Storm Update, Lunch, and Journal Covers

San Antonio was spared from any real damage from Hurricane Harvey.
My friend from Rockport is still waiting to hear about her home.
One hopeful sign is that the Big Tree on Goose Island survived the storm.
This beautiful tree, which is over 1000 years old, is just steps away from my friend’s home.
Hopefully, her home is also still standing.
As for the Houston family, they are hanging on.
Last I heard, they were still waiting to evacuate.
One of my relatives works at the hospital, and he says they are in dire conditions.
My Corpus relatives will be heading home soon, to assess the damage.
I am so proud of our Texas  HEB. This company is always ready to serve the communities.
They have sent trucks with hot meals and medications to the disaster areas.
HEB is always on the front line when it comes to helping.

Today was still windy, but the sun did shine.
I went to my former school to be part of the first day excitement.
I even got to park in my old parking space.

It was good seeing friends; and the children were delightful.
Afterwards, I went to meet the retired teacher group for lunch.
The Silver Foxes meet every year on the first day of school.
It was fun catching up.
One of my friends told me she has a family member who was just diagnosed with an illness.
She wanted to find a journal for  this person.
I offered to make her a journal cover and she loved the idea.
I was able to make it when I returned home.

The front heart pocket opens.
She can print cards with encouraging messages and place them in the heart pocket.

Interior of the Journal Cover

Two more heart magnets.

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.

Storm Update

This rainy, Saturday morning, has been spent thinking of my friends and family on the coastline.
Rockport, Texas took a massive hit. I was in contact with my friend who has a home on Goose Island.
Goose Island  is a state park, but my friend has the last remaining house on the island.
A couple of years ago, we went to her house to see the cranes who migrate to this island. A beautiful site.
It will be some time before my friend will be able to see the results of this hurricane.
Other friends and family have evacuated and are on hold.
In the meantime, we are just getting steady rain here in San Antonio.
Thanks to all who have sent thoughts and prayers.

In the meantime, I am sort of housebound.
I took this opportunity to finishing piecing the blocks for the dinosaur floor pillow top.

Next step is to figure out how to quilt it.
I am also still viewing tutorials on how to make large pillow covers.
French pillows look interesting, but difficult.

One of the problems I have to solve is the size.
I  sewed 1/2 inch seams, so the top is 35 ” x 35″.
The largest pillow insert I have found is 30″ x 30″, which is too small for the top.
I can have a 1/2 seam to attach the top and bottom, but it will still be too large for the pillow.
This is what happens when an idea is not totally planned out ahead of time…
which happens to be my modus operandi.

Well, it looks like I will have a few days to figure this out.