Monthly Archives: February 2008

Air conditioner cover

air conditioner cover

This started out as a quilt for my sister, but when my mother asked for something to cover the air conditioning unit during the winter, I backed it with Ultrex (normally used for the outer layer of jackets) and made a case for elastic with the lavender bias tape. Ultrex is kind of a wierd fabric to use for a quilt, but I figured it would be a better barrier to keep the cold air out. The hexagon edges are covered in lace, sewn down by machine and applied to a blue cotton fabric. The hexagons are from a precut kit that I got somewhere; from some craft store I think, way back when. Made in 2002.

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My first baseball cap

This is my very first crazy quilt cap! I made it in Corvallis, Oregon, when I was working at Oregon State University in the College of Forest Resources. I didn’t know how to stiffen the brim, so I used a piece of floral wire and sewed it to the underside of the brim. I’ve since added a piece of heavy duty fishing line, which goes inside the seam sewing the brims together. It’s my gardening hat… not that I garden in it! But it’s covered with insects and flowers, and a few animals. It was really fun to make.

And yes, this is a class assignment 🙂 but, oh, I canNOT wait to use this feature when I get to Ireland! If you click on the photo, you go to my Flickr site. So theoretically, you could see all of my Ireland photos (when I start posting them March 10th!!). Posting directly from Flickr-it is SO easy! Except for I am too anal about the way things look, so I’ll probably hand edit a good number of my posts… sigh.

It’s never too early to get ready for Christmas!

Christmas ornament

The pattern is from Helan Pearce’s book, Beaded Dimensional Embroidery. I actually like the flat ornament; I just couldn’t figure out how to use it! So I went ahead and made it into the cornucopia. Remember that you can click on each image for a larger view.

The base fabric is very light weight, and I had a tough time with my thread tension, so I ended up using an iron-on fabric stabilizer intended for machine embroidery. It worked great! And added just enough body to the outside and lining fabrics that I didn’t use anything else to stiffen the cornucopia. I used cotton embroidery thread, and metallic gold and silver machine embroidery thread for the embroidery. Two sizes of seed beads and a few sequins embellish the embroidery.

Christmas ornament Christmas ornament

I used a silver embroidered tape for the hanger. The lining is a white fabric with silver lines; I don’t know the fiber content, as it was a remnant from who knows where. I lined it with the fabric stabilizer mentioned above. Before attaching the two layers together, I turned under the raw edges and sewed them down, using some of the metallic machine embroidery thread. The final seam that shapes the cornucopia-you can’t see it in the photo because I thought it was boring-is also sewn with the metallic thread. Seed beads and bells dangling from the bottom complete the cornucopia.

Homework – better than you think!

Gizmo!

Yeah, it’s not as boring as you think – I’m sharing some of my Google Reader links today!

First off, is A Creative Journal. I’ve kept a journal since I was in the fifth grade (okay, only for a few months in the fifth grade! I really started, um, in my twenties, I think). And I like to write (not that you can tell from some of my blog entries – holey cow, are some of those babies are DRY!). So reading A Creative Journal is supposed to encourage me to write more often, write more deeply, and do more self-examination. It’s not working, but I still enjoy reading Heather’s entries, which include writing prompts, links to other journaling blogs, images for journaling, and a whole slew of ideas for self-examination.

Choice #2 is Independent Fashion Label, is “An independent Irish fashion label with an eco flavour“. She takes old clothes, rips ’em apart, and makes some pretty fabulous outfits from her bits and pieces. Her clothes are far too sophisticated and lacy for me to wear, but I keep hoping that some of her design sense will rub off on me and I’ll make THE most fantastic hat someday!

Of course I’ve gotta have a crazy quilting blog in here, so I chose Wind from the East. Hideko lives in Japan, and writes in Japanese and English (I wish that I could write in two languages!). She does exquisite needlework and embellishment on her blocks.

Well, I tried to get out of putting this one on my list, but I just can’t resist adding Shai Coggins’ blog, mostly because she’s running a blog community project, 52 Weeks of Blog Community, which is about building a community of bloggers. Shai also posts the weekly Web Wednesday, where she will “highlight anything and everything about the web“. She’s cheerful and engaging, and has some pretty darned good links. Oh, and she posts the occasional recipe too!

And the dog photo? I was at the puppy park with telephoto lens and camera, and this post needed a photo. Boy, a black dog is hard to photograph on white snow! Next time I’m getting a brown dog!

Quick little project

cell phone holder

Well, I’ve been a bad little blogger this past week! Busy finishing things and bookmarking Irish sites, rather than writing. This little felt bag is one of the projects I finished up. Purchased at A Weaver’s Yarn, because I needed something quick for a silk ribbon project. It took me, oh, maybe two evenings to complete. The back of the flap is fairly clean, to reduce the chance of snagging threads on whatever is put into the little bag.

The bag is designed to hold a cell phone. I’m going to add a small pocket to hold a driver’s license, credit card, and maybe a few bucks, on the inside. A small loop with a snap to grab the keys, and it’s a nice little bag to take out on the town. This’ll probably be a future birthday or Christmas gift.

The bag is part of a line of felted items for sale at A Weaver’s Yarn. There are also a couple of larger bags, several different flowers and groups of flowers, bracelets, balls, and flat felt. I’m looking forward to purchasing some flowers, balls, and some flat felt for more projects!

One World One Heart winners

One World - One Heart

okay, finally Sluggo has picked out the two winners of my One World One Heart Giveaway! drumroll please…

Bag two

Ketutar has won the crazy quilt bag. Her blog is Need More Fiber – don’t we all! – and she is a Finnish crocheter and knitter living in Sweden. After a quick peruse of her blog, she seems to be quite a character!

Sewing bag one

Sherry of If I CouLD Set MY SoUL FrEE has won the commercially made bag. She makes handmade paper, collage paper, and sews “while doing her mom thing”. So I know this is one busy woman!

And I’ll be sending some embroidery goodies to Pat of Mille Fiori Favoriti for telling me about an Irish blog. She has eclectic mix of food, travel, and interesting items on her blog. Pat is ” a retired RN who loves to learn new things through the websites and blogs I visit on the internet“.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m sure you’re dying to know who won OWOH draw! Me too! I didn’t have time this a.m. to draw names, so will do that tonight and post it in the morning.

In the meantime, here is something for all you single women (& men?) out there, from SpinsterSpin by Sister Diane of CraftyPod.