Friday, September 26, 2008


I am trying to decide if I am going to keep this little guy or give him away..... hmmm.... I saved this pair of socks with the idea of actually making a sock animal for myself, but we'll see. I decided to challenge myself and learn two new skills on this quilt for my friend Muriel's new baby. I actually hand quilted it (never again!) and made a real binding (don't look too close, it didn't come out wonderful). But overall I am pleased with it and happy that I was able to use fabric from my stash to complete the entire blanket.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A few projects

Here's the purse I made about 6 weeks ago with my sister. I gave it to my friend, Noelani, when I went out to UT this last weekend for her wedding reception. At first, her husband thought it might be an apron, then he guessed that it was one of those baby carriers! I really LOVE this fabric- it's Heather Bailey's Peonies in red. I tried to make a book cover for my copy of the monstrous 900+ pages Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell but it came out wrong. So I sized it down for my antique copy of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I really like the way it came out. I borrowed my mom's serger and did the edges- it took me longer to thread the serger than to make the whole book cover!
More to come soon, I've started to craft almost as much as I visit fabric stores!

Friday, September 05, 2008

A Pillow & a Purse

I am VERY happy with the way this pillow and pillow cover came out. I am in love with the fabric that matches my Christmasy living room (we have a green couch and red chairs- I promise you it is tasteful and not as tacky as it sounds). The pattern came from Emma Hardy's Sewing in No Time Book. It is a GREAT book. The pattern said it should take 1.5 hrs to make, but I took about 4 hours. I was trying to be really careful because over the last week I have managed to royally mess up 3 purses due to my not being careful enough as I worked.
I was proud of how the pillow form came out because I almost bought one, as I had read on one of the crafty blogs that you should buy really nice pillow forms. I found the ones available at Joann's were flimsy and relatively expensive for what you get (it's a square stuffed with polyester stuffing people!)

This is one of the purses I kind of messed up on but I was able to fix it. It's going to my friend Christie in Florida. I am posting this before I send it with the assumption that a 4th year dental student probably doesn't have time to check her dorky friend's craft blog.
I have been working on hand quilting a baby blanket for a few weeks now and I just need to buckle down and get it done! I also have another African themed cross-stitch that is nearing completion! More to come soon.....