Archive for October, 2009

* dishcloths

Posted on October 26th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Projects with Instructions, Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

Today in crafts with very poor effort:payoff ratios, I made a dishcloth.  Not sure why I felt the need to do this, but it has something to do with the scrap patchwork binding mairuru posted the other day.  I needed an excuse to make it.  And in unpacking my fabric I discovered a big piece of thrifted waffle weave I forgot I had.  2+2=dishcloth with scrappy trim.  Yeah, so, first I dumped out all my actual scraps and rummaged through them before deciding ironing and cutting them would be too much work.  Instead, I used a pile of charm squares:  cut them all diagonally down the middle, sewed together the triangles in a big strip on the bias, ironed, cut to 2 inch even strip (this is so much easier for me than trying to keep everything straight while I’m sewing).  I used a double thickness of the waffle-weave, cut to 13×13 inches since that perimeter was about the length of bias trim I got from 10 charm squares.  Then I decided to try a brilliant 2-part improvised strategy for sewing on the binding, which sort of worked, but not nearly as well as in my mind, which is why I’m not going to bother describing it.

Anyway, that was way too much effort for a dishcloth.  Oh well.  At least I’m sewing again!


[Oh, and sorry about the brief craftlog outage earlier this week.  Server upgrade broke some stuff.]

ETA: oh, what the heck, I already had the triangles cut for a second one.  Now I have a set in 2 different colorways of the same fabric patterns.



* Mrs Eliot Books notebooks

Posted on October 15th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Wants.

I am always on the look out for new graph-paper-related things, and an Etsy search turned up these cool patchwork graph paper notebooks from Mrs Eliot Books.


And not only that, but you can buy it in a set with a second lace-themed notebook.


Done and done.

Got them in the mail yesterday, and was slightly disappointed by the quality, though.  The pages look hand cut and are kind of loosely tied into the cover, and it seems a little on the flimsy side.  The patterns are cute, though.


* minor site update

Posted on October 12th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Random.

Procrastinating from unpacking by messing with craftlog. I finally made a banner and updated my blogfriends links.


Button image credit goes to monkey123 on Flickr, who posted the image under creative commons.

Brief rant interlude: I’ve been using bloglines beta version, which, I believe, was launched over 2 years ago.  They still have not implemented export, and the stupid faq has said it’s coming “soon” since I switched like a year ago.  Really makes me wish I liked Google reader enough to switch. /rant

What’s kind of funny is that in the process of updating the alpha bloglines links, which are the ones I can export to craftlog, I rediscovered a few sites that I’d unsubscribed from and added them back. :P


* Eddy Radar

Posted on October 4th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Art.

I went for a cupcake and cup of coffee the other day, and really liked the artwork they had up.  It’s apparently part of a series called Manmade Landscapes by Eddy Radar.


She paints runways and golfcourses and dams and sports fields with really great framing.


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