I was so happy to be a part of Ruby Star Wrap-Along, which is a fun sewing event that uses Melody Miller's Ruby Star Wrapping book (which, I saw, is available on Roost Books for 35% off and with free shipping using coupon code FFR1212 at checkout...well, any of their books for that matter). Check out the schedule as well as how to link up your project to be eligible for some of the great prizes!
11.9.12 Amanda of A Crafty Fox
11.12.12 - Elizabeth of Oh, Fransson!
11.14.12 - Brooke of Pitter Putter Stitch
11.16.12 - Erin of Two More Seconds
11.19.12 - Jennifer of BettyCrockerAss
11.21.12 - Rochelle of Lucky Lucille
11.23.12 - Sukie of Sukie - don't you know who I am?
11.26.12 - Elizabeth of Don't Call Me Betsy
11.28.12 - Gina and crew of Bolt Neighborhood
11.30.12 - Ellen of the Long Thread
12.3.12 - Katie of Swim, Bike Quilt
12.5.12 Faith of Fresh Lemon Quilts
12.7.12 Lee of Freshly Pieced
12.10.12 Maureen of Maureen Cracknell Handmade
12.12.12 Sara of Sew Sweetness
12.14.12 Colleen of The Busy Bean
12.17.12 Amy of Diary of a Quilter
12.19.12 Monica of Happy Zombie
I actually spoke with Melody and her husband about her book at Quilt Market in Houston this past October, and she was clearly very excited about it. I got my copy of the book 2 weeks before at Sewing Summit, so I had had a chance to read through it on the plane ride home. I think it's really an original idea. With the whole climate of the online sewing community, it is very common that we are sending things to each other (bee blocks, swap pillows, Flickr swap fabric, etc.), and I often get things wrapped nicely in ribbon or what-not, so it is just natural that people would also be interested in dressing up their handmade (or store-bought) gifts with creative wrapping.
|Part of Melody Miller's booth at Fall Quilt Market|
You can clearly see how much work went into the book; from all the photographs, to the personal thoughts on the projects, to the different ways to personalize each project to make it your own. There are seriously so many great ideas within these pages.
If you saw photographs of Melody's booth at Market, I think her attention to detail in the booth (vintage Fisher Price toys under the Christmas tree, the old television set, the couches, the little figures) translates to her work and also to this book. The book was a real treat and I enjoy having it.
So anyway, my project for the Wrap-Along was the Pocketed Apron. I chose this project because I thought it would be really useful (actually for myself, lol). I work in a rather tight sewing space, and it really irks me always having to turn around and grab this supply or that supply (most commonly my Frixion pens, scissors, and seam ripper). I thought it might make things a bit calmer for me if I could just dump the supplies in this lovely apron and keep them on hand.
The pattern instructions inside the book noted that it took one of the pattern testers about 15 minutes to complete this project, and that's probably about accurate if you have your fabrics cut and ready to go. I used 1/2 yard of main fabric and scraps for the ties. I sewed the dividers on my pocket to fit the scissors, 2 pens, and the seam ripper, and I also went with the fabric sashing option as opposed to a ribbon tie at the waist (the scrap of fabric that I wanted to use for the ties was a little bit small, so the ties ended up 2-1/2" wide finished size).
If you are sewing along with us, you can also link up your completed projects at the Sew, Mama, Sew Ruby Star Wrapping Contest! Head over there for more details, there are some awesome prizes!!
This week there is another cute octopurse handbag and a $20 dollar gift certificate to a great shop, Pink Chalk Fabrics! Details to enter to win here.