Thursday, January 8
Here's a little bag I made so my camera will survive in my purse (after one fatality). I just quilted two pieces of fabric and made a little pouch based on the sizing of the bubble wrap bag that came with the camera. I sewed binding, in quilting fashion, around the edges. It was very satisfying to make exactly what I needed, and not have to use an extra large black camera bag with straps and side pockets.
A few more fabric coasters, made from my favorite 4" Japanese fabric packs. They sell them at the counter of the quilt shop (City Quilter in NYC) where I love to go to on my lunch breaks. They are completely sealed up so one can only see two of the many fabrics contained inside. It's such a tease I always end up buying one. I'm planning on making an entire quilt from them (I have enough).
Here is a little pair of fingerless gloves I made, using instructions found here (http://www.purlbee.com/greenaway-fingerless-gloves/). I omitted the eyelet edging near the fingers and also made them a bit longer as I had extra yarn. I used one skein of Alchemy Yarns, Hand Painted Sanctuary, a lovely wool & silk blend.
Wednesday, January 7
A few notebooks I made, based on the instructions in Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Holverson (available here: http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/our_books). For the first two, I used iron on vinyl to give them more strength. I recycled a few dead quilting ideas in the process (first: paper piecing a million purple hexagons together, third: a log cabin quilt using black & whites w/olive green centers). These measure 5.25" x 8.25".
This fabric has lovely white sashiko style top stitching along the edges and down the center. I purchased it from Kimono Lily (http://www.chuu.com/shop/dc/home) at the Brooklyn Flea Market (http://www.brownstoner.com/brooklynflea/), which is so fabulous. It embodies everything I love about living in Brooklyn, great down to earth people living in a huge city as if it were their little neighborhood.
I used the instructions here : http://www.purlbee.com/lucky-gift-bags/ from Purl Bee for an embroidered bag, but altered it slightly. I omited the top stitching, and I used Microsoft Word for the font for the initials.