Archive for the 'crafts' Category

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Tiny Protoquilt

Here’s a small project that uses the amazing Bernina Stitch Regulator (BSR).  It’s a tiny protoquilt:  something a little bigger than a coaster, much, much smaller than a regular quilt, and even smaller than my original protoquilt. This would be a great first project for trying out the BSR, or something small and fun for the experienced […]

Posted by robyn on March 18th, 2015 under bernina 440 qe, crafts, sewing, sewing machines, tutorials | 6 Comments »


I recently turned a bunch of random scraps into a protoquilt.  The one above is a new bookshelf runner for my craft room. Protoquilting is a term I’ve been using to describe my random projects that serve to practice quilting techniques that may one day be used for a king-sized mammoth quilt for our bed. […]

Posted by robyn on February 1st, 2012 under crafts, sewing | 11 Comments »

Craft Room Explosion

The other day I felt like making something other than a PodPillow. I noticed my scrap basket was overflowing and I thought I would see about using those.  A craft room explosion was the result, although somewhat temporary.  Eventually, just about everything was organized into neat little scrap bundles. The rainbow scraps at the bottom […]

Posted by robyn on January 21st, 2012 under crafts, random, sewing | 1 Comment »

Bernina 440QE: Cleaning and Oiling Your Machine

A step-by-step guide to cleaning your Bernina sewing machine. Includes way too many photos and makes it look harder than it really is – but it’s really quite easy and you should learn how to do it. Take my word for it!

Posted by robyn on December 31st, 2011 under bernina 440 qe, crafts, sewing, sewing machines, tutorials | 90 Comments »

Fabric and Photography

  Now that I’m back in the sewing groove, I’ve decided to refresh some of the fabrics I’m using.  Thankfully, it wasn’t hard to decide where to start (it never is when it comes to finding new fabric, realistically).  I’ve been fairly preoccupied with yellow as of late, as evidenced by a new paint job […]

Posted by robyn on December 4th, 2011 under crafts, random | 2 Comments »

Back to it.

It appears that a year has come and gone since the last time I posted to this here little blog. A lot has happened since I last popped in.  A busy year to be sure, due to all sorts of things.  But in terms of craft chronology, it went something like this: Nov – May: […]

Posted by robyn on November 19th, 2011 under crafts, sewing | 11 Comments »

What I Did with my Extra Hour of Daylight: Pink Patchwork Belt

Growing up, I was the type of tomboy kid that refused to wear dresses and play with Barbies, and would instead prefer riding my dirt bike around town.  My mom had to try all sorts of tactics to get me to agree to finding and buying a dress for some special occasion (chorus concert!  family […]

Posted by robyn on November 7th, 2010 under crafts, sewing | 3 Comments »

One Woman Sweatshop

The craft scene at the Dog Named Banjo household has been all PodPillows, all the time. These things are multiplying like Gremlins and heading all over the world to far off lands, battling Customs officials to make their way to desks and eventually cushion adorable little Droids, iPhones and Blackberries everywhere.  It’s been a lot […]

Posted by robyn on October 27th, 2010 under crafts | 29 Comments »

A new quilt!

I made another quilt!  This one is for Melinda & her family, who received it the other day.   Now that she has it in her hands, I can show it to you! It’s a strip quilt made from lots of colorful polka-dot fabrics, and also includes my favorite Elephant fabric plus some Flea Market […]

Posted by robyn on September 12th, 2010 under crafts, sewing | 7 Comments »

PodPillow for Kindle

Some serious experimenting has resulted in another member of the PodPillow family!  Behold the PodPillow for Kindle, featured in one of my fave Amy Butler fabrics, upon which my lovely and dear first generation Kindle is perched!  And it’s more pink and green, which is apparently a new favorite combo.  This one’s for sale at […]

Posted by robyn on June 7th, 2010 under crafts, sewing | 1 Comment »

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