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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Another Sewing Caddy

This is the fourth one I’ve made this year and by far my favorite.  I made it for my friend Stephanie for Christmas.  She LOVED it!  If mine didn’t look so used I might have swapped.  It’s really all about the colors and 30’s fabric for me on this one. 




Stay tuned.  I’ll be posting more handmade Christmas presents soon.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The cutest elephant ever

for baby boy Allard due in the spring of 2010.



I used some of my 30’s reproduction fabric.  The pattern is Simplicity 2613.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Apron Club BOM I

Remember a couple of months ago I posted that I had signed up for another Block Of The Month?  Well, I received my first block with all the fabric and notions I needed to complete it.  I’m still pretty new at hand applique but this didn’t seem too bad.  Yeah right.    Block 1 is the full apron in the lower left hand corner.  If you look closely you can see that the pockets on the apron has cherries, leaves and ric rac.  All that on a tiny pocket.


OMG!  I made about 6 cherries and was quickly running out of the fabric that was sent.  I sent away for these little circle templates called Perfect Circles.  These little templates worked great.  Now onto the leaves.  Let me start out by saying that the fabric they sent was a twill that raveled quite a bit.  I had so much trouble and made so many leaves that I ran out of fabric.  I perused by fabric stash for something suitable but didn’t have anything I liked.  At this point I was so frustrated with this project that I didn’t care about cherries or leaves anymore.  I decided to leave them out.  The fabric they sent for the pocket was a plain yellow and was blah without the fruit.  Forget everything.


It looks naked!  It needs something!  Back to the fabric stash.  I found my 30’s reproduction fat quarters and liked the way this yellow looked with the apron.


I made the pockets sans the cherries, leaves and ric rac, added cute buttons and here is the final BOM.




Looks good.  I can live with this although I’m bummed out that I couldn’t get the leaves looking right.   I looked ahead to block two and heaven help me…it has bacon and eggs on it!


Thursday, December 3, 2009

A Camera Bag for Alicia

My friend Pam’s daughter Alicia will be spending next semester in Australia.  She purchased a nice camera this past summer to bring with her.  She’s been unable to find the perfect camera bag.  She’d like something small enough to fit in other bags or to be able to carry it on it’s own…something nice to protect her little investment.

Alicia: Do you think Elaine could make something?

Pam: I’ll ask.

Me: OK.

I got the dimensions of the camera and went to work.  I picked two fabrics from Anna Maria Horner’s new Good Folks collection.  I quilted the bottom of the bag to make it “cushiony”.  I made a removable, adjustable strap so she could use the bag on its own or tuck away the strap and place the whole thing in another bag.  The bag has a pull string closure.  Two coats of Scotch Guard and done!  I LOVE the fabric combination.  I will have to do something for myself with these 2 fabrics.



I requested a picture of Alicia with her new bag from Australia.  I’ll post it as soon as I get it.  Hope it’s the perfect bag.