Last year at the Festival of Quilts, I'd bought The Songbird's Garden pattern from Lynette Anderson's stall. Unfortunately she'd sold out of the cute birdhouse buttons to embellish the journal cover, but I ordered one from her online shop Little Quilt Store in Australia, and it quickly arrived in the post. I was a bit busy with other projects, so this one was put to one side, waiting for the right time to make it. Well, as it's nearly time for the FOQ this year, I thought I'd better hurry up and get it started! I pulled a few fabrics from my "Lynette" box, along with some tape measure trimming, and I was ready to make a start...
...I traced the design using a Micron Pigma pen and a lightbox, fused a lightweight interfacing to the back, and used Valdani 6 stranded embroidery thread for the stitchery. The main body of the journal is very simple to make, and was quilted in a cross hatch design using a variegated black/brown Kingtut quilting thread. Once the quilting was completed, the appliqued hexagon was stitched in place with Aurifil 80wt thread, and finally the cute hand painted wooden button was then stitched in place too. I used a pretty floral print from Lynette's "Stonehouse Garden" collection for the lining of the journal cover. I made the journal slightly different to Lynette's instructions, and used a notepad that I'd bought from my local supermarket to slip inside...
...and here's my completed journal cover, all ready to use for making lots of sewing notes and lists and general bit and bobs that I don't want to forget!
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