Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Notebook Covers

Here are two different sizes of quilted notebook covers that I made myself, and some that are ready to make for gifts. The pattern came from an issue of Fons & Porter's magazine, Love of Quilting. I'll try to find the exact issue and note it here for you.

I had some pre-quilted fabric on hand that I used, or you can take two pieces of fabric that you like, make a "quilt sandwich" with batting and quilt your own on the machine before you cut out the pieces.

Here's a link for some more notebook ideas: http://missmelissak.blogspot.com/2008/08/organizing-chaos-of-lists.html

Quilting Cats

This quilt is one of my favorite scrappy patterns. It's called Sawtooth Cats. The cats backs and tails and sawtooth border are all paper pieced from tiny scraps. It was a raffle quilt for our local humane society, where our Black Lab, Zeus is from. I asked for volunteers to help put it together, and my dear quilting friends from the Galena Territory pitched in.

We began with a morning paper piecing together, with some of the ladies paper piecing for their first time. Others pitched in to help me with the borders, the sashing, embroidery, binding, and the machine quilting. It turned out so pretty, earning $500 for Safe Haven. It now hangs in the home of a generous friend, another cat lover and supporter of needy cats and dogs, who also helped work on the quilt.
The quilt is now on my Dream List of projects I would like to make for myself. We'll see...
Here's our real cat, Tori, helping me hand quilt "Trail Ride Dreams," a quilt I made for my niece Katie's college graduation from Loyola in Baltimore. I get to spend a week with Katie every summer on a week long trail ride in Missouri.