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26.9 SQ Ep 046 – G, I Made a Lanyard

August 9, 2012

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I had a small accident at work where my blue beaded lanyard went skidaddle. All over the floor.

Not a real accident, I am fine, even if my beaded lanyard sorta died.

This used to be a necklace.

The sacrifice of my beaded lanyard prompted me to make my own lanyard for work.

But I ignored the whole thing for a while.

And now I finally needed to bring the idea to the forefront.

How to structure the idea? Will one piece of fabric do? Will I actually figure out how to use my sewing machine again? Will Roger ever get out of the trunk that Jessica put him into?


A bit over-dramatic way to say, yes, I’ve had an idea to make a lanyard out of a physical constant for a while.

But which one to chose?

I consulted a list I found online to help remind me of my nerdy past.

Fundamental Physical Constants

And then asked my quilty friends to see if they liked anything on my list.

Okay the list was more simple than that.

And then a quick poll, and then I found I liked one more than the others even with the poll.

And then “A Lanyard” was born!

Can you guess which constant that I picked?

And then, here’s a picture of the fabrics close up. I wear red a lot so I thought it would compliment several of my outfits.

And no I don’t have many in process pictures. You fold in half. Lengthwise.

Then open up the seam & fold in 1/4ths.

So you get this skinny skinny strip (start with 4 times the width of strip that you want.

And then you sew the ends down really good around the lanyard piece that you have to work with.

Excuse the blur. And the fake wood paneling.

Here’s the lanyard in total.

And now I have a secret # associated with this lanyard. Maybe I’ll make the 2nd highest requested scientific constant and then rotate?

You may want to make one for a new teacher for the year, or make one for yourself.

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18.2 Tutorial: Tangram-esque Fabric Puzzle (via Beauty All Around)

August 11, 2011

I saw this little “42 piece toy” blogged and I had to reshare it with you. Squares and triangle shapes, 42 mini quilts that are turned under become a toy / puzzle. This looks like a lot of fun! Those of you with bright colored charm packs or fabrics, here’s an idea for you and kids to enjoy!

Tutorial: Tangram-esque Fabric Puzzle This is one of those projects that's been on my mental to do list for a while, like before I had my Pinterest boards, or I would be able to tell you exactly when and where I saw it. (Oh Pinterest, how did I ever get along without you?) I did pin a similar project as soon as I saw it, but this was months after the original inspiration struck me. Curious yet? After tumbling the idea around in my head, I finally cracked down and did it, and rather t … Read More

via Beauty All Around

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16.2 Periodic Table of Sewing by Scientific Seamstress

June 9, 2011

I totally failed to mention this wonderful periodic table of sewing in my periodic table episode a couple of days ago.

Carla of the the Scientific Seamstress fame (must be something weird about people with the names rhyming with ‘arla’?) has put together the periodic table of sewing elements.

Keeping the symbols of the elements the same, Carla has found some cute replacements for elements!

I particularly like Ne (neon) for Needle, and Sr (strontium) for Seam Ripper, and Mg (magnesium) for Magnetic Closure.

Check out her science/sewing lab on this post where there’s a link to a larger printable version of the image!

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13.3 One More Sewing Day

March 6, 2011

I finally get to sew with some swap ladies, I think the last time we sewed together (including me) was July.

I am really looking forward to this day and I spent a lot of time in the kitchen making my pasta salad recipe (which we are starting to just love around here).

I have my quilt swap blocks for the Quiltcast Strip Twist block swap ready to go.  Just waiting on an address clarification and for the post office to be open tomorrow.

Once they are received I will post pictures of what almost went wrong, and of my block that wasn’t correct.

For now, enjoy the picture I took from my new water bottle found in the garden section of walmart.

I also got some jewel corsage pins that aren’t photographing all that well.

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10.13 Make it Sew Idea

January 22, 2011

I have an idea that involves:

1) a sewing machine

2) a spectra (lithium anyone, or rather, dilithium?)

(found at This site)

3) a popular (back then) science fiction television show

(found at This site insignia stencil)

4) inspiration from a picture from icanhascheezburger

(found at this site)

Here’s the start of the idea!

 

Thanks Pam, for being geeky and in doing so, inspired this idea!

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6.1 The Home Sewing Front

May 2, 2010

Here are pictures from the Home Sewing Front

Kelley from the Pioneer Quilter has issued a May Mayhem challenge which I am taking. Kelley wants us to quilt 15 minutes every day in May.

I had to practice for about a week to make sure I could discipline myself in quilting every day. Brye asked Kelley if we had to sew every day or we could double up one day instead. Kelley responded that she wasn’t going to sit in our living rooms, but progress was progress.

So I came up with the Drill Sergent idea:
“Okay you quilting scum. Get out the needle and give me fifteen stitches! Don’t even think about putting down that project, you still have 10 minutes left, you filthy maggots!”

Image courtesy of wikipedia

Here are my May Goals for May Mayhem (found in big tent Brye Lynn’s subgroup)

1) Finish the embroidery for quilt guild (two small 15 minute sessions should knock this out)
2) Complete the tote bag in time for the swap deadline
3) Finish fans on quilt, cut and applique corners down
4) Get an idea on quilting pattern for the fan quilt (perhaps trace it down & deciding backing fabric for it)
5) Cut out and finish one more applique piece for the sunflower quilt
6) Find another hand project for work (only if #5 is done).
7) Craft more podcasts in May than in April. Oops!

Guess What?  While waiting for Audacity and Podbean I found two sessions of 15 minutes in the past few days to finish goal #1!

Progress on April 24th

A couple of long sewing sessions – one watching television, and one sitting on my newly cleaned off porch got me mostly finished by yesterday afternoon.  Here is the finish!

Next project!

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