Sunday, August 12, 2012

Practically Paper Piecing Blog Hop: Checkbook Covers

 Practically Paper PiecingI have been on an unexpected internet break for the past couple of weeks, but I am happy to be back for my stop on Kristy @ Quiet Play's Practically Paper Piecing Blog Hop. This blog hop is all about giving paper-pieced orphan blocks a proper home!

I decided to make my blocks into some fun checkbook covers.

I really only have to use my checkbook a once or twice a month, but it always irritates me because a) picking up a pen is a lot of effort ;)  & b) it is always lost at the bottom of my purse, because I hardly ever use it!

This isn't a full tutorial. I am just going to run real quickly through my measurements and process, since this is very similar to my Book Cover with Pockets Tutorial. I couldn't resist making some additional blocks for this project, but the 7.5" Log Cabin block from the Foundation Piecing for the Terrified (great series over at The Littlest Thistle!) made a very good exterior piece as well.

Exterior Piece
2 - 7"x2.5" Flying Geese Blocks *
1 - 7"x 3.5" Piece of Fabric
Interior Piece
2 - 7"x 6" Pieces of Fabric (for pockets)
1 - 7"x 7.5" Piece of Fabric (for lining)

*PDF Download. Do not scale to fit page. The 7"x2.5" size includes the 1/4" seam (dotted line).

Exterior Piece

1) Place right side of flying geese block to the right side of the the 7"x 3.5" piece of fabric. Align top edges. Sew 1/4" seam along top edge. Open and press.
2) Place right side of second flying geese block to the right side of the the 7"x 3.5" piece of fabric. Align bottom edges. Sew 1/4" seam along bottom edge. Open and press.
( I flipped the second set of geese around, so the points were facing a different direction than the first set)

Interior Piece
1) Fold 7"x6" pieces of fabric in half (the right side will be facing the outside), so that they become 7"x3."
2) Place the first pocket on the right side of the lining fabric. Align raw edges on the top.
3) Place the second pocket on the right side of the lining fabric. Align raw edges on the bottom.
4) Place the exterior piece on top of the interior piece, right sides facing.
5) Pin everything in place and sew 1/4" seam all the way around the outside, making sure to leave 3" opening for turning.


1) Turn the piece inside out.
2) Hand sew opening closed.

TA-DA! I don't feel quite so rage-y about my checkbook anymore and it is way easier to find in the jungle that is my purse than that boring black faux-leather one! 

Thanks Kristy, for doing a fabulous job hosting this blog hop! Be sure to check out the other stops on the blog hop for other ideas on how to use up your orphan blocks!

1 Kristy from Quiet Play http://quietplay.blogspot.com.au
2 Kate from Kate Quilts http://www.katequilts.com/home/
3 Diane from From Blank Pages http://fromblankpages.blogspot.com.au/
4 Lara from LuellaBella http://luellabellablog.blogspot.com.au/
5 Sunday – Day off
6 Charise from Charise Creates http://charisecreates.blogspot.com.au/
7 Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts http://blossomheartquilts.blogspot.com.au/
8 Kiera from Kizzie’s Korner http://kizziescorner.blogspot.com.au/
9 Marieka from Bespoke Bites http://bespokebites.blogspot.com.au/
10 Sally from Sally Bally Creations http://sallyballycreations.wordpress.com/
11 Jane from QuiltJane http://www.quiltjane.blogspot.com.au/
12 Sunday – Day off
13 Taryn from Pixels To Patchwork http://www.pixelstopatchwork.com/
14 Jane from Where Jane Creates http://wherejanecreates.blogspot.com.au/
15 Laura from Quokka Quilts http://quokkaquilts.blogspot.com.au/
16 Emily from Emily the Enabler http://emilytheenabler.blogspot.com.au/
17 McKenna from Textile Diva http://textilediva.blogspot.com.au/
18 Sat Lauren from Renrad Craft Studio http://renradcrafts.blogspot.com.au/
19 Sunday – Day off
20 Fiona from Finding Fifth  http://findingfifth.blogspot.com.au/
21 Beth from Plum and June http://plumandjune.blogspot.com.au/
22 Megan from Jaffa quilts http://jaffaquilts.blogspot.com.au/
23 Juliet from Tartan Kiwi http://craftandnappies.blogspot.com.au/
24 Katy from The Littlest Thistle http://thelittlestthistlecraftshop.blogspot.com.au/
25 Sat Tracey from the Peony Teacup http://thepeonyteacup.blogspot.com.au/
26 Sunday – Day off
27 Fiona from Celtic Thistle Stitches <http://celticthistlestitches.blogspot.com.au/
28 Anorina from Samelia’s Mum http://www.sameliasmum.com/

13 comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Megan said... #

What a great idea Taryn - I particularly love the little flying geese :-)

Kristy QP said... #

Love this Taryn! Way to prettyify the cheque book! Really loving those flying geese on the grey background.

Finding Fifth said... #

Hi Taryn...this is my first visit to your blog and I must say that I find your chequebook covers very eye catching and practical. The textured grey thread offsets those colours very well. May I ask what fabric it is?

Homemaker Honey said... #

Thank you for sharing this cute tute!

homemakerhoney @gmail .com

Zuzan said... #

Wonderful and colourful designs, now all I need is a chequebook!! Thank you - this is my first visit to your site.
Not sure where you are but came from Kati's(USA) Q & S, to Quiet Play in Australia where I live. So found you. Good stuff.

Beth said... #

Such a great idea! I love how the flying geese look on the rectangle case.

Gill said... #

Fabulous! I love flying geese!

Heidi Staples said... #

These are so cute, Taryn. Love those geese!

Katy Cameron said... #

Fab use for those blocks, love the rainbow geese :o)

Marit said... #

Cute check book covers! Almost makes me wish we had checks in Norway (although I'm glad we don't, they are such a hassle!). Flying geese is my favorite!

Laura said... #

Looks fantastic! I will have to try those geese!

Longvacation said... #

Those look pretty cool! An ingenious use of your blocks.

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said... #

They're beautiful!! I was just wondering what my next paper piecing project should be, and I definitely need to make some rainbow flying geese - isn't it a rite of passage for a paper piecer, lol?!

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