Sunday, December 31, 2006

New Year's Resolution - post at least once a week!

I've been very lazy about posting the past few months. Mainly because my good digital camera has gone missing and my cheap stand-by camera causes more frustration than it's worth. So I've now received my brand new digital camera - a Canon Powershot A710 IS (that's a mouthful) and I've been re-inspired. I made so many gifts for Christmas that went un-photographed. If I can persuade the recipients to send photos or let me photograph now, I'll post some of the results. If not, tomorrow is another day. There will be more stuff to make and post I'm sure.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Quilt Photo Album Cover - Whiplash Competition

This year for Christmas I decided to try to make use of an old, tattered quilt (circa 1920) that has been in our family. I came up with the idea of making covers for store-bought photo albums out of cuttings from the quilt.
I've had the quilt for about 10 years now and it's definately seen better days. It has been used most recently as a tablecloth for a table in my living room. After years of being used, the corners and edges were decaying as well as many of the fabrics throughout the quilt. Despite that, I have always adored the colors and fabric variety and (being sentimental) wanted to find a way to save and share it.

I basically made a template and worked from there. I would suggest if anyone else tries this type of project that you consider stabilizing the back of the quilt before working with it. Mine seemed to stretch and warp as I pulled it around the book. Nevertheless, I think the overall result was what I intended. The imperfections add to the rustic charm of the finished product. I added a tag to each album that says where the quilt came from and that the cover was made by me for Christmas 2006. My relatives all seemed pleased to recieve this piece of our family heritage that they can all use.

More photos can be seen here:

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