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1 Jun

I recently made a laptop sleeve for my new MacBook. It figures that I have no pictures of it yet despite using it all the time. However, I do have pictures of the iPad case I made for someone else using the same pattern – because they took the pictures. So, here goes.

The pattern is from Elisabeth from Oh, Fransson!. It is based on the actual measurements of your device, so I could adjust it from the laptop down to the iPad. The hardest part was getting the lovely birch trees on Lara Cameron’s fabric to match up on the different layers. I included a pocket on the backside with room for a charger and earphones, according to the recipient’s wishes. It closes with velcro, just like the main compartment. The lining is a lovely greying blue woodgrain print from Lush.

iPad case

iPad case

Spring sling

17 Apr

Spring is here, finally. To celebrate, I sewed a new bag. The pattern is Birdie sling by Amy Butler.

spring sling

The fabrics are all from the same Lotus colorway I’d stashed away years ago. I love the deep inside pockets.

spring sling detail

This is actually my second sling, I never got around to blogging the first one. Here they are side by side. As you may notice, the first sling is true to the name (Drawing room fabric by Anna Maria Horner).

two birdie slings

The first sling has been a trusty companion on many trips, from cities to beaches. Time will tell where the second one will go. Today it came with me as I voted in parliamentary elections.

Book review: Japanese quilt blocks

22 Feb

A few weeks back I showed some of the new quilting and sewing books I’d bought. I thought I’d shortly go through them one at a time and show some example pages. First up is Japanese quilt blocks to mix and match by Susan Briscoe. The first time I bought this book it was a gift but I wanted my very own copy as well because I liked the simplicity of the blocks. This is definitely a reference book for individual block designs rather than a book on complete quilt designs.

Book: Japanese quilt blocks

1. japanese quilt blocks: cover, 2. japanese quilt blocks: patchwork blocks, 3. japanese quilt blocks: sampler, 4. japanese quilt blocks: sashiko sampler

The book offers the schematics for making 132 different quilt blocks: 82 patchwork blocks, 20 sashiko blocks, 23 kamon blocks and 7 takarazukushi blocks. I like the visual construction guidelines and the way it fits two designs into one page. A drawback of this frugality is that all applique and some embroidery patterns must be enlarged.

The general technique part which every quilting book seems to have is nice and concise, less than 20 pages including the sashiko. In the very beginning of the book there is a handy guide showing you how to use the book and to read the instructions on the block pages. All blocks carry symbols according to: which technique they are made with, and what skill level they require.

Book: Japanese quilt blocks 2

1. japanese quilt blocks: sashiko, 2. japanese quilt blocks: how to, 3. japanese quilt blocks: kamon crest, 4. japanese quilt blocks: takarazukushi

In between the pages of block designs, there are plenty of suggestions on how to mix&match different blocks. The sashiko embroidery blocks are stunning and the technique seems simple enough although I’m sure it takes some practise to get those running stitches nice and even. I won’t attempt to tackle the takarazukushi applique blocks beyond their name :)

Go see more of the book in the Amazon preview. All the block designs are shown as thumbnails in the table of contents.