If it could go wrong…

It did! Saturday, I woke up planning on spending the day finishing my Wonky Star sample for Sew Original. I got everything out. And I realized that all the blocks that I had sewn last week needed to ripped out. I had sewn in haste so I could take it to the $5 block meeting and they weren’t up to my standards:( So I ripped out about 30 seams…
I was a bit over it at this point so I wanted to finish something!! My sketchbook needed a cover…I’ve been plotting it in my head for months.

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I pulled out lots of my favorites! The pieces that I’ve hoarded. Treasured snippets from swaps. All pieces I love. And I started sewing…

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And tragedy struck! I had one lone complete Heather Ross chihuahua on blue. And I accidentally cut him in half. Sob.

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I love the HR chihuahua because my dog Mack was could have been the model. Here’s Mackie wearing his Halloween costume (he was a dog being eaten by a shark)…I had trouble finding a picture where he was awake:) You can see the resemblance and his cuteness!

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And here’s more sewing…including a fix for the tragedy!

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I was sewing along and everything was going great!

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There is a fish named Heather! Sarah got Heather Ross to sign a fish for me when she took a class from her in NYC.

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And a fish named Malcolm!! My dear friend Jo-Sue Malcolm was with me when I bought this sketchbook. She is one of my artsiest friends and has supported all my creative endeavors! We spent a day going to all the art museums in DFW and I bought this sketchbook at The Dallas Museum of Art. It was the perfect day. Malcolm is there in honor of Jo-Sue:)

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I also had an autographed selvage of Tufted Tweets from Laurie Wisbrun herself via my friend Monica (more on that later…). I sewed it all together!

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And started to quilt. Obviously, the bobbin had to run out with two lines to go! And next to the earlier tragedy!! &$@#!

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I pressed on. I put all the pieces together. I was plotting a pencil holder/closure, so I needed seams along the edge of both the front and back.

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But it was too short! $&@%!!

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I added some Neptune to the spine. I was annoyed it was too small, but happy to add the Neptune that I hadn’t put in yet! It couldn’t be all my favorites without some Neptune:)

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Still too small! Grrr!!! So I had to nix the pencil closure:( I used a decorative stitch to sew the pieces together flush. It worked!

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Finally, I was on my way! Then it was too small the other way!! &@$%!!!!! I tried to fix it with sewing an 1/8″ seam and covering it with binding. Just not big enough:( Not working…

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I didn’t want to lose any of my precious fabrics, so I opted for the decorative top stitch again. Success!!

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I finally finished late Sunday. That’s right, it took TWO DAYS to make a book cover. I’ve made whole quilts faster. What’s crazy is that I did measure and added 1/2″ seam allowances. It just shrank much more than expected. And I probably should have made a test out of less precious fabrics. BUT I’m thrilled with it! Has anyone ever made something like this? Any tips?
Here are pictures of all the sides…

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And now my sketchbook is much happier! I’m in love:)
xo LC

5 thoughts on “If it could go wrong…

  1. Love it! There are plenty of days i am glad i am not a surgeon… Most of my errors can be fixed! Looking forward to seeing your notebook up close! Your solutions added to its fun factor. B

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