Wednesday, September 14, 2011

plum scrappy

Ya know, I really like the word "scrappy".  And, scrapilicious.  But, today I get to call this project "plum scrappy" which really takes the cake.  I made another journal cover with fabric left over from last week's patchwork curtains.  Oh, and thank-you very, very much for celebrating with me on that finish.  I'm still kind of surprised each morning to find something so very quilty hanging on our walls.  The kittens haven't climbed them yet, but you'll probably hear me scream when they do.  And, yes, the patchwork is lined... since many of you were wondering.  I think that covers it.

plum scrappy

Today is about journal covers.  I'd like to walk you through the how and why's for this wonky pinwheel design.  In case you want to know.  On the left is the first journal cover I made, and on the right you'll find "plum scrappy".  hehe. 

ridiculous

My creativity usually springs from some very practical origin.  Case in point:  these stacks of linen triangles are fully responsible for that wonky pinwheel design.  And why do I have a ridiculous stash of linen triangles?  They are trimmings from my Spiderweb Christmas Tree Skirt (tutorial part A and part B), and you're only seeing the half of it.  Eight triangles sewn together would create a nice 11" square.  But that would be too easy, so...

piece scraps for wonky pinwheels

I've pieced scraps without a base, just using a triangle as a reference point to make sure the scraps are the right size.

trimming up with triangle as guide

Next I'll lay the triangle on top and trim my piecy business to match.  Add  3 pieced and 5 plain triangles together (all the better to use up the plain ones), and you have...

wonky pinwheel tutorial

the fabulous, not-so-incredible wonky pinwheel.  Which probably would show off better used flat.  But I have so far only sandwiched her with other scrappy nonsense and folded her up as a composition journal cover.

Poor thing.

If you'd like to make your own wonky pinwheel and don't have a ridiculous stash of linen triangles, you can create yours pretty easily.  Just take a square and lay it flat on your cutting mat.  Cut it in quarters and then, slice each of those quarters in half again, always making cuts dead-on through the center of the square.  You should have 8 happy triangles willing to do your bidding.

journal backs

Now, here is the back of my wonky pinwheel journals.  I'm always a little put off by combining the straight lines with the triangles, but in the end I like how it looks.  All of my journal covers are made loosely following this tutorial.

Oh wait, I have a little something else to share!  Look, I have labels!

tags by Gutentags

These are from Gutentags on Etsy.  Thanks to Jolene for the recommendation!  Cassie of Gutentags was so very nice to work with.  She helped me wrap my sadly overtaxed brain around the dimensions and spacing so that my tags came out just right.  I chose center fold tags, which are designed to be stitched into a seam and peak out at the side.  They are printed on ribbon, so the edges won't unravel.  Each piece that you're seeing is 2 tags, so you simple cut to divide them, fold and press, then sew them in.

hello there little tag!

Tada!  Too bad my top-stitching came out so poorly.  My machine seems to be sick because she's feeding badly all the time.  Not feeling badly, feeding badly.  In this case, the thin little tag gave her a hiccup or two.  It's probably pretty fishy to blame bad stitching on a machine, though.  I think the right thing to do is fix it, yes?  Or, get a new sewing machine.  Or both.

I wish I could say I was off to work on those, but instead we're headed to homeschool group, our weekly social. Gotta run!

25 comments:

  1. They look great! randomness in perfect order :)

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  2. For some reason, the wonky triangles really appeal to me this morning.Oh, and your writing style. I like that a lot too. Oh, and the tags. I'm heading off to that etsy shop to see what she can do for me...

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  3. the colors on the plum one are perfect! And I love the word scrappy too. On my college volleyball team, the highest compliment you could get from our coach was when she said we played "scrappy." And now I love it for other reasons too, of course :)

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  4. So, So Cute! I am a fan of the word scrapalicious myself, but add plum in there and well, you've got a winner. :)

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  5. Scrappy is an awesome word, indeed. I love your plum scrappy journal cover! It's so much fun. And your new labels are lovely!

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  6. Gutentags! oh that's funny (we speak German). lol

    Have you cleaned out the machine & feeddogs, or checked the foot pressure?
    ~Monika
    who always has to sew slower over bumps

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  7. Love the scrappy plum! I am working with that color today, too!

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  8. labels seem to be the order of the day - yours are pretty cool too!

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  9. I am really enjoying your site. I am currently working on a scrappy-wonky quilt that is coming out quite pretty. I love sewing with scraps and seeing how they are easily turned into an amazing piece of art! :)

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  10. I love all of your journal covers. Have you thought of selling them? I don't do regular sewing at all so I would buy the covers from you.

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  11. Scrappy gorgeousness ( that's a word right?!). Thanks for the link re labels. I loved your curtains too, but didn't get a chance to comment.

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  12. These are perfect. I love the colors. Thank you for such a great blog! Although...I should be sewing instead of sitting at my laptop. Darn it!

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  13. I am Flipping over your colour combos!! Like crazy love.

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  14. Love those covers! I think you might be changing my mind about the linen! =) I am starting to like it now. What machine do you have? I need a new one but have no idea what to get.

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  15. Oh, I LOVE linen. My machine is a cheap Kenmore, which is made by Janome. It's been a good sport for ALL the sewing I make it do, but I know it's days are numbered. And numbered in part because I won't pay for a servicing since the machine is so cheap!

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  16. I like the labels. They would be an easier alternative than my current embroidery process which takes forever.

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  17. These blocks are great. Fun always to do something wonderful with scraps. And thanks for the tip-off on the labels. They look very professional and really add a nice touch.

    Elizabeth E.
    occasionalpiece.wordpress.com

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  18. Gorgeous and I love the plum color! Your labels looks fabulous as well!

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  19. Your labels look fabulous. I've been making my own. I found this tut a while back: http://allysonhill.typepad.com/allyson_hill/2007/06/make_your_own_l.html

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  20. I love all of your cutie-patootie journal covers...I can't stop thinkin' 'bout 'em!

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  21. Super cute lady. Always up to something fun.

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