Monthly Archives: March 2011

March 19th, 2001 – Pancake dinner

March 19th, 2011
My boyfriend makes us pancakes for dinner. Swedish pancakes! 🙂

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Pictures from February

Remember my photo project for 2011? I’m taking pictures every day and one is chosen to go in a picture book I will print.

Here are some pictures from my February:

Feb 3rd, 2011 February 3rd, 2011 – My cat JumJum up close

Feb 7th, 2011
February 7th, 2011 – The crocheted budgie I made for a retiring colleague (you can read more about it here)

Feb 13th, 2011
February 13th, 2011 – Frozen cheesecake in front of the TV

Feb 14th, 2011
February 14th, 2011 – Looking at a Valentine-sky walking to work

Feb 15th, 2011 February 15th, 2011 – Chocolate from my favorite chocolate shop in Malmö: Cacaofoni

Feb 17th, 2011
February 17th, 2011 – Meeting friends for a “fika” and some knitting. The chocolate fudge cake was extremely lovely!

Feb 20th, 2011
February 20th, 2011 – Taking a walk on a sunny Sunday afternoon

Feb 24th, 2011
February 24th, 2011 – Sunset walking home from work

Feb 26th, 2011
February 26th, 2011 – Clouds looking like cotton sweeping over the sky

FO – Child’s Messenger Bag from One-Yard Wonders

Flashy front
A bag for my niece

Pattern: Child’s Messenger Bag from One-Yard Wonders by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins
Fabric: Something I bought at Åhléns one or two or three years ago
Project time: Wednesday March 9th, 2011 – Thursday March 10th, 2011

Open
With an open flap and a visible inner pocket

Ramblings: I thought the design was interesting with its bottom corners (see picture below). I’ve never seen a box-shape made that way. Don’t know how practical it is (I imagine dirt and stuff to quite eaily get stuck in those folds) but it looks neat.

Bottom corner
One of the two bottom corners

I had some problem attaching the Velcro on the bag body. I didn’t think the measurements in the book made sense on the placement of them so I used my intuition and moved them up a bit. I should’ve used more of my intuition and moved them even further but I chickened out. And ended up having to rip the ones on the flap and move them down a bit. I haven’t found any errata on this so I don’t know if others have had the same problem or if I just didn’t understand how to place a rectangular Velcro-piece 10.5″ from the top edge…

Strap
Part of the strap and the golden fabric

Overall, I enjoyed the fast project. From cutting out the pieces (standard rectangles of different measurements) to having a complete bag only took about three-four hours.

The bag is huge (for its recipient) and I just hope my little niece don’t drown in it…

WIP – Crazy 9-patch quilt again

Binding close up - frontA close up of the binding on the front

The seam to the right is where I started and finished attaching the binding by machine. I’m very proud of how neat that looks! I used Jaybird Quilts’ tutorial on perfect binding.

I made the binding myself using the method where you get one continuous tape by just sewing one seam. You can find loads of tutorials on YouTube if you search for “make bias tape continuously“.

Binding close up - backA close up of the binding on the back

I’m attaching the binding by hand on the back. I’m using ladder stitch. It trakes time, but I like the way it turns out. A bit wavy, but not too much. I have another 3 sides and corners left to do.

Part of the backThis is part of the back with attached binding

I’ve used scraps from the quilt top to make part of the back. I’ve added some fabric from my stash as well, like the grey seen here.

I decided to quilt it all with random straight lines. I’m using a yellow thread and I quite like it. It shifts between a brighter and a more subbtle yellow but not very noticeably. Quilting like this was fun! I didn’t have to put too much thought into it and I think it works well with the wonky 9-patches on the front.