Tuesday, September 29, 2009
For this month's Snip.Sew.Send. my favorite (and most stylish) chemist, Lisa, sent 9 different fabrics and asked for a 10.5" square quilt block. The other requirements were very open--use at least a little bit of all the fabrics and include a star somewhere on the block. After brainstorming different blocks, I settled on a version of the Galaxy block in the book(let) Miss Jump's Favorites by Linda Brannock. None of the pieces were intended to meet up exactly or be perfectly symmetrical which really plays to my strengths.
The outer squares and quarter circles were stitched together by machine. The star and inner two circles were stitched by reverse applique. Then the two sections were stitched to each other with reverse applique again.
The block is a little wonky, a little scrappy and a lot hand-stitched. I hope it looks quirky and fun rather than sloppy. I really liked using all the different fabrics and found this to be a really creative and fun challenge. Thanks, Lisa! =]
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The front flap has lots of space for personalization such as applique and/or other embellishments.
Schwartzy is 12" x 14" x 4" (h x w x d) which is more than enough room to carry your laptop, files, cell phone and notebooks; or your crafty projects; or your quilt and picnic snacks.
The Schwartzy pattern is available in my Etsy shop. The pattern should be e-mailed to you within 24 hours of purchase.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Honestly, I didn't know what half of them were for, but I figured I couldn't go wrong since it had how-to cards inside. The vendor offered to sell us the other kit and small box of notions (thread, needles, beads, buttons, etc.) for $4. Um, yeah.
The attachment kit is really awesome. It has several feet for instant hemming from 1/4" to 7/8", gathering, narrow hemming, cording, overcast, applique, edge stitching, binding and zippers. It also has a quilter guide, cutting gauge for scissors, cloth guide, stiletto and the Q-set with one foot and 5 needles. The second kit isn't complete, but is only missing two or three of the feet. I am so excited with this flea market find.
Along with that, I also found a copy of Vickie Howell's New Knits on the Block for a buck. Dirty scored a very cool vintage men's travel kit with several glass containers with sterling silver lids, a wooden brush, trimming scissors, tweezers, mirror, etc. all wrapped in a leather zipper wallet. Wahoo! =]