Kindle Cover

In my post yesterday about making the book style Kindle cover using the  tutorial from One Pearl Button, I mentioned the changes I made for the smaller Kindle.  Here they are:

2 pieces of fabric for the body of the cover, 15 x 10.5 13.5 x 9.75

2 pieces of accent fabric, 6.5 x 9.25 5.75 x 8.25

2 pieces of sturdy cardboard or book-board, 5.5 x 8.25 5.5 x 8.75 I know this is not smaller but it’s what worked best in mine.  I happened to have some heavy duty plastic, the kind that was an insert in a craft carrying case, and it worked quite well.

I added the elastic before the accent piece on the right side was sewn down. I cut my elastic longer (about 3″) and folded the excess ends under the accent piece and sewed it down at the same time as the accent fabric.  To accomplish this I sewed a scant 1/8th inch from the outside edge.  As I mentioned in my previous post, the Steam-A-Seam was fantastic and was helpful in keeping the elastic ends turned under.  I measured only 2″ from each corner versus 2.5″ for the elastic placement.

Another change I made was to put a layer of batting (13.25 x 9.5) on the wrong side of the outside body fabric to add a little padding.   Next time I will add some fusible interfacing on the wrong side of the outside body fabric where the button will be sewn to give it a little more stability.

Happy sewing,  Cherie

Last 2010 DWM

I’ll be traveling over the holidays so this will be my last 2010 Design Wall Monday post……and it’s not my wall, it’s my floor 😉

I made Kindle covers using the tutorial from One Pearl Button here.  The Kindle I was making these for are smaller than the Kindle the tutorial is for so I had to reduce the sizes (I’ll post the sizes in a post tonight, in case your are interested).   I used Steam-A- Seam for the first time and, boy, is it terrific!  The tutorial had you sew down the contrasting fabric then whip stitch the elastic ends.   I thought it would be sturdier to fold the elastic ends under the contrasting fabric so it would be sewed down with machine stitching.   Using the sticky trait of the re-positionable  Steam-A-Seam, I was able to turn the elastic under and have it stay in place.  If you start sewing the contrasting fabric in the middle of a side, you’ll be able to sew all the way around without starting and stopping, nice 🙂

Be sure to stop by Judy’s Design Wall Monday post and check out the other design walls, or floors, or beds, or tables!

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you all!  Cherie

A Local Win!

A big thank you to Sew, Mama, Sew for hosting the recent Dec 13th Giveaway Day.  Kristy of St. Louis Folk Victorian had three giveaway opportunities and I won #1, woohoo.

Here’s the lovely email she sent:

Happy Holidays!!
I’m writing this thank you for participating in my giveaway, as hosted by Sew, Mama, Sew!
You have won the 5 Fat Qtrs in pumpkin/rust combo.
Please send me your mailing address so that I can package up your winnings and get it out to you asap.
Thanks for visiting my blog, I hope you took a little time to read some of my other posts.
-St. Louis Folk Victorian
I’ve actually been following Kristy’s blog for a little while now.  Pretty sure I found her because of her link to the St Louis Modern Quilt Guild (STLMQG)…….Kristy started it!!!!  I’m fascinated by the involvement of young quilters taking on the new modern quilt style and running with it.  The STLMQG is taking off as you can see by their website.  Again, a big thank you to Kristy for the wonderful givaway:)

UFO Challenge 2011

Judy has issued a UFO Challenge for 2011.  Here’s my list:

1 -10 Moon Glow – complete one of the remaining 10 star blocks

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11 First Saturday Foxy Fassett quilt – backing, quilting & binding

12 Crumb Quilt – backing, quilting & binding

1a Pinwheel Party Quilt Navy – backing, quilting & binding

2a Pinwheel Party Quilt Orange – piece top & backing

3a Flower Wall Hanging – finish hand quilting & binding.

4a Vicksburg – applique borders & sew together the top

5a & 6a Antique Reproduction Baby Quilts 1 & 2  – quilting & binding

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7a Seeds of Time – quilting & binding

Picture from Instructions

8a – 10a Moon Glow – complete 4 of the 12 alternate blocks

11a Topsy Turvy Nine Patch – borders and backing

UFO’s I’d like to get done but will take longer than a month or didn’t make the list:

Hand quilt Cherrywood Bricks –

Quilt  & Bind Liberty Quilt –

Quilt & Bind Summer Cabins –

Set First Saturday Asian Surprise blocks –

Set First Saturday Tipsy Fox blocks –

Finish & set Scrappy Star blocks –

Quilt & bind Technicolor Yawn

Folk Style Sampler – applique three remaining blocks

Wowsa!!  I think this is, perhaps, too challenging of a list to accomplish in one year.  I do, however, work best with deadlines so perhaps Judy’s challenge will be just what I need to drive me over the edge help me finish up some things that have been hanging around.