Wednesday, May 29, 2013

WIP Wednesday and Yarn-Along

 The composition book covers are finished!  I used this tutorial by Stitched in Color, and I was inspired by the fact that the graduates I will be giving them to come from Cedar Tree Classical Christian School, for which I made this quilt a few months back:
That quilt sold at our auction, but unfortunately not for as much as I had hoped. (Overall the auction raised quite a bit of money so I'm trying to focus on the positive side).  Still, I'm never tired of making scrappy trees.  The trees on the covers of these notebooks were also inspired by Bonnie K. Hunter's free mug rug tutorial.  Although I didn't really do much more than look at her design and eyeball what size and shape I wanted for the trees.  I've gotten a lot more confident at eyeballing and guesstimating when I make scrappy quilts lately.
 The notebook covers are pretty from the back too, I think.  We have one boy and 3 girl graduates, and the other notebooks were requested by Daniel and Quarta.  I just remember having to keep a journal and turn it in weekly for a couple of my college classes.  They probably do everything by computer now, but I kept thinking how nice it would be to just be able to pick your own unique notebook out of the pile.  Or good for a sketchbook or diary, or whatever.  I enjoyed these little projects and would make more of them.
 I'm somewhere between 1/4 and 1/3 way through the quilting of Orca Bay.  Squiggles, loops, and stars in black thread.
And speaking of Bonnie K. Hunter, I was ecstatic to receive the book I ordered from her in the mail yesterday: String Fling: Scrappy, Happy and Loving It!  I own one of her other books; this one focuses on string piecing elements combined with traditional quilt block design for a complete festival of scrappiness.  Orca Bay is one of the featured patterns- of course, I made mine as part of a mystery quilt-along before the book was published.  I am having a lot of fun with quilting rather than knitting at the moment, and even with all the scraps I am using up I still have a lot more.  I have made a small amount of progress on Steve's socks though -- about halfway through the gusset increases.  Poor socks, I just can't get up a head of steam on them.  I really hope I finish them soon, but those twisted stitches are a bit of a drag.


Turid said...

I like your book covers. Have to try them myself. Thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Even if what they use the books for is to record some thoughts as they go through school next year, that's a great purpose. I wish I had something like that to look back on instead of relying totally on memory.