Hmm, it’s slow going on this blog thing. I got swamped with work for the last month, and forgot to update it! I’ve decided I’m going to try doing Freshly Pieced’s “Work In Progress Wednesday”, in my ongoing effort to actually finish the projects that I start.
So first, the good news! I’ve finished two projects in the last… uh… month.
At the beginning of March, I went to the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco. It’s an absolutely enormous event with networking opportunities galore, and I realized the afternoon before leaving that I didn’t have any way to store my business cards. “No problem!”, I think. And so I decided to make my own business card holder. This actually ended up being a good novice sewing project. I found a great tutorial from Delilah’s Momma, and decided to make a minor modification. I wanted an elastic loop wrapping around the end of it to a button on the other side, so it could be held closed. That ended up not panning out, as I foolishly put the elastic loop in entirely the wrong place, so I decided to turn it into a tri-fold card holder instead with a second pocket sewn on top. And here it is! I’m really pretty happy with how it came out, other than the wonky top-stitching. Lessons learned.
My new business card holder!
The other thing I finished last week was my entry to Spoonflower’s Project Selvage fabric design competition. Despite having absolutely zero experience, I decided it would be a good opportunity to improve my drawing and design skills. The theme for the competition is to design fabric with a “baby boy” theme. I decided to go for a print with trains, robots, rocket ships, and dinosaurs. I’m not entirely happy with the design (it feels too…. empty, maybe?), but I feel like I learned a lot in the process, so I’m happy with the project as a whole!
My Baby Boy themed fabric for the Project Selvage competition.
I have a really ridiculous number of “in progress” projects. Many of them are still in the planning stages. Here’s just some of them…
I found this absolutely gorgeous fabric at Hart’s that would be awesome for trying out crayon tinting. I think I’m going to use it to make a case for my Wacom tablet. But first I needed to try out different techniques for crayon tinting to see what works. In summary, the lessons I’ve learned are: color with your wax crayon directly onto the fabric, don’t press too hard with the crayon, build up colors slowly. Here’s my progress so far, although the picture quality isn’t so great.
On the left: a mistake. Don't press too hard with the crayon! Although it would probably be a cute way to get little kid drawings on your fabric. Right: doing better! Light shading and building up colors works well.
Doodle Stitching Quilt
Over a year ago, I decided that my first quilting project should be ambitious. Of course! Which means that I haven’t completed it yet….. I’ve decided to do the lap quilt design from the amazing Aimee Ray’s “Doodle Stitching” book. It’s going to be done in purples, and so far I’ve got the quilt top done but not all the circles appliqued and none of the embroidery. My new motivation for completing this project is that, assuming it comes out okay, I’m going to give it to my grandmother for her birthday this June.
The quilt top for my purple version of Aimee Ray's Doodle Stitching lap quilt.
Roald Dahl/Quentin Blake Quilt
As a kid I absolutely adored all of Roald Dahl’s books. I think Matilda was probably my favorite. Quentin Blake’s illustrations are simply phenomenal, so I’ve decided that my second mini-quilt project (yes, before I’ve even finished the first) will feature embroidered illustrations from my favorite Dahl books. This still very much in the planning stages, though. I’ve got three illustrations traced onto my computer and ready to transfer to fabric for embroidery! Depending on how my other experiments with crayon tinting go, I may use that for the shading in the pictures. Here’s one of them:
One of my favorite pictures from Roald Dahl's Matilda, traced and ready to transfer to fabric for my Roald Dahl quilt. Original illustration and copyright: Quentin Blake.
In-Progress: 3+ (I’ll list more each week, as the in-progress ones advance towards completedness)
New: 0 (so far…)