Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What's Up Wednesday: Monday through Wednesday

I made this patchwork journal cover with a cute little bundle of fat-eights I picked up in Seattle, and if I wasn't playing hooky with my daughter on Monday, it would have been the perfect Mini Monday project to show!
I am embarrassed to admit how many notebooks, journals and binders I have and use on a daily basis.  In my opinion, a girl can't have enough paper and pencil/pen even in these digital times.  I have also accumulated an equal number of patterns and tutorials to cover said notebooks and journals.  

Outside without notebook
Inside without notebook
I was thrilled to discover this particular tutorial by Rachel at Stitched in Color as it doesn't have any of those annoying fusible interfacing liner things that usually deter me ;-)  Patchwork skills only are required to make this....yes!

The front
The back
Imagine my excitement when after completing all the steps, my composition notebook actually fit inside perfectly!!!  I feel like I am on my way to sewing (versus just quilting).

Inside front cover
Inside back cover
Usually at this point I will decide to make something complicated like a winter coat, realize that is over my head, become discouraged and never sew again.

This time I am determined that will not happen.  Think I will make a few more notebook covers first ;-)

Log cabin block made by my mom
Now, my mom can really sew.  For example, she made my sister and I matching dresses for Easter when we were growing up.  Michelle and I like to say we quilt, but we can't sew.  My mom says she can sew but could never quilt.  Well, she is the brave one because she decided to take quilting classes so she would know what my sister and I were up to to better understand the obsession that Michelle and I share.  I am so proud of her.  She sent me a picture of her second block - a real log cabin (not the wonky ones that I sometimes make) block.  Wonder what she will learn in today's class?

Block Four
Block Five
Yesterday, I completed two more great granny square blocks.
Five Great Granny Squares
Now there are five!
We shall see how many more of these I can make before getting bored ;-)

So, what's up with you this Wednesday?  Have a good one!


  1. Very cute! I too believe that you can never have too many journals!

    Jennifer :)

  2. Very nice with the journal cover. Why Montana? My husband loves to ski Big Sky and I do but would rather do the quilt shops in Bozeman. Is that your patter for the Granny Square Blocks? I love it. Can you give more info about it.


  3. I love your Granny Square blocks. Once I finish my beginner class, I hope that you can get me started making them. What did I learn in today class? Unsewing, which I do very well. Thanks for your support and encouragement.

  4. Your Great Granny Squares look great!! Loving your journal cover and wanting to make one myself. Yeah, right, I want YOU to make one for me ;-) ;-) You know the saying..."Ask and you shall receive." I have no shame do I?? I'm so glad you are sharing Mom's quilting. Isn't she doing great?!?

  5. I love the fabrics in block 5! Beautiful!

  6. I love your journal cover! I made one from the same line. In fact I got mine at a quilt shop in Seattle, too! They had the cutest mini-bundles at the register. I just can't resist those.

    I'm digging your granny squares. That has to be one of my newest favorite blocks. Great way to showcase prints and COLOR!!!!!

  7. Wait....did you make some thing 3D???!!! LOL. Way to go!

    Loving your granny squares!