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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A Quilt In Progress


For the past few months, I’ve been working on my second quilt. (I started a small quilt with my grandma when I was 10 and still have it halfway finished in my treasure trunk). I only realized how slightly crazy I was when I was about halfway through the design of this quilt—I had never made a quilt on my own before, and here I was designing one from scratch. Looking back, maybe I should have followed a pattern instead of tackling on this project, but it’s much more satisfying this way!

There’s so much more I could say, but I want to save it for when I show off the finished quilt. For now, I’ll give you a sneak peak of one of the finished blocks.


If you know me well, you can probably tell what the theme of the quilt is based off this one block… It’s one of five resources from a popular game. Guess it yet? It’s Settlers of Catan themed! I’ll have more to say about this later.

This was one of the more complicated blocks I designed. There were 35 pieces in total, with the smallest being only 0.5 inch wide! Pressing each seam took some time, but after getting into a rhythm it wasn’t too bad. I really like how it turned out.


At this moment I'm about 90% done the quilt. All that's left is quilting the top, and making/sewing on the binding. Sounds easier said than done, since I'm going to be attempting to free-motion quilt (something completely new to me!). I just bought the necessary quilting feet for my sewing machine in the last few months, so I'm ready to tackle on this last step! :)

-Stephanie

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Mac Case for Sara


A few weeks ago, my friend Sara asked me to make her a case for her new Mac laptop. Sara's a personal trainer and life coach, and agreed to give me a fascial stretch therapy session in exchange for the case.

She came over and we quickly went over what type of case she wanted. I sketched a few options for her, and ultimately she liked the eReader case that I had on my nightstand which is similar to the case I ended up making for her.

Sara wanted protection for her laptop, so I sewed in a 1/4 inch foam I got at Fabricville on both sides of the case. It was my first time using this padding, and I like the end result! I'll definitely be using it again in future projects.


I plan on making a simple PDF pattern for this case in the near future--stay tuned!

-Stephanie