Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Torah Table Cover

Right before the High Holidays, I was commissioned by a temple to make a cover for the table the Torah sits on. They showed me the other cover they had and wanted me to make something similar and the rabbi asked me to add some words in Hebrew. So, armed with my mission I went to creating this cover. And let me tell you....argh!  This was a tough project. Its not that the construction or details were difficult to do, it was just the sheer volume of the project. You have to realize, this was 18 feet of fabric for the top and then another 18 feet of fabric to line it with!  My sewing room is not the size of a warehouse!  In fact, it is quite cramped because I keep a LOT of stuff in there. (I'll do a post on my sewing room later) So having all that fabric and piecing it together and lining it and everything needed a lot of space that I did not have. That is what made the project so difficult.  Also, I couldn't put the embroidery on the corners or in the center for the Hebrew words until it was pieced and I could see exactly where to place the wording so it would show according to the measurements of the table. You know what that means?!?!  I had to hoop the entire 18 feet of fabric multiple times!  Yikes...so you can see why it was so much work. Furthermore, I had to hunt down the perfect fabric, the perfect trim, the perfect thread, etc and somehow measure out the perfect size to cut and piece the fabric even though I didn't have a lot of room to lay everything out!  But guess what?  In the end it turned out beautifully...the temple and all of its members LOVE the cover and everyone was so appreciative. It was also quite an experience for me and something I had never made before. Plus if you look online, these Torah table covers or table covers for a temple go for over $600! And that's the low end of the pricing. So the temple was grateful I was able to create something perfect for them, with their logo and words, that did not cost them $600.  Here is a close up of the embroidery--The rabbi says that it means, "The gates of prayer are always open."
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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Professional Tote 2

I finished the Professional Tote I wrote about in an earlier blog. The pattern is amazing!  It is extremely clever and well put together. I did not have one issue with the instructions. Every time I was supposed to match another piece together, in my head I was like sure this is going to fit--and every time it did! It was amazing! There are so many pieces...it must have taken a very long time to make this pattern. I am an intermediate sewer and believe any sewer who has a pattern or two under his/her belt could manage this pattern. Don't worry...I was not working on it the entire time since I last posted---other projects and deadlines got in the way. I have already started another Professional Tote to give to my mother for Christmas..I will be sure to post it when I finish. So I am sure you are all dying to see the pictures so here they are!

I also had a chance to get the coasters done for the table settings I posted about before. These coasters were as pleasurable to make as the place settings and the whole set together is going to look amazing on my mother's kitchen table. I highly recommend this pattern as well. It is by Deborah Vollbracht of Creative Folk Quilting. As you can see, they are reversible. I put three of them on the other side so you can see this. And guess what the best part is??  The coaster pattern is free! Click on the website link for Creative Folk Quilting I have above and check it out for yourself!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Amity Originals on Etsy!

Today is just a short and sweet post. I have been working on opening my Etsy store over the past few days which is why I have not been able to blog. I added a few items I have now but nearly all my listed items are made to be customized to the buyers taste. So if you have special requests or tastes, my store is the place to satisfy them! The new shops link is http://www.etsy.com/shop/AmityOriginals. Let me know if you have any ideas of things I can add or things you would like to see. I will be slowly adding more items over the next couple weeks so keep checking back. I also added the new subscribe button on the top left so you all can get my blog updates by email!