Small Pieces

Little Boxes

2013, little fabric boxes
4 x 4 Fabric Boxes

Four inches square and four inches deep — those are the measurements of these handy little fabric-covered boxes. My friend Vivienne sent me directions on how to make them. I used Peltex, a heavy fabric stabilizer, to stiffen the side panels and bottoms. The boxes make great catch-alls. I use mine as thread-catchers. 2013.

 

Sewing Machine Dust Covers

2013 dust covers for Deborah and Vickie
Birthday Presents for Deborah (left) and Vickie (right)

For Deborah and Vickie S., two members of my quilt group, the Quisters, I made custom sewing machine dust covers using my own pattern.

Susan's sewing machine dust cover
Susan’s Sewing Machine Dust Cover

I also made a custom cover for Susan S. in Georgia, winner of my first Giveaway. 2013.

 

Iron Caddy

I made this iron caddy as a birthday present for my friend Viv.  The pattern, which I tweaked a little, is “Caddy Pad” by Sisters’ Common Thread.

2013-5, Viv's iron caddy

Details about the fabric are in my post of May 15.

I made a caddy for myself a couple months earlier while on a retreat with my quilt group, the Quisters:

iron caddy with vintage buttons

You can read more about it here, including the changes I made to the pattern. 2013.

 

iPad Mini Cases

In early 2013 I got my first iPad Mini and promptly made a case for it. Some of my friends and family members got iPads, too, and before long I had made a half-dozen cases as gifts. Three of them are shown below. 2013.

2013-3, iPad Mini covers
iPad Mini Cases for Lee, Diane, and Peggy

 

Sewing Machine Dust Cover, Version 4

This version features a flange on both sides of the accent strip. Of the four sewing machine dust covers I’ve made, all shown directly below, I like this one the best.

Dawn's sewing machine dust cover

I made it while on a retreat in March with my quilt group, the Quisters. You can read about it here. 2013.

 

Sewing Machine Dust Cover, Version 3

Version 3 in my experiments with sewing machine dust covers features a better way of attaching the binding — attaching it to the side panels first and then finishing with one strip around the bottom.

A View from the Side
Version 3

To read my post about the making of this dust cover, click here. 2013

 

Sewing Machine Dust Cover, Version 2

My second attempt at a sewing machine dust cover yielded this version, accented by contrasting strips and a flange.

dust cover 500
Version 2

I rounded the corners on this one, another departure from the first version shown below. To read more about this dust cover, click here. 2012.

 

Sewing Machine Dust Cover — the Prototype

After making a quilted cover to transport my sewing machine [see the entry below this one], I decided to make a dust cover to put on my machine when I’m done sewing for the day. Instead of using boring old muslin, I picked a pretty floral fabric and bound it in a bright green:

Sewing Machine Dust Cover
Sewing Machine Dust Cover, First Version

My prototype was a keeper! To read my post about the making of this dust cover, click here. 2012

 

Sewing Machine Cover

The pattern for this quilted sewing machine cover, designed by Monique Dillard of Open Gate Quilts, was published in the Aug 2012 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine:

Sewing Machine Cover
Sewing Machine Cover

I wrote about the construction of the sewing machine cover in my Sept. 2 post, Sewing Machine Cover . . . Done! Clicking here will take you directly to that post. 2012

 

Rotary Cutter Case

Viv’s rotary cutter case

This rotary cutter case was made for my friend Vivienne’s birthday.  The design is a riff on one I saw recently in a magazine. It looks like a little coat, doesn’t it? I added buttonholes before binding the case all the way around and then fusing the bottom together with ¼”-wide Steam-a-Seam.  I found those buttons last year at the Scott Antique Market in Atlanta, Georgia while visiting my twin sister. The antique market is open the second weekend of every month, which has something to do with the timing of my visits. 2012

 

Billie Bag

billie bag

Billie Mahorney, who designed this quilter’s tote, calls it “The Take It All With You Bag” but every quilter who has ever made one simply calls it her “Billie Bag.” Each bag is unique because the maker can put whatever she wants on the front and back, and the inside pockets are customized as well. This is actually my second Billie Bag. My first one measures 20” x 20” x 7”, following Billie’s original design. The one you see above is slightly smaller, measuring 14½” x 17” x 7”, and it has both a short and long set of handles. Both bags hold an amazing amount of supplies, including a 6” x 24” acrylic ruler, thanks to the 7” width of the side panels. 2011

 

 In the Doghouse

fido, in and out of the doghouse

I was teaching a class on folded log cabins at the Pine Needle Quilt Shop when I spotted this fabric with several kinds of dogs on it. It’s from the Fifi and Fido line by Anna Griffin. The little hound dog looked like he needed a home — a folded log cabin home. A folded log cabin doghouse, to be precise. I think some of his canine companions need their own doghouses, too, don’t you?

  • 6” x 10½”
  • 2011

 

Fractured Flower

Fractured Flower quilt by Dawn White at First Light Designs
Fractured Flower

In the summer of 2010 I took a class on fractured images from Johanne Gibson in Sisters, Oregon. I love the ripples-in-a-pond effect. Since then I’ve fractured several images, including this one, and taught how-to classes at the Pine Needle in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Fractured Flower fabric used in Dawn White's quilt at First Light Designs
The fabric, prior to cutting

It’s always interesting to compare the original fabric image with its fractured cousin.

  • 17” square
  • 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triple Decker

folded log cabin wall hanging

The hanger came first. When I spotted this vintage weaver’s spool for sale at an old mill, I knew right away that it needed a little quilt to hang from it. I decided to make separate folded log cabin blocks and join them with grosgrain ribbon. A few strips of dupioni silk and shot cotton added a bit of shimmer.

  • 5½” x 22”
  • 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

House #1

folded log cabin house

This was my first folded log cabin project after taking a class in 2009 from Sarah Kaufman, author of Folded Log Cabin Quilts (C&T Publishing, 2010). I envision House #1 as part of a series called ‘There Goes the Neighborhood.’

  • • 6” x 15”
  • • 2009

 

 

 

 

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