Sunday, December 12, 2010

Playing some more...........

I sorted through a lot of pieced units in my 'parts' bin looking for more to use for journal covers.  I cut a bunch of the fusible fleece into the size I need too.






This is the next candidate I will work on.  It needs 2 end pieces which will be the inside flaps. 







I cut a piece of suede fabric, an ultrasuede look alike, to mount my 'too small' cover on.  I realized after I got it all sewn on and the notebook slipped in that all I would have needed is suede strips at the top and bottom, not a complete lining.  It does have a lot of body though and I like the way it feels.  Real ultrasuede is anywhere from $42 to $56 a yard.  I have a lot of it but I also have a few of the imitations.  If I am going to sell any of these journals the real thing would make them too expensive if I do full linings.  More to contemplate......

I also worked on the pillowcase kits for our church sewing circle for Monday.  It takes a long time to wash and iron all of the fabric, cut it and then coordinate the 3 pieces that make the pillowcase.  I also press the narrow band in half for each and baste it to one edge of the cuff.  Now we will see if the weather cooperates so that I can even get there.  We had rain most of the day yesterday with a little sleet thrown in for fun.  Then comes the snow...........

14 comments:

dióhéj said...

Wonderfull colour combination. I like it is.

karenfae said...

they all look great - so the notebook covers are to sell not for gifts, yes the Ultrasuede is a bit pricey!
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Joan said...

I too love your colour combinations :)

Vicky F said...

Hi Wanda,
Your journal covers are gorgeous as usual. Guess it's just like a cookie recipe you make over and over; you still need to glance at the ingredient amounts now and then just in case (I usually goof up when I'm too tired).
Keep that snow shovel handy!
Vicky F

Muddling Through said...

It's fun to make things work, isn't it? I hate waste, so seeing things that a lot of people would have thrown out put to good use just makes me happy. Those are bot so pretty, even so far. Stay warm!

Linda M said...

I love the color combinations you're using, they're gorgeous! Sometimes for some funny reason, I see something I like but if I try to recreate it, it doesn't work. Who know why?

Karen, I like your reverse applique tutorial, I haven't tried it yet but you make it look very easy!

Linda

http://eatsleepquilt.blogspot.com

Quiltdivajulie said...

Do you have enough buyers already? If not, add me to the list . . . I keep meaning to make some of these for myself and just never get it done.

What a glorious box of "parts" you've shown!

Diane said...

Wanda, Last year, I gifted many friends with your lovely journals and they're still raving about them!

Judy Cloe said...

I am using your journal tutorial to make a gift for a friend. I didn't think you had quilted them. But this new purple one is quilted, right? Are they all quilted and I didn't notice?

Nifty Quilts said...

Love these journal covers!

Exuberant Color said...

Judy Cloe, I have no way to contact you so hopefully you will check back.
Yes they are ALL quilted.

Anonymous said...

I too love your journal covers. A small project that all of us can do. BUT ~~~ I wish I had your stash to select from. "Next candidate" shown on todays post is another fun one. All will sell like 'hot cakes'.

J~MT

Elaine Adair said...

After looking at what looks like a TUB spilling out the fabric, I am heading to K-Mart tomorrow -- I need bigger stash tubs!!!

Gayle Bong said...

A Parts Bin! I love it. Mine wouldn't be so big. I tend to use up my leftover "parts" by making orphan blocks or crumb blocks. A parts bin almost looks like more fun. I think I'll do that for a while. Thanks Wanda.