I finished it! YAY ME! lol! I don’t think the photos do this project justice, but I promised to post it, so here goes. I poured so much TLC into this project, and I really love the way it turned out. I really enjoyed the hand quilting, which surprised me! I don’t usually have much patience for tedious, or time-consuming tasks. But, this was different. I was able to do the machine stitching of the individual blocks all at one time, and then I just took my embroidery kit with me whenever I was watching TV, or waiting for something to cook, or whatever. I was able to create at times when I normally couldn’t! Again, I must say that this looks (and feels) so much better irl. But, I guess that’s the case with most photos. I think the thing I love the most about it, is that it’s so imperfectly perfect! Know what I mean? I have never done any quilting (to speak of), so I still need a lot of practice, if I ever hope to make something close to a REAL quilt, but, I doubt I will ever make a real quilt! lol I also did some beading, which I have never done before. Again, it’s perfectly imperfect! I do plan on making lots more of these yummy quilted art journals! Oh,and the purple lacy bit sticking out of the top – is a (dollar store) doily! I dyed it with the juice left over from frozen blueberries! What fun! I also used my blueberry juice dye to color some cheesecloth, and one of the watercolor-paper pages.
So, here’s the front cover:
I was inspired by Teesha Moore’s method of making quilted book covers, but I didn’t make them exactly the way she describes in her video. (She stitched 3 sides of her block, stuffed it with batting, and then stitched the 4th side). Basically, I made a sandwich with the batting in the centre, and two pieces of fabric, and machine stitched all four sides. Then, I did the hand stitching. I know….it’s all crooked and stuff, but I don’t care! I love it!
Here’s the reverse side of the front cover (before I assembled the book, and added the beading and embellishments):
The back cover is just one big block. I painted, stamped, and stenciled it.
Here’s detail of the spine (in progress – I was doing the beading when I took the photo). I used this plastic stuff (what’s it called???) – normally used for rug hooking, I think??? Anyway, it made a fabulous spine, and the beads really made it fun!
Here’s a blurry photo of the finished spine:
I hand stitched the mixed media signatures into the book, using waxed linen thread. I got to use up tons of scrapbooking paper from my stash.
There you have it! If you have any questions about any of the techniques used, please leave me a comment! Thank you so much for allowing me to share my creative passion with you!