March 4, 2012

La-Z-Girl Armchair Caddy

The various types of needlework I do in front of the TV requires organizational help, esp when using pins and needles. How many sharp things I've lost, oh dear, it's a wonder I haven't been stuck! You will recognize this batik from Ryan's Kindle bag. The base of the caddy was quilted. Then I folded fabric to make double-thickness pockets. There wasn't a pattern; I made it up as I went along.

Pure wool roving, meant for use in my Embellisher felting machine, happened to be a good match for the fabric but, never mind, no one knows bc it's tucked inside the pincushion. The pincushion can be removed when not in use by unbuttoning it from the base, like right now when I'm knitting.

The outside pocket is deep enough to hold two skeins of Red Heart yarn. Lately I've been knitting with Red Heart Soft Yarn which comes in smaller skeins than the Super Saver. The pocket stay open with boning sewn inside a casing.

The pleated bottom allows for all the space. Classic quilt binding was the finish of choice. In this case, I sewed it on in two pieces, with the final piece over the pleated bottom.

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March 1, 2012

Laying Low

Activity in my sewing room has been anything but stagnant. This is the time of year to catch up on personal projects before sewing for shows begins again.

A border was added to the small tumblers quilt (37" x 43"). Several small quilts are done now and the procrastinator in me is putting off an attempt to machine quilt them. It's a challenge, but I think I can do it (but not yet!). It may take a while, but once I get in and make the requisite mistakes, it's usually too late to back out, and I have to get it right. How are you with challenges? Do you dive right in or do potential mistakes keep you from the task?

Marimekko cotton from the Crate and Barrel outlet store at $3.95 per yard became an everyday tablecloth. Their bright and happy prints are hard to resist.

My niece Natalie asked for earrings for her best friend. She suggested I copy the pearl pair I made for her. Since I had the tools out, I made Natty another pair with sterling beads stamped with virtues. I chose Self-control and Patience, characteristics that we at any age might find useful. Other new pairs that will go into my online shop have the words Spirit and Hope; Faithful and Goodness; Love and Passion; and Balance and Spirit.

I made new baubles for myself too from potato chip pearls and pink glass. As new favorites, they've been swinging under my lobes everyday.