Patterns on the web

29 07 2011

Love this: Make This Look!



9 06 2011

I love buttons. I have a strange addiction to collecting them (just like jars) because I am drawn to them aesthetically and because they “might be useful someday”. Closet hoarder behavior…but that’s a topic for another day. Today I have a fun video for you, highlighted by the crew over at Craft, a place I’d love to work for (hire me, please!), even though the commute to Sebastopol would be a pain in the butt. Enjoy!

New project

9 05 2011

I’ve been working on a new quilting project and finally have it all mapped and measured! I’ll be in the craft room for the next few evenings…

A map quilt

29 03 2011

I’ve been a busy girl the last week(+), working on a secret present for one of my readers: a baby quilt made to look like a map of Gilroy, the home town of both awesome, soon-to-be parents Stephanie and Adam. This was a ridiculous undertaking but it turned out pretty decent:

The following is the story of creation with semi dark and blurry pictures because most of the work, and therefore pictures, happened after work when it was dark outside.

First! Come up with the idea and think self genius. Buy fabric:

Plan out quilt (this took me months, primarily spent staring at blank graph paper, mostly because I was super freaked out by how silly I was in coming up with this project) and cut out squares. Mine were 2.5 inches each for a quilt at 30×34 with 1/4 inch seam allowances:

Lay all the squares out:

Make little piles of each row so that you can sew a bunch at once:

Iron seams. No really: iron them.

Then, one at a time, pin each row to the one below at exactly the seam line, with the pin on the left hand side of the seam so that when you sew it you are less likely to have the sewing machine foot fold your seam back to the pre-ironed position:

Once you have the whole thing together:

Draw on your roads with a washable marker and stitch with embroidery thread (I might not recommend yellow for the highway…):

Then (and here’s where the pics got way to blurry to even post), cut out your backing to match your finished top, a lovely garlic pattern for this baby, pin it to the top with cotton batting in between, making a few ties at key places if you aren’t actually “quilting” the quilt, (which means this one is technically a comforter but I say whatever to that), and then make your binding and hand stitch it on, watching lots of bad tv like the Hugh Hefner documentary on Netflix:

Wash, to remove your pen lines and so that it’s ready for baby, and BAM! You made a quilt!

Oh – back at the hand stitching stage, I put stars where the grandparents live…

Looking forward to your little monster, Stephanie and Adam!!

This post powered by taco truck tacos, patience, Midol, and dark & stormies.

Box pillow

25 10 2010

Below is a slightly fuzzy picture of my first, and what will likely be my last (at least for a long while) box pillow.  Why did I choose stripes?!  Why did I choose foam?!  The corners!  The zipper!  Good grief.

Carmella loves her new bed but she sure does hate getting her picture taken.

Sweet Dreams

10 08 2010

This weekend I did a lot of sewing: hemming 3 pairs of pants, working on a quilt, and making 2 lavender & flax seed filled eye pillows:

They have a quilting weight cotton case for easy cleaning and the lavender and flax are housed in a cotton muslin pillow.  Microwave on high for 30 seconds for a little extra love.

Jean Quilt

15 07 2010

I finished it! With red ties and a hand stitched red border. I’m very proud and excited about this quilt and inspired to make more.
(Carm likes it too.)