Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Pincushion Swap

I joined the Scrappy Pincushion Swap at Flickr. The pincushion above was my first creation. To make it, I found a paper piecing block pattern online that I liked and printed it really tiny. I'm not very proficient at foundation paper piecing, so I somehow ended up sewing the points off my star. Edited to add - I just tried again and I know exactly what I did wrong. I squared up the little patchwork pieces before I sewed everything together and I took too much off when I trimmed. I just finished up a second try and it's much better.  I'll post it tomorrow. :-)

So, I started on another pincushion. These are half inch hexagons, the smallest I've made so far and super fun to make and assemble. I also love being able to put such tiny scraps to good use and turn them into something awesome!

8 comments:

Deb said...

I can't offer any solution to the tips being cut off. I've done a lot of that piecing but can't figure out why that would happen unless it has something to do with the small pieces. I've used much larger pieces. I'll have to do some thinking about it.

Like the hexies for the next pincushion though. Bright and colorful.

stitchedincolor said...

OK, just in case this helps... whenever I piece triangles I make sure that they are oversized so that there is a 1/4" overlap on each side. This creates an extra 1/4" margin so that you can sew your new edge without cutting off the tips.

Messy Karen said...

your pincushion is really nice. love the fabric choices. there should be a 1/4 in. extra for your seam. your ruler will help you see that. and the triangle pieces should look like flying geese where the seam goes exactly to the corner of unfinished edge. the 1/4 in. seam on the side and the bottom should keep the point intact.

Sequana said...

Boy, that is so pretty. If I were your partner, I'd take it in a minute. *S*

Keeping points on stars is one of the hardest thing to do in quilting, I think.

Islay said...

One of challenges for this year (on the Mother List on my blog) is to make a flying geese quilt, partly because I want to try something with triangles. Maybe I'll attempt a little pincushion first!

corinnea said...

Stop with the cuteness! There is not enough time in my day to keep up with all the inspiration. Can't wait to see your teeny hex completed..

Mary Carole said...

I think that pincushion is simple smashing! And hey, if you're not going to send it to your partner in the swap...you can always send it to me! hehehe!! Who needs the points on the triangles anyway? ;-)

As for the 1/2 inch hexies...love, love, love them! That is going to be one AWESOME pincushion!

~ MC

Nichole said...

wow, look at those tiny little hexagons. those are going to be a cute pincushion.