Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Isn't That Crafty of Me

I signed up for the bookmark swap at IbbyBee. I thought it would be a fun way to use scraps and maybe try a few new techniques. Here are the three I created for my partner. The first is made from selvages. I'm so hooked. I'm never throwing away another selvage! The second is made with a vintage linen that has the tiniest crosstitch work and the back is a vintage sheet. The third is some Katie Jump Rope fabric and I made a pocket to fit this cool antique table knife that I found this weekend at one of my fav vintage stores in KC, Good JuJu. The knife is flat as a pancake and has an interesting pattern on the handle. I pieced the back with some more Katie Jump Rope and some Amy Butler dots. I used Peltex to make it stiffer to hold the knife. I have to find a vintage book to include in my package and I'm still working on that. Not sure what I was thinking signing up for swaps in August...it's a crazy busy month. I hope my partner likes what I've made for her. It was fun lurking on her blog and snooping.

I've been struggling with my machine over the last couple of days. It started skipping stitches. Spent a couple of hours last night taking it apart, cleaning, putting back together, changing needles, fussing with the tension. I've never had a bit of trouble with it before. So far so good. I can't live without it...I'm talking nicer to her these days...maybe that will keep her happy!


40 comments:

Lynn said...

Those are very cute! I especially like the selvedge one...I may have to try to make one this weekend!

Marie' said...

How cute. I love little projects that give me instant gratification. You need it between quilts.

Lori said...

I love, love the one with the selvages. What a great idea! I've always hated throwing them out but what to do with them. Now I know.

Purple and Paisley said...

i love your bookmarks! isn't it fun to do something different for a change? =)

Alissa said...

Oh these are CUTE! I love love love your fabric choices.

nettie said...

i love the selvage numbered dots. I have a whole jar full of them, and don't know what to do with them...this is great inspiration!

Regi said...

What cute bookmarks. You are so clever... how do you think up these things?

*thumbs up* Awesome job!

jovaliquilts said...

Adorable! Do you have any filler between the front and back?

Bookmarks are such a great idea -- useful and quick. And in this case, fun!

Stephanie said...

Now that's a swap I would have loved! LOVE BOOKs!!! Aren't selvedges everywhere. My daughter has been collecting mine for a while. I never throw them away. Your selvedge book mark is my most favorite!!!

Darcie said...

It's very crafty of you! They are so adorable! One's as cute as the next. Who knows...these may be the next craze to sweep the country!

Rebekah said...

very cute! I'll have to start saving my selvedges now so that I can make myself a new bookmark :)

ellen said...

Jacquie, these are just great. Like everyone else, I love the selvage use! The knife is also such a clever and unique idea.
I joined the swap too, and have made one so far. I need to get cracking!
thanks for the visit and the kind words. Best to you, Ellen.

Holly Elam said...

Beautiful book marks. You might be able to double the cad stock to make it thicker. It is definitely cheaper. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Linn said...

Okay, I never would've thought of using the selvages! I love that bookmark and have to copy it! Thanks so much for the idea, as I always hate throwing things away.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Great book marks! Love the idea of a bookmark swap - quick little projects.

Exuberant Color said...

That looks like instant gratification. I have been saving selvedges too. I guess there is a book out with ideas for using them.

TLC said...

Your bookmarks are wonderful! I think my favorite is the selvage one. I didn't even realize thats what it was made of until you pointed it out!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

Very crafty of you! They look great - I wish I was your swap partner :)

MightyMom said...

I love it!! I save EVERYTHING every strip scrap or dot of fabric...figure I'll find a use for them sometime. love the selvage idea.!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Fantastic....now that is different

Janis said...

I love the selvage one too!!! Since most of you reading this probably sew, I will trust you to not think I'm neurotic -- but so often when I use a piece of fabric I decide where I'm going to cut based on keeping the pretty selvage text and color dots intact. Now I know what to do with them. You are just too creative!

Leanne said...

Loving that selvage bookmark.

The Calico Cat said...

Lovely - but I am so glad that my gut reaction was "not for me." All I need is another thing to do...

QuiltedSimple said...

These are so lovely.

Glad your machine is working better - it's realy awful being without a machine!
Kris

KCQuilter said...

Oh, wow, do I ever love these!!! I especially love the selvedge one but they are ALL fantastic!! I have a photo of a zippered coin purse made of selvedges on my October 2, 2007 post--loads of fun. And, hey, it's always good to recycle!

Simply This That and the Other... said...

I debated and debated on whether to sign up for that swap! Now I wish I would have! Maybe I would have gotten you as a partner. LOVE all 3 of them!

judy said...

Those are AMAZING!! I would LOVE to be your partner in a swap like that!! And, I'll agree with ... well, everybody! and say that I LOVE that selvedge one!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I love them! How crafty, creative and thrifty. They make great gifts.

Penny said...

I love them all, but the selvedge one really grabs you!

Cami said...

These are the cutest ever! I'll have to start saving my selvedges.

Not-as-Newlyweds said...

I love these bookmarks! What an amazing way to use selveges in particular! :)

Stephanie D. said...

Those are so cute!

Poor machine--maybe she's just hot and tired, too.

~D Spack~ said...

I love them, all three of them! I want to make some!

Gail :) said...

What a great idea! A bookmark made of selvages. I never want to toss them. I love the color tests. I am so doing this! Thanks!

Tina said...

love them, thanks for showing them off.

ivyarts said...

Brilliant, once again. The selveges are inspired. A great little project to keep the creativity moving along. Great work.

Jodie said...

You know you will win me every time with a good bit of selvedge use!

Team NE said...

OMG! These are soooo cute!! What a great idea!!

cdnj said...

I love your bookmarks. What a great idea. What a cool thing to do with selvedges.

amandajean said...

I LOVE the selvedge bookmark. how clever and CUTE!