Saturday, December 11, 2010

Out of practice...........

You would think that since I wrote a tutorial for making journal covers that I should be successful at making them.  I pulled out a sheet of paper with measurements written on it and thought they were the ones I had used last time.  I faced the patchwork, turned it right side out and quilted it only to find out it was 1/2" too short for the notebook.  I could mount it on ultrasuede and then it could be finished.
I decided to jump right in and try another one right away.  On this one the quilting lines are evenly spaced, and it fits the notebook.  When I made the last covers, I made lots of them at one time.  That way it is all fresh in my mind exactly how to do every part of it.  After waiting a year since I made the last ones, I just couldn't get into the swing of it.  I am not going to give up though.  I plan on making at least a dozen of them next week.

Here it is all stretched out.  It is kind of plain so I'm going to see if i can jazz it up today.

18 comments:

Joan said...

Looks great to me - love the colours

True Blue Nana said...

Looks good to me too. I need to go back and find that tutorial. Maybe I could whip a few up before Christmas.

Terri Stegmiller said...

Great fabrics and colors in your covers. Don't give up on the one that's too small...just make your own custom sized signatures and sew them in.

dianen said...

I think this weekend may give you plenty of time to work on those journal covers, Wanda. It sounds like we've got quite the storm coming in.

I love the colors you chose for this one and hope you'll share the others you make on your blog as well.

Take good care of yourself and stay warm!

karenfae said...

I had completely forgotten the journal covers that you made last year. They were all so pretty - this one is too - I love the purples.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Bunny said...

It is pretty, but I do know what you mean I do the same, forget how I did that LOL. I made several from your pattern last year. Love them

hetty said...

Oh, I thought I was the only one who forgot how I made things in the past. I love the colours you have used. So inspirational! I think I should make a few of these myself.

A Quilter Awakens said...

I clicked the "like" button in Reader, but want you to know I LOVE, LOVE your journal cover! Karmen

Linda M said...

I love those colors, are the strips left over from other projects? I love the covers just as they are, I can't wait to see how you jazz them up!

Linda
http://eatsleepquilt.blogspot.com

Kathy said...

That is really beautiful in the purple batiks. I would adore one of these myself. I think we're in for a big storm again, so this will be a good weekend to sew.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see what you do to jazz it up, those fabrics are jazzy enough for me. BUT I know you will make me swoon when I see your embellishment.

J~MT

Linda said...

I love your journal covers. I went back and found your tutorial. Thanks for such a well written one. I do plan to make several of these this year. Thanks again!

Muddling Through said...

That is so pretty. My purple-loving daughter would really like that one! You've given me an idea.

Dolly said...

Wonderful idea ! And how frustrating......I do the same thing when I go back to make something I've made before. It takes a while to get my groove back.

What journal do you use to fill it?
Could I please have a link to the ones you made last year, to save you a lot of explanation?

dls said...

ooohhh.... love the purples and the batiks.

I just borrowed a walking foot for my older Bernina 830 and am looking forward to trying it out..... this would be a perfect project.

Can you believe a new walking foot is $150.00+ at the Bernina store. I am thankful to my friend who loaned me hers.

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

Love the color combination and as always the batiks. YOu will get them all done I am sure!

Michelle said...

I remember your previous post on the journal covers and have always wanted to make some, but time eludes me. Nice range of cool colors.

Vivian said...

I also forget how to do some things that I've repeated over and over again--if I let time pass before doing it again.
What REALLY frustrates me is when my written instructions don't make sense when I read them. We crafty, quilting ladies must think we don't need every single step described in detail--but sometimes that's exactly what I need.
This is a lovely group of fabrics together.