Monday, January 24, 2011

Pinks and Blues Table Runner.

I've caught the sewing bug again and I am enjoying it. This time, I am sewing for my home. I've been looking for small home decor projects to make and its fun to make things for your house to make it your home. The added advantage is that there is no real pressure to finish these items. So, after last week's pillow covers, I made a table runner this week and I am in love with it. Thank you to all those who commented on the pillow covers in my previous post.


The idea to make a table runner came when I came across the Petits Fours pattern from ModaBakeShop. I did not follow it exactly but referred to it heavily for the idea. I was using a store-brought place mat on the table and, I was bored with it. So, this seemed like a perfect home decor project for this week.


The fabrics are from my stash. I have too many pinks and blues in my fabric stash. In fact, I want to exhaust my entire stash before I go fabric shopping again.(hey..I can dream,right?!) I've decided to make more patchwork projects to use up my stash fabrics. I am thinking of making covers for my dining chairs in the same color theme.Here is the backing. I used the backing fabric for the binding as well as I liked the contrast it provided in the front of the table runner. I used flannel for the batting and did some simple quilting following the seams of the patchwork squares.


I am so in love with the table runner that I don't want to use it on my dining table lest a few drops of a spicy curry will stain it and ruin the loveliness. Am I weird for not wanting to use it?! I am thinking a transparent vinyl cover on top of the dining table will save the day, if I want to use the table runner. I see many more handmade table runners in the future. They are easy to make and you can try out many quilting techniques in a small scale on them.

 

Its perfect for my dining table and I did NOT use it when I had guests over yesterday. :D I need to grow up,eh?! My knitting is hibernating with all this sewing and quilting. My first adult cardigan that I talked about here is hibernating. I see it every day in its WIP box and I think to myself, "Some day, I will finish it." I hope the someday comes soon enough. So, I have a question for those who dabble in many crafts.. How do you manage time among your various hobbies? Do you feel guilty that you neglect a hobby and feel partial to another? I am having serious guilt regarding my knitting and embroidery 'cos I have about 3 WIPs(Work-In-Progress) in knitting and have an embroidery pattern ready for few pillow covers. Leave your thoughts and ideas on this in the comments section. I would love to hear from my fellow multi-crafters. (Is there even a word like that??)

-Josie

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Bento Pillows!

I had a lovely reunion with my sewing machine last evening after what felt like ages. I made pillow covers as usual to ease my way into sewing again. I had made a few Bento Box quilt blocks a while back when I was at the peak of my sewing bug and had left them languishing in my craft closet. I wanted to make a Bento box quilt but, it seemed like a huge project for my fickle mind. So, I chucked the idea and eventually forgot about the quilt blocks. I encountered the blocks during the Great Craft Room Clean-up of 2011 that happened last week and decided to make pillow covers for my couch pillows. The pillows had only one set of covers that I had made a year back.. So, another set seemed like a good idea..and, here is the outcome of the sewing session.


 I love the cheerful colors in the fabrics. All the fabrics are from my stash. It took me 3 hours to complete the four pillow covers with zillion interruptions from Alvin. Here are the pillows in my living room couch. We've been having these cane sofa set for more than 5 years now and I've been wanting to upgrade them to a better one..but, definitely in cane.


I love how the 4 covers are random. No two pillow covers match and I had fun jumbling the blocks together. I had used the tutorial by Ashey from  Film in the  fridge to make the Bento box quilt blocks. Here are a few close-ups of the pillows. Next on my TO-DO list is the sofa cushion covers that is seen in the picture above. They have been the only set since more than 2 years and its high time I make another set for the cushions. I plan to make the cushion covers from an old bed sheet.




All this crafting was motivated by the Great Craft Room Clean-up of 2011! My craft room has been a mess ever since we moved into this house in November 2010. I've been procrastinating the clean-up and was adding to the mess by the day.  Then I came across the Clean Sweep thread in the Quilters Forum on Ravelry and decided to participate in it. The rules are simple.. Click a 'Before' picture of your craft room/area before the clean-up..  Clean the place up.. and Click the 'After' picture after the hard work and post both the snaps on the forum thread. I did the clean-up and boy! Am I glad or wat?! I feel a lightness every time I enter the room now. The previous clutter never made me want to work on anything in that room but, this feels great and I feel all energetic to tackle any project that will come my way.. So, without much ado, here are the "Before" and "After" pictures. I don't think I need to explain which one is which.

 

So, how have you started your year 2011? Mine is off to a great start and I hope it stays the same.. Hope yours is lovely too.

Also, I am entering the Bento pillows into the Blogger's Pillow Party contest that Rachel at Stitched in Color is hosting.  Check it out!


-Josie

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Happy 2011!

So, here comes my first post in the year 2011. Hope you all had a lovely holiday season. We had one. A relaxing 10-day break at our parents' and in-laws' place. This Christmas season was extra special,thanks to an one month-old Alsatian pup at my in-laws' place.. She is the cutest fluffball I've seen in a long time. Likes to play games with us chasing our shoes..while we walk.


We had a tough time picking a name for her and in the end decided to name her Buffy. She loves to eat and sleep and hates it when we leave her in her box. Alvin loved playing with her.. Here she is all sleepy and tired after playing with us.


On the crafty side, I took my Montego Bay scarf as my vacation knitting project. A mindless knitting project in Mmmmalabrigo yarn.. I even got time to work on it and its halfway done. Sadly, I do not have progress pictures of it to show you. I guess it will hibernate now till my next vacation. And, remember the handmade items that me and my Hubster were supposed to exchange as Christmas gifts.. Well.. he slacked and bought me a hand bag from my favorite brand and told me "consider this bag as 'Hand-brought',pls"  sigh

I made a quilled card for him as quilling is now the in-thing in my crafty life. ;-) Its my first time making a card. I don't think the yellow paper I used is card stock because I wasn't thrilled with it. But, I really liked the way the card came out; although,I think its too girly for my Hubster's tastes. :D Here is a picture of it to show the close-up.


I used my shiny new craft scissors to cut the edges of the yellow paper and you can see how ragged the lower edge is. :D Well, Lets call the crooked edge a 'design element' and leave it at that,shall we? I'm really enjoying the paper quilling although I do not get much time these days to spend on my hobbies. sigh I left this card inside his wardrobe where one can see it as soon as its door is opened. and, guess what?! It took him 2 days to spot the card and thank me for it.. Men!! Can't live with them, Can't live without them!! ;-)


Remember the my first attempts at quilling here?? I stuck the flowers and leaves on a piece of card stock and it now residing at my desk at work. I love to see the flowers at my desk.. It reminds me of who I really am. Although I hold a full time job, I find the real 'me' in my hobbies and this card sitting at my desk reminds me of who I am and what I love.. Here is a picture of it a stuck to my cabin wall.


Now that we are back from vacation, the routine life has started. It was a welcome break for us and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary too which fell on Dec 28th. We realized how fast the time has flown and the day made us realize how much we should be thankful for..

So, how was ur Holiday season and how did you ring in the New year? I did not make any specific ones although I made a blanket resolution for all the departments in my life that I will  strive to do better than the last year and find ways to improve myself whenever possible. I know it sounds vague..but, that is what is my resolution is. Share with me in the comments if you made any resolutions.

Hearty wishes for a blessed and prosperous year 2011 to all my readers!

-Josie
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