Monday, 28 July 2008

A repainted sewing box

Someone’s trash is another person’s treasure. I want to have a large sewing box for a long time, but couldn't find one. Until I saw this one in a garage sell, it was only asked for $3.00, apparently it'd been used as a sewing box by someone else a long time along, there were some needles inside.

It looked old before painting. I took it apart before taking a photo.

After painting, can you still recognize it?

Look inside, a really big one!

Monday, 21 July 2008

My first ever sweater

It's not time for a sweater yet. Since I found this piece of fabric in my stash, I decided to prepare for cold weather. ;)When fall comes, it'll keep me warm. :)
Actually, I have no idea when and why I bought this piece of fabric, I've never made any clothes before. My husband always says: if women stop shopping,the fragile global economy will receive a damaging blow.

I picked an old sweater which fits me best as the "pattern" to cut. Since the fabric is pure black, I stitched a bead rose to lighten it up.

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Crazy quilt PDA cozy with Tut (Tut for the Black &White Ipod cozy)

Finally, everything goes back to normal. I got a problem with high speed,it almost drove me crazy.

The decorative stitches took much longer than I thought, but here it is. I remembered when attending a short quilt class in a quilt show, a lady said every quilter should try at least once crazy quilting either in beginner level or master level. Since I'm a beginner and have accumulated quite amount of scraps, I tried this crazy patchwork with my scrapes. I never throw away any leftover fabrics, no matter how small they are. You see, I found a nice way to use them up.
I've never thought crazy quilting could be so fun, playing with colors,fabrics,and those decorative stitches make it a really pleasure.

The other side

a bit detail, I really like the combination of blanket stitch and lazy daisy stitch.


Measure the size of PDA
When measuring the size of the PDA, you have consider the height as well. I added height+ 0.3cm to width, and 2 height+ 5 cm to the length.

For example, my PDA is 9*12*1.5cm, a=12cm, b=9cm, height=1.5cm,
so the length= 2*12+ 2*1.5+5=32cm
width=9+1.5 +0.3=10.8cm
When doing the measurement, always measure the widest part.

1. cut a piece of tear-away paper foundation according to the size of the PDA (can be a bit larger). sew all the fabrics on the foundation, after finish, tear the paper away, now we have the top.

2. cut a piece of fusible fleece and a piece of back, make a sandwich.

I used light weight cotton as the back, since another lay of fabric will be add on the wrong side after finishing those decorative stitches, otherwise it will look terrible. Cheese cloth will also work well.

3. make decorative stitches, this is my favorite part.

4.add another lay of fabric, cut the piece precisely to the size, and cut two of the corners round, finish binding. We get a rectangular piece.

wrong side

5. using hidden stitch to stitch both sides together and sew snap on. All done.

For the Black and white Ipod cozy, the only difference is the top, here is the detailed cutting and assembling:

It's all there. :)

Monday, 7 July 2008

Harvest Time

Have been working hard in the garden for a while, it's time to enjoy the fruits.
Cherries attract lots of birds and squirrels, hmm, when picking those cherries I was afraid they would attack me for taking away their big meal. But they just went to higher branches or scattered away. :)

Since the busiest time for gardening has past, I come back for crafts.:) I'm doing a crazy-quilted PDA cozy and writing a tut for the black & white Ipod cozy. Hope it will be done by the end of this week.