making my own napkins and loving it

statement of purpose…
February 15, 2009, 2:04 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

my purpose is to make quilts.

sigh.  if only it were that easy.  making quilts is way more fun than summarizing my professional experience and life goals in 750 words or less.  don’t you think that if i could do that, my experience and goals wouldn’t be all that worth writing about?

so instead i blog about crafts.  yay for me.

here’s the quilt i made for dave and alli.  i was very pleased with how well it came out.  way less wonky than quilt # 1, which means i’m getting better!  huzzah!


you can’t tell from the pictures, but i quilted it by sewing over some of the major seams, then stitching a large guitar shape over the whole thing.  it’s subtle, but it came out really well.


the back is polar fleece, just like my last quilt, only i added this special little detail, because dave and alli love their otters so much.


this is how much nino loved the quilt.

img_5821caught in the act!

img_5825the final product.  cat sold separately.


this is maybe the best part!  i got these labels from jennifersjewels on etsy, and i’m officially in love with them.  not only are they a little bit rock n’ roll, but they make all my projects seem more professional.  plus they’re super easy to iron on, as long as the iron isn’t too hot (learned that one the hard way!).

now i want to go back and retroactively label everything i’ve ever crafted.


February 2, 2009, 11:05 pm
Filed under: crafts | Tags: , , , ,

so it’s been an insanely long time since i updated this humble little blog.  don’t think i haven’t been crafting!  on the contrary; i’ve been engaged in several projects during the entire month of january, but as they were all presents for people who read this page, i couldn’t really post about them without ruining the surprise.  so here goes….

numero uno:  elaine’s lunchbag

i made a lunchbag for myself a while back, and loved it so much that i decided to make one for just about everyone i know who hasn’t already received some sort of crafted gift.  luckily, elaine had a birthday mid-month, so she was lucky recipient #1!!!


i chose fabric designed by jay mccarroll, the winner of the first season of project runway, that i found at the bestest place on earth, spool. i had to pick the octopus fabric for the inside, because elaine loves octopi!

numero dos: mom’s lunchbag

two days later, my mom had a major birthday, so i whipped up a lunchbag for her too (she also got gift certificates for two hour-long massages, so don’t think i shortchanged her!).


when i made my lunchbag i used velcro to close it, but i decided this time to go with snaps, because they seemed a little classier, and i hate the way velcro looks when it’s open.  the snaps worked well, but the banging coming from my bedroom caused the beagle to go berserk, and i definitely banged the crap out of my thumb a couple of times.  no pain, no gain.

numero tres: can you handle the suspense?

there’s another major project to report on, as well as a fun new purchase that makes me want to reclaim and improve upon all the craft projects i’ve already given away.  but you’ll have to wait at least a day or two, because i’m sick of uploading pictures right now.

peas owt