This past Christmas was the first time I failed to put handmade gifts under the tree for my daughters. Of course they are always very forgiving of their mother, but I was quite upset with myself. So I worked hard in the days following to make up for it.
Part of the reason I didn't make anything was because I didn't know what to make. Sometimes I get so crippled with indecision. My brain goes 'round and 'round thinking, "I could make this, or I could make this, or I could make this ..." Ugh. So frustrating. But it was a novel - from Santa, ironically enough - that inspired this book cover for my 12 year old.
So I asked what her favourite colour at the moment was but didn't tell her why I wanted to know. Of course she figured me out as I shooed her out of my sewing room and announced to the family that I was working on "a special project" and no one was to come into my sewing room without knocking (and then waiting for a reply!). I was delighted with her choice of lavender - it gave me a good excuse to use some pretty Rachel Ashwell prints that've been in my stash for a few years, mixed with Lecien "Petit Fleur" scraps I've been hoarding that were left over from my book.
I'd never made a fabric book cover before - I was quite proud of myself for thinking to add a built-in ribbon bookmark - and it was refreshing to exercise my often neglected hand applique skills.
I'd like to tell you that the half-dresdan was purely a design choice. But if I'm being perfectly honest, it was a calculated decision - it only took half the time to make and applique in place. ;)
She loves it. It turned out so well, in fact, that I went to work straight away on the second one for her little sister. I'll show it to you soon ... when she remembers to bring it home from school.