Design Wall Monday--March 28, 2011

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I got a few miscellaneous projects started this week.  First, I wanted to contribute to the "Just One Star" campaign.  I thought about doing more than one, but I'm trying to break my habit of being a perennial overachiever on stuff like this.  I did this one in honor of my dad, Clarence Nelson, who was a career Marine and a WWII and Vietnam vet.  I'm proud of him for his military service, and I'm proud to be from a military family.

The image is a little dark.  The background was more cream colored than it appears here.

And I made this little gift pouch for a friend.  I got the tutorial from A Spoonful of Sugar.  I love this little bag.  It was so quick and easy to make, and it's a great way to use scraps.  I think if I were going to make it again, I'd use a ribbon instead of the crochet thread, but it's all I had that was long enough this time.

Finally, I was able to finish a kit that a friend asked me to complete for her.  This is raw-edged applique.  The instructions were a little strange, and I ended up peeling up the edges of some of the appliques to get the placement right.  It wasn't a problem though because I just used a glue stick to stick them back down to keep them from shifting as I did the top-stitching.  I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.  I hope she's happy with it.  I used a ribbon so that it can be hung with one nail, scroll style, and I used a bamboo skewer shoved under the top binding to keep it from sagging in the middle.  Works great!

Next week, I'm hoping to get at that pile of UFO's I want to finish.  What's on your design wall?  If you want to see what others are doing, check out Judy's blog at:

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4 comments from clever and witty friends:

Kate said...

Love the blue and white in your star. Cool applique project too!

Stray Stitches said...

Great star block especially with the thoughts behind it. Cute bag and the wall hanging you completed for your friend is amazing.

Chris said...

Very nice tribute to your dad. I am an AF brat myself :)

Gari said...

Love the wall hanging and very nice of you to finish it for her.