Hi everyone, and happy Friday! I do love Fridays. When our kids were small, it didn't really matter that it was Friday because the work was unending, you know? But now I really, truly appreciate weekends. It's one of those good things about getting old (ish).
This week I finished a little piece with free-pieced letters:
Joy! I know that most people advocate trying your own name first, but my name is made up of stupid, pointy letters that just do not look good together. Really! Not that I didn't try it, but I do have to work on it to make it look better. More on that later. . .
So I made "joy" for a couple of reasons, mainly because they seemed like easy letters (how do you get easier than "o"?), but also because it's a fun word. You can't be unhappy when you make a little "joy" quilt.
To make this, I raided the giant jar o' strings:
I should do something about emptying that, huh?
Then I made the letters, which takes longer than you think. I was going to leave it just as a word and then combine it with some other words, but it looked so happy that I decided to finish it as a little quilt all its own. I pulled out the strings again and just added them to the word panel, log cabin style. I did this quilt-as-you-go style, which means that I layered the name panel with some backing and batting, then added the strings right on top of the batting, then pressed like it was a normal thing or something.
Of course, I had to stipple the name panel after that, and I really stink at stippling. I know, I should practice more. I do like how it makes the letters pop, though, so I should really do it more often. The binding is leftovers from the Serendipity quilt. I stripped off the gray side of the binding and just used the 1-3/4 inch yellow. Its a single fold binding, but it worked great, and it used up that wonky scrap of binding.
This was my second foray into free piecing and I'm surprised about how much I enjoyed it. It does make a mess, though:
Hope everyone has a great weekend. We are finally going to see our grandson! I feel like I could fly there without a plane, I'm so excited! Talk about joy!
Sharing at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finish it up Friday and Oh Scrap!