Archive for March, 2007

stuff I really want to learn

21 March, 2007

I’ve been quilting for a few years, but have never sewn until very recently. Now I have a few bags and pillows under my belt, and I want to learn to do a few more things:

  • make lounge pants (I’m especially keen on the wide-leg lounge pants in Amy Butler’s In Stitches. I was eaten alive by mosquitoes last year, and want to keep my legs completely covered in lightweight lounge pants this summer.)
  • make skirts
  • insert a zipper
  • make buttonholes
  • make plush toys

Clean or Dirty by Alice at futuregirl

21 March, 2007

Mom sent me this link today, and I’m going to have to make this for her. Looks easy enough even for this neophyte feltie, and includes a free pattern! (I’m curious to see the search hits this blog will get because of the words in her quote below!)

futuregirl craft blog: Clean or Dirty

How could he not notice a half naked girl? Well, I guess we’ll find out. His only comment, “The boobs should have been bigger.” Now *that* made me laugh.

Wavy Seams at Pink Chalk Studio

21 March, 2007

Pink Chalk Studio » Tutorial – Wavy Seams

I’ve seen this pic several times today in the blogs I read, and am inspired to try it myself:

3rd Purse

17 March, 2007

Thanks to these super-easy-to-follow instructions by Mariko at supereggplant, I am now a maker-of-totes! Here is my third, using funky monkey fabrics. I learned a lot making this one (read: I made a bunch of mistakes) but I’m very pleased with my progress!

My 1st Purse Ever!

17 March, 2007

Thanks to these super-easy-to-follow instructions by Mariko at supereggplant, I am now a maker-of-totes! Here is my very first, using an old floral from my stash. Yay me! After this one, I made a purse with Marimekko fabric for my mom (no pic) and then a third, which I have just posted

Face 2 Face

9 March, 2007

Face2Face Project

3quarksdaily posted recently about this project, and it is with a full heart that I post it here. I have only a few readers, but I hope one of you will be moved as I was, and send it on to friends or post about it yourself.

The filmmakers expect to have a completed documentary by September of this year. Can’t wait!

When we met in 2005, we decided to go together in the Middle-East to figure out why Palestinians and Israelis couldn’t find a way to get along together.

We then traveled across the Israeli and Palestinian cities without speaking much. Just looking to this world with amazement.

This holly(sic) place for Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This tiny area where you can see mountains, sea, deserts and lakes, love and hate, hope and despair embedded together.

After a week, we had a conclusion with the same words: these people look the same; they speak almost the same language, like twin brothers raised in different families.

A religious covered woman has her twin sister on the other side. A farmer, a taxi driver, a teacher, has his twin brother in front of him. And he his endlessly fighting with him.

It’s obvious, but they don’t see that.

We must put them face to face. They will realize.

We want that, at last, everyone laughs and thinks when he sees the portrait of the other and his own portrait.

The Face2Face project is to make portraits of Palestinians and Israelis doing the same job and to post them face to face, in huge formats, in unavoidable places, on the Israeli and the Palestinian sides.

In a very sensitive context, we need to be clear. We are in favor of a solution for which two countries, Israel and Palestine would live peacefully within safe and internationally recognized borders.

All the bilateral peace projects (Clinton/Taba, Ayalon/Nussibeh, Geneva Accords) are converging in the same direction. We can be optimistic.

We hope that this project will contribute to a better understanding between Israelis and Palestinians.

Today, “Face to face” is necessary. Within a few years, we will come back for “Hand in hand”.

self portrait by monstros wraaa

6 March, 2007

self portrait on Flickr

monstros wraaa uses her own hair in this self-portrait! well done!

pretty pincushion by megan young

6 March, 2007

Hanging Pincushion on Flickr by Megan Young:

To fit more equipment in my tiny sewing area, I made a pincushion that hangs on the wall. I sew in my bedroom, so the pincushion was designed to resemble a pillow. The middle fabric is thrifted sheeting. I have an enormous crush on thrifted sheeting.

roosters by marisa maia

6 March, 2007

GALO. 5 on Flickr

Marisa Maia makes the most whimsical stuffed roosters, plus she speaks Portuguese, the most beautiful language ever!

bunny-orange by Miss Pompon

6 March, 2007

bunny-orange on Flickr

miss pompon
makes charming stuffed animals and illustrates books in lyon, france. I thought that shirt looked vaguely french.

Bleu Fille by dadaya_hat

6 March, 2007

bleu Fille on Flickr

It looks like dadaya_hat‘s made a scarf out of this design too! I want one!