• Finished Quilts in 2010

    Click pictures for full details! Julia's Field of Blessings See Mom, I *Can* Make Snowmen in Texas! All Shook Up Pansies & Primroses Vintage Spring Vintage Baby A Bad Copy
  • Finished Quilts in 2009

    Click pictures for full details! Sunshine & Swimming Pools Loving Hands Boy Woogies Carina's Quilt Front Charity Quilt 1 Charity Quilt 2
  • Finished Quilts: Previous Years

    My sister's quilt Elena's Signature Quilt Cosmic Spiral Simona's Flower Garden ...And Everything Nice The Wool Quilt The Original Woogie
  • Finished Craft Projects

    Traveling Car Playmat Brown Bear Matching Cards
  • Finished Girls’ Dresses & Costumes

  • Quilt To Do List

    *Julia's "Baby" Quilt
    *Bethlehem Quilt
    *Kaffe Fassett String Quilt
    *Star Happy Batik Quilt
    *Red & Tan Single Wedding Ring Quilt (blocks made)
    *Batik Charm Square Quilt
    *Lingerie Quilt
    *Purple & Gold Mystery Quilt (just needs quilting!)
    *Eagle paper-pieced Quilt (@ half pieced)
  • Other Craft Project To Do List

    *Alphabet Matching Card Game
    *Apple/Pear Dress for Elena
    *Pillow Case Dress for Julia
    *Knit Dress for Elena (need to do post!)
    *Knit Shorts for Me
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Spring to Finish: I Took the Out

My last enumerated Spring to Finish item was:

10.  Make something? for Elena’s teachers at Mother’s Day Out.  I’ll give myself an out and buy something if need be, but I’d like to find something to make them or for their kids.

Well, this one is DONE.  Elena’s last day of Mother’s Day Out/Preschool was two weeks ago and I ended up just giving her teachers Target gift cards.


“But huh?  That doesn’t look like a Target giftcard!” <– I can hear you questioning from here!

I had seen and wanted to make her teachers nice little purse notebooks.  At the end of the day, though, I decided it was something that was too big and bulky for *my* purse so why would I give it to someone else?  And I *know* everyone can always have fun spending a bit of money at Target, so that’s what I did for them.

But I did make this prototype before I made my decision to go with gift cards.


Well, unfinished prototype.  This is the front of the notepad cover.  If I complete it, it will either have a button or velcro closure here on the front.

I didn’t use any pattern in the making of this, but did look over several different tutorials and etsy listings for similar notepad covers.

I really like how the pockets came out except for the diagonal interior pocket, but that can easily be worked out with a bigger triangle.  I made it bigger initially and then cut it down forgetting that I was going to lose a lot of it in the seam.


The back cover, with 2 pockets.

Really my biggest problem with it is that it’s just too fluffy.  I think I would like something hard versus soft, but all the tutorials I did see used fusible fleece.  Maybe go ahead and use the stiff Peltex?  Or maybe just fuse the fleece on both sides instead of just one so everything is a bit stiffer and just more together?

I’m not ready to give up on this project yet because ones I’ve seen are super-cute and they *look* usable — mine just doesn’t seem usable with my current prototype.  I might keep working on this one before I waste more fabric.

But since I gave myself an out on this Spring to Finish item, I’m taking it!

By the way, just look how much Elena has grown since she started Preschool 2 years ago — here she is on her 1st and last days of Preschool (*sniff* *sniff*).



3 Responses

  1. How funny….I also recently made a prototype of a notepad holder for my daughters teacher. I had the same issue with it being too puffy. This afternoon I worked on a wallet to see if I could improve things and I decided to use duck cloth (think that is what it was called, I bought it for an Amy Butler project) to give it a bit more stiffness and it seemed much better.

  2. Keep at it……..you’ll get it right eventually, and have alot of fun at the machine in the meantime.

    The little girl has really changed. I know I see those same changes in my granddaughter and it’s just happening way too fast for me !

  3. […] something if need be, but I’d like to find something to make them or for their kids.  DONE, as blogged here just […]

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