Aug 252013

It’s finally the week to make the project that I was most excited about in Ayumi’s book: the cute cute hexagon trivet. I even made two!

I’m so not fast that it took me an hour to choose fabric out of my scrap containers. Then I cut approximate chunks out beforehand, which made the piecing simple. It was a very straighforward project, so there’s not too much to say about it.
strawberry trivet

I was chintzy as usual, and I used some not-super-pretty scrap flannel for the backs (instead of super cute fabric, like Ayumi used in the book samples). No one looks at them after I take blog pictures, anyway.
trivet back

I was happy at how relatively neat the bound corners turned out. I used my usual lazy pinch-fold-fold-mark-mark-sew-sew method. Wasn’t that descriptive?
trivet front corner

I’m glad that the Zakka 2.0 Sew Along exists, because it’s nudged me to make time for projects I normally wouldn’t have done. These scrappy things are super cute! They take longer than things I’m naturally inclined to make, but I really like them when they’re finished.
bear trivet

Jun 232013

I made this week’s Zakka 2.0 sew along project with an entire day to spare, this time! It’s a tea cozy with an adorable Ayumi-style panel on the bottom.
zakka 2.0 sew-along tea cozy

My brain is seriously only operating at 10% while I’m on maternity leave, so I made a whole bunch of mistakes. My cozy turned out about 14″ wide instead of 12-ish because I sewed the four blocks at the bottom together at each patterns’ cut line instead of the seam line.
tea cozy my mistake

I also cut my lining pieces with the height and width dimensions reversed, so I had to add strips on each end to make up the width. And I just plain wasn’t thinking when I was doing the diamond quilting — on the front piece, I stopped quilting the diamond pattern at the bottom edge of the solid piece, but I should have extended it all the way down the batting so that the interior would look nice. Instead, it looks a little crazy, and I didn’t even backstitch for security at the exposed ends of the quilting. I hope it still lasts!
tea cozy inside

This one’s a modification instead of a mistake: I did a normal quilt-style binding on the bottom (with a straight strip of binding) instead of making a closed loop and sewing that on like the pattern instructs. With my luck, I’d have had extra fabric when I got around to closing the loop!
tea cozy binding

On the bright side, I got to use a very appropriate bit of ribbon for the loopy thing at the top!
tea cozy tabby thing

I love this sew-along! This is a really cute project that I normally wouldn’t have gotten around to completing, but now it’s done, and I have a Christmas present finished way ahead of time! 🙂
tea cozy on the steps

Jun 092013

Goodness! I was lazily catching up on a little blog reading, and then I realized that the zakka-along I had been waiting months for had started this past week, and today was the last day to make the bell pepper coasters, which were the thing I liked the most from Ayumi‘s book!

Half of my sewing supplies are still at our old house (my batting scraps! my scrap-scraps!) and I’m currently iron-less (my husband dropped it when we were moving stuff), but patchwork is supposed to be about making do with what you have, right? So I quickly made just one coaster before the kids woke up.
bell pepper coaster
(I also don’t have my camera here, so that’s an iPod pic, and my computer’s not hooked up yet, so there’s no nice touching up of thingies on my parents’ computer. Wha-pow!)

This is such a fun, easy pattern! Ayumi’s construction method is brilliant and painless — I probably finished this in under an hour (I’m a very slow sewerer, so that’s amazing for anything I do), even though I was grabbing sewing supplies from all kinds of crazy places and finger-pressing and generally acting like a headless chicken. 😀

I wish I could find the nice picture link thingy to the sew-along, but my kids are seriously threatening to wake up, so I must post now. Blammo!

Edit: Well shucks, I missed the linky by 15 minutes! I think I’m going to console myself with a little shopping therapy (I need a new iron, after all), and at least I have a cute new coaster out of it. 😀