Live a Great Story

Relieved to report that my family  members in Houston are safe.
My favorite coastal town of Port A has taken a big hit.
It was sad to see our local favorite places no longer exist.
Still praying for my friends who have homes in Port A.
Our thoughts are with all the people who still have dangerous times ahead.
It is amazing to see the local heroes who are using their own kayaks and rafts to rescue people.

The rain continues to come in waves here, in San Antonio.
It is also very windy.
So far, we are getting off very lucky.


Tomorrow is the first day of school for the Northeast ISD.
I still miss the excitement of starting a new year with a group of beautiful children.
I have spent the day working on a small project for a friend who is still teaching.
Eve and I had a blast teaching first grade together.

Eve is now teaching third grade.
This summer, Eve went kayaking in Austin.
She saw this logo posted down by the lake: Live a Great Story.
After looking this up online, Eve decided she wanted to use this message as her classroom theme.
Eve bought a Live a Great Story banner and posted it on her wall.
I enjoy sharing ideas with Eve. It makes me feel like I am still part of the process.
I plan to go work with her class and help them make personal banners that tell their story.

I know Eve has her children decorate the covers of their  composition journals.
So I made her a couple of quilted covers for the journals that she will use for herself in class.
Last summer, I made some quilted journal covers for my granddaughter and myself.
I researched free DIY covers online so I could get an idea about the measurements.

A few weeks ago, I couldn’t pass up buying this fat quarter bundle at Wal-Mart.
They were perfect for the journal covers.
The composition notebooks measure 7.5″ x 9.75″.

The strips are 18″ long with different widths that total a width of 15.5 “.
Cut batting and muslin at 14′ x 19”.
Cut a back cover measuring 10.5″ x 15.5″
Cut two strips at 4.5 x 10.5″ for the side flaps.

Sew the strips to form a main piece.
Layer the muslin, batting, and main piece and quilt.

Cut the quilted piece to measure 10.5″ x 15.5″.
I made an applique with the logo I printed on fabric.
Then add one flap on each side.
Place the back piece on top of the main piece, right sides touching.
Sew around the edges, leaving a space at the bottom for turning.
Round edges.
The little seam roller that I bought from Amazon came in real handy.
I was able to roll press the seams accurately before I iron-pressed them.




My second cover came out better than my first.

Here’s to the local heroes who are helping their neighbors.
They are living a great story.

4 thoughts on “Live a Great Story

    1. Thank you. I like to make these covers. I also once took a class on how to make journals…sewing the papers and special binding. I haven’t made one in a long time. I still have the paper, tag board and thread, so I’m thinking of making one again.

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