Have I done a WIP post recently? That wasn't knitting? Here's what I'm working on:
Finally, I get to make a baby girl gift. And it's not pink - wow! Purples and greens this time, which I'm loving. Of course there are some vintage linens thrown in there too. And I had all of this in the crazy stash, including sashing, backing, and batting. I would be lying if I said I wasn't proud of that.
I basted it tonight, but will probably redo it. I have a bad habit of basting on the carpet, so when I crawl over it I twist up the backing. I've made enough quilts that I should know better, but I'm set in my ways. I work a late night tomorrow, so I may work on this in the morning, but not if it's nice out! Then I may go knit outside. There's another WIP there, but I'll save that one for later.
My little brother graduated this past weekend - congrats Mark! I cannot believe he's so old...he was just a cute chubby baby who loved hugging big mascots.
i have sewn! it's been about 6 months i think, but i had good reason to pull out the machine again - an apron gala! what's that?? i didn't know until about noon yesterday and it was last night. it's a fundraiser for a local market that we go to. most of the vendors are there with food (and other freebies), and there's a silent auction and raffle. but most importantly you are encouraged to wear an apron. so what did i do but make a new one!
this was so easy. i used 2 vintage pillow cases so i would have a double thickness for the body and also not have to do much hemming. i used one of my old aprons that i've made for the shape, then added the ruffle. it was lacking something so i put the lace on there too for good measure. make a little binding for the straps, add a pocket with vintage button, and it's done!
i had to style it of course, so i wore it over a cute white dress with yellow heels, and although you can't see it i have a yellow flower in my hair. although i did not win best apron (a political statement one won that...) i did have a very nice but intoxicated women tell me that she was going to track down the apron fairy and demand that they give me a sticker. she also took a picture of me and told me if i looked cuter than her in it she would delete it. oh - and the apron fairy really did exist.
now that my machine is out on a cluttered table i think i need to plan a new quilt. i just found out that someone at work is expected a GIRL so i get to make something cutesy after all of the boy sweaters. and hopefully that means that i will actually have some crafting to post here!
Please feel free to download the tutorial below. I like a tutorial with lots of pictures, but if something isn't clear please let me know. Please feel free to do what you'd like with the bag/cozy if you make one. And remember - even if you don't have a digital SLR this bag is also great as a clutch! Or add straps, or just use your imagination! If you do make one please let me know either by e-mail or in the comments because I'd love to see it!
A little tutorial for the "Jackie Camera Case". The sweet Jacqueline requested one (from J's so cute it hurts) so I figured I'd put it together. Disclaimer: it's really not that difficult, as it really is just 2 pattern pieces. There's nothing really special about it, but I did come up with the size that's perfect for my digital SLR. Hope to have it up by tomorrow if all goes well with the photos!
Here's a silly picture I took of myself in the Aira hat I knit. I have that funny look on my face because I'm awful at these "self portraits", and I wasn't sure if I was even getting myself in the frame at all!
I finally (FINALLY) got around to cutting out these blocks and laying them out in this pattern. Now I just need to sew them up and quilt it! This was a quilt along from June. WHOOPS. Better late than never though. I still have a scrappy quilt in it's quilt sandwich just waiting. I started to quilt it but was having major tension issues. I got frustrated (surprise surprise - i don't tend to get frustrated unless it's a craft project) and it has sat on the back of my sewing chair since. This one will not wait that long though, because I need to get started on some Christmas sewing!!!
By the way I love this Wildwood fabric! I never used to like making a project all out of one fabric line, but I am making exceptions here and there.
Since my poor camera broke and I had to get a replacement, that meant I needed a new case. I didn't want to buy one - both because they're expensive and because they're kind of ugly. That meant I had to make one myself. I looked all over for a digital SLR case tutorial but couldn't find any, so I improvised. I really just wanted something that I could put in my purse and ultimately bring to San Fran. I looked at a few point and shoot case tutorials to get some ideas, then made up a pattern.
It's really simple, with just 3 pieces. The red is a home dec weight and the lining is a cotton linen blend. There are 2 layers of batting in between and everything's all quilted together. It's rather lightweight but durable. Keep in mind I'm not throwing the camera around in this thing; it's just to get it from point a to point b. I then cut some bias tape out of a great Japanese print and it was done. Oh, the closure is just a bit of tan velcro sewed on VERY securely.
(Please keep i mind I took these photos with the new camera when I didn't know a thing about it...so the colors are a little wonky!)
I also had to worry about a lens too, so I basically just made a little cosy to keep it from clinking against the camera. The plaid there is what I lined the bag with. It all worked perfectly on the trip!
Oh - the best part? When I'm not using it as a case it's a perfect little clutch! :)
I love making gifts, but you can't beat sewing things for yourself too! plus it's getting warm out and i can wear light cotton dresses and skirts again. i finished up the big quilt awhile back, but it's waiting for a tag so it's not really "done" yet. i am still working on my pink quilt - if you call working having all of the pieces sewn and stacked ready for their strips. ready for 2 weeks mind you.
i hope everyone is having / had a happy mother's day! i made my mom a necklace and sent her a wee wonderfuls card. you can see both at her blog jensvintage.blogspot.com. (having some trouble linking...)