Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Mad chemistry going on with the silk dyes.
These four decided to rinse out their creations at the same time.
A work in progress.
Two of my 'bin boys'. I always give the kids the option of not doing the project of the day and working with anything they find in the huge bin of supplies I cart to each class. The boy on his knees is on his fourth attempt at making a durable bracelet for his Mom using glue, felt and glass stones. What I did not get a picture of is the final results of all their work. I bought some pillow forms that were slightly smaller that the actual size of the donated pillow cases. Instead of making the cases smaller they removed the covering on the pillow forms to use the stuffing loose in the pillows. Of course, a couple of them wanted to have a pillow fight to see if they could break open the pillows and have the stuffing fly around the room. I stopped that idea but I wonder if any buses ended up with a lot of fluff in them from pillow fights on the way home.
I hope not!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
And here it is with the folds ironed in to make sewing simpler:
BTW - the cord used for this strap was made from scrap yarn and floss made into a twisted cord. If you have never tried this technique, here is a site with a video demo.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Now I look for the dry clean only ones for neat little purses.
- fold the placemat in half lengthwise
- sew the long sides together
- fold the open ends over each other as you wish with one end making pockets and the other a flap
- sew both sides of the pocket part of the purse together...encasing your strap (if you will have one) in the side seams
- add embellishments or a closure as desired.
There are two pockets under the flap and the flap has an opening to a more secure storage pocket. Wouldn't one of these look great for carrying key cards at work or your ID at a conference if you added a vinyl pocket on the flap?
Until last night I never considered making one of these in the other orientation. That is, sewing up the short sides and not the long sides as in the original. When fiddling with it I also realized I could add a zipper to one of the ends for a more secure pocket. Here it is next to the gold one so you see the difference in size and another picture of the interior showing the zipper.
Before you consider playing with placemats there are a couple of things to consider. Pick a placemat that is relativey flexible. The lime green one was very hard to sew because it was so stiff and thick. Also, think about your closure, embellishments and strap BEFORE you begin sewing. Although this design is relatively easy to add onto it is much easier to do the work before you sew up the sides.
I recently saw a different type of placemat purse demoed and have seen a couple of other totes using placemats. Since I picked up a few other nice ones at Crate & Barrel and a couple of more came in through the Quilt Show Fish Pond donations I am going to try these other placemat bags. I will post about these methods at another time.
Have a good week! Alex and the girls are having a sleep-over at Paul's for the next couple of days so I will need to set my alarm clock or I will miss my morning meetings without Kimora to wake me up to let them out. Here's hoping there are no power blips during the night!
I am in love with these textiles.
Many examples on the web seem to be used as almost trasparent window coverings so that the you can see that geometry of the piecing. They are not quite like Gee's Bend quilts because the individual pieces are so small, the fabric is not quilted and the geometry is so precise but they have the same 'make do with what you've got' mentality to make something useful and beautiful from bits of fabric as the Gee's Bend quilts.
An excellent overview can be seen here for an exhibit of them last year at the Univeristy of Nebraska and this YouTube video is inspiring. For an idea of all the uses of Bojagi see this article.
Although Bojagi are traditionally hand pieced it appears that machine piecing is acceptable and the use of a modern flat fell seam instead of a hand stitched rolled seam would give great results.
Now I know what to do with the pile of linen pieces I have here!
That ad I saw in Selvedge? Well, it lead me to this site which sells modern wrapping scarfs .. not at all like the traditional Bojagi I have seen but still a lot of fun.
Friday, March 20, 2009
The instuctions were well written and there was more than enough fabric, unlike last month, to complete the project. I still wonder why quarter inch seam allowances seem to be the norm for this type of pattern especially when you are trying to keep two layers of fabric, two layers of batting and two layers of heavy duty interfacing smoothly sewn together. Half inch seams makes more sense to me even if you have to cut them down later.
A couple of other details in the pattern also bugged me.
- There are only two pattern pieces but they are printed on top of each other so you have to copy at least one onto another piece of paper. The addition of another pattern page would have been nice.
- After quilting the exterior, you use those pieces to create the lining pieces. I am sure there is a better way to create the lining pattern... if if the exterior shrinks a tad during quilting that doesn't really impact the lining all that much. Then again it may just be me.
- The use of the Sulky products referenced in the pattern do not add to the project at all. I know there are some people out there who always buy whatever is shown as required in the materials list. If everyone who bought the pattern also bought all the 'required' materials they'd spend more than twenty dollars unnecessarily.
- On the other hand, one of the materials required was 'Firm Iron-on Interfacing'. I would have appreciated which of the many available interfacings is the recommended one for this type of project.
There is a cute little cell phone case pattern included which I may attempt this evening while watching the last episode of Battlestar Gallactica. Watching that show and completing the case sound much better to me than watching College Basketball.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Yup... you are right.
I now have minty fresh eyes!
There is a big warning on it to not spray in your eyes with a dead 800 number and a dead website referenced on the label if the consumer needs help.
How old is this stuff any way?
After about 10 minutes of real discomfort and a couple of eye washes, I have once again vowed to read and FOLLOW all warnings on products.
What's that old commercial ... Too soon old, too late smart.... I think they were talking about me.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
My entry for this swap? Well it is almost done but I am still fiddling with it. My challenge was to use brown for a fall quilt. Let's just say there won't be a leaf on it. Until its done that's all the hints I will give you.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
For those of us in warmer climates, this is just the right garment to throw on when you are running in and out of stores all day doing errands. It also covers the upper arm area that many of us don't wish to show-off but we still want the fredom of bare arms between public appearances. I think this is the perfect summer garment and I am looking forward to trying out some other color combinations.
BTW - though you can't see it in the crummy picture, I offset the lime green collar just above the blue side as a bit of added color. I think I should have done it on all the edges but didn't think of it until it was too late.
PS - the picture is pretty crummy because when I saw the pictures I took of the jacket on my dress form I realised it looked kind of obscene so I trimmed most if away.