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Bits and Pieces


One of the fun things I like to do when I’m not really in the mood to start a real art project—and also–I admit to clean up some of the bits and pieces and starts and stops and experiments and samples–is to turn them into notebook covers.  My middle son used Marble notebooks to draw his designs, make notes on things he was doing with his motorcycle, adaptations to his unicycle and so forth. The notebooks are the perfect size to carry around, large enough to allow drawings and notes. I use them for my morning pages and journaling, each one lasting about six months or so.

These particular covers were experiments by a friend who was pulling out some things to look at and wondered what she could do with them—and another one said—well, Sylvia can make them into notebook covers for you.

And so they went home with me–and here are the results.

I typically use a background piece that is long enough and tall enough to wrap completely around the notebook and the inside flap. In this case it was red corduroy. Sometimes there is a lot of stitching to hold things together–sometimes not. Some are woven strips, some are just patched together pieces, and a few are like a fiber postcard sewn carefully onto the notebook cover—not so easy but certainly possible.

in the near future some of my notebooks will be on sale at the Quilt Museum in LaGrange Texas. Or you could ask me to make you a notebook cover from some of your bits and pieces.

Here is a sneak peak at some of those notebooks


Poppies at the Franch


A workshop at the Franch in LaGrange Texas is always a treat. This weekend was with Melinda Bula!about-melinda/c240r   with our project of Poppies. Most people bought her kit–which included all the fabrics needed to complete the piece except for the background, batting, and backing, binding and so forth. I had intended to bring my large box of reds and three smaller ones of green but at the last minute decided to cull my choices to fit into just one little box and work from that.

box20of20red-m Yes this used to have apples in it.

boxes20of20geen-m and those are Tide boxes with a small basket of yellows on top of the greens.

two20backgound20choices20here-m this box is bigger than a shoe box but not much. I could not fit in the fusible webbing or the vinyl.

I also opted to stay in the Dorm—freezing cold the first night, wrapped up in two extra blankets from two people’s cars–and then really needed earplugs—the snoring was quite daunting—might think about camping out in the bed of my truck next time. The only drawback to that is that there is no coffee in my truck unless I buy one of those semi truck driver’s coffeepots—might seriously consider.

I got about four pieces cut on my project–and will work on it more here at home with my large box of red and three smaller ones of green.–see above photos-

Solitude and few distractions are needed for me to feel creative–if someone else is nearby I feel I should be attentive to their possible needs. It feels rude to not work on the assigned project but gathering up enthusiasm to work  elbow to elbow–even when it is your dearest friends–just does not work for me.


I did get a lot of nice photos—and you may enjoy them here:

don’t miss the bling we bought for the birthday celebration.