Monday, February 27, 2012

Baby Quilt

A friend of mine is having a baby girl in a couple of months, so I made her a little flannel quilt.

Picking out the fabrics was great fun, and the piecing went together fairly quick. Then I made little knots with some pink yarn. I thought this monkey fabric was just TOO adorable, even though it didn't fit with the front color scheme. So I used it as a border for the back.

I didn't get a great picture of the finished quilt, but here are all the blocks laid out and ready to be sewn. I had a great time making this quilt, and I'm sure I'll be making more of them in the future =)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Lunch Totes

I finished the handles for my little sock yarn lunch tote!

Isn't it cute?

I was very happy with how it turned out, so I made another with cotton/acrylic worsted weight yarn leftover from a baby shower gift.

This is one of the first projects where I've mixed fabric and crochet, and definitely won't be the last. I have to do some fine tuning for the handles, but then I'm hoping to put these up in my craft booth. That's right! I'm getting ready to sell my things in a holiday craft fair. Check back in six months or so for an update on that =)

Halfway through sewing the fabric on the sock yarn tote, (the color is called "clover") my sewing machine started jamming. I had to disassemble the needle portion to get it moving again, but I'm afraid I didn't put it back together exactly how it's supposed to be. Good thing the Bernina just came back from having its motor rebuilt! Eventually I'll have two machines that work, at the same time.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Happy Valentines Day!

I hope everyone had a lovely V-day yesterday, whether or not you celebrated or did anything special. I just had a lovely dinner with my husband, which was take-out Indian food from one of our favorite places.

I also made Oreos again as I did last year. I don't remember which recipe I used, but this year I chose a recipe by The Baker Chick.

I made a couple modifications, including coloring the frosting pink. They were so cute!

I also used cream cheese in the frosting instead of shortening. The filling turned out a little soft, and they have to stay in the refrigerator. Next time I might add more powdered sugar so they travel better.

I brought some of them into the office, and I would have taken a picture whole, but I forgot and started eating it =)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Lunch Bag

I finished the main part of a shopping bag this morning, so I used it for buying lunch.

Who needs handles, anyway? ;)

I ran out of this colored yarn, so I'm planning on making a cloth edge and handles for it. In the meantime, it works great like this because it has large loops.

I plan on making more of these, and I'm loving the self-striping sock yarn. This is Kroy Socks FX, which has a decent amount of stretch.

And I will resist tagging this under "finished projects" or making a new category for NEARLY finished projects =)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

New Life for Old Clothes

About a year ago at a friend's party, a few of us got on the subject of corsetry (not too surprising.) Someone was wearing a cool corduroy jacket, and well, one thing led to another and I said it would be AWESOME to make a corduroy corset. And the next day it still sounded like a good idea, so I started playing around with some fabrics I had. Then I remembered this old oversized jacket I had. I bought it online and never really cared for the fit.

I started building the corset right away, and then it sat on my shelf for nearly a year. I couldn't decide on the trim fabric or color, and then I got busy with other projects and simply forgot about it. Then a couple of days ago I picked it up and decided to make an invisible edge rather than a coordinating trim. Problem solved!

So here is my newest corset- a beautiful, soft, wide-wale corduroy in chocolate brown. I love it! =)

I wore it today for the first time, and it was very comfortable for about 6 hours. It's not a great picture of me :) but it went well with casual jeans and a t-shirt.

The antique brass grommets work very well. I'm not a huge steampunk fan, but it could definitely go that direction if I wanted to.