Friday, June 15, 2012

Whimsy Plus covered journal

Last night I was fully craving some good, casual patchwork.  Just something to mess around with.  Something from scrap.

inspired by this bouquet!


I could feel it, I needed to just sew.  And I'd been plotting (come on, you do it too).  On my drive home I'd zeroed in on a magenta and citron color scheme with lots of neutrals.  That vision has been in my head since I picked up this bouquet for a Handstitched class photo shoot.

Whimsy Plus journal cover

At first I thought I'd make precise little pluses, but there are a number of reasons why that was doomed.  Reason no. 1:  I wasn't making them right.  The proportions aren't even, like in a traditional plus quilt.  I figured that out after I'd done all the cutting...  Reason no. 2:  I didn't want to use pins.  Like none.  Neither did I plan to trim to perfection.  Reason no. 3:  I did some of this sewing semi-blind without my contacts rather far past my bedtime.  Um what?

I heart scraps.

Anyhoo, by the time I was sewing semi-blind I'd already embraced the, let's say, "whimsical" nature of those pluses.  And in the light of morning (contacts firmly in place) I decided that the whimsy brought on by slightly askew seams only made the work more endearing.  At least it does to me.

citron & magenta

Most of this journal cover developed from scrap, with the addition of a large piece of Kumari Gardens Tarika in moss (that saucy citron print).  I am most pleased.

Let's see, this is Friday.  So, that means I'm off to choose a winner for the JAQ's Fabrics giveaway.  I always notify winners by email, rather than posting a separate post about it, by the way.  Don't worry, I always reach them!

Oh, and I want to tell you about something happening Next Weekend.  Next weekend is a glorious, long-anticipated weekend.  I'm taking a very small, intimate sewing retreat with some bloggy friends in a house we've rented in Atlanta.  I'm hoping to actually, well, sew there.  That and meet in person some folks for the first time who are already old friends.  I tell you because... if you're local you can join the fun by meeting up with us at Whipstitch on Saturday morning, June 23rd.  We'll get there soon after opening (which is 10 am) on Saturday, shop and then have lunch next door at a cool, natural eatery. Everyone gets 10% off that morning shopping in-store at Whipstitch, so this is obviously the right time for you to check off that wish list.  Would love to see you then!  And, for everyone else, I promise to come back from Whipstitch with delicious pictures!

Alrighty then.  Everyone have a great weekend!

30 comments:

  1. That casual patchwork turned out to make a beautiful journal cover. You certainly have a way with color....making everything you touch look like they've lived together a long time. :)

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  2. I'm impressed that you can sew at all without your contacts :) I'd probably have sewed my fingers into the project without my glasses. Love your color combination. The retreat and trip to Whipstitch sound wonderful! Have a great time.

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  3. i love your whimsical pluses! and do you know how excited i am for next weekend? SO EXCITED that i want to use ALL CAPS!

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  4. The journal cover is so fun! I have nights like that, and it's awesome that you were able to give in to the whim, and make something awesome!

    Only one week away, my friend!

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  5. How exciting! You're gonna be in my city! At my favorite shop! I certainly might try and sneak down that way.

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    1. Oh! Allegory- that would be awesome if you came. I'll be there, and I could meet the new owner of my one-up :)

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  6. Love your journal cover. I will miss being at Whipstitch by one day...:(...I am arriving in Atlanta on Sunday. Have a great time. Did you sew in your wonderful new sewing room? My medallion is ready for the embroidery stitches. Can't wait for next weeks lessons.

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    1. Oh, that's such a bummer that we'll miss you just by one day! Yes, I've been finally sewing in my room. Finally!

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  7. Love the journal! I will be there! (I followed Jacey here.) I am working on my Medallion today!

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  8. i am going to make myself a journal cover next weekend! and i agree with arajane! I AM SOOOOO EXCITED! cannot wait! xo

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    1. Journal covers are so easy and fun. Great project for this kind of thing!

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  9. Aw nuts! I'm typically about an hour and a half from Atlanta, but that weekend we're going to be in Raleigh. So sad I'm missing meeting you, I would have loved to have met up at Whipstitch

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  10. Have fun meeting your blogging friends and sewing! Sounds like a great time!

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  11. The journal cover is awesome! The colors....wow...they just pop. Wish I could make one. I've tried several times and they never fit....bummer.

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  12. lovely color scheme! I too am inspired by flowers in the garden these days! Just posted about it too!

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  13. Ah geez, I hadn't even thought about how much the Whipstitch morning is going to hurt my wallet. I'm definitely not complaining though... SO EXCITED!

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    1. ha ha! I was just thinking this same thing this morning!! Gonna have to figure out my limit...and quick! :)

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  14. Oh, forgot to mention, LOVE the colors on your plus journal!

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  15. So awesome! I love when a project just comes together even with little bumps and slightly askew seams. It really turned out great!

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  16. That's great you managed to sew them at least somewhat straight without your contacts. I can barely even see without my glasses on to sew. =D

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  17. I love the whimsical crosses! Wish I could join you in Atlanta, but alas, aside from the fact that I swore I'd never deliberately fly into Atlanta again, it's a tad far for a weekend ;o)

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  18. Love, love, love this story of perfection becoming whimsy! Have a blast this weekend...wish this boggy friend were joining you!

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  19. What a cute cover!! I love the slightly askew crosses much more than the usual ones, and that color scheme is beautiful.

    I am so ridiculously excited for next weekend!! Thank goodness for the Whipstitch discount, I'm going to need it :)

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  20. oooh, my neck of the woods! Hope I can make it down on Sat.

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  21. I love this fun, free kind of sewing! Sometimes it's just what we need.
    Have fun at your sewing weekend-- sounds like a blast!

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  22. I had the same urge today to play with some scrap and do a small, simple project. I started out making a tiny patchwork block and had no idea what I was making until somehow it ended up being a hot pad! I love casual, relaxing sewing sessions where you don't think too hard and just sew! Your "plusses" are really cute, and the colors go great together! I'm pretty jealous of your retreat - I've never been to one but I would LOVE to.

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  23. Your journal covers are just beautiful and so unique and I just love them. What a wonderful way to make a simple book, beautiful. I love the grey, green and crimson .... they go so well together.

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