making my own napkins and loving it

part 2
September 7, 2009, 3:09 pm
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next up was a baby quilt for my friend liz, who wins the award for freaking me out the most by being pregnant with baby #2.  you know baby #1 from such posts as this one.  she’s a cutie, that’s for sure, and now there’s a new one on the way to craft for.

the result:

this quilt-


i love love love all the colors and fabrics, and it was so simple to put together – just 9″ squares in a modified checkerboard pattern.


the backing fabric is repeated a few times on the quilt top as well, in the center and in each corner.  i think it’s beautiful, and i know liz will love it.


i debated what to do about the binding.  i didn’t want to buy extra fabric for it, so i figured i’d piece together a binding out of scrap fabrics.  but then with the way i decided to pattern the squares, i had an extra square of each fabric left over, so i mixed them with a little bit of solid scrap fabric and pieced together an adorable binding that matches the quilt perfectly.


i chose to quilt it in a really simple grid pattern – ¼” on both sides of every seam.


and of course, my favorite part:


i almost want to keep it for myself.


February 2, 2009, 11:05 pm
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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