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« on: June 10, 2011 07:20:57 AM »

I'm not sure where to put this (Mods, please feel free to move if necessary) since it's half paper and half quilt. My in-laws are taking a trip to Ireland this summer, and my MIL mentioned that she wanted to get a travel journal. She'd seen people, on their other trips, writing in journals, and thought that would be a great way to preserve their memories (in addition to photographs). Of course, I pipe in with "I'll make you one!" She liked the wrap-style journals, but didn't want leather....Yay! Another excuse to use that free-motion foot!

I picked a bright floral design and a matching green, then quilted them with a shamrock motif. It's hard to see the design from the outside, but the contrasting thread makes it very obvious on the inside. Cheesy I just realized that I don't have a good picture of the spine of the book or the pages... the pages are lined and the signatures are covered in decorative papers, then stitched directly to the cover with black waxed Irish linen thread.




I also made up a bunch of photo corners for her to use in the journal (I have to get some double-sided tape to go with that). There is a pocket for those, and one for a pen, on the inside cover. The strap has velcro on it (and buttons to make it cute).


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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2011 07:48:55 AM »

It's lovely!  Great detail, your MIL will be so happy!  I would be giddy if someone gifted this to me. Grin
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2011 08:09:56 AM »

I love the photo corners. What a great extra touch.
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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2011 08:44:12 AM »

Oh my -- I love everything about this! The fabric you chose is gorgeous and so summery.  And the photo corners are a great idea!
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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2011 09:17:13 AM »

The journal, especially the shamrock quilting!, is lovely!

What a nice gift...

I definitely love the hand made photo corners...they are very much in keeping with the personalization of the journal!
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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2011 10:07:29 AM »

This is SO beautiful!  I love the shape, and the quilting is stunning.
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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2011 11:03:41 AM »

Thanks, everyone! I hope she likes it.

I forget where I saw them, but, some one else had posted a project that they made photo corners for, and I appropriated her great idea. I knew I was saving those tiny scraps of paper for something.  Wink I used tiny, tiny bits of paper and a glue stick to secure the backs of the corners (tedious and messy...and, I don't think it was necessary). I hate glue.  Tongue Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2011 11:14:23 AM »

This is so lovely and so perfect for a trip to Ireland! Wow - you have some great free motion quiliting skills.

The photocorners are brilliant too!
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« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2011 12:26:59 PM »

Thanks, LimeRiot! Everything I know about free-motion quilting, I learned from Leah's blog. She's a genius.
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inez-you make some of my favorite stuff! Your journals always amaze me! Great job, I love this!
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