Making of A Covered Book


Today I had the opportunity to make another covered book….this time as a Birthday present for a friend who I was having lunch with.  As you can guess, I was in a bit of a hurry….

The first step was to pick a pattern.  For this, I went online and searched for  free Stained-glass patterns and was rewarded with a huge number of ideas.  These are great for simple applique designs.



So, I started with a pattern and a blank Composition Book.





Next step was to draw the pattern pieces onto the paper side of a sheet of “Wonder Under”.   I knew that the pattern would be reversed, but was actually happier with it that way.




I turned to my 2-1/2 strip drawer and picked out four yellow prints for the sunflower and ironed the Wonder-Under onto the back. 




Next step was to cut out the petals and remove the paper from the back.  This is easily done by taking a seam ripper and scoring the backing paper so that there is a tear in the paper ( but not in the fabric).  It is easy to peel off this way….much easier than trying to separate the fabric and paper at the edge of the piece.




I then put the pattern, right side  down onto a light  box and placed a Teflon pressing sheet over the pattern.  I proceeded to place the cut out flower petals over the pattern.





After all were in place, I carefully scooted the Teflon sheet off of the light box and onto the ironing  board, and gave the entire flower a good steam press.

This attaches the fabric to the pressing sheet, but it can easily be peeled off and the flower removed in one piece.



After selecting the front cover fabric, I placed all of the pieces on the background and pressed it in place.





Now for the fun part……  pulling out all of my threads, both normal and funky, and enjoy adding details, as well as securing the fabric edges to the base fabric.

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After I had  measured the size of the book, I added almost 3 inches to the vertical and 1-1/2 inches to the horizontal measurements.  I cut out a piece of wonder-under that was this size and applied it to the reverse side of my front piece. 




14 After trimming it a bit, I removed the paper and placed the fabric over the top of the book, leaving an overlap on the top, bottom and edge of the book.  The left side of the fabric was placed just outside of the book binding.


I ironed the fabric to the front of the book….carefully, with steam.





The corners were cut out….remember doing this when you covered books back in school!!

The top, bottom and sides were pressed to the inside of the book.






These last few steps were repeated with the back fabric.




The final step was to cut a piece of Wonder-Under 2-1/2 inches 17wide and fuse it to a selected 2-1/2 fabric strip from my scrap strips.  I used the rotary cutter to make a slightly curved edge on both sides of the strip.





This strip was cut to the proper length and then carefully fused to the binding and onto each side of the book cover.







Voila…..a fun finished project….and in less that 2 hours!!!!

Trapunto Two Ways

I have been quilting the large trapunto piece that I have previously shown…..Here is the latest picture of it…….

Once again, I am desperately hoping that they blue lines come out!!!!!

The May challenge for the British Quilt List challenge is a trapunto piece as well. I have been wanting to try doing trapunto a different way (I read it in some magazine but cant now find the magazine) and decided that this was a good piece to try it on. I liked this method because it meant that I didn’t have to cut out the batting from the back of the quilt…..I always manage to cut the front fabric by mistake.

Here is what I did……

Draw the outside lines of the design onto freezer paper and then lightly iron it onto the batting You could also draw these directly on the batting, but I couldn’t figure out what pen to use……

Cut out the pieces and remove the freezer paper…..

Lay out the pieces on the front fabric… have to be careful because everything is backwards….

I know that this is not easy to do because I realized that my word would read right to left rather than left to right so I had to change it after I had already started sewing. Here is how I changed it. …..

Use Water Soluble thread in the bobbin and regular thread in the needle and free-motion stitch on the back of the quilt top (around the edges of the batting pieces). This holds them in place and puts an outline of the pieces on the front of the quilt. You can see in the previous picture that I have already sewn around the “A”. Here is the front after the outlining has been done…..

Baste the quilt …..I also used a blue wash-out pen and drew in a few details…..

Stipple the background….by the way, the pattern I used took forever and used a huge amount of thread.

Soak the piece in cool water to remove the blue lines and the wash-out thread.

Replace the water with hot water and soak for a few minutes. Pop into a hot dryer until dry.

Square up the piece (it lost over 1/2 inch in this process)….

A few things that I learned……this works great for large shapes that will be trapuntoed (is that a word???).

Using this particular type of stippling you need to make sure that the shapes are larger….you may notice that the flower leaves on the right sort of disappeared among the stippling.

I am looking forward to trying this again, changing these few things.

Thanks for reading.

Machine Quilting – more tips for marking

Today was the day to finish the machine quilting on the collaborate quilt with my Mom.

The next step in quilting was to add some quilting to the inside of the octagonal blocks. I had originally thought I would do some meandering around the flowers, but, with the charity groups encouragement, I decided that it would look better with straight lines echoing the outside shape.

The only problem with these lines is that they would need to be free-motion quilted, and straight lines are notoriously hard to do. SO, I started outwith much trepidation and fear that I would soon be un-quilting large sections.

I decided to use a new “favorite” product to mark the quilting lines. The product is a white marking pen put out by Clover. The pen draws a fine white line on dark fabrics which can be removed simply by ironing the fabric.

The only drawback to the pen is that the line appears as the ink dries…. a few seconds after you draw it. You just have to be patient!!!

Here is the block with the quilting lines drawn on.

A quick hit with the iron removes the lines.

And the block is finished!!!! (In order to see the actual quilting lines, you will need to click on the block to see a larger photo)

I will post the final quilting steps later in the week…..