Thursday, January 16, 2014

the next best thing...

remember this - my lovely brown monthly planner?

i've had it a couple of years now, saving it for something special, something worthy, waiting on an idea, a really good idea

none came... 

 the other day, as i was looking wistfully at it's empty pages, i was thinking the next best thing to finding a calendar like this would be to find one filled with someone's plans and dreams and play-things

daily jots of comings and goings interspersed with thoughts and things - chicken scratch in the margins, ideas jotted quickly, with that urgency that tells you the author was afraid it might be a fleeting one

and i realized finally i wanted it to be me that filled it, with whatever crazy ideas i get, and notions i have

 here is week one

 there are two spaces for each day; the upper one is where i'll write my plans for the day i.e. "work" or visits, or dates with friends
the space directly beneath it will be where i'll write what creative things i did that day, or plan to do... we shall see, it's evolving...

the blank upper page is where i'll put in samples of what i've done, scraps and leftovers, bits and pieces, remnants of a week's work

this week has been all about the diamond jubilee quilt

 i cut a piece off the tea towel and basted to one of the diamond-shaped papers

and then did a little machine stitching on the water-colour painted one

 i love how they look but am not sure the towel will work for diamonds - it's awfully stiff and is so fragile, even with the stitching; i'm not sure it would hold up

 then i got really brave and cut the thinnest strip into four equal pieces

this i love

i'm thinking sashing of some sort for the quilt
i think it would be fabulous
and the tea towel would work well there, whether in place of, or in addition to, the lace

doesn't matter - i love, love, love this

 i'm so glad i started this book, this planner - at the end of the year it will be a wonderful record of where i've been, what i did and the things i made

freda asked a question in the other post, about clamping the signatures for my books...

i use three large clamps and two strips of book-board (left-over from making covers)
the strips are about 1" wide

once the papers and card for the signatures are all assembled (no holes poked yet) i line them up evenly and place the book-board on each side of the stack, flush with the fold

then the three clamps are put in place

this helps compress the papers and card, pushing them together and flattening them a little more than what you can do by hand or with a bone holder

i usually leave them for at least a day, sometimes two or three... it really does make a difference in getting a nice compressed spine to your hand-made books

so, my pages are ready to be sewn together and today i cut out the front and back covers for my book

tomorrow the fun really begins

i have a few new folowers to my blog - thank you, and welcome - it's nice to meet you!

 i have been trying to respond to the comments you have all left for me, and to get around to your blogs - slowly but surely i am getting there
every day i get a little more caught up on things, a little more organized

it's definitely a process!


deanna7trees said...

well, you've answered the question i asked over on flickr. great page in your calendar. it will be a treasure by the end of the year. i appreciated your explanation of the bookbinding. i've done just a bit of it but you're inspiring me to do some more. i want to make a 'real' book with cloth pages.

Celestina Marie Design said...

Hi Jillayne, this is a grand idea and reminds me of the interior design boards I have done for room designs. Your book is a treasure and as it progresses all year long it will be such a gift to look back and see where and what you have done.
Love this.

Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. Have a wonderful weekend.

Mosaic Magpie said...

What a treasure your journal will become, looking back at what has inspired you in the past will rekindle new interests. I also, was happy to read about the bookbinding. I too wondered about the clamping and I now wonder about the stitching of the signatures....may be a good tutorial....just a thought!

BumbleVee said...

You're right.... what fun it will be for somebody down the road to come across your journal and wonder what it was all about ....

Suztats said...

What a stunning record your journal will be! A great prop to stimulate the memory...and one's creativity.

Dorthe said...

Another beautiful idea, and journal, dear Jillayne, so very ,very beautiful - your start looks wonderful, and you are right, that when finished in the end of the year it will hold so many great ideas, and projects,-and many thoughts of this and that.
You will surely enjoy both filling it through the coming months, and reading it after!!
Hugs from Dorthe

Createology said...

The minute I began to read I just knew it had to be YOU to fill that beautiful unique journal with your amazing talents and stitchings. This will become a treasured heirloom for many generations... Your work is stunning my friend!

FredaB said...

Thanks Jillayne for showing us your technique. I thought that this was what you meant. I can see now what a difference it will make.

Also looked up paper piecing on google and found all sizes and shapes like you said. Thanks again.


Marj Talbot said...

Great idea for the calendar. It will be a wonderful keepsake and will go well with your finished quilt. Great work as usual.

karen said...

oh I love your new project.....project planner!!! and I do hope your fingers have stopped twitching.

epocktextiles said...

Love these pieces on the brown paper