examples in blogland, including the header on my blog.

Karen said...

honestly you are a freak :) - this is genius!

felicity said...

Yep, marbles: lost. But in a very beautiful way!

MariQuilts said...

Alright, its official....you are a quilting over achiever!!!! Too bad I won't be there to see it in person.

Indianna said...

Very impressive...it took me around an hour to make the normal sized version of these letters!

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

All I can say is WOW!!!

Nicky said...

Normal sized is testing enough for me Leanne - I have done OUR so far with lots more to go!

You are completely bonkers! Worth it though - please tell me you are keeping this!

Annabella said...

That pincushion sure is cool! I'm missing IG - I must get back there.

Canadian Abroad said...

I was amazed when I saw this on Instagram. Simply fab piecing and what a pin cushion!!

Samantha said...

Wow! You put so much time into that. It looks great!

Kelly said...

That pin cushion is not kinda coll, it is super cool! Having PP those letters, I am in awe that you even attempted it!

legato1958 said...

I love it!!! The small-ness is so dog-gone cute!!

(I was a tester for the numbers/punctuation, so I know that there is a lot of work in every letter!!

Susie

Frances said...

What a great project, and I love the Mama Said Sew border!

Patchwork and Play said...

I can't believe you made these letters one inch!!! I struggled with them, as a pattern tester, in the original sized format! Your skill is awe inspiring!

Katy Cameron said...

Ha, I lost my marbles years ago ;o) The pincushion looks fab though

elle said...

Who cares about the back! But it does boggle my mind!

Flying Blind... said...

So brilliant! Late nights obviously work for you!

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi! Just amazing letters! I found earlier today those letter and the patterns and I love them! I'm so happy to see them 'alive'. So beautiful pin cushion! x Teje

Jennie said...

I love your pincushion - I have some plans for these letters too. Do you have any plans to put together a tutorial for the boxy pincushions? Or a link to a one?

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

clever lady!! It looks great and those letters are just perfect :)

Judith, Belfast said...

Gordon Bennett!! That must have taken some concentration and patience! I hope the recipient appreciates it! Jxo

Carmen said...

I love love love it!! I've only seen very blocky letters as paper piecing patterns and I'm clicking right over to Craftsy now to take a closer look at these. Thanks for sharing!

OPQuilt said...

You've convinced me.
You don't ever sleep.

Stunning pin cushion!!


Way to go, Leanne.

the running hare said...

Wow! Lack of sleep obviously produces some great results.

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Jenny Squawk said...

Each letter took an hour to make?!?! Dedication. Looks great, but that is a whole lot of lady-hours.

Tamie said...

So cool. I can't believe how tiny it is. Also can't wait to see the continued progress on your son's quilt.

Leslie can't stop quilting said...

I love it Leanne!!!

Rebecca Lynne said...

Do you not Love Kristy's letter patterns? How was it working with them. I bought them to make a letter game out of fabric for the girls...the intention was to make a letter at a time out of scraps as I worked on other projects but I haven't gotten to making one yet. Sigh. So how was it?

Julie said...

your pin cushion is ADORABLE!!!

Leanne said...

Test from me

Cheryl Arkison said...

I love that square bottom!

leanne said...

well the back might be a mess but the front is just amazing and that's all that matters right !!