1.31.2009

Seeing spots

Soon after my post on Wednesday we lost power to the house. The temperature inside began dropping quickly so we packed up the car and headed to my parents' house about an hour away. We've been here since. Our power is back on, and Charlie went home to get the heat started and check on things (our trees lost more limbs, but everything else is fine). I've had more than my usual craft time because there are people around to amuse Jaxon, and I've taken advantage.

I've finished one swap quilt and started the second, but I had to take a break when inspiration struck: a new laptop cover for the new laptop!

The iPhone felt left out...

Pattern: None, I've fully embraced Project Improv and just went with it.

Supplies: Charlie and I ran home Thursday to get essentials, so of course I grabbed my sewing machine and a stash of fabrics, including some sheets of craft felt. I cut circles from the craft felt, and bought just over a yard of 70% wool felt in charcoal for the body.


New Skills Employed: I used the blanket stitch on my machine for the first time. I also needed the practice sewing around circles.


What I Learned: I need to be more confident about my sewing. The blanket stitch was not looking great at first (you can compare some of my first circles to later circles above). I thought it was just my inexperience, and then maybe that I hadn't brought a heavy needle (what was I thinking, not bringing every kind of needle I own?!?). It turned out to be a bad bobbin. Once I refilled the bobbin I had no problem. Lesson learned -- always blame the machine!

13 comments:

Ferjenib said...

B - Super Cute! I love the dots. Working on sewing area tomorrow as the boy will be on a visit! - J

The WoodLand School said...

How incredibly fun! You're so thoughtful to include the iPhone : )

jacquie said...

this is great. i need to make one for mine...i carry it everywhere and just throw it in my purse. (it's a BIG purse). how did you pad yours?

MJ said...

Hope you are home now and that everything has returned to normal, including the weather!

mellyandrosie said...

Of course!! It is always the machine's fault in my house!!! hee-hee =]
LOVE the laptop case - so cute and fun!!
Enjoy you boy, those 3 years will go in the blink of an eye!! (from the mother who is coping less than her son and worrying all da
y long!!!)

Sonya said...

Is this the post where you want people to comment for the swap-fest? I guess it isn't Wednesday yet, where you are..Goodness, who would have thought giving fabric away could be so much fun! I'm doing it too, so do come visit. Can't wait to see if i win something - ooh, and great blog, by the way :o)
Toodles,
~Sonya

joanie said...

That is so gorgeous! I love spotty things. I just got a new iMac, and I'm in love. I've had to use a PC for the last couple of years and missed my mac so much! I made a similar cover in felt for my tiny ipod nano, I love listening to Craft pods while making dinner. And my cover is made with grey felt! it would look lovely with your laptop.

susan said...

oh i love it!! i have needed to make a coat for my bad baby and i love that you just went with it. it reminds me of a book cover i made. is the felt enough of a cushion you think? and how sweet of you to worry about the iphones feelings

AnnieB said...

that looks gorgeouse - I love felt and I love dots - great combo

yep, improv rocks!

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