Market and craft shows are done for 2010, but Dan Springs sewing and experimentation continues. Most recently at the Beach! Fun at any time – even the first week of December, when most cottages are shuttered and the shore is deserted. For good reason – bitter cold winds blow off the waves! With quilting buddies and our trusty sewing machines we enjoyed the peace and quiet. And got a lot done! Shown above are several of the projects I worked on – gold fish, snap purses, and small memory albums! Detail on each below.
The Gold Fish are from a new book by Brenna Maloney, Socks Appeal. Quick, easy and fun! I slipped some shells in a small metal Excedrin box, glued it shut, and stitched it inside the larger fish for a quick rattle.
The Snap Happy purse is from a pattern by the Stitchin’ Sisters of Wisconsin. Metal measuring tape is used for the closure! I plan to use these for Christmas presents – guess what they’ll have inside!
The small albums are just the right size for Christmas tree ornaments – so I’ve made up a bunch with red fabrics and hanging ribbons. The pattern comes from the Quilting Arts Gift issue, Wee Memories by Melanie Testa. I used what I had on hand, which was canvas for the backing and Wonder Under to fuse fabric over it. Worked well and was easy to assemble. Tip I learned from our local quilting store on sewing vinyl: if you don’t have a leather foot for your machine (not something I keep on hand!), put a piece of wax paper over the vinyl before you attempt to stitch over it. In this case, I used the parchment paper backing from the Wonder Under. My little Feather Weight stitched over that vinyl like a charm!