Saturday, 28 June 2014

Patchwork Note Book

A while ago, I offered to make a hand stitched patchwork item as a Blog Candy prize for whoever guessed how many squares I had completed towards my Japanese folded patchwork quilt. At that time I'd only made just over 100 and I'm so thrilled that I've now finished 180m squares and stitched them together so the quilt is complete. Watch out for the pics on my next post.
Sam (Samski) was the first to enter for the blog candy prize and the only person who guessed correctly and, as she isn't a sewer, she chose a covered notebook in preference to a needle case.
 She received it last week so now I can safely show it here without spoiling her surprise.

I used Batik fabric for the paper pieced diamonds ... big mistake as it is so hard to push a needle through but once prepped I plodded on and ended up with a painful hole in my finger as I hate to use a thimble.
Front View
Sam chose shades of green but I added a few contrast segments.
Back View
Inside there are handy pockets to slip things in but it also means the cover can easily be slipped off and onto another note book once this one is full. 
The beaded cords are elastic and provide decorative place markers.
I'm so pleased Sam liked her prize as much as I enjoyed making it.

Here's a great idea that my DD2 sent me recently as a birthday greeting. I forgot to post it when I posted my hand crafted cards, last week, because I had hung it up on the wall. I love it and, as I am totally off making paper cards, this will be a great idea for me to poach to make for friend's birthdays.
DD2 isn't an ardent crafter but everything she does make is quite individual and she always has good ideas.
Now I must find another project to stitch "on the go" or I'll be wasting too much precious time! 

13 comments:

peggy gatto said...

Gorgeous!

Helen said...

what a gorgeous notebook, I saw it briefly on Sam's blog... not surprised she chose shades of green, lol but would have laughed if you'd added accents of pink ha ha ha.
Love the alternative birthday card.

butterfly said...

Your fabric book is absolutely magical - gorgeous colours and such a beautiful design... love those beaded cords too, what a great touch.
Alison x

Carol Q said...

that's just divine Jo - bet Sam absolutely loved it. gorgeous selection of colours.

Twiglet said...

Gorgeous notebook cover Jo - I love the colour combo. x Jo

Paul Browning said...

Stunning book cover and such beautiful colours!!! Love it. Tickles me how you manage to fill and not waste "precious time" lol. I'm worn out just reading your creative ventures :D

Paul Browning said...

Stunning book cover and such beautiful colours!!! Love it. Tickles me how you manage to fill and not waste "precious time" lol. I'm worn out just reading your creative ventures :D

cockney blonde said...

Love the notebook cover Jo. You keep tempting me with so many brill ideas, x

Anne said...

Both beautiful x

Lynne said...

What an absolutely beautiful notebook! I love the fabrics but the whole ting is just lovely - and so practical as well! Well done Jo, pretty and practical - sorted!! Lxx

sam21ski said...

Yes I did Jo and it's absolutely stunning, the photos don't do it proper justice, the colours are lovely and the addition of the beads just finishes it off perfectly - thank you once again xxx

gardenpinks said...

Sam was a very lucky girl, hope you autographed it Jo :) A beautiful cover, such gorgeous fabrics too. Love your dream catcher made with love :)

tilly said...

a stunning note book cover, bet Sam is so pleased with it and I love the dream-catcher
xx