My Craft Projects
I enjoy casual crafting and occasionaly throw myself into big projects. Here are a few of my favorites:
Quilt for Baby David
My dear friend gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and I wanted to mark the occasion with a handmade keepsake that celebrated his Alaska heritage. I modeled my project on the the recently-issued Alaska state quarter and embellished it with tactile elements to stimulate his experience with it.
Alaska state quarter
Design blown up 400%
Basic images in design
Individual piece cut-outs for patterning
Face pattern and fabric samples for bear
Fabric sample for fish
Bear pieces on fusible web and cut
Stitching the edges of the ironed-on design
The basic pieces together
Gold stitching on the fish
Determining placement and patterning of raised "sea foam" areas
Stitched sea foam and "David" lettering
Fully-pinned binding (after "sandwiching" with batting and backing)
Side view of pinned binding (as to understand how it will "bunch" when sewn)
Finished product, ready for baby wear-n-tear!
Living Room at Christmas
High on the success of a group effort to create a king-size applique quilt in honor of a kindergarten class, I fashioned the following wall-hanging as a gift for my parents. It depicts their living room at Christmas, complete with a favorite chair, Sydney Lawrence painting, Norwegian flags criss-crossing the tree, and three-dimensional sheer curtains.
I had the delightful opportunity to assemble two incredible photo albums for the sons of my friend, scrapbooks which chronicled a few of the highlights of the first 18 years of each of their lives. In total, I created two massive 18-year memory albums from five 14-gallon tubs of photos and memorabilia. In the four weeks I spent on this challenge I watched mere babes bloom into young men, aided and surrounded by love and opportunities.
3 of the 5 tubs of photos and memorabilia
One pile for each of 18 years for each boy
The best choices of images and memorabilia for an individual start piling onto the table
The life events start to take shape
A rough-draft of choice moments and photos in two-page layouts
All the items were organized to this point, so I just had to make them fit on the pages and into a book!
Each page included photos, memorabilia, subtle color accents, leaving plenty of room for the parents to write captions and stories
And items that told the stories themselves were allowed to do just that!