Tag Archive | hobby

New Craft in Town ~

 

Current Spring quilt project barely in the works

Current Spring quilt project barely in the works

 

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am an avid quilter.  Sometimes, though, I just don’t feel like working with fabric, yet I want to keep busy doing something “crafty”.  Recently I explored the possibility of taking up latch hook, as I dabbled in it when I was in high school, and really enjoyed it.  But, after exploring the world wide web, I found some links to plastic canvas projects… another crafty hobby that I enjoyed in the mid 80’s.

After stumbling upon a pattern for a Bible cover online, I knew this was how I was going to be spending some of my time this weekend.  I had long-wanted a new Bible cover, but couldn’t find a decent pattern to make one from fabric as I had wanted.  But when I found this plastic canvas pattern, I immediately got an “itch” to go to the nearest craft store and shop.

Back side of new plastic canvas Bible cover in progress

Back side of new plastic canvas Bible cover in progress

I spent most of Saturday afternoon working on this new project.  You can see the picture of what’s supposed to be the final result on the pattern near the glasses.  Mine isn’t going to be lavender, though, I fell in love with the “pink camo” yarn, and I will duplicate the cross on mine as seen.

But I won’t pretend to know even anything about what I’m doing.  I cut the canvas as directed… sorta.  I needed it bigger, since my Bible is bigger than theirs, apparently.  And I didn’t really like their pattern, so I just kinda made my own, taking some tips from one of the websites or Youtube videos I saw online.  I might have it done Tuesday or Wednesday, if I remain diligent about working on it.

The Spring quilt?  I bought border and backing fabric for it today at Spring Lake Fabrics.  I’ll be working on that tomorrow after church.  I’ll keep you updated on how each project comes along.

Meantime, why don’t you try a new craft or hobby?  It’s a brief trip out of the winter doldrums. 

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.  BTW, Happy New Year!

TTFN ~ Tamara Eckstadt

My Pink Quilt ~

 This is my pink quilt. 

My Pink Quilt Summer 2012

I’ve been quilting for about 11 years, having been an avid learner and coached by my mother-in-law, Ethel Whalen, who is a professional quilter and has shown her prize-winning work in Pennsylvania.  I never expect to be as good or as prolific as her, but I do enjoy the craft immensely.

 I’ve made a “few”, I guess.  I will post them randomly as I go along and get good photos of them ~ at least the ones I still have on hand.  Mostly I enjoy making quilts specifically for other people.  And I usually try to present it as a “themed” quilt, with the receiver’s likes in mind.  I’ve made an Oriental quilt for a good friend, a “Goth” quilt for my son, several baby quilts, quilts for fundraisers.  You’ll see.

 But this quilt, this pink quilt is mine.  My goal was to make something unique for myself, just something laptop size, to snuggle with in these cold Upstate New York winters when I like to watch t.v. in the familyroom.  Well, this pink quilt ended up being queen size, but snuggle-worthy just the same!  See, I wanted something that would cover all of me ~ unless those commercial “throws” you buy in the stores that are only 60″ or 72″ long.  Not good enough!

 I found a pattern in one of my quilting magazines called “Caroline’s Chain”, and I fell in love with it.  It’s warm, it’s Victorian and romantic.  I wasn’t sure, when I looked at it, that it would be to my level of quilting, but I was pleasantly surprised.  The pattern says it’s for “intermediate” quilters, but I only considered myself with “beginner” skills.  My typical pattern of choice is a simple 9-patch or something easy with squares.  Keep triangles and ellipticals away from me, please.

 I started by researching online “Caroline’s Chain” to see what fabrics were involved, and I found most of them available right on eBay.  The others were purchased from online quilt shops.  Unfortunately, I’m not one to really measure and do the mathematics involved with my creative quilt-making.  I like to just buy “a yard of this, two yards of that” and figure that ought to be enough ~ and usually it is.  That’s why I’m always surprised at what size my quilt will be when I’m done… they’re always bigger than planned.  But, I gathered all the appropriate fabrics and began my project.  I was very proud at how the quilt top turned out after diligently working on it evenings after work for about 2 months.  Next would be the backing, and I decided to use the numerous leftovers from the top in some creative way.  Granted, the back seems haphazardly put together to me, but I used up most of my Caroline’s Chain fabric.  I still had some leftovers for my quilt journal.

This is my pieced pink quilt back.

 So that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  I hope you enjoy checking out my quilts as much as I’ve enjoyed making them.