Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Bookcover of the Modern Age

I like reading books.
I like reading real books. Like books with read paper.
Still, I also love my Kindle, as it saves me lugging around loads of real books made with real paper.
And because I love my kindle, I made a really nice cover for it.

Not only do I love how it looks (and I could practice my braiding), it's also super practical, as I now never forget to bring my charging cable along.
Then, because I have friends who also have a kindle (and - I presume - love it) I made a second book cover for G.

And, of course S. needed one too.

And there will be more ....

Sunday, September 08, 2013

The Big Sandwich

My 'Oh My Stars!' quilt has reached the actually quilting stage.
For connecting the three layers (backing, wadding and quilt top) I used a adhisive spray, but to be on the save side I also stitched the three layers loosely together.
Now, for the actual quilting bit, I plan on sewing along all the star outlines. As this is not very practical to do on the machine, I will quilt by hand. I started with the star in the middle and will make my way outward in spirals (more or less).
The first star was pretty painful to make, as all this fabric is constantly getting in the way, so I'm thinking on some more optimal ways to make it a bit easier. Thanks to the internet I found some cheap options that might work, so I'll give you an update as soon as I tested those.

I also made a new shopping bag. I always have a bag or two in my car. Most of the bags I have were some freebies I got at one point or another, which means I'm currently advertising for a beauty shop and for a national energy company. The first one I don't mind, but the second one is about to be replaced with this:
No pattern, simply making two rectangles and connecting them to a stripe of fabric on three of the sides. Repeat that step for the lining (which also got a simple pocket on one side). Sew those two bits together on the top and adding the shoulder strap in the process.
The bag is about 13 x 15 inches (39 x 33 cm) big.

Sunday, September 01, 2013


Steffi, a member of our little group here - and a very good friend to boot - is moving away. Which we all think is very sad.
In order for her to remember us (and to keep her warm in winter - for, well, she is one easy to get cold) we pooled together and knitted her a blanket.
The five of us who took part in the project, each knitted a strip 30cm wide and 130cm long. Then we had a sewing together party (which was actually pretty fun - 4 or us sitting around a table and trying to put the whole thing together without getting in each others way). Then we added a crochet border and yesterday we presented the blanket to her.

While we knitted the stripes we left a space were each of us stitched her name.
Out came a nice blanket, which I hope will remind Steffi of us, far away from us.
BTW, S.A.D. stands for Steffis AbschiedesDecke (Steffi's Goodbye Blanket)