Monday, September 29, 2014

Emergency Wallet

Yikes! My wallet was getting old and I was thinking about replacing it, but never found anything a liked. Poof! the stitching on seams gave out. Amy Butler's book "Style Stitches" there is an checkbook cover. A search up the internet and I found a way to tweak the pattern and add some credit card pockets. I used a tutorial from That *Darn* Kat for a quilted wallet with credit card holders. A little math to shrink it down and a little finger crossing that I am guessing correctly and I converted a check book cover to a new wallet.Using fabric from my other Amy Butler bag and its pal. I made the wallet.

In hindsight the wallet should be half inch wider (to accommodate the width of the credit cards) and an inch longer (to accommodate the bulk when it is folded).

Between medical, credit and store cards there is not enough room in my compact wallet. I made Key Keeper Coin Purse for to hold the spill over for the less frequently used cards. Now I know why so many people rattle off their phone numbers instead of carry cards.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Swallowtails 2014

This has not been a good butterfly year. I am not sure if it because I did not plant flowers in my deck boxes or the butterfly bush took a beating over the winter and was late coming into bloom or my parsley pot is closer to the house.

We had three caterpillar before we left for vacation.
2 of the 3

I found two when we returned.

The two caterpillars disappeared. I have seen a swallowtail flying around. Last week we discovered where one crawled off to metamorphosis. Clever caterpillar although he hiked about 20 feet across the house to nestle under the kitchen bay window.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Quilt Bee - August's Challenge

I joined the quilt bee with my guild. Amy has August and asked us to paper piece patches for her expected baby. Amy gave us the paper piecing and fabric scraps. I have the word "baby". My choice for blue letters on low volume background or low volume letters on a blue background. I choose the former.

I once pieced a sample square in a class but it was much larger. These pieces are small. I am using my light table to see the fabric coverage.

Amy want a scrappy looked and asked that all fabric be used, but I am not to keen on the large white dots because the pieces are so small and I think there is not enough blue. There were some tiny pieces, especially letter 'a'. I'm not sure you tell which fabric is which. Letter 'y' was a breeze - the pieces were soooo big. Ha! The big white dots works better on 'y'.