Saturday, November 28, 2009

Cell phone case from HGTV Pajama party

Posted by PicasaThe girls at the HGTV board had a pajama party last night and we made cell phone cases. I had a blast.  Here is the cell phone case that I made with the butterflies.  It fits the phone nicely and will protect it from those nasty scratches.    After I was done with that I still wanted to do something else and I'd been struggling with wanting to do another needle case for take along projects.  The second pic is the result.  I made the pocket only about 2 1/2 inches up from the bottom and put magnetic cards that I cut up from a larger sheet.

 These hold my needles that are threaded. I could fit cards of 8 - 10 colors. There is a folded pair of scissors under the tan needle flap held with elastic (extension of elastic holding the seam ripper). It all rolls up just right. The green felted material I used for the lining is a bonus thread catcher!! 

Friday, November 27, 2009

Nativity Backdrop

Ever since I got my Willow Tree Nativity set, I've had this piece in mind, wanting to make a backdrop for the set. Today I finished it. I saw a picture a year or so on the internet that gave me this idea. I'm sorry I can't give credit to whomever inspired me, but I want to Thank them all the same.

These are 3 different panels - They are basically envelopes with cardboard inserts to make them stand up. Two of the panels are just plain fabric. The Third is layered with various neutral fabrics cut to make houses or buildings representing Bethlehem.

These will sit on the shelf above the TV which is 51 inches across. By assembling them in panels, I can change where the buildings are, and with a different setting, I can have the background be anywhere from 19 inches across to 57 inches! You can see on the right hand picture where I've just taken 2 of the panels, and set them in a V - so the nativity figures can go right in the foreground.  Click on the photo to enlarge it.

I don't have my set out of the storage just yet, but I will soon and I will show you an update on how it all looks together.
I still want to figure out how to get the star of Bethlehem in I'll keep thinking on that.

My Willow Tree Nativity set is in place - I Love how it looks.

There's a great contest over at Piece N Quilt with more links to great holiday Ideas.  Click on the button below to see more.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Twisted Table Topper

I've been working on this for a while now. I'm still so slow (or maybe it's because I've got too many projects going at one time). It's done enough to count now and I can show it. I enlarged the Twisted Table Topper enough to better fit my oak table. Each fabric is quilted differently, but all with the 'big stitch' quilting. I'm pretty tickled with it and wanted to share.

Update:  I've added some raggy strips around the center circle to give it more the appearance of the sunflower that I wanted.  I'm very happy with the results, but making a mental note that the batik I used for this didn't ravel quite like I expected.  Still a positive result.

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