Sunday, November 28, 2010

Life Gets in the Way

Just a quick note to let you know that I'll be away from home, and the internet, for a while. I'll be back with stories and pictures. Keep crafting and have fun with it. Becca

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Kindle Bag: Take Two

I gave the Kindle Bag another try. Just a little bit bigger. See, about 1/2 inch bigger.
I didn't have much of this wonderful fabric from Amy Butler, so used all I had and made two.
I'm much happier with the result this time. I don't have to fight to get the Kindle into the bag. I also love the red flannel that I used. Now that Kindle won't get cold.
Now, I'm onto the next little quilt which will be created using Park Avenue by 3Sisters for Moda.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Kindle Bag: Take One

How does one go about making a little padded case for the Kindle? I decided to find out. First, I picked out a cute little print and some coordinating flannel. I measured the Kindle and decided on an appropriate seam allowance. I cut out all the bits and got with the sewing.
I added in some batting to make the little bag a little more protective. I sewed it all up with a wrist strap to make it easy to carry.I should have provided for a little more seam allowance. The Kindle does fit, it is just a very snug fit.There you have it! A simple bag to hold your Kindle. I think I'll go work on those numbers again to make it a little easier to get the book reader in and out of the bag. Maybe decide on a flap or some other closure... hmmm... such wonderful possibilities. Or, I'll try the same thing for the iPad.

Monday, November 8, 2010

This Little House: the Sewing Suite--The End

The sewing suite is done!
On Saturday, my contractors showed up at 9 am to finish the flooring upstairs. I spent most of Monday morning cleaning up all the sawdust that was scattered about. Then I got with the moving of furniture.
The space is really much bigger than I can capture from the open doorway. See how nicely my desk fits in there? Then I unpacked box after box of fabric. You can't even see all the fabric in this picture because I ran out of room to put some of it. I just need to find the shelf brackets so I can have more shelf space. At least half the room isn't full of boxes any more.
I couldn't resist hanging up some of my quilts on the great little quilt stand we picked up at the thrift store last week.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

This Little House: The Sewing Suite-Part Two

I have nearly finished with all the work I'm going to do to the house this year. The latest project is to finish up the floors in the sewing suite.Look at poor Slick, the movers dismembered him. At any rate, here is a view of the other side of the sewing suite before I got busy moving everything out so I could pull up the last of the evil carpet this house has been using to harbor smells, dirt and less savory things.
This morning, I started with an empty room. Time to tear up the carpet. Hammer: check. Screwdriver: check (although I have no idea why I needed that). Utility knife: check. Eleven-in-one tool: check (this is the most awesome tool I've ever had, no homeowner should be without one).
Carpet up, time to take up the padding. Padding that was was stuck down with some pretty sturdy double-sided tape.
After a couple hours, I've discovered the floor beneath. Whew! Time for my contractors to get here with the tools and expertise to cover it up with something much more pleasing. Then I get to move all the stuff back in.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


This little quilt was made using Bliss by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. I love the pinks, reds and browns. I couldn't resist using this "bubblegum pink" flannel for the backing.
First I split up the charm packs and made a stack of four-patch blocks. Then pieced all the blocks together. I want to say that I don't spend too much time fiddling with layout, but that would be a lie.
Layer, quilt, bind...
Result: A blissful little quilt that would make any little girl pleased as punch.
Ingredients: 2 charm packs, 1/3 yard of coordinating fabric for the border, 1/3 yard of coordinating fabric for the binding, 1.5 yards flannel for the backing, thread and lots of love. Bliss!