Archive for March, 2011

March 28, 2011

Anatomy of a Project: ScottBot Part 3

Robot parts.


The cutting template made it super easy to cut out all the robot parts that I need.  This pile took about 10 minutes and I know everything is the right size.  The only think I haven’t cut yet is all the arms and legs.  I’m not sure how big I want those to be so I’m going to wait until I have a few things put together to figure that out.

I really like how it’s all going to look with the embroidery floss.

March 28, 2011

Made: This Weekend

A trip to White Rock Lake.  We ran around it and then I couldn’t move my legs.  Half marathon here I come.

photo by Chris Sommers
March 23, 2011

Anatomy of a Project: ScottBot Part 2

Guess what?  Math IS awesome.  Have I lost my mind, you ask?  No.  I think math is awesome because I don’t have to do any!  I happen to spend my real life working everyday in AutoCAD.  Aside from drawing construction details, it’s also a fantastic program for planning out sewing projects. 
Once I have my little sketch


 I just re-draw that image in AutoCAD.  This sounds complicated but for something like this robot it took all of about 6 minutes until I had this simple drawing.


 The best part is the handy little dimension tool that figures out exactly how big everything is. I can measure down the 32nd if I wanted to (but I don’t). 


This is also great for figuring out complicated quilt blocks or exactly how much fabric I’ll need for a project. 
If I’m working on something really complicated or with a limited amount of material (like one square of bamboo felt) I’ll make a cutting template.  I measure the size of my material, in this case 20” x 22” and then lay out the size of each piece already dimensioned with my dimension tool.  And another awesome feature that makes AutoCAD ideal for sewing projects?  It’s the offset tool.  I can decide my seam allowance, here it’s ¼” and offset all my pieces to include the finished cutting size.  I’ll end up with something like this.


If I’m feeling especially fancy (always) or I just want to get a better idea of how something will turn out I’ll make a PDF of the line drawing for a little Photoshop magic.  For example, this is how I plan my ScottBot to turn out.


We’ll see what happens.

March 21, 2011

Anatomy of a Project: ScottBot

This beautiful bamboo felt I bought last weekend…

…is on it’s way to becoming a robot. 

Remember last year around this time when I made a panda


Well, it’s that time again and that special little boy is turning two this year.  I’ve been seeing a lot of robots around the internet lately and thought a plush robot would be a perfect gift.  (We all know I am partial to robots.) 

I also thought this would be a good time to share exactly how I go about making things.  My Weekender bag is one of the few things I’ve made from an actual pattern.  The quilts I make usually start as an idea in my head and go from there.  Even that panda from last year was based on a bear pattern that I modified and then added to. This robot is the same way.  I don’t have a pattern just an idea.     

So where did that idea come from?  Well, after I decided that I wanted to make a robot, I looked around for some good robot inspiration.  Go to flickr and search for plush robot and you will find images abound.  The same with Google image search.  So Googled and searched and Flickred and then came this.

Lots of drawings of lots of little robots.  After contemplating how I was actually going to construct and if I wanted to add additional thickness to the robot I’ve chosen this little guy to become my ScottBot.

The next step?  Lots of math. Awesome.

March 21, 2011

Made: This Weekend

One trip to the farmers market.  We tasted some delicious local honey and came home with an organic free range chicken from Busy B’s Market in Grandview. 

One trip to Frisco for the FC Dallas home opener.


One plan for this bamboo felt. Details to follow….  

March 17, 2011

Primarily Stripes

Continuing the stripey goodness, you can see my Primarily Stripes Etsy treasury here. Searching Etsy for beautiful stripes is addicting.  There are so many people making so many beautiful things.  I offer you a sneak peek from contemori shop. (I want this whale!)

photo via contemori on Etsy
March 14, 2011

Made: This Weekend

One trip to the fabric store where I picked up these lovelies.

Fabric Stack 1


Fabric Stack 2

I love these bunnies from Cloud9 Fabrics.

Bunny Fabic


While I was there, I also got some beautiful bamboo felt and coordinating embroidery floss. 

 Felt Stack


You may guess that there are some more projects forth coming.


One Amy Butler Weekender bag: finished!

Bag 1


I put the lining together yesterday and hand stitched it in.  I have never made anything this elaborate before (or anything that contained so much interfacing). Let’s just take a moment to bask in the doneness of it all.

Bag 3 

Bag 2
Bag 4


March 12, 2011

Be Still My Heart: Film in the Fridge

The very same day I’m over here writing about my love of stripes and the need to make a striped quilt, Ashley at Film In The Fridge posted this little beauty.


photo by Ashley via Film in the Fridge


I love it.  I think the choice of fabrics is perfect with the little bit of orange setting off the pink perfectly.  Feel the need to make your own like me? The next day Ashley posted a very helpful tutorial.  I suggest you go see it, she is having a strip quilt extravaganza.  While you’re there, look around, her projects are beautiful.

March 9, 2011

I Love Stripes

I have been bitten by the striped bug.  I must confess that this happened a while ago but the affliction only seems to be getting worse.  It started with a yellow and cream striped shirt.  I bought it because it was on super sale, I had no idea that I loved stripes.  Turns out that I do.  That shirt led to a purple and white sweater, that sweater led to a navy and white purse…  I especially love stripes if navy blue and white are involved.

I saw the new fabric collection from Designers Guild at work last week (there were lots of stripes) and immediately wanted to make a striped quilt, specifically using solid fabrics to create the look of a printed stripe.  Really, I’ve been thinking of something like this.


  Not only does this require me to cut many, many strips of fabric, but it requires me to cut them straight, a feat that is not easily accomplished in my teeny tiny apartment with my teeny tiny cutting mat. So I will add this quilt to my list, you know, the one that has my yet to be started Dresden quilt on it and a few other things that I haven’t even talked about yet.  Who knows what hilarity will ensue.  I will keep you updated.

March 7, 2011

Made: This Weekend

A trip to Ft. Worth and the rodeo. Chris took some really awesome photos that you can find in his Etsy shop DrinkUp&ComeHome. Then we sat in some saddles.


photo via Chris Sommers (DrinkUp&ComeHome)



photo via Chris Sommers


Yet another roasted chicken, so easy and delicious.


A new ‘About Me’ tab.  You may have noticed a few new tabs appearing last week.  A tab for photos of all my finished projects (quite a motivator) and a tab explaining a little more about why I make things.  That tab has just been updated.


Bag progress!  It looks like a real bag.  I sewed on the remaining side panel and put in the bottom panel.  Hopefully the hard part is behind me as sewing through two layers of home decor fabric, 2 layers of Peltex, three layers of interfacing, and a welt cord all at once is a little challenging.  All that’s left is the lining then bring on the travel.


Weekender Bag