Yes, I have treats for everyone today, so stayed tuned right to the end to find out what I have for you!
First of all though, let's talk about the thing for 'she'. Little Miss is the she in this tale and you can tell how behind I am on sharing my makes because I was talking about my batch of kindle cases over a month ago on my February Podcast. I posted a few pictures of my kindle case here (scroll down a bit) and now I'm finally getting around to sharing the others I made.
If you heard the podcast you'll know that my case had a few unfortunate errors that bugged me a little and so the second time around I wanted to avoid all that. As usual when I'm making something for the smallest person of the house, I let her have full editorial say so on the fabrics selected and, as usual I was slightly dubious about her choices initially.
She decided to go for a full on cat-fest. She picked pretty much every fabric she could see that was feline related and then added some pink and purple into the mix because those colours are still the reigning favourites. I can't say I was massively inspired myself but this was not for me so I dutifully started cutting squares and setting to work.
I thought I'd been very careful with all my measuring and cutting but got half-way through before I realised that I was cutting the squares too small. Humpf. So I started again. Once I had assembled the second set of squares into a patchwork I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked the fabric they created. That little girl of mine, I thought, maybe she knows what she's doing after all!
I was just about to start the hand quilting and then would you believe it, I realised the whole thing was too small. What the actual heck?! So I added another row of squares to the side and a little strip to the bottom to salvage the morning's work. And this is me trying to be careful. Heaven help me.
Still, after these initial hiccups, the thing came together like a breeze. Somehow, miraculously, it ended up fitting the kindle like a glove. I actually really like the little strip of just one fabric at the bottom, it gives it a nice finish. All luck and absolutely no judgment obviously, but still you take what you can get I say. Oh and there are even little pussy cats inside too. I do love a pretty lining, it's like a nice little surprise waiting to be discovered. I'm glad to say that the cat lover was happy with it too.
Next up is the 'he' of the house. It is very rare that the Mr asks me to make something for him so I pretty much always drop everything and get right onto it when he does. Making for a man does not come remotely naturally to me but I figured keeping it simple would be no bad thing, so I opted for some stripes. 'Nothing can possibly go wrong this time' I thought.... hummmm.
So I beavered away happily on this one. I came together reasonably quickly, all went fairly smoothly. (You can see this is heading for a fall can't you?) I'd almost finished the whole thing in fact when it suddenly occurred to me that I should check the fit. So I merrily grabbed the kindle and when about putting it in the case...
...Or at least, I tried to.
Predictably, it wouldn't fit. Well, it would, just, if I really pulled and pushed it into place. But really and truly what I'd made was pretty much useless. Yikes, what is going on with me?
You know how it is when things go all wrong. Sometimes you want to throw it across the room and storm away. Sometimes you just want to bury it and forget the whole sorry episode. But on this occasion I was just plain annoyed. At myself, of course. But, I'd set out to make a kindle case for hubs and I was blooming well determined that he was going to get one!
So I started on Hub's Kindle Case 1.1 and feverishly worked on it right up until Little Miss came walking through the door from school. Thankfully, Mark II did fit. Just. It was still fairly snug, but it was useable and so that would have to do.
It's strange that the case I thought would be a disaster actually turned out to be my favourite and the one I thought would be simple was actually a bit of a nightmare.
Still, all three of them have a functioning cover of some sort which is the main thing and for a little while at least, I think I might leave making kindle cases well alone.
Now it is your turn, dear Reader as I have a little something for you too...
The lovely people at Homespun Magazine have very kindly given me the opportunity to offer you a free digital issue of their marvellous magazine.
If you've read the blog before you'll know this is one of my favourite crafty mags as I always find it so inspiring. Being published in Australia, it's not always easy to get my hands on a copy, but these days the wonder of technology can solve that problem nicely. The joy of the digital issue means that you can get this one delivered right into your inbox wherever in the world you are. How good is that?
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