I needed to make a small gift that wasn't going to take up too much room in a suitcase as it would be travelling overseas, so decided to make a journal cover with a "Bed Of Roses" charm pack from Cross Patch, and teamed it with a small stitchery design. I stitched this in a dark blue Valdani perle thread that is from the Cross Patch Favourites collection...
...this shows the outside of the journal cover - these Bed of Roses fabrics really are so pretty. The charm squares were cut into narrow strips and pieced together randomly. The journal cover has been machine quilted very simply in straight rows, using the edge of the walking foot as a guide for the spacing. I didn't have any real plan on stitching them back together again...
...an off-cut of wadding was ideal for this, as it doesn't matter whether it's cotton or felted polyester, as long as it's low-loft. Once the main part of the cover has been quilted, the raw edges on the sides are neatened with a narrow strip on binding and hand stitched into place. The way the journal cover is constructed means a journal can easily be replaced when it's full up. I particularly like these spiral bound note books, this particular one was a bargain from Poundland!...
...this cover is just the right size for an A5 notebook, but you can make then to whatever size you need. And when the notebook has been filled it can easily be replaced. I bought several of these a few months ago when I demonstrated how to make these at a local quilt group. They're the best ones I've found for ages, and they were from Poundland! Anyway, can you guess who this was for? There's a clue in the stitchery design - and I was meeting her at Festival of Quilts! Yes, it was for Gail Pan - she was really pleased with it.
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