This came just as I got home from the Frolic. I had an original iPad so this was a nice step up. The picture quality is amazing. As usual they offered to engrave it–an antitheft hope- so I took them up on it.
Now I need to make it some clothes. The whole thing feels fragile without some kind of padding and those who know me well know I clang and bang a lot. So to the fabric shelf—-
I found this piece, backed it and machine quilted it in a sort of stipple pattern. Machine quilting is very hard to do well. It requires many hours of practice. My theory is I can practice for a year or so and then make something, or I can just make something and accept my skill level. I am the accepting type. Besides, who really looks that closely?
Keeping the batik theme I decided to piece a flap. I remember my grandmother doing crazy quilt blocks on squares of newspaper. How hard could it be? I cut a piece of nonwoven interfacing and began. It’s harder than it looks. I don’t remember her having trouble hiding raw edges. Must be something I don’t remember about it. I just turned under edges when I needed to and when finished, zigzagged them on the machine with pretty thread.
I added batik panels on each end of my main fabric to lengthen the bag and tried to put a pocket in the underside of the flap. The flap technique was an afterthought so the skill level there is shaky but I’m okay with it.
I wanted to add some pop to the top back of the bag. I found a piece of some stamping practice that uses the same acrylic paints as the main fabric. I put it atop some real bright batiks and then atop the back panel. I left the edges raw; batik doesn’t really ravel much. Check out my quilting–the Alissa Burke messy technique. It was fun to do and the variegated thread looks pretty good there.
I rather like the effect. I bought some rectangles to use to hold the strap and some all cotton webbing in a hot pink to make the strap. Definitely want it to go over my head and carry it on my shoulder. I think I may add some batik patches to the strap. Too much hot pink won’t work.
I’ll put up a pic when it is finished. It’s been a satisfying project. It will serve the purpose of protecting the iPad and it has my personality. I did it little bits at a time as I jumped from knitting to spinning to lettering to art journaling to whatever. Perfect ADD technique.
If you sew, grab some fabric and paint on it. Stamp on it. Use a magic marker on it and then make a little bag to carry something. Don’t plan it, just do it. See what you get. If you hate it, send it to me. I’ll love it.