Thursday, April 03, 2008

30 Days :: Nine

30 Days :: Nine

You didn't think I could stay away from the craft posts for long, did you? I have immersed myself in sewing today during the spare moments. I am in love with sewing and have tackled binding, zippers into knitting and some knitted appliques. Initially I dreaded all three.

It was at least a year ago that I began the little quilt in the picture above, the piecing was simple enough, but then I decided to hand quilt the little sock monkey outlines. Then I found you really cannot hand quilt in a reclined position (during my bed rest phase, of course). Then I discovered you really cannot hand quilt with newborn then growing twins. But now, ahhhh, one side of binding left to go and into the wash with it. I read this binding tutorial over and over and imagined the process, because, yes, I am weird and fantasize about binding even though I had never tried it before. I really love binding things and now I am speculating on all things that can be bound.

On the knitting front, well, the zipper was simple. The yarn is very forgiving, hiding all of my sloppy stitching and both zippers appear to be sitting well in the knitted fabric. And I loved the 'spot' application process because, again, forgiving yarn and a nice change from using the sticks. My technique was simple; knit the spots, place strategically and sew into place. I promise full pictures and model shots later down the line.

All in all, good way to spend an overcast and cool day. Hope yours was just as fun.


Bea said...

I love the little jacket! I really need to sew a zipper in Robby's Tomten, I think I may need to make one of those jackets for Robby too :) Yay on the binding, it is so satisfying isn't it? The Purl Bee has a good binding tutorial, and Angry Chicken has a really good tutorial on machine sewing bias binding on her website!

Katie said...

I really like the little quilt - the fabric is so cute... I keep ogling it at various stores. God to see you are finding time to do your thing :)