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Sunday, May 12, 2013

AMH Laptop Sleeve - May Finish

 At one of our recent guild meetings, my friend Rachel commented, "Why are you carrying Vera? You should be carrying 'Jess!'" I laughed and agreed. So, here's my first foray into quilted accessories (well, the first since the wedding).




I am happy to report that I've finished my May goal before May is half over. I guess the point is to have a kick in the butt, right? Right. So, I've finished my laptop sleeve and I can't even DESCRIBE how much I love it. Well, I'll try. This is a blog, after all.

The back

I bought some Anna Maria Horner Field Study linen at Pink Castle Fabrics, which carries just about everything I'm looking for/dreaming after fabric-wise. I mentioned when I received this fabric that it's right up my alley - as friends and family will think, it's very "Jess." Whimsical and a whole lotta purple.

 I quilted one extra feather into each side just as an extra for the eye :)

I tend to delve into quilting and sewing projects with a deep breath and nary a look back. Most of the time this is a good thing, though sometimes it involves extra time taken (ripping out stitches, for example), or wasted fabric. This time I got pretty lucky. I loosely followed this laptop sleeve tutorial - basically I made two quilt sandwiches (one was 4 inches longer than the other). In the end, I had to trim off a good two and a half inches of width to make it fit better, but that only involved a bit of unpicking after I sewed some of the binding on.




 I quilted them in orange metallic thread - which shines so pretty :) - and sewed binding around all the raw edges. Also, for the first time, I successfully operated the button application on my Janome, and also the button sewing foot :) I was SO excited. All I had to do was press the pedal! Even the husband thought it was really cool!

 Purple buttons, OF COURSE (from my small but mighty button stash)

I lined the sleeve with two pretty AMH prints, and bound it in AMH scraps. What can I say -  I'm obsessed! Also, it's deep enough to hold my laptop cord - so, stylish AND functional. Check and check.


 I'll be headed off to school tomorrow with my brand new laptop sleeve, and I'm IN LOVE with it! I had such a creative and productive weekend. Isn't it great when those happen?



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19 comments:

  1. Dropped by from LGA again and I'm thrilled to see that you've got stuck straight in and made the laptop sleeve. It really turned out great, no wonder you so pleased with it and that fabric is a joy :)

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  2. Oh it's gorgeous!! I love the binding - what a perfect touch :) Enjoy!!

    Thanks for linking up!

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  3. That's such a pretty use of those fabrics together, and I think the quilting is inspired:-)

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  4. What a lovely laptop case, and gorgeous fabrics too :-)

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  5. The fabric really makes it, good choice. Nice job on the quilting.

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  6. wow it looks so awesome, I love the quilting!

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  7. I can see WHY you love it!! Superb work Jess!

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  8. I love that fabric! You made a really cute laptop sleeve out of it. totally on my list of things to make (soonish).

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  9. V cute laptop sleeve, love the fabric such pretty colours.

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  10. Lovely! And it is so "Jess"!

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  11. Very pretty laptop sleeve. You did a really great job on it.

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  12. Now that is lovely! :) Very nice!

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  13. I love your quilted ghost feathers :)

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  14. Very Pretty. Congratulations on using the button foot.

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  15. It looks absolutely awesome. Great job!

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  16. Lovely! This is a wonderful craft. Really you are great designers....

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