Little Friday Finish

Sometimes it’s just the little things that make me feel good. Here’s a few from this week.

On March 1st, BigJ and I had a date night to celebrate our engagement 30 years ago. 30 years! It seems like yesterday. I haven’t aged a bit – ha! We went on a little drive, which took us back to the place where he proposed — Diamond Bluff. There is a much longer story to it, of course. You’ll have to ask if you want to hear it, but it’s too long for a quilting blog post!

Earlier that day, I spent some time with a couple of quilty friends, sipping coffee and doing some stitching while we chattered away. See? It’s the little things that make me happy.

I am 9 blocks away from having all the blocks completed for the commission quilt. Another little thing that makes me happy!

Today I made a little tiny finish. It’s my first finish for the year, in miniature form. One of BigJ’s co-workers, who has become a friend to me, had a birthday this week and I wanted to make something for her.

I pulled out my scraps and started to play. I wanted it to be bright and cheery, because sometimes the job she does can be a challenge. I decided to call this little project a “therapy mug mat” — something happy for her to look at when she needs cheering up.

This is what I came up with.

The block is square, truly! My aim with the picture? Not so much!

I had a little fun with some free motion quilting. I consider it not bad for a newbie to the whole FMQ thing. I made a wonky little star in the middle piece and then just organic wavy lines around the rest.

The block is made using Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s small template and concept from her book 15 Minutes of Play. It is so much fun, I will definitely be doing more of this!

That’s my little Friday finish. I hope she likes it!

Linking up today Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Have a great weekend, all!





11 thoughts on “Little Friday Finish”

  1. Very cute. FMQ is so much work during the learning process. I still am practicing but have managed to do a few small quilts. Keep it up.

  2. Doesn’t matter the size of a finish in a quilters book!! I am sure it will cheer her up, how could it not it’s pretty and bright-a sign of Spring.
    I was just thinking of how long DH and I have known each other. Married for 34+ yrs and met 37 yrs ago this June! Time does fly!

  3. I am the happy recipient of this most cheerful and beautiful project! It makes me smile because of the colors and knowing that Wendy made it for me to bring some calm into my daily work life! It already did!! Handmade gifts are very special aren’t they?

    I am a knitter so I am very impressed with the art of quilting and the precision with which you all work!

    Thank you dear Wendy!

  4. Firstly congratulations on your anniversary, and how romantic to revisit the spot you became engaged. Second, a finish is a finish (I only got my first of the year last week) and it is definitely bright and cheery and a good job with the FMQ. I have 15 Minutes of Play too, it’s a great book.

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