Monday, May 16, 2011

A Little Sewing Project...



This book cover is a combination of a need (a roomier cover for my e-reader) and a want (to make something with all the colorful selvages I've collected and been given). So one afternoon I spent an hour sorting through the selvages and grouping them roughly in color families. Gotta' love those selvages!


The green group got my attention for a first project, so that's where I began, and this bag took shape. It's a hybrid of various bag designs I've made before, so there's no real pattern. The fluffy flower adornment was made using a pattern from Blooming Possibilities by Abbey Lane Quilts. I just love those flowers. Eventually I think two of them are going to wind up decorating a pair of flip-flops. But that's for another day.


I'm liking my Nook e-reader that will live in this bag, and have the color version in case quilting magazines become available in that format. I'm especially hoping the Somerset Sew and other Stampington publications will be available. There was an interesting discussion in an online group about the pros and cons of e-readers, and the impact they are having and will have on print media. I like the advantage of not stockpiling hard cover copies fiction books that I've purchased by am unlikely to read again. But I'm hanging onto my (many) quilting books. I just love the physical feel of them in my hands, leafing through them for ideas and instruction. I can linger over a beautiful photo without the image fading in front of my eyes, as it might with the color e-reader, because I lingered too long. So my take is that hard copies of books will co-exist with e-readers for some time.


Well there are bags of selvages waiting, along with little books and cardmaking to be done. So I'm off...

6 comments:

Donna, Doni, Lady D said...

Oh MY! I never would have thought to use salvages, although I always adored them. What a fantastic idea. The bag is spendifilous, Nancy ... and the flower .. WOW. I'm going to look for the pattern. I agree about the controversy over e-readers. I still like a book in my hands too, and as with you, hope they will co-exist for a long while. take care, Donna

donna!ee said...

oh, how lovely! thank you much for sharing :)

sonja said...

love that u used the selvages in your bag. i am also a saver of these oddiments? using them on postcards and collage work. yes, thanks for sharing yout delightful bag!

Robbie said...

Waste not, want not! Just a great idea and bag that will get lots of nice compliments!! Good for you, nancy!

Valerie said...

Love it Nancy! I think this is my favorite item that I have seen using selvages. Very interesting placements and one of kind.

Barb said...

I'm actually heading into my sewing room to design a cover for my iPad ~ love the use of the selvages. As for the flower ~ LOVE IT! I've got that book and really need to work on some of those flowers.