Two things I learned from my Kindle download experience:
- Don't purchase books that may have patterns you would want to print. You CAN'T print from a Kindle. Not even the real ones, from what I could learn from the FAQs pages.
- I REALLY REALLY want a Kindle for regular reading!
|Yes, the pages are GREEN!|
|Too Cool! It even has a handy bookmark built right in!|
|I got a little funky here and added beads to the yarn bookmark.|
So...my project book mentioned checkbook covers. Pretty neat, I thought. Back to the scrap bag I went. And came up with this:
But it didn't feel substantial enough with just the fabric. So I decided to add some quilt batting to the project. Everything went pretty well at first. I thought that I would dress up the front of the cover by adding a little applique. After all, Marie has this great applique stitch that I figured it was time to master too. So I did some internet surfing, found some free flower applique patterns, and came up with this:
I really liked the dark flowers. But when it came time to put everything together and serge, I discovered that Donnie does not like thick wads of material. He started to jam, then went crooked and ate quite a bit of seam allowance. I still managed to get everything put together, but it just wasn't straight and neat. And it took a while to get all the little pieces of batting out of the machine...NOT fun! Add to that the fact that I had to re-thread Donnie and I was getting stressed out! But I couldn't quit...
And the inside looked even worse. So I decided to sacrifice some of my fat quarters, more batting, and try again. But this time I cut my batting slightly smaller than the cover. Marie really likes to applique on quilting sandwiches now that I've got this great walking foot, so of course we had to add flowers to the newest cover. Then it was time to let Donnie have a turn at putting everything together. After that, I tried putting a check pad in, and everything fit. It was time for just a little more embellishment - I had found some really great little buttons at Noblet's Dime Store on Saturday, so I added some to the center of the main flower:
That should make spending money just a little bit more fun!
After that, I decided that I could use another set of my precious fat quarters (I'm just now discovering the wonderful world of fat quarters and love to look at my tiny stash!). I needed to see if I could create a trade-sized embellished book cover for a really huge book. This is what I came up with, after just a small amount of math-related frustration:
Voila! I now consider myself to be the queen of appliqued book covers. Potential Christmas presents for the readers in my family? Hmmm...there's definitely some potential there!