Archive for September, 2008

* one quilt month 3

Posted on September 26th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.


Finally finished one of these on time! The idea this month was to use white + one of 4 colorways of scraps. I got yellows and oranges, which was nice because I added a couple of my own fabrics to the ones Hyena in Petticoats sent. It’s a simple log cabin, made simpler because I sewed all the print fabric into a long patchwork strip at the beginning and just used that for each of the “logs.” Since both ends of the strip are generally different, it allows some flexibility in picking the best coordinating corners, though it’s still slightly more unbalanced than if I’d planned it from scratch. But, I’ve realized that that’s part of the fun of patchwork, the spontaneity, and I am trying to stop sweating the details.

Oh, and it really is square; I’m just unable to take a good picture. :P

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* Becket started a blog!

Posted on September 23rd, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Links.


Becket, my friend and occasional craftlog poster, has started her own blog! It’s called California Crafter and it’s pretty much super.

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Seeing her fresh new blog has also finally inspired me to fix my stupid layout. Somewhere all my kludgey css cut-and-pasting went wrong and the site apparently looked awful on Internet Explorer, which 43% of craftlog visitors use according to my sitemeter stats. (Really? That many people still use IE? Huh.) Anyway, Mark’s convinced me that WordPress is the way to go instead of starting over in Movable Type, so here’s my new stripped-down style. Please comment if you notice things start breaking. The links and RSS feed and everything should still be the same.

Oh, and can anyone recommend some sort of library widget to keep track of my craft books? Right now I’m doing it by hand, which means it essentially never gets updated.

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* one quilt month 2

Posted on September 22nd, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.


The assignment for month 2 of one quilt was to add some sort of 3D element to the block. I thought about pintucks, but that wasn’t going to happen. One of the fabrics has a lace motif, and that reminded me of this doily I crocheted forever ago, and pretty soon one thing led to another. I handstitched it to the gray background fabric, and zigzagged all the seams, so hopefully it’ll stand up to some use.

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* necklace hooks

Posted on September 15th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Jewelry, Projects with Instructions.


Further progress on the Dresser Beautification Project. Now instead of having a clump of tangled necklaces, they’ll all be neatly stored on hooks, with the added bonus of something decorative on some blank wallspace. These are 2 mysteriously left over Ikea bits of wood I found in the basement. I wrapped them in fabric, hotglued in the back. Then screwed cuphooks along the bottom. Nail a little hanger on the back and done.

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* nesting felt boxes

Posted on September 14th, 2008 by maitreya. Filed under Projects with Instructions, Sewing/Fabric Crafts.


The top of my dresser is a disaster area, so this weekend’s goal was to reinstate order. I’d been putting it off until I bought some little bins to toss stuff, but I finally gave up and made some. Same pattern as this one and this other one out of this Japanese craft book, but you hardly need a pattern they’re so easy. Cut out a cross shape (the square in the middle is the final box size, and the lengths of the “legs” will be the height), bind the edges, zigzag up the corners, turn inside out, and press into shape. Oh, and I also sewed a straight line at the base of each leg to help encourage it to fold. I made them assembly-line style. The bigger ones are 2 layers of felt welded together for a little extra wall integrity.

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They are fun to take pictures of.

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