Sunday, 22 September 2013

The internet is amazing

I have recently purchased an iPad mini which I just love. I was trawling through blogland the other day and made a couple of great discoveries. I found a new (to me) blog - Faberashery. I love the way Frances is documenting her making of the Nearly Insane quilt, for each block she records a lot of detail including the dimensions, fabrics used, number of pieces, technique used etc. she even gives each block a difficulty rating. It made for fascinating reading. Her Nearly insane is all in red and white and she's made a beautiful pinwheel quilt which was inspired by Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red & White quilts. She had a link to an app of this red & white quilt exhibition that was held in New York in 2011.

This free app is just incredible, you can go on a virtual tour of the 13 pavilions and view each of the 650 individual quilts  - just amazing!! 'Do yourself a favour' as Molly would say and check it out!!!

Feeling inspired by all of this red and white (I'm still only up to Pavilion 3 out of 13, I'm eeking out the journey) I decided I would make my iPad mini a red & white cover. I found a downloadable pattern on Etsy, a few dollars and a few minutes later I have the pattern - ahh the convenience of the internet :)

Went through my stash...


But these weren't working for me so I got out some of my Japanese fabrics...


Hmmm that's better! Not strictly red and white but oishii-so (look delicious). These fabrics are thicker and more heavily woven than patchwork cotton fabrics so they will offer more protection. Yay - quilting foot still on the machine from binding my Morrell so away I went and whipped it up in one day...




All lined and padded with a front pocket for ear-buds cables etc.
I'm pretty happy with it!
Sayonara
Carole


14 comments:

  1. How cute! You work fast! My DD just got an iPad mini last week. She is having fun with it! I will get the app you mentioned for sure. Sounds like lots of fun!

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  2. Your case is lovely and thanks for the new blog tip!

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  3. The only problem is that you end up using the iPad so much a case isn't needed (hehe). Downloadable patterns are amazing, such an instant fix. I'm off to check out your links.

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  4. What a wonderful cover you've made. I have been toying with purchasing one of these minis ...sounds like a wonderful app that is making the purchase even more tempting!
    Hilda

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  5. Love your bag for the mini. Well done !!!!!!

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  6. I agree with you that the internet is amazing! I love my iPad. Your Japanese fabrics are gorgeous and now you have them in beautiful, practical use.

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  7. Thanks for the tip on red and white quilt app, I will downloaded into my iPad tonight. Love that pouch with Japanese fabric! Hugs
    Nat

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  8. That's so pretty, Carole. And *thank you* for the New York exhibit app link! I just happened to get to see that, and it was amazing-breath-taking-spectacular-hypnotizing in person. This will be a wonderful revisit. :)

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  9. Love your bag it is a cutie and oh so perfect.
    Cheers
    Lynne

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  10. Firstly I'm impressed that you taught yourself to sew on the bus, this sounds impossible to me, what a good use of time!

    And I love your bag here, beautiful and practical, when it comes to sewing home objects and bags I am about 2 years behind (remember when fabric bread bags were popular?) I still have one cut up somewhere as a WIP so I'm impressed that you started this and finished it too!

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  11. I LOVE your iPad little bag - it looks gorgeous! Perhaps you could give us a class on that!

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  13. Love the way you used your Japanese fabrics Carole, they still stand out as individual fabrics and each one shines, they are such beautiful fabrics and it is such a pretty but piratical bag. Cheers Glenda

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