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Never Enough Time

We are off to New York City tomorrow for a vacation, family visit and a celebration.  You know how it is before you’re going out of town.  You’re working nine to ten hours a day at your day job, and you still have to go to the post office to mail your giveaway prizes, make sure the cat sitter has your schedule and enough food for the kitties, make sure all the Thanksgiving dinner ingredients are ready for your return the night before turkey day when you’re hosting a dinner party, clean the house as much as possible so it’s not a total mess when you return, run to the Apple store to find out why your iPod is flaking out (thanks techy guy for fixing me up!), go to the camera store to pick up a new battery for your old camera, go to the pharmacy to pick up your prescriptions, pick up that cute scarf to wear in the city, go to the bank, stop at a couple stores for hostess gifts to give your in-laws.

Whew, now I need a day off.  Err, maybe an hour to whip up a quick project would be nice.

I have one blank sheet left in my 2008 notebook so I need to start a new one.  I have been trying to brainstorm and record more ideas this year so I carry a notebook everywhere.  I could hardly go on vacation to New York City with just a plain notebook.  It needed some kind of pretty, homemade cover, don’t you think?

Set of Notebook Covers

I earned a free half yard of Kaffe Fassett’s GP27 Paisely fabric after making a big purchase for an exchange this summer.  I love this fabric, but I haven’t found the right project to use it on, until now.  In my “spare” time, I managed to squeeze in making a simple notebook cover with a solid pink fabric on the inside and pink rick rack around the edges.

Inside of Notebook Cover

I don’t have time to add any embellishments before we leave, but that’s okay.  The fabric and the rick rack look so pretty together.

Notebook Cover in Kaffe's Paisley Fabric

Oh my, I almost forgot that I still have to pack tonight!  Gotta have some cool clothes, hip-looking boots and a stylish purse for our adventures.  I’m so excited for our first stop – Purl in Soho.  I’m also excited about one of the places we’re going to celebrate.

I plan to take lots of pictures, and will try to do a post while we’re gone, as long as all my old technology works properly.

Have a great weekend!

Good Practice

I took a hand quilting class a few weeks ago at the local fabric store. It was a fun class because I learned so many things I didn’t know, such as how to make a quilters knot, what needles to use for this type of sewing, how to baste the project with quick big stitches, and how to make the poke and rock stitch (I can’t remember the “official” name for that). I’m not sure I liked it enough to hand quilt a large bed-size quilt. Maybe I could practice on smaller projects… like this one.

I was working on this notebook cover from the trailing cherry fabric by Amy Butler, and I thought those flowers would be a good place to practice my hand quilting stitches.

I started with those smaller flowers at the top by quilting white thread around the edges and pink in the center. Then I moved on to that big flower at the bottom by quilting white thread along each crease of each petal.

It’s a little hard to see in these photos, sorry about that.

This was a great way to practice hand quilting stitches. As I finished this project, I think my stitching got smaller and closer together. After seeing improvement in my technique, I think I would do this again (on another small project).

The other feature I added to this simple notebook cover was to sew the fabric selvedge onto the spine with a zig-zag stitch, which I think makes it look more charming. Kind of like a book title or a label. It makes me smile whenever I look at that part because I adore all of Amy Butler’s fabrics. Who doesn’t?!

Here’s what the inside looks like:

I used up some of the scrap fabrics leftover from my laptop cover, so now I have a nice matching set. Yea, I know, I still like matchy things.

Practice makes perfect with most learned things, especially with this hand quilting technique. I like the look of the hand quilting on this little project but it was a lot of work. Was it worth it? I think with more practice I will grow to like it more and more.

Scrappy Notebook Cover – Part 2

I carry a notebook with me at all times. Ideas pop into my head that I need to remember. I have found a certain style of notebook that works well for me, so I stocked up on a couple more. But the covers weren’t very pretty or stylish. I have wanted to make notebook covers for awhile, and the latest scrap challenge was a great opportunity.

The first notebook cover I made was hard for me to make, conceptually. I am a color-in-the-lines kind of gal, so making a scrappy log cabin blocks with unmatching fabrics forced me to stretch my imagination. I like how that scrappy block and linen notebook cover turned out so much that I needed another one.

I cut the rest of my scraps into 1″ strips and sewed them together. Then I cut that block in half and sewed it to the cover of a brown corduroy notebook cover.

I also used a larger piece of the scrap fabric I contributed for the inside lining.

I think I like this one even better, but that’s probably because the actual cover fits the notebook better.

Looks like I found another good way to use scraps and “color outside the lines.”

Scrap Challenge – Notebook Cover

Besides another deadline I wanted to finish a few days early tonight, I told myself I wanted to finish making my contribution today for the scrap challenge sponsored by JC handmade. When the package of scraps first arrived a couple weeks ago, I was a little stumped. The pieces were so much smaller than I anticipated.

For a few days I watched the photo pool on Flickr to see what other people were creating. Some scrappy projects were very cool, innovative, and artsy, like art you hang on the wall in your living room. I was so inspired! I knew I wanted to make a notebook cover, since I’m always carrying around a notebook to jot down ideas and inspirations (hence the name of my blog: terrisnotebook).

So last night I made my first log cabin block, sewed it to a piece of linen, and did some simple quilting in the ditch. I ran out of time, so today, I whizzed home on my lunch hour to finish it, which I did! I think it turned out quite cute. It was a last-minute project on the fly (meaning I didn’t measure and cut too precisely), so my notebook didn’t quite fit but I just trimmed the cardboard covers to make it work. Both the front and back have pockets to hold extra notes.

It was a good challenge for me to participate in because I have a growing stack of scraps I really want to use. I might keep going with the log cabin blocks. They are fun, aren’t they? Especially when you don’t have a deadline, real or self-imposed.