Bookmark It!

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You know, I think it’s kind of funny; it shows my age, for sure. When I was growing up, a bookmark was a paper thing; meant for books. Nowadays, it’s more common for it to be a computer thing; bookmarking your ‘favorites’ on the computer.  Not a bad thing at all.  But thankfully, this isn’t a computer thing.  Not at all.  It’s a sewing thing.  Thank goodness!

Anyway, without digressing further, here’s my latest paper-fabric, quilted, bookmark.  Special ordered by my sweet sister, Lisa.  

This is the lesson.  Cut it up. And be free.  Hey, I didn’t even change my bobbin thread… just wanted to be a rebel tonight.  I’m okay with it. 

Or at least in half.  You will surprise yourself at how much more interesting a piece can become.  Less predictable.  More surprising.  Taking dull and boring… into detailed, and interesting.   (If only I could do the same thing with my wardrobe.) 

 I start with a straight stitch, moving my needle position to the right several positions, just so it lines up with the needle position of the zig zag stitch I set up, so that the right swing of my needle goes off the edge of the fabric. 

 Using the #20 open toe foot makes turning the corners a delight.  Great visibility.  Love that.


The very last thing… I added sparkly.  You knew it, didn’t you?!  I can’t help myself.  I have a problem.  But it’s not a bad problem, is it?

 So what do you think of it cut up? 

 Just “Bookmark It!”  Hope you like it Lisa.  Not this one.  The other one.  Hint:  It has “Linda” quilted in it.


Comments 5

  1. I often to a small quiltet to test tension and thread colors when I'm doing something free motion. Some of them become bookmarks, others become postcards.
    Enjoy your bookmarks.

  2. Bookmarks for books! yum! I'll have to try your recipe for paper fabric. I wasn't that thrilled with mine. You can bet I'll be 'bookmarking' more play time into the 2012 calendar.

  3. Thanks Holly, I'm glad you think they are pretty, and I know YOU could do something yourself to keep, or GIVE! This is the paper fabric I make… I have a tutorial of it.. will send you the info! I use Elmer's Glue, diluted half n half w/water. Add my 'stuff' and then some glitter, or whatever you like… So yes, it is glued down, dried, pressed flat, and then I fused the fabric flower using Steam-A-Seam. Hope you try it! Merry Christmas!

  4. How pretty the bookmarks are! I would definitely love a gift like that!I love the bit of sparkle too. Did you glue everything down first or maybe use fusible?

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