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Showing posts from October, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Jewels

Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side has been great about hosting a virtual quilt show on her blog. If you have a quilt that you would like to share with the rest of blog land, go ahead and sign up for the fall 2010 festival. It runs from October 29 - November 5.

The quilt that I'm sharing about is one that I made for my mom and took me approximately 1.5 years to finish and was my first (and probably last) king-sized quilt.  Not necessarily because the piecing was difficult, but more because I couldn't make up my mind about the layout design and then later, the actual quilting.

Roughly into my second year of quilting, my mom kind of jokingly asked when I was going to make her a quilt for her bed.  So I eventually came up with an initial design and bought a boatload of fabric in early 2009. However, during the course of the year I kept changing my mind about the quilt design because the fabric and the designs didn't work. I couldn't find the right fit between the fabric…

Quilt: Hidden Pinwheels

Naming things is not my forte, so for lack of a better name, here is a quilt, "Hidden Pinwheels", that I made for a co-worker's 1-year-old child as an upcoming Christmas gift. It's a belated "congratulations on your new baby" and "Merry Christmas gift" all in one.

The best part of the quilt is the label that is pieced into the back. Following a tutorial from Hazelruthe on how to print onto fabric using freezer paper and an inkjet printer, I used Adobe Illustrator to design a label and then had no problems making a custom fabric label.

Because I put so much effort into the front of the quilt, I usually get really lazy in making the back, but this one turned out just fine I think.

Barcelona's Visual Feast

Barcelona is a gorgeous city. I was so busy just looking that I did not take many pictures, but here are some highlights.

Bienvenidos a Barcelona; Adios a Barcelona

Barcelona is all that people said it was - friendly people, warm hospitality, amazing architecture, great design everywhere - but no kidding about the pickpockets.

My first day in Barcelona, which was also my birthday, by the way, my wallet was stolen from my purse by a pair of some super wily pickpockets.  For the most part I made sure that my bag was zipped closed and slung across my body, but I had to take my wallet out to pay for my lunch and the place I chose was ridiculously crowded right next to the Boqueria, a major tourist attraction and, therefore, a prime breeding ground for industrious thieves.  So I put my wallet back in my bag, but didn't zip it and proceeded to put all the helpings on my falafel from the fixings bar, which is when the wallet was taken. At least the falafel was delicious.

Thankfully, I noticed my wallet was missing almost immediately and high-tailed it back to the shop thinking I had dropped it. Nope. So I made my way to the local police station and …

Tutorial: Travel Wallet

In preparation and anticipation for an upcoming trip, I decided to make a travel wallet to hold my boarding pass, hotel reservation confirmation, and other miscellaneous papers (letter size and A4); a moleskine notebook; pen; passport; and frequent flier card so that everything is in one place and I don't have to fumble around in my purse or backpack.

Version 1 of the travel wallet ended up being too wide for my tastes, so I altered it. What follows below is the tutorial for the original version (Version 1) and the edited version (Version 2).

Feel free to email me at serendipitijoy at gmail dot com if you have any questions or if some of the directions are unclear.

The travel wallet is not limited for just travel, but can be made for every day use as well.

Tutorial: Travel Wallet
Version 1 Finished Size: 10" x 10" (when closed)
Version 2 Finished Size: 7" x 10" (when closed)

To start:
Cut out all your pieces. To provide some additional stability, I fused Pellon…

I should be sleeping...

Choosing a design layout for a quilt should be a relatively simple task, but the possibilities are endless. I meant to go to bed hours ago, but couldn't help playing around with some simple half-square triangle blocks as I try to figure out what design layout would best showcase the chosen fabric (in this case, Freebird by Momo) and would be most appropriate for the selected recipient (my one-year-old niece). To wit:

I could do a simple concentric square layout

or a classic pattern: broken dishes. I like how pinwheels seem to appear and disappear.

Or how about stars?

If I cut the half-square triangles in half, I can make rings

or pinwheels if I emphasize the other half of the cut block.

Too many choices = lots of fun = voluntary sleep deprivation

Kidlets and New Waves

When I was a young kid, I always looked for my name in the racks of personalized keychains, mugs and other trinkets available wherever young children were the targeted consumer. Fortunately for my parents, I could never find my name. So they did not have to deal with me loudly proclaiming that I absolutely had to have whatever it was that I thought I had to have at the time. What does this have to do with kidlets?

Jennifer Casa of JCasa Handmade has a free tutorial on her blog for kidlets. Essentially small totes that have only one handle to facilitate hanging bags on random hooks and doorknobs to allow kids convenient places to stow stuff. Ingenious, actually. After seeing the tutorial online several years ago, I finally took the time last night to make a few for some kiddies I know and personalized them with the letters of their first names. Better than a keychain, right? I hope the kids like their kidlets.

The tutorial recommends using some stiff interfacing to give the kidlets th…