Well it was a busy crafting weekend for me. Have you been following the submissions for the Slice Contest from Moda Bake Shop? For the longest time I had the only submission, then all of a sudden, there was a ton of submissions. After seeing a couple of submissions from one person, I went back and re-read the guidelines for the contest, and sure enough, you can submit as many projects as you like. So I had to put my thinking cap back on and come up with some other ideas. This is what I came up with for my second submission. The rules require an office/studio accessory that uses Moda pre-cut fabric (of course), batting and a buckle. It is really hard to come up with ideas. This ID tag can be used for your laptop case, sewing machine case, luggage, etc. I think it will make your bag stand out in a crowd. Great for those quilting retreats or classes.
I am also developing a few pin cushion designs to sell in my Etsy Shop. Here are a couple of my proto-types. Look familiar? I made one of the designs several years ago using the English Paper Piecing technique. I figured that technique was too slow for production, so I came up with a machine piecing technique. Aren’t they sweet? I just love them. They are stuffed with 100% cotton fill (Sweet Dreams) from the Quilters Dream batting folks. I also ordered some 100% carded wool to try. I heard that wool is better for your pins and needles. I’ll let you know how that comes out, as I have another design in the works. Notice the product label-I found a great tutorial over at meylah.com to make these. I also have a site there for promoting my digital tutorials and patterns. I’ve only posted one tutorial so far, but more to come.
Even with all the crafting, I did manage to make it to JoAnn’s over the weekend. I loaded up on buttons at the “buy one, get one” President’s Day sale. I think they will look so cute on the pin cushions.
I hope this inspires you to get crafty ~ Lora