Just because.

We are almost a week into the new year and I have several new little wips on the go. What is it about starting a new project that is so enticing ? I’m sure that I will eventually finish up all the old ones – I have recently finished a quilt that I will get some pictures of real soon. But for today – here’s what’s going on in my sewing room:








These butterfly charm squares from Lillyella were so much fun to paper piece. I’m sure there are more in my future ! Maybe even her larger pattern. You’ll find the free patterns here if you’d like to make some of your own. I started these blocks just because the pattern is so pretty. I saw them as a challenge too, so in attempting them I’m improving my paper piecing skills.


This is a table runner that is still hanging around. I did more experimenting with borders after this post. As you can see, I have gone with the KISS solution and simply added more solid. Originally I had imagined adding more print and colour to it. In the end I realized that would have brought the dimensions into something too big to be a table runner and too small to be a table cover. Zzzzz, oh well, at least the practice blocks have been put to use as I don’t think I ever would have made a quilt out of them.


The above picture bears little resemblance to the actual colours of the little block I’m going to be turning into a pincushion. The sun was going down so the lighting conditions were terrible. This simple little pin cushion has been on my to-do list for at least 4 months now. Why wait ? It’s given me so much pleasure to pick through my fabrics and figure out what goes with what. I don’t have an end use in mind – I don’t need another pin cushion, I don’t have a craft show or gifts to ready. The pleasure of ‘making’ is reason enough. So I’m including this picture as a nod to doing whatever I want in my own little stitchy place, just because πŸ™‚

hoping you are finding the time to flex your creative muscles – that’s my exercise plan for 2016,lol.

linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lillyella
    Jan 06, 2016 @ 10:50:50

    so cute!! And Im totally the same way about starting new projects!



  2. Jess
    Jan 06, 2016 @ 11:30:06

    So cute!

    Liked by 1 person


  3. allisonreidnem
    Jan 07, 2016 @ 14:32:42

    You’ve managed to place the fabrics so well for those bright and beautiful butterflies – very skillful I’d say. It is good to just make something because you feel like it , not a to-do list in sight ☺

    Liked by 1 person


    • Colleen
      Jan 08, 2016 @ 08:30:28

      Thanks Allison ! I received a really cool christmas present that makes paper piecing and fussy cutting easier. If I can get some decent pictures, I’ll try and post about it.



      • allisonreidnem
        Jan 09, 2016 @ 05:03:11

        That sounds very interesting. Difficult getting decent photos indoors at this time of year isn’t it?


      • Colleen
        Jan 09, 2016 @ 08:40:55

        It sure is ! On second thought, there’s probably no great need to do a post on my light box. My gift was purchased at Amazon but I don’t want to appear to be advertising for anyone so I won’t do a direct link – just google Huion L4S Portable Light Box. It works quite well so far. Nice to work on the horizontal instead of trying to hold everything vertical at the window.

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