Thursday, September 13, 2012

FMQ Sketchbook

Have you ever read the blog "May Your Bobbin Always Be Full"??  I came across it via Pinterest, specifically her free motion quilting sketchbook. (p.s. Chelsea, if you click the link, beware, there is an icky spider picture just a little ways down ;)  If you are a machine quilter looking for inspiration, DO check it out.  Being newly inspired myself, I decided that I needed a sketchbook too.  A plain one is fine, but one with a patchwork cover is even better.  :)

stitch & flip journal cover

I had pinned several different tutorials, and ended up going with this one at FairyFace Designs.  Being a part of Sarah's beginner sewing series, the tutorial was simple and easy to follow.  The one change I made was adding a very light interfacing to the cover (not the lining) and to the interior pockets.  It adds just a tiny bit more structure and keeps the patchwork in check at the same time.

stitch & flip journal cover

For the patchwork, I used the stitch & flip method described in 'Quilting Modern'.  I love the book, but as I've said before, improv piecing does not come naturally to me.  So I pretty much copied one of the examples on page 103 for this layout.  Baby steps, right?


I added just a little fancy stitching to the edges of the inside pockets, which worked out really well.  And since this is my FMQ sketchbook, you get to see a few of my preliminary, first try, FMQ sketches.  NO idea how I would ever actually sew these, except for the loops and maybe the stipple.



Overall, the project was a success.  The fit is pretty good when the notebook is closed, and a little weird when the notebook is open, but I have a feeling that this would be the case no matter which tutorial was used.  

Have a great day everyone.

Fresh Poppy Design

24 comments:

Nat at Made in Home said...

This is beautiful!

Erin @ Billy Button Design said...

oh I do love it....I was going to make some more of these from Sarahs tutoral series too. Love the quilting patterns

Kristan said...

How pretty!

Svetlana said...

oh, I love this, what a fantastic idea, Heather.

Patchwork and Play said...

I love to cover notebooks! Yours is lovely!

Jenelle said...

It's a sketchbook cover! I was really intrigued when I saw your photo from the last post. It's so fun and quirky. I love it! I think I might have to play some with the stitch and flip technique.

Debbie said...

Really really nice!! Fantastic baby step!

Katie B. said...

I love your design, and I definitely need a sketchbook!

Patti said...

Fantastic! Maybe I'd be more motivated if my sketchbook looked more like this instead of the cheapo lined scribbler!

Suz said...

I'd say the weird factor is because the notebook has a spiral sort of binding, which means the covers have a certain amount of wiggle room. Something you can live with - and it looks beautiful... and give some of those patterns a try - they look like winners.

Chelsea said...

Thanks for the warning! I almost posted a shot of my ginormous chiclet light spider but I figured it would scare people. I'll have to work my courage up so I can take a look.

Love the sketchbook and your fmq ideas are gorgeous. You should come over some time and try them on the beast!

Heather said...

Very cool! I love the idea of the sketchbook, and your cover is just beautiful -- not to mention, your sketches look terrific. ;o) Great job!

Rebecca Grace said...

Your cover is beautiful, but I'm really jealous of your SKETCHES!! Your first try, REALL?!! I've been trying to doodle stippling for months and I just can't get my brain and my drawing hand in coordination with each other. And naturally, what I can't draw, I can't quilt... :-)

Colby said...

Such a cool idea! I have seen so many pretty journal covers but I'm like, "I never would use a journal." But that's a great idea to use it for FMQ practice! Love the design as well!

Teje Karjalainen said...

So beautiful, Heather! Those little triangles are so cute and grey squares really great! x Teje

Dayna said...

I really love this! You did a marvelous job!

Wendy said...

Oh this is so pretty, just like a line of bunting!

In Stitches said...

I love the piecing on this project. Very cool!

Kelli said...

I love this--both the cover piecing and the idea of an FMQ journal for ideas. :)

Kris from Duke Says Sew What said...

A beautiful cover!

Jo said...

It's beautiful Heather!

Alex said...

beautiful! good luck with the FMQ ;)

Sue Daurio said...

That's wonderful, what a great idea. I would want to doodle in that all the time with such a pretty cover!

Lindsay Conner said...

Very cute patchwork! So many people love that book--I need to get my hands on it! Thanks for linking up, and just be sure to add a link back to Craft Book Month for your chance to win--love your project!