PMQG Swap iPad Case

Today, I’d like to share an iPad messenger case that I made for a Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild swap. In December. (I’m a bit behind on posts!) We filled out questionnaires for our counterparts, and my partner’s list was simple: ‘iPad case’, ‘gray’, and ‘Denyse Schmidt’. Done, done, and done!Corduroy iPad Case/Stand

The iPad messenger case pattern is from Etsy seller Birdiful Stitches. This isn’t the only pattern I bought from her shop, and it’s not the only one that was turned into a Christmas present! But that’s another post…

Corduroy iPad Case/Stand

There are a lot of details that I really like — the swivel strap hardware, roomy back pocket, and my additions: the strip of Hope Valley scraps (left over from my three HV quilts), and a covered button closure.

Corduroy iPad Case/Stand

The cool thing about this case is that is also folds out into a stand, thanks to some heavyweight quilter’s template plastic in the innards.

Corduroy iPad Case/Stand

I don’t have an iPad (I’m a Samsung girl), but trust me that it does fit!

Corduroy iPad Case/Stand

My swap partner Anna seemed very happy with the case. I hope she enjoys it!

More on my second Birdiful Stitches creation coming soon…


Crafty Christmas

Still toiling away on some stubborn Christmas presents… but I’ve had some time to finish up a few holiday decorations for the house in the meantime.

I’ve been taking stained glass lessons from my mother, an accomplished glass artist. My first project was a basic Christmas ornament. I love how it turned out!
Inaugural Stained Glass Ornament

Room for improvement, but I think I’m hooked. Already brainstorming my next (post-holidays) piece.

Project number two is a wreath made out of pinecones that I collected on our last trip to the beach. The sappy fingers paid off when I finally got around to finishing it this weekend.
Pinecone Wreath

The basic construction is as follows: styrofoam wreath form, wrapped in cheap brown ribbon. Add a bunch of pinecones, a ton of hot glue, and voila! The final product is more fragile than I had anticipated, so I won’t be hanging it outside as planned, but it looks right at home above the fireplace.

I’d love to show you a picture of the whole fireplace setup, but we’re mantle-less at the moment. We are in the process of trading out the ugly unfinished plank that came with the house with some gorgeous white granite — a steal from a local stone and tile place’s scrap pile. For the time being, though, our stockings are homeless!