16 June 2013

Sweet Dreams

Last weekend, I attempted to make a pillowcase using the 'burrito' method. I had printed instructions, but until I found this video on YouTube, I couldn't make sense on how to roll it up correctly.

I managed to complete one pillowcase last weekend, and learnt how to do a French Seam in the process. (So easy, not sure why I didn't know how to do one before.)

The first pillowcase had some minor issues, which I can live with. This weekend I sat down and made a second matching case which turned out much better. (As with anything, practice makes perfect.)

I think they look quite lovely with my grey sheets.
I also figured out how to fix the one glaring mistake from my first attempt and while it's not exactly pretty, it's fixed and better than it was. 

I didn't stop there either. I pulled out some pretty batik fabric and made a second set of pillowcases. These were quick to stitch up compared to the first set. I think I may have the technique down pat. 
This photo doesn't capture the dark blue in the batik very well. It's the reason I choose the dark blue fabric for the cuff. If I were to do these again (which I very well might since I have more of that batik fabric), I would use the dark blue as the accent piece and gold fabric for the cuff. 

I washed and ironed more yards of fabric than I want to count this weekend.  However, I'm ready to go when inspiration strikes -- provided I want to use the fabric I have on hand. 

Next project: quilted pot holders. Or maybe a second attempt at placemats

09 June 2013

A Rookie Mistake

Over the past few months, I've been slowly getting my craft on, and when I made a present for my sister last month, my patchwork/quilting mojo was reawakened.

This afternoon, I attempted to make Halloween placemats and napkins based on this tutorial which I found through the great time suck, Pinterest.

While I'm pleased with the overall technique and quality of my work, I can't believe I made such a rookie mistake.

Yep, I somehow forgot to check the direction of my fabric when I was cutting it, so my kitties are sideways. Drat.

However, the back of the placemats look amazing (if I may say so).

Considering these are just for me, I can live with my mistake. I won't use the other side of the placemats. 

A valuable lesson - one that I know, but obviously forgot during my hiatus. You beat I won't make this mistake a second time around. 

A Return Message

Wow - over 2 years have gone by since I last posted on this blog. In the time, I've had a few surgeries and I seem to be on the road to wellness. Knock wood.

That said, my craft mojo is back and better than ever. I gave up on knitting finally, choosing to focus on crafts where I'm at least competent.  So sit back, fasten your seatbelts - I'm gonna be blogging again.