Thursday, July 18, 2013

Just a Little Sewing...

Summer is flying by and I've been sewing only a little. And sewing little projects, too. I had so much fun making this quilted book cover, that I had to make more. I notice that when I start to pull fabrics together for a project, other fabric combinations that I like also emerge. So what else can I do but set them aside to make a second... and a third... and ... well, you get the idea. This small project was a great use for the batik scraps I seem unable to use up and certainly cannot throw away. While you're looking at these, I'll also ask- what do you do to keep corners on projects like these or pillows square and sharp? Mine always seem to poke out or look rounded or misshapen. I clip diagonally at the corner to reduce the bulk (there's batting and a lining along with the front piece), and I use a point turner. But still the corners don't quite measure up. I'd appreciate your tips if you have any.  


This is the second one. It also requires me to go through my collection of fibers and beads and incorporate some of them, too. Always enjoy that. The third book cover appears below the quilt pic for some unknown (to me) reason. Two of the book covers will be donated to a group for a fundraising craft table. Now to decide which one I'll keep.

I've also worked with other quilter's to help with their projects a little  bit this summer. A quilting friend was given these redwork blocks and wanted to use them in a quilt for her veterinarian who is expecting. Perfect place for the cute animal designs. So we turned them into a quilt-as-you-go quilt, using red print scraps. A photo of the back is below. I like this method of making quilts, and it goes along quickly. She met her deadline of having the quilt done ahead of the baby's arrival!


The third book cover. I may keep this one for myself.


Dog bones and bandana prints look lively and fit the theme on the reverse side.


4 comments:

Robbie said...

Lovely work my friend! Book covers are great. Make sure after you cut excess at a diagonal you also cut some of the fabric from both sides as well. This will remove a lot of excess fabric and your corner will be nice and sharp when you turn it!

Lenna Young Andrews said...

Gosh, I love your quilted book covers Nancy, they are beautiful! Sorry I don't have any tips for the corners, I do the same as you (clip the edges). Really lovely fabric art!

Nancy said...

I can always count on another great project from you and wanting to jump right in and try one myself....

These covers are so pretty and would make great journal covers too....

I admire how you are always helping someone else with their projects. Obviously, you have a big heart.....

Marva said...

Oh I love your blog! Thanks for commenting on my quilt so I could come over and visit! :D