52 craft projects // you’ve got mail

August 18, 2013

The hallway has been a work in project since I moved in. Its shape makes it hard to decorate. There’s quite some white wall space above the dresser but the fuse box is right next to it so we can’t drill any holes in the wall. My solution for now is to make a small wall hanging and hang it using two tiny nails.
I made the you’ve got mail wall pocket by Ayumi. When I browsed through her new book ‘patchwork, please!’ I knew that it would be the first (but certainly not the last) project I’d make from the book. It was very easy and quick to make. Though I had to rely on some Spanish quilter on youtube to explain to me how paper piecing works again. It’s been about 15 years since I’ve last used the technique – crazy, right?
The colors match my text art perfectly. I divided the top row in two pockets so there’s one pocket for my mail and one for my roomie’s. There’s a large pocket at the bottom to fit larger envelopes. Also I only realized that the wall hanging is crooked after I took the pictures…oops!MBP_1598
Most of the fabrics I used were in my scrap basket. Hence the random selection of colors and patterns.
I followed this tutorial to sew on the binding by machine. I thought my mom exaggerated when she said sewing on the binding by machine looks like crap and I should never do it. Oh well, lesson learned. It does look like crap and I’ll never do it again. Unless I’m in a hurry and the person who receives the quilt/project doesn’t know anything about sewing and is not a perfectionist.
Also I realized that I didn’t inherit my mom‘s quilting genes. Sadly.

Of course Lina had to make sure she’d be featured on my blog, too. Here she’s checking whether she got any mail today.
52craftprojects2013This is project #20 of 52 craft projects I’m attempting to complete in 2013.
You can see all the other projects I’ve complete so far here.

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  • Reply Nancy August 18, 2013 at 16:07

    The mail station is the perfect solution for that area – providing an attractive mail station and covering up the fuse box. Very clever!

  • Reply Tanya August 18, 2013 at 23:46

    very cute, and i love that it has a function!

  • Reply Debbie August 19, 2013 at 03:54

    This turned out super cute!

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