Monday, January 24, 2011

Amys One Thing, One Week challenge, and I'm finally making progress on a Phd!

I was able to meet my goal for Amy's One Thing, One Week Challenge. I wanted to finish a new purse for myself and I did! I'm really happy with how it turned out. It's a messenger bag and took a lot of thought and math. If you read my last post, you will notice it matches my nook cover. There is even a pocket for my nook in it's cover.
 Please let me know what you think of my new bag.
I've also finally made some progress on a PhD. It's taken a while but I think I finally over my loooong mental block about finishing this quilt. Here is block 10. The lords a leaping. That's seven down and five to go on this quilt. As you can see it's not perfect, but near enough for me!

 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Some New Projects

I know I'm supposed to be hard at work on my PhDs, but I wanted to fit in some quick projects first. The first project is one that I'm doing for the local guide that I belong to. I'm running the block of the month program this year and I decided to do something a little different. I designed a calender holder that allows you to use a paper calender and then you change out the block for each month. Most of the blocks I will use through the year will also be my designs. Here's a picture, it's kind of hard to describe with words.
 I'm also offering an alternative block, just in case the ladies don't care for the first one. I going to put my extra blocks in a quilt.
Now for project number 2. I received a Nook reader for Christmas and decided I really wanted a cover to keep it in when I wasn't using it. This is what I came up with. 
Front
Back
I utilized a braid technique that one of the ladies demonstrated at a guild meeting. I'm really liking the  results and I think I'll make a matching purse(my old one is getting holes).

Last, but not least I wanted to show you the beautiful broaches that my daughter made for me for Christmas.
Aren't they lovely? She is so talented!
 

Friday, January 7, 2011

First Post of the New Year

Here it is January 7th already and I'm just getting around to posting. I wish I could say it's because I've been sewing a lot, but to tell you the truth, I've been taking it easy and reading some good books. It's been really nice but now it time to get back to work. I have been doing a block of the month since September and I haven't blogged about it because I just wasn't all that excited about it. I knew I was going to do something to the blocks to make them more mine, but I wasn't sure what. Well I think I have finally figured it out. The blocks are fairly simple star blocks, so I have decided to incorporate a smaller star into the larger design. This will work with all of the blocks so far and I hope it continues to work with future blocks. So anyway, here is a picture of my December star block with the smaller star in the center. 
Please let me know what you think.
I will show you September's, October's, and November's as soon as I finish them.