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…

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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!