Saturday, January 28, 2006

Lovely and Inspirational Knitting Creations

Sarah, can you teach us how to make something like this on Thursday?

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Two New Projects

The black Samsonite laptop bag I've been toting around for the last year-and-a-half was begging for retirement. I decided to add a little spunk to my law school routine by making a colorful new bag decorated with vintage sewing patterns:

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The bag is made of mostly-recycled materials. The shell is made with an upholstery fabric I had left over from an ottoman I made last year, I found some rings at a second-hand store (for the strap), and the patterns were picked up at the Textile Center's annual garage sale. There is cotton batting inside the bag, and the patterns are protected by iron-on vinyl. There's a front pocket under the flap (decorated with a foxy lady in white), and a document pocket in the back (not shown). I used Sarah's sewing machine to make the funky black stitching you can see along the edge of the patterns (left).

Project #2 is an alphabet quilt I made for LA's baby, Esther. It was made using the slash-piecing method I showed you at the last meeting. I picked up the alphabet fabric at Crafty Planet, bordered the alphabet strips in black/white polka-dot fabric, then sewed the whole thing together in horizontal strips. The back of the quilt is a vintage circus print, and the binding is just 1/2 inch in black/white polka dot.

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Thursday, January 12, 2006

sea glass

Here is my latest mosaic project. I have been planning to make this since July and finally got around to it thanks to Anna's Craft Binge last weekend. Last summer, Mike and I went to Bayfield, WI for our anniversary. Mike collected these skipping stones and sea glass on the shore of Lake Superior where we stayed. Then we found the frame at a garage sale - it said "serenity" all over it in gold paint so I painted it black. The photo is of the two of us kayaking through a sea cave on Lake Superior. Julie said that the latest trend in mosaic art is to leave pieces un-grouted so I skipped the mess of grouting and voila! I love the sea glass. It's hard to find because a lot of people collect it. It's a pain in the ass to grout because it's porous so it's better left un-grouted anyway.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Hey guys! It was a great meeting last night! Kudos to all who managed to maneuver through the chaos to create several lovely quilt blocks! We have almost all of the blocks done, and I'll work on finishing the quilt up this weekend. I'll bring the quilt to our next meeting to show you all our finished product and explain what goes into finishing a quilt.

Next meeting: Knitting w/Sarah.

I'll post a photo when I have it done!