Tuesday, January 08, 2013

It was a dark and stormy night....


Today's the day! It's my turn to show you my project with words on it.

I love words and can't get enough of them. Written words, that is. After being home all day with four kids the constant stream of spoken words can sometimes start to get overwhelming. (You know all of those jokes about how many questions a preschooler can ask in one day? That's nothing compared to a teenage girl finding exciting things to show you on Pinterest!)

But back to the -written- words! Reading and writing is what I do. It's what I've always done. I met my husband in the used bookstore I worked at as a teenager, the same one that my mom started shopping at while she was pregnant with me. Everyone thought I was the worst bookworm ever until my kids came along and proved they could outread me....

It's no wonder that quilts with words on them make my heart go pitty pat. Someday, I'm going to make one of my very own!  





Ever since I finished my book sleeve, Teenage Daughter has been after it for her Kindle Fire. I would've probably given it to her, but I really wanted it for myself and the rest of that blue fabric is for my Nancy Drew blog hop project and she doesn't even like Nancy Drew (which doesn't explain the fabric she chose for the background, does it?) If I was going to make another one, I should make one that suited her.

One like this --




It was originally going to read "It was a dark and stormy night and Alexandria was reading long past her bedtime," but there's only so much you can type on a 2 1/4" wide strip of fabric. And I'm not going to admit how many tries that it took to get the short version the way I wanted it!

I cut the typewriter with a Sizzix die and appliqued it onto the background fabric. If you want all of the details so you can make your own Kindle sleeve, the tutorial is in the post immediately before this one.

Don't forget to visit today's other blog hop participants!

Kathy's Quilts, Sunshine Quilting, Sew Incredibly Crazy, Quilt Doodle Doodles, Doodling in My Mind, I like to QuiltBlog, Grammie Q's, Dancing Moon, The Fuzzy Hat Quilter.





102 comments:

Outback Crafter - Debra said...

That is fantastic. Oh I love the old typewriter (but I am not very good as using them). They remind us of a calmer time I think.

Thank you for sharing.
Debra

Quilter Kathy said...

Very cool Michelle! Love it!

Quiltsmiles said...

Thanks Michelle, I love your project and need to make one of these too. Did you insert a pocket to hold the kindle cords for this? Nicely done and loved the unique way you typed your words. Jane

Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy said...

Ooooh! Very cool! Thank you for sharing! I've been on the lookout for ideas for a sleeve for the ol' Kindle!

Tracee said...

That is fabulous.

Amy said...

I love your little typewriter project. What a great way to personalize.

Judy B said...

Love your Kindle sleeve! The typewriter is perfect for it. Thank you for sharing.

Martina said...

Great fabrics and lovely project! This typewriter is just so sweet!

nähtina said...

What a great idea!
I love typewriters, I will memorize this design.

Greetings,
Tina

Nati said...

Love it! We've got my father in law a kindle for christmas so will have a look at your tutorials straight away.

Britt-Inger said...

I love your project. The typewriter design is very cool.
Thanks for sharing

Susie Q said...

Hi Michelle, love the sleeve, I learnt to type on a machine similar to that, and I not that old!!! Just shows how technology has advanced!!! Thanks for sharing. Susie x

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I remember the old typewriters - there may be one in the attic still! You hang onto your sleeve - let her make her own. Thank you for sharing.

Gloria said...

I remember Snoopy sitting on top of his kennel, typing those words.....

Jessica said...

This is great, the typewriter is awesome!

charlotte said...

What a cute idea for Kindle sleeve. Thanks so much for the idea!!

Suze said...

What an adorable project! I love it. A great project. I love the blue fabric, too! Another job well done!

Fiesta said...

Fabulous! Thank you for sharing today.

Cindy Staub said...

Fantastic typewriter! Nicely done :) Thank you for sharing your project.

Thearica said...

I have such a fantastic memory involving one of these sweet relics! Love your addition to the bloghop!

Sowing Stitches said...

I should make one of these for my daughter...she starts a new job next week...Assistant Director of a Library! Adorable!!

StitchinByTheLake said...

So very cute! And I'm sure going to check out your tutorial. :) blessings, marlene

Cathy said...

What a fun Kindle cover. I read down right on thru the tutorial and first commented there. I love old typewriters and still have the one I took to college up in my attic.

B Greene said...

What a great project!!!Love the quote especially - I used to love Snoopy's novels that always began this way!

Madame Samm said...

night......and you placed a smile upon our faces...too cute

Tammy said...

Love the ereader sleeves. I made my ereader case. It is made and quilted and I made my hubby and both kids one last year for our christmas presents to go with our tablets. I knew if I didn;t make them one I would suddenly find mine missing and in my daughters possession.
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Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhh the old clunker typewriter.....yes; I had one not much newer than that. Great project.

Barb said...

What a clever way with words! Your daughter will just have to wait.

PatSloan said...

Totally perfect! i'm a huge fan of vintage typewriters.. I own one and love it!!

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Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Love this... very clever!

Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures said...

Ahhhhwwww a typewriter takes up back to a time in history that was a bit slower paced. Thanks.

Rachel said...

Again, fabulous. Makes me wish I had a Sizzix machine and that die. I would SO make this (for me...LOL)

JCnNC said...

Just wonderful and so perfect and creative and I love the story of it. Tks for sharing with us all. Judy C

carla said...

Hi!!! This is sew cute!!! She will love it!!!

Patty D from NC said...

Neat idea! Thanks for sharing.

sew.darn.quilt said...

Very cute :)

Agnes Bullock said...

Love this- need to make this for my books!

Darla Royal said...

So creative! I loved your bookstore story! It sounds like you have history in that store. Thank you for sharing.

Linda said...

How creative! You did a wonderful job on your little book sleeve! I am also an avid reader along with the rest of my family, so that is a perfect project! Great job!

Nellie Duclos said...

Hi Michelle
One of my husband's favorite saying is "The Shadow knows," but I think that's from an old radio show. As a child, I was not a "reader" but when I found something I liked, I couldn't put it down! There wasn't much available when I was young but I was a Nancy Drew fan and our teacher read "The Secret Garden" to us. I've always been more of a "doer" as I started hand sewing early as a Brownie and continued into Girl Scouting learning to use the sewing machine. From CA, thanks for sharing.

Kathy H said...

I love the old typewriter. Such a great idea.

Quiltin' Jenny said...

Too cute! Thanks for the idea and the tutorial.

Frances said...

Cute project. And anything that starts with "it was a dark and stormy night ..." is magical.

Karma Willow Designs said...

a great new use for the die cutter that has taken a back seat since i began quilting more. Thanks for the idea.

SIMPLESEW said...

Cute, Its a Stormy night and day right now here in Arlington, TX

krislovesfabric said...

Oh, I love this typewriter, such a gorgeous project! I wonder if that die would work in my Go?

Corrie said...

love love love it!

Jeanie said...

Stormy night....how fun!

Cathy said...

That is just the best! I love it. So glad you shared.

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Great project. Thanks for the tut.

Patty said...

Very well done. You are creative. And I LOVE Nancy Drew, but the daughters couldn't find them interesting. Too bad for them. We will just keep Nancy all to ourselves.

Gill said...

I love the typewriter and the words are just perfect!
Thank you for sharing!

Loralynn said...

Very clever!

Hooked on Quilting said...

Great Kindle cover! Thanks.

Mara said...

I like the typewriter, I bet your daughter loves her new kindle cover.

Mary Ann said...

I just LOVE your old-fashioned typewriter. Writing is another fun activity, so what a great item combining the two!!

patchouli moon studio said...

Cute typewriter and a great project for your Kindle.

Mrs.Pickles said...

Lovely words thanks for sharing!!

Patricia said...

What a cool idea! Is the typewritten part permanent or will it wash out?

Catskill Quilter said...

Lucky daughter! I bet she loves this! (Snoopy would have loved it too!)

lefuntz said...

It was a dark and stormy night is supposed to be an example of bad writing but I've always found it enchanting. And I know what you mean about kids. The joke in our family is my youngest daughter wouldn't talk until she was over two years old and she hasn't stopped since. (She is now 37 with an almost 2 year old of her own.)

Farm Quilter said...

I remember learning how to type on one of those typewriters!!! What an awesome Kindle cover!!!

~Marica~ said...

Wonderful work you have done in the "In Your Word's" bloghop

Verna G said...

I don't have a Kindle but that is really neat!

Jenny said...

oh such a super cute sleeve. I love the old fashioned type writer. I too love to read!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Beautiful cover! The typewriter is perfect to use. Thank you for sharing with us, great job!

Nancy M. said...

Love the book sleeve. It is a great idea. Thank you for sharing it.

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

Great idea!! I love typewriters!!!!

Kate said...

Clever ideas!

JanesQuilting said...

What a great idea, I like the title too, perfect!

Bluequilt said...

I remember learning how to type on the old typewriter and I think it was cool to make the kindle bag with the old typeset awesome.

Janet said...

Very creative!

Lyn said...

very nice, The typewriter is so great. Thanks for being part of the hop.

Allie said...

How absolutely PERFECT is this - I can't even tell you how much I love it, Michelle, this is one of the best projects I've seen in a very long time!

Just Quilt It said...

I love your typewriter Kindle cover--my husband used to teach typing--he would love it, also!

The Slow Quilter said...

I would want that for my kindle too. Great job love it.

Sheila said...

Great project ,I own a tyepwriter just like that !

Pamela said...

She is going to love it! Thanks for sharing.

Terry said...

A really neat idea, so cute

LJ said...

Loved your design and your words. Maybe you should write/sew the rest of the words on the back or the inside cuz they are just wonderful! Love that blue fab.

robin said...

That saying reminds me of Snoopy, typing on his doghouse! "It was a dark and stormy night. Suddenly the maid screamed. Meanwhile, in Kansas, a boy was growing up." Too funny.

evelyn said...

I remember learning to type on a typewriter like this! Great job.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

That is just too cute! Love it.

barbara woods said...

cute

Just Carol said...

I love the creative way you added your words and the Nancy Drew fabric looks great behind it. I need to use my Sizzix die cuts more often!

MoeWest said...

I love this Kindle cover! I like the one you made for yourself too. I was a big Nancy Drew fan when I was young.

Sunshine Girl said...

I love this! love the typewriter too I only have the small one but am now tempted to get the big one too!

gpc said...

What a great project!

Martha said...

What a great project. Thanks for sharing with us.

Denise :) said...

Oh how fabulous!!! I really like this -- it's very unique and totally you!!! :)

sandra said...

So cute absolutely love it I would like one too will have to check out tutorial.

Abbigail said...

This is so cute! I love it!
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BizyStitches said...

A very fun project. THanks for sharing your talent.

Pierro said...

Rosemary B here: Oh my I love this. How cool, a realllll vintage typewriter. What a great idea!
thank you for sharing your creativity

CeLynn said...

That old typewriter is sweet! Love the sleeve for your e reader too! Thanks for sharing.

Annette Schultz said...

great type writter on your sleeve. thanks for sharing your project with us.... you just might have to make another for your daughter....
in stitches

Kimberly Cassie @ Quilty Doodads said...

What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing.

Wendy said...

that's fab! I love the typewriter

Robin said...

Great bag! The typewriter is awesome!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

That is sew cute!!

Bente-I like to QuiltBlog said...

cute idea, great work!

Maria Kievit said...

Used one of those typewriters too in the early 80's. So much fun they were. Thanks for sharing your words!

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