O hoop

As I mentioned last time, I purchased my first pattern off of etsy from KnottyDickens and printed it directly to the fabric via a short tutorial at NeedlenThread. I never intended to stitch the phrase on it, so before I printed it, I edited the image and made the center blank. My first go was just to be a test; then, if it worked, I was going to find a cool font and use a phrase I liked. I hadn’t spent much time deciding what that would be because I was a little doubtful of the magic I was hoping for.

It worked though, and brilliantly, I must say! And so I began stitching immediately. Only about half-way through did I realize, oops, I should have printed this out on a separate piece of fabric with a phrase to follow. Of course, I could always do it the old school way and trace the words onto it, or just simply write them in my own handwriting. But I came to really appreciate the lack of words. And, for reasons untold, an elaborate O just seemed to fit, so I’ve decided to leave it as is.

I don’t know where I will hang it, so for now it is on a temporary hook. Thank you, 3M! (Disclaimer: 3M has no idea I exist.)

2016 makes

I hadn’t posted a lot there toward the end of the year, huh? I was in the midst of a tough semester, to sugar coat it. I survived, so there is that! 2017 is going great. I hope that with my new teaching schedule and perspective on life that I’ll post more often because, well, I hope to have more creations! In fact, I’ve been a busy little bee – I even signed up for my first Craftsy classes (January is buy one get one free so I bit the bullet!).

First up, I made Boy a bag for his blood sugar stuff. He doesn’t have any blood sugar problems, but the dude gets a bit crazy about health sometimes and thought it would be worth buying a lot of stuff to test it. And it is fun to check every now and then, the science-y part of me will admit. He chose the fabrics out of my stash. I adore his choice for the inside: it reminds him of his grandma. I think it’s a cute little zippered pouch – it’s got little sloping shoulders (the tabs) which, of course, is an oops, but I think they are fun! I followed the same techniques outlined here.

I learned my very first paper-piecing project! I was so excited, since I love English paper piecing, but I was a bit scared with it being on my machine rather than by hand. It was so much more work than I imagined! The two methods are not related at all, in my opinion. I really didn’t care for it, but then the end product was something I was pretty proud of, so heck, maybe I do like it! (My inner crafting self is a bit schizoid I sometimes think.)

I followed lillyella’s Undercover Maker Mat pattern which was very easy to understand. I made a huge mistake (of course!) but left it. Do you see it? (The main fabric pattern is upside down! Ack!) I added my own little touch of a felt tab to stash a couple of needles and pins (it can be tucked back into the pocket). I also used twill measuring tape to have a ruler handy at any given time! And, with the way I sew (on a coffee table!), I do not have the space for a mat – instead I toss the cover over the edge of my couch. So, on the back, I could add one of my favorite buttons!

I also learned you can print directly to fabric! With a normal printer! What!! I came across NeedlenThread’s post and just had to try it. Transferring patterns is one of the reasons, I feel, that I do not do a lot of embroidery. But now…. now the world is opened up to me! I tested it out with this Knotty Dicken’s pattern, the first pattern I ever purchased from etsy. I’m moving up! I completed it in 2017, so I’ll include that in a later post. I was scared about making those roses – what kind of complicated stitch must that be?! How time consuming?! But, you know what? That is easier than a stinking back stitch, that is! Holy cow!

I also attempted to make a compass. I found the image as a random google image search and I tried to chase it back to the original owner, but since I don’t have pinterest, I couldn’t. I am dissatisfied with it as far as my intent (I want to make a set of hoops with a travel theme for my guest bedroom) but I did a great job, considering, so I think I will turn it into something for a travel-y friend of mine.

Well, thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet. May your 2017 be a creative one!

#pixiecup

Fabric Mutt has a tutorial on making what she calls The Pixie Cup. It caught my eye for something handy that I could store my wonderclips in, so I set out to make the small version. Only …  something happened, and I went off the directions and had to kind of make it up as I went. I blame an engrossing episode of TV. Normally, I craft to what I consider B-rate shows so I can focus, but something about that episode of Once Upon a Time distracted me I guess.

Well, anyway, I was excited to embark on my first patchwork project. I had purchased a mini charm pack of Moda’s Into the Woods during my 2016 Illiana Shop Hop. The squares are 2.5×2.5 inches which seemed really tiny so I wasn’t sure what exactly I would do with them. But then I found the Pixie Cup!

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So, I was suppose to only need eight small rectangles, but I ended up needing 12 because I sewed them on both their short and long edges rather than just on their long edges. And so I had no idea how big to make the circle, but as luck would have it, my “cuff” (since I went ahead and sewed the edges together rather than following the pattern) fit perfectly around a candle jar I had, so I used the jar as the measurement rather than messing around with math. Phew! (And, I can put the finished basket onto the candle jar to iron it – absolutely awesome accident!) A tweak in measurements for the batting and liner, and I was set.

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Rather than using fusible interfacing and linen, I used a very stiff canvas or duck cloth material (sorry, I don’t know exactly what it is – I just had some in my stash). This helps hold the shape wonderfully and it doesn’t look all loose whilst empty (not that I expect it to really ever be empty).

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It is the perfect size – somehow it is still just about 4 inches in diameter, but mine turned out to be about 3 inches tall. I love the leather handles. I only had some pretty thick leather on hand, but thanks to my recently acquired and magical walking foot, there were zero issues!

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I was so eager to make another, I kept showing Boy and talking about my awesome little basket. Finally he says “can you make me one for my dice?” and of course, I said yes! Then he says “can you make me two, one for dice and one for poker chips?” Absolutely! I knew I married him for a reason.

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I had two more (free!) mini-charm packs from the shop hop loot (Moda’s Alice’s Scrapbag and Moda’s Petite Prints Deux), and he requested some patterns that were alluding to a Japanese theme. This is the best we could do. Rather than quilting in an X-pattern, I zigzag stitched the ditch, deciding that would be more “masculine”. He approved.

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And would you look at how sturdy they are? They neatly stack – whatever that stiff canvas stuff is I used is awesome for this type of project!

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I can’t wait to make another… though for what purpose, I don’t know! Thanks, Fabric Mutt:D

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