I've been playing around with some fabric scraps , making a small project for a very special little boy. He chose all the colours, fabrics and the applique design himself! I'm currently making a quilt for a new arrival - the We Are Family quilt by the Australian designer Susan Smith and Charlie has been watching my progress. Charlie's favourite block was the cute dog, so I thought he might like a journal cover with the dog appliqued to the front. The words on the front of the cover were simply written onto the background fabric with a fine nibbed Micron Pigma pen, then hand embroidered using 3 strands of Cosmo stranded embroidery thread. Once the dog was appliqued onto the background fabric, I used a piece of Vlieseline H630 for the wadding, and machine quilted around the applique. Finally 2 cute buttons were added for eyes and some small green buttons were added to embellish the dog's jumper...
...the main part of the journal cover is very simply constructed, with no raw edges showing at all! The simple machine quilting has been stitched in straight rows using Metler quilting threads in a variety of shades of blue to blend with the blue batik cover. The edges of the slip pockets have been edged with a green batik as Charlie told me that was his favourite colour...
...and here's the finished cover - Charlie was absolutely thrilled to bits with it.
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