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My quilt recipients, inspecting and testing it out on their couch

Quilt Top

Hello – I know it’s been months. It’s been months since I’ve written here because I’ve been so busy! I’ve been busy crafting, living and working. I also decided to take a break from my commercial crafting ventures and focus on making things for friends and family. Since I work full time, I don’t have that much crafting time, and I wanted to be able to put friends and family first when it came to making stuff. It will take me a while to post pictures of the things I’ve made over the last 6 months or so, but here’s a start.

I’ve been working on this quilt since a few months before my friends’ wedding in August 2008. I picked the fabrics and chose a design, but it took me quite a while to get to cutting, and sewing (and picking apart and re-sewing). Eventually, I got some help making my quilt sandwich from friends during Quilt Sunday at the Workroom. I finally just finished the quilt over the long weekend and was able to give it to them yesterday! It was so nice to be able to finish such a big project and have it appreciated by my friends (even though it was 18 months late!)
Detail shots

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Sewn Coasters in Action!
As promised, but slightly late… here are some action pics of my cute sewn coasters from the coaster swap. After a long day of selling my clutter in a collaborative yard sale with my friends (and eating delicious baked goods) I needed a cold drink. We headed for the Party Zone in the LCBO which is where you’ll find pre-mixed cocktails so that you can start the party pretty much the minute you exit that place.
I was excited to break out the new coasters this weekend for the first time! Don’t you think they look really cute with the glasses, the pink pomegranate martini and my faux-wood tray? I also purposely included the Canada Dry club soda in the pictures as a cultural reference point. And in case you had any doubts, my friend and I managed to polish off the bottle of pom-tini in about 1.5 hours.ery

This past month I participated in a craft swap, organized by Donna and Sara at Kindred Crafters. I know I’ve said I got bored with swapping for a while, but this sounded really fun, and who can’t use more coasters? Actually, I don’t think I had any coasters!
Now check out this most wonderful assortment of goods that my amazing swap partner, Sazzie, sent to me all the way from England! It made me blush when I opened it because I certainly wasn’t expecting this amount of extras, and also because I didn’t send that many extras. I sent one. Just one measly extra it was a matching bar towel to go with the coasters I made. My limited knowledge of craft etiquette tells me that I will have to find a way to even things out…
Holy Shmoly Coaster Swap!
You can see more of the coasters and other neat stuff that was sent in the swap in the flickr group. I will add more pics of the coasters and the fabric tray to flickr tonight, when I put these in action.

Vintage Ironing Board

Ironing Board, originally uploaded by moon angel.

Well not always, but I do love sweet finds on garbage day like this perfectly pink vintage metal ironing board. It was in a pile in the sun, this past Monday, just waiting for me to come rescue it.

Of course, I’ll have to clean the cobwebs out and give it a little makeover, but this is a nice, sturdy replacement for my old chipboard wobbly unit.

This Windsor Ironing Board touts as its “Best Buy” features:

  • easy-rolling wheels, factory installed
  • finger-touch adjustment
  • offset legs for sitdown ironing
  • ventilated top for cooler ironing
  • sturdy, strong construction

It also has a built-in extension cord, but due to its age, I don’t think I’ll be using it.

I have a bunch of spring scarves I’m making that all require ironing, so I can’t wait to get this recovered!



A weiner dog pillow, originally uploaded by moon angel.

My friend Heidi has an inordinate fondness for wiener dogs. I’ve made her one fun pillow with a wiener applique, and one amigurumi wiener buddy. In addition to the wieners she already had, she now considers her apartment “wiener infested.”

oh hai, i'm a wiener dog.

The pillow was made with some suiting fabric I got at a closing sale in a fabric shop on Spadina Ave, here in Toronto. I used a feather insert from Ikea. I drew the wiener shape in Illustrator, then printed it on 2-sided fusible interfacing. I loosely cut out the shape, then ironed it onto the teal printed cotton, then cut that fabric right on the outline of the wiener dog. This created a nice patch to iron onto the burgundy fabric. I zigzag stitched this in place with a teal embroidery thread, and sewed match button holes. I found that sewing the buttons on by hand was much more stable than doing it by machine, especially with this super slippery thread.

I crocheted the little dog based on a pattern I got on etsy, but I didn’t like the way the head looked or how it was attached to the body, so I kind of freestyle crocheted a head and body in one piece. I used really plush malabrigo yarn, but their skeins are a lot smaller than they look – especially for the price – so I had to use 2! (I think this is when I’m supposed to learn about skein weights and wraps-per-inch.) Amigurumi are usually crocheted with a much thinner yarn, but I like to improvise, and the colour of this yarn was too close to the real colour of Heidi’s favourite wiener colour that I couldn’t pass it up.

I enjoy contributing to Heidi’s wiener obsession, however I know she’d like to have a more grown-up look in her apartment so I’ll refrain from giving her any more (unless they are teeny-tiny?).

so I finished one project that was on my list! the Birdie Sling from Amy Butler’s pattern. I really wanted to finish this bag before I went to my cousin’s wedding in Mexico at the end of January, and I did!

birdie goes to mexico

This pattern was pretty easy, the only part I got kinda stuck on was getting the gusseted corners right. I went to the workroom to ask Karyn, but she wasn’t there (it was a Friday night) and luckily fellow crafty gal Lauren was there and she showed me. Many people had already made their own Birdie Sling bags, and the one thing I had heard was that they wished the handle were longer, so I added 10 inches to the handle and now I can pop it over my head and shoulder. I would recommend this, but I think next time I would leave a larger unsewn section along the edge to help with turning the handle inside out.

For the main part of the bag, I used this dark green fabric I picked up at the Creativ festival a few years back and for the band, handle and inside, I used Anna Griffin’s really cute map fabric. I opted not to use any fusible fleece, and stuck with using only interfacing. I’m still not sure whether I would want additional bulk in the bag next time I make one.

I have always said that in each craft project I will likely make at least one big mistake. This time my mistake is pretty funny, especially because it specifically says in the pattern to NOT make this mistake. I twisted the handle. That’s right, I have a very unique moebius bag.

Some things to do for 2009 (not resolutions, I can never keep those!)

  1. I need to finish the secret project I started. It’s a gift for friends who were married this past August. My goal is to get it done well before their anniversary.
  2. Sew more. I’ve got two projects started (on top of the quilt project) – that is the birdie sling bag and the jj blouse from Burda. I’m off to a good start, as I finally made a skirt from an old pair of jeans this past weekend, a project that had been on my mental to-do list for ages.
  3. Finally put some of my work on etsy.
  4. Photograph my crafts before I give them away! I’m terrible at doing this. I didn’t take one single picture of the gifts I made for xmas.
  5. Train my dog not to bark when she is left alone. I’ve been working with a dog trainer for about a week and a half, and it’s tough! but the pay-off will be worth the work.  I’ll post updates on our progress.
  6. Read more.  I have a few books on my nightstand right now, I’ve started The Time-Traveller’s Wife, and my friend lent me Skinny legs and All.  That’s a good start.
  7. Get rid of my unfinished vintage rehab projects.  Start by finishing them, then get rid of them.