Sunday, January 8, 2017

How I made the book !!

Hello there, well I am fixin to write how I made the pretty lace book.  Annette style,  the instructions of how I created the book and there are many many ways to put a book together.  This is just how I put this book together.  The ugly puuple book in a couple of posts back?   Well it is getting an overhaul.  I do believe replacing pistons in a 1955 Chevy was easier than making a lacy girlie book look prettier.    I am not kidding.  My hands were smaller than Hubby's hands so they could fit in and around engine parts easier that his would in different areas.  I am sure the manicure was messed up and I am laughing big time here.   I am not a manicure girl.  Oh sometimes I would get a manicure but by the next day my pretty nails looked awful and to this day I can ruin a manicure quicker that a bunny can run out of the yard with two dogs chasing it at full speed.

Whoops I am wandering. 

Just a reminder of the back and front of the book.   I did just dig around in my laces and doilies I had purchased at  estate sales and knew the sweet ladies who made these would be proud, I think, that they were re purposed. 

  Now I used some thicker fabric for the inside of the book, the one that holds the weight of the pages and the pretty lace on top.   I stacked the pages that were going inside the book and just guesstimated how thick to make the backing .  I did allow a couple of inches more on the back side for "growth"  of the book.   They always seem to get fatter than you imagine.   I guess it is all the lace and stuff.  

I did use some flat lace first on the outside of the cover and wrapped it over the edge to the inside.   I also sewed a little pocket to the inside for any notes of in this case a Round Robin booklet the ladies wrote in.  Some of the lace on the front of the cover I used a sewing machine and some I hand tacked it and with the beads.   Of course they were hand tacked.  Remember don't sew up the inside pocket with your stitches and then you have to go back and cut them loose and resew the lace on the front.  Just saying from experience.

I chose some heavy muslin to back the block and used a piece of lace over the muslin.  I then put the overlay of lace on the muslin before making a little sandwich of the layers with the block.  Pinning the wrong  sides together of the lace, muslin and the CQ block.   When finished it looked kind of like a little pillow case.   I made the muslin and lace about 2 1/2 inches longer on the what will be center of the books

The birds eye view of the lace and muslin being folded over the block.  I didn't worry to much about the mitering of the corners, not with two layers of lace over it.  

I did not put any batting or anything between the layers.  You can of course if you want to.   

When I first was going to do this I didn't know about putting more lace on the block but you can never have to much lace in CQ art.   So I have been told.

The lace on the block is sewn on top of the block and on the bottom of the block.   

The block will look like this, sort of.  The 2 1/2 inches are to the left . The extra will be folded over and sewn on .   Now this litte book I sewed the pages directly to the back of the cover.   The last piece of lace I sewed on was done by hand so it would cover the spine where I sewed the blocks on.   

I pressed the extra fabric  with a little for seam  to fold over onto the block and then where I was going to sew it onto the book cover.   I would give more measurements but everyone's blocks are different sizes and that would lead you astray.     I sewed thru the muslin and the book cover with the ends not folded over.

This is sewn on to the book cover.   Now after you place the first one on the cover about every1/4 inch is a good measurement to sew the next block on.  Can be less if you want but just not butt the blocks together or it might make it stiff to open.   Just speaking from experience there.  Or it might look like the spine is jammed up and the open end part of the book just flares out.  It just doesn't lay flat if you jam them in super close.   Now on the purple book I did more than 1/4 inch, still learning here, and I used a purple marker to cover up the lighter fabric.  

 Now here is one of the blocks with the extra fabric folded over onto the block and then I use the machine to sew it over the block.  Notice when I sewed the flap over I folded in the ends and then they look nice and neat.  Please also notice at the top of the fold over is the little blank spot I told you about so the book lays nice and flat.  

One more page with the flap folded over, not yet sewn down.    I do have to mention, the page on the right has one lace  with the fold over flap and the back on the page before it has a different lace.   Note to self when you are making a book at two different times please save enough lace lace so they all look alike.   Lace this loose ( on the right ) is a bear to sew with for this purpose.   Please notice the tiny little void of anything in the center , that is the little space I was talking about. 

                             One more look at a page sewn in looking at how it is at the spine.   

See how pretty the pages lay in the book .  It is kind of a Coptic binding  or it may be.   When I make my art journals I use this type but it is done differently but the same results   Pages laying pretty and flat.  My fabric books are not done this way.  I learned those techniques from Pat Winter and Suzy Quaife.  Such talented ladies.  


The spine of the book with the extra piece of lace to hide my seams .  

It sits nice and fluffy now.  Ready to look at and treasure.   They are not sitting in a drawer but I can enjoy them anytime.   

Reminds me of an old time pantaloons, nope I didn't wear them and just saw pictures of them.   

There you go I hope this helps some.  I am not an instruction person.  If you have any questions I will try to answer them  either here or on facebook.

Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today.



Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Starting the 2017 adventure

Hello and Happy New Year and wow is it going to be an awesome year.  I can feel it in my bones.    Now the last few days I wanted to finish up a project that has been in the working part for almost 2 years.  Yes, you read right.  Two years, this is not Annette to have projects looming over me but when see it you will understand.   It takes time to create a heirloom.   

I have been in a Round Robin with a wonderful group of artists.  They are great !!!!!!   I make5 or 6 blocks and send to them and they pick one to embellish. They  each do the same and we have blocks floating around in the mail to each other.  Like little elves or faeries carrying around our treasures.   By the time one year was over I thought ok I think I am going to make my second round of blocks kinda sorta the same theme.  So I am finishing them up.  I did actually take working photos and will post a new post with how I did the book for these treasures .   Sooooooooooo here you go.   My blocks of pretties and who did them.  I hope you enjoy the blocks and the little lace book I just finished.  

Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world.  I just feel like great things are going to happen this year for us all. oxox

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Scant instructions on how I make my books

Now you know I am not a dyed in the wool person.  Shocking  news isn't it?   Making my Crazy Quilt block books is no different with my loosey goosey style.   I am working on my third CQ book right now and fixin to put the mother of all books my Alice in Wonderland book.  I think these books below were my learning curve for the Alice book.  I will try to take good notes and pics of how it goes together.   

Soooooooo here is some notes and pics of 2 1/2 books I have put together.  

 The Crazy Quilt book I did.   I was not sure how to make the spine like I had seen in pics but I came up with a way.   Will share in a minute.   I did get carried away with the front and back of the book.    Now I make the all  lace books and put them together differently.  My sweet friend Pat Winter did a little tut on that and love it and I have taken and not had time to do it yet an on line class from Suzy Quaife.   Both  ladies are such experts in their art and look them up, it will be well worth your time.

                             I tied this book with some pretty ribbon

 I sewed the blocks like little envelopes and sewed on fabric,  better instructions I hope below.    I didn't like the way it looked and it needed to be fancier so lace came out of the bin and said " I want to be in this book"   So there ya go.     I did fold over the fabric of each one to help make a hinge.  I think better instructions below.  


My method of making the smocked looking spine.  I gathered up some soft fabric and on the wrong side just tacked little pieces of it together, bunched up I guess.  I did several areas and turned over to see what I did and taadaa it looked like I wanted.  Now this has been a while ago but I know it takes extra fabric and then I sewed it to the spine by hand I believe .   I just looked soft and pretty and seem to go with this book.   

This is the second book I made.   I had this pretty curtain I bought at an estate sale and the owners had whacked it up to fit a window.  They were surprised I bought them,  hey they don't know crafter artists for sure.   I layed it out and after stacking the blocks together and wrapping the fabric around them to see how much I needed.   Of course I added extra length and width to tuck in edges and just to make sure I wasn't short on the fabric  and thinking RATS.   On the spine I just added little charms and ribbon and lace.   No two books are alike and knowing me they won't be and it is a learning process to me.   The lace and charms and ribbon just added some motion and a little jingle noise.   

I added some tucked soft fabric to the spine to cover where I sewed the blocks onto the cover.  

How the blocks look sewn on.  Now I had the brain storm to use a color, one color to back all the blocks.  I hate it, but just to lazy to change it at this point in time.  Maybe when I get bored I will change it.  Maybe..........


Close up of the block with the mistake of fabric.   If I change it I will show you.  Looking at the pic I am thinking it will be sooner than later to change it.  Oh well live and learn. Now if you don't put tons of pretties on your blocks you might maybe put some thin batting or something between the block and it' s backing.  Mine have plenty on them and it gives the blocks BODY !  Weight also.  

The next  book I am working on, well sort of.  These are some blocks of a round robin I was in last year.  I did the blocks, the theme was big hat ladies, and fellow artist embellished them.   I did that for this year but haven't gotten the blocks back.  I just wanted to put all the blocks together.  Then the big hat ladies can have a good time together.   

I backed the blocks with lace and white fabric and instead of making a little envelope type of the blocks I cut the fabric a little larger that the block.  I then folded it over and sewed on top of it leaving the edge that will be the center open with extra fabric to fold over.   

This block was embellished by Fitzy,   whole names will come when the book is finished and she did so good and girlie.   I sewed the lace/fabric over the edge and you can see I added a darker baste line to make the blocks sort of uniform.   I left the center edge open    I wanted this whole book to be girlie, I am not a girlie girlie person but do love pretty and not blah colors.   The girls know me well that embellished the blocks.   

I made sure the inside edge was longer because it is the hinge so to speak of the page.   I sewed it to the cover fabric .    

I then fold it over and under to cover the basting of the block.  I did add lace to the outside edge of each page also.  This beauty is embellished by Lydia.   I am so lucky to have such talented ladies in my corner.  

This is the first page, embellished by me, myself and I with the fold over and lace on the inside front. On the opposite page I have sewn a lace tag with the creator's name and where they live and when we did this.  

 In the center of the fabric I used to line the cover,  I marked little lines about 1/4 inch apart to sew each page on.  Well in the general area anyway.  As close I follow my own directions lol   Now the first blank page on the left  and last blank page on the right is also covered in lace and this will be sewn on to the cover fabric.   I will also sew close to the pages on the cover center.   Now I will do all of this BEFORE I start adding the lace and trims to the back.   I will also will add some lace trim to the first and last blank pages.    The pages and blocks are a little smaller than the cover fabric and a good excuse for more girlie trim. 

This is what the back side looks like with pages sewn in.    If I were making a journal to do art in or write in there would be stitches with waxed thread.  A Coptic ( I think that is how you call it) style so the book lays flat.   

I mark the center of the whole cover.  When I get my last blocks I will show all assembly of the last of the book.  


My friend gave me some beautiful cream/warm white fabric and it is perfect for this project.  You  can see  one of the tags I am putting in the book just a little info on what in the world is going on with this book.   Now I do have to say this needs pressing all have been in a plastic sack just waiting to be finished.    I have faith, my girls will make it home to their book.   They are probably off having tea or an adult beverage.   Off the subject but when did they start calling wine, beer or some other alcohol and adult beverage?  Ok back to the subject at hand.


I just pinned some pretties on so you can sort of get the picture of where I am going with the cover.  I am using trim from a wedding gown, crochet work and lace and ribbon and just anything I can get my hands on.    

Alright, I hope this gives you some idea of how I put my books together.    I just follow my muse and how to put together.  I love making them.   

Thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today