Thursday, 7 March 2019

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 219 - A Bible Cover

On the third try, I think I can claim success in making a book cover.  It isn't quite finished, because I haven't yet put on any fastenings, so pins had to do for the photo.

Instead of winging it and trying to make it by eye, I did the job properly and actually measured the book.  The width of the panel wasn't crucial, as long as I had a good overlap. However, the measurement from top to bottom had to be a good fit.  The book covers measure eight and a half inches, so I cut the panel at nine and a half inches, and then cut the binding strip a little narrower than I would cut quilt binding.

On the inside I inserted a flap for the front cover to slot into, and a ribbon for the back cover to slide under.

The bible has soft covers, which makes it easier to handle, but nevertheless I wanted to make a snug fitting cover that I could put on without bending the covers back.

The back cover slides under the ribbon first...

… so it can then be pushed across so the ribbon is as near to the spine of the book as possible, and the edge of the front cover can be tucked into the flap...

… and pushed right inside as far as it will go.

It is a very snug fit.  Another sixteenth of an inch and it would have been too tight.

I am still deliberating about fastenings.  However I resolve it, I can guarantee it won't be velcro.

Here goes for week 219:-

Many thanks to Angie for linking up with her beautiful soupçon quiltalong quilt.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more.

If you have no free motion quilting to show, feel free to link up and show any project you like.  Here are the usual rules, but feel free to ignore them.  To keep the original emphasis, however, preference will be given to free motion quilting when featuring projects from the previous week.

If you love free motion quilting, whether you are a beginner just taking the plunge, or you have reached the stage where you can do ostrich feathers with your eyes shut and still achieve perfect symmetry, then please link up.

Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.

Here are the very easy and slightly elastic rules:-

1.  Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.

2.  Link back to this post in your own post.
3.  Visit as many of the other participants as possible and say hello in the comments box.

4.  The link up will remain open for four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.

So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France, Macau, Russia, Ireland and Brazil have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.


  1. That's really lovely!! I'm guessing you have an aversion to Velcro..... I look forward to finding out what you choose instead!

    1. Thanks Lizzie!

      Velcro has a nasty habit of attaching itself to the wrong things. My worst experience was a bag on the floor with a big piece of velcro attaching itself to my tights.



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