Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Episode 46 - Home again, home again

It's good to be home again, home again, after a super trip to Prague. Here's the link to the full episode.

Here are our travel bags against the colorful backdrop of the quirky little Prague lock bridge.

Listener Nancy asked for a tutorial on the messenger bag -- tutorials aren't my strong suit but I'd like to practice on them so yeah, I'll do that soon. Thanks for asking!

The kitchen rug is done and looks great -- but as far as photos go, it looks even cuter with Betty hiding under it.
OK, here are the slippers made out of heavy cotton placemats and cotton flannel scraps. The soles and uppers have three layers -- placemat, fleece interfacing, and flannel. The section around the heel is just a strip folded lengthwise with wide elastic inserted through it. I stitched the fused uppers to the soles first, then added the strip with the elastic -- quarter-inch exterior seams all the way around. A little binding around the edges would definitely improve the looks, but so far I haven't gotten around to it yet.

Odd looking, but so comfy and they really stay on! If I do get around to making a more attractive pair, I can refer to these as the prototype. Until then, I'm using and enjoying them.

Look how easy it is to make your own pattern. One piece of paper, one pencil, one foot. Just cut out your pattern a quarter-inch outside your tracing line. Make your upper pattern to fit right around the toes, then flare out to extend about an inch either side of the sole piece. Go slowly in stitching them together, easing the larger piece into place. Easier than it looks!

Other stuff from this episode:

Finally, here's the 9 x 12 quilt from the guild's summer challenge: "My Life with Fabric." Lots of textures, recycled materials, sentimental scraps from family and friends. What would your quilt look like?

Good to be back on a schedule - talk to you all soon!


  1. Hi Anne:

    Finally I had time to sit down and listen to your adventures in Prague and catch up on other things with you. I really did enjoy this episode!

    Prague has so many things to offer the tourist. I'm delighted that you enjoyed the usual things that are spectacular as well as some special things that appealed to you. I did recall the musicians on Charles Bridge, the ever presence of the castle on the hill and other things you mentioned. Thanks for the memories.

    Also I loved the quilt challenge segment. Since I hadn't read the blog when I listened, I was hoping you had included some of Daddy's authentic Osh Kosh B'Gosh denim in your quilt.... and of course you had. But then you actually ripped the applique from one of Mother's vests too! I love the hand/touch theme. Very nice story.

    And finally I laughed out loud when you started with the slipper discussion.... and low and behold, they are actually cute. When I saw the photo, I must agree that they look comfy and the tape measure is just perfect for the task. And if you need to measure something, it's gonna be handy!!


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