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Friday, December 29, 2006

Pamphlet Hanger Done



I finished the Pamphlet Hanger this morning and already I can see things I would do differently. Mainly, I would put some sort of heavier backing on it. It puckered a bit when I sewed on the pockets and I think it generally just looks a bit flimsy. It may look better when it is filled with pamphlets. I would sew the binding to the back and topstitch it down on the front. It would look just as good and save a lot of time. I kept forgetting that it was not a quilt and that no one would ever see the back. I put on a bottom hanging sleeve in case it buckles when it's full. Still, I really like the look of it and it should brighten up Christine's office. I didn't have any dowling to put in the sleeve so in the photo it's just pinned to my design wall.

Once that was done, inspired by my new quilting book and recalling Tonya's wonky houses, I used some of the jungle print from the hanger to make these houses. I think the rest of them will be more wonky though. My feeling is, the wonkier the better. I might also remove the grass from the monkey house and put in the vine fabric with a dark path like the hippo has. I also don't like the way the sky comes only to the edge of the roof but that might have to stay. If it were more wonky that area would look better. I do love how the fabric made the door for the monkey and he is standing in front of his house. There are several more animals in the fabric so there will be more houses.


11 comments:

anne bebbington said...

Those houses are such fun especially if you put someone or something inside the door or window - love your jungle animals!

quiltpixie said...

the jungle print is wonderful for wonky houses! Having done a few I can tell you from my expereience, it takes some practise to get them as wonky as you want :-)

I think the paphlet rack will look great in a cubicle -- a "pick me up"

Christine said...

Wow, you can believe me...it will definitely be the nicest looking thing around the whole office, not just my cubicle!! It looks just fantastic! Now I'll be bragging about such a "talented MIL", not just my beautiful girls! Thanks so much....it turned out great!
Christine

ForestJane said...

Cute houses!

Do you have a plan of how you want to arrange them when they're done? You might not think about the sky on the monkey house if his place is right next door to another monkey's house, duplex style... lol

Lori (A.K.A. Elkhoundmom) said...

I love the houses with animals inside. What a great idea!

Shelina said...

That is a nice pamphlet hanger. I wouldn't have thought to make it from fabric, but it seems like it will really perk the place up.
Your houses are nice too. I wouldn't worry about individual variations.

Pam said...

The pamphet hanger looks great. Much better than some white plastic rack.

The wonky houses are so much fun with the animals. Can't wait to see more.

meggie said...

Hi Joyce, I tried to leave a comment on here yesterday, but blogger wouldnt cooperate.
I love the pamphlet holder, nice birght colours.

Also just love the Wonky houses with the animals- a great idea.

Happy New Year!

Delta said...

Those colors are great! And using up scraps of a really good fabric to make something for yourself gets an A+ too. The wonky thing gets easier as you make a few too. Mine started out too square and got wonkier as I went, so I just hid the too-square ones in amongst the better ones.

comicbooklady said...

Love the pamphlet hanger, I think you will need the bottom hanging sleeve for stability. Your wonky jungle huts are great! and am so jealous about the Marston book...I am currently absorbing Liberated Quiltmaking, but will have to return it to the library soon!

Tonya R said...

It stays, it stays. It's going to be a wonky quilt so some of the blocks are allowed to be even more imperfect than you were expecting. Make the NEXT one more the way you want it - and if that ones doesn't turn out perfectly that's okay too.