Wednesday, July 25, 2012

fair warning

I warn you, if you start poking around for pieced scraps they just keep on coming.  Really, don't do it.  Unless you want to feel obligated...

hmm....

Remember this bit of solids patchwork I made for Modern Medallion and rejected for overshadowing the previous rounds?  Chatting with some Handstitched Campers brought these 4 strips of patchwork to mind.  Fortunately, the realization came with an idea - cut it up! 

Disappear you 9-patch

With my seam ripper, I divided the strip into 9-patches.  Then I sliced them in half once and then again. This is the disappearing 9-patch technique, a traditional technique I learned awhile back via a do. Good Stitches block.  

Reassembled, the patchwork looks so much more complicated.  Mixing up all those hot, spicey colors also seems to bring it down a notch.  At least a small notch?

and it worked!

And the scale looks good on a journal!  This one I like.

another.

In fact, I liked it enough to give it some Lizzy House pearls.

with pearls

A little tipsy, perhaps, by that success I pulled out another mess of pieced scraps even bigger than the solids patchwork.  It was large triangles of pieced strips cut from making that Sixth Time's the Charm crib quilt over a year ago.  I had stuck the oddly-shaped stuff in a box where it hadn't caught my eye more than once in all that time.

also from pieced scraps

Like I said, don't go looking for pieced scraps.  Or, if you do, it's nice to know that you could throw them together as a journal cover and hope that they'll catch someone's eye.  Anyways, you didn't put much time in them, so there's that.

Guess what?  That's 10 journal covers now complete.  I still feel like I could make these forever, but I also don't want to focus exclusively on making from pieced scraps.  Too limiting I say!  It's always a balance, isn't it?

41 comments:

  1. every time you post another journal cover i think, i want that one too! i'm contemplating a plane ticket to your craft fair!

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  2. Oh Rachel, I love the nine patch journals!! Great idea! And such a good idea to pair it with the Lizzie house. Hot hot!! I know right now it screams summer, but I always feel the warmth of autumn leaves and Red Hot Valentine's Love! A three season journal! xox

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    1. Oh look at you - it IS so autumn-ish too. Now I like it even more =)

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  3. I love it! I never really liked the look of disappearing nine patches, but this is beautiful! You may have changed my mind :)

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    1. I hadn't been a big fan either, but I like it in solids!

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    2. Me, too! Love it in solids!

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  4. I LOVE the first cover! Its amazing!

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  5. Wow! I've been wanting to work with some solids and you have inspired me. You are so right; those "spicy" colors really work together now. Thank you for sharing. --Becky C.

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  6. Cute. I like the solid patchwork.

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  7. Love, love. love the solid patchwork journal cover I really want to give it a try

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  8. it's beautiful! the quilt will be awesome and the journal cover so brilliant. love the way you use your scrap!

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  9. That first one stole my breath! I will definitely definitely have to use that technique!

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  10. Excellent use of the long-lost piecing! I really love both of these types of journals, but I especially love the first! Pretty, pretty!

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  11. What gorgeous covers! So wish I was going to the fair to be able to snap one up =D

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  12. Ok that's awesome, I kind of made that part of my quilt before you gave us instructions to use the strip method... I almost did a second round so it'd be more even looking but I'm glad I didn't since apparently I'm going to have to make some of those now to do something like that with!
    Maybe you could stop making other awesome stuff until we are done with Handstitched class? I can't keep up :p

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  13. Majority rules....the first one is to die for! I love them all but that first one....WOW!

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  14. Rachel,
    Your work is amazing........you blow my mind. I love your use of color.....WOW!, always a pleasure to see your posts in my email!
    Best to you, Sondra

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  15. I usually don't go looking for pieced scraps even though I recently kind of organized some of them into a plastic box. All your journal covers are inspiring me to get busy and make one. Good luck with the inventory. Seems like you're doing well.

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  16. Hey, now I have something I can do with all that patchwork from my medallion too! You are going to do fabulous at the craft fair.

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    1. I was totally thinking of you sweet folks who also made two versions!

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  17. I love the solids one too!! It is very WOW! I haven't used solids much or the disappearing nine patch but after seeing that I am going to have a go, need to make some placemats so might try it out for that!

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  18. Love your work as always, Rachel! Those journal covers are gorgeous - especially the one in solids - wow! I have not done the dissappearing nine patch before but looking at yours, it has inspired me to make one, thanks for sharing :)

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  19. I have not seen a 9 patch cut up that way before, and it's so simple it's like, wahh?? I should have known about that! Lol. It looks great the way you sewed them all back together! (Sewed? Is that a word?)

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  20. What a great idea to cut up pieced scraps! I love the look of disappearing nine patches! Will definitely keep that in mind! Love those journal covers!

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  21. I really think that scraps multiply during the night. Either pixies come and cut into the stash, or the big pieces have babies. Either way, it's nice to know what they NEVER run out! Have a great day,
    Mary

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  22. Dang that's smart! I like the little modulated blocks a lot, especially as a journal cover. The colors all mixed together are quite nice. :)

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  23. love the disappearing 9 patch journal - gorgeous colours

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  24. The covers look great (especially the ones with the solids). Do you have a pattern or tut for these covers? I would love to try it.
    Susanne

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    1. My version is based on this tutorial: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/projects-ideas/bags-pillows/covered-journals_1.html with some modifications.

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  25. That is a gorgeous disappearing 9 patch! Makes me want to go and piece my own- the only orpham pieced bits I have are two half pure white half Lily Ashbury Summer House. Who knows what I could do with those? :S

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  26. Great visual lesson... the solids as small squares are nice, but in the disappearing nine patch it really pops!... I like it a lot... good luck getting all your sale pieces ready!

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  27. I can't believe how much sewing time you are getting in. My sewing is so limited right now with the last days of summer (we go back to school 8/14). I am enjoying the vicarious pleasure of your results.

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    1. Haha, thanks Suzanne! I am expecting the opposite. Homeschool starts August 6th, after which I'm pretty sure my sewing time will be curtailed!

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  28. I'm not much of a pink fan but love that you mixed in other colors, like the gold ~ I love this journal cover!

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  29. Yet again you have given me additional inspiration. You are my one stop color inspiration spot. Serious talent Rachel for someone so young.

    Keep it up and Thanks again,

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  30. Oh wow! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the spicy journal cover. Absolutely stunning.

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  31. Very tricky...so much simplier than I imagened. Going to use this pattern for placemats on the porch table.

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  32. Love them! The first one is awesome, and if it doesn't sell at the show (although I'm SURE it will!) I'll buy it from you!

    Also, can you share where you're getting your notebooks? I've been looking to buy some in bulk to do my own craft show and haven't had any luck finding a supplier yet. Thank you!

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    1. Sure! I'm using Mead composition books from Target and graph paper composition books that I order from Staples. They should be easy to find at this time of year!

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  33. That solid patchwork came out fabulous! I love it!

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  34. mmm...i love that mixed up solid patchwork! so perfectly unexpected.

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