I serve as a leader for my church’s Activity Days program, which is basically our version of Girl Scouts for girls ages 8-11 years old. When they turn twelve years old, they advance into the Young Women’s program, and we say good-bye.
I started serving in this position last spring, and we haven’t had any of the girls turn twelve in that time until now…and it just so happens that it is my very own daughter who is advancing.
Serving as Activity Days leader when my girl is moving up is interesting because I have firsthand observations as to what would actually be valuable to her at this point in her life, and then I can apply that knowledge to the other girls as they reach this age. And since you really do fall in love with these girls as you teach them and spend time with them, you want to give something to them when they leave, and the Young Women’s organization seems to be pretty big on keeping a journal, so I decided to go with making journal covers for my advancing twelve year olds.
This week was my daughter’s last Activity Days meeting, as she turns twelve in February, so we said our good-byes and presented her with her journal cover that will hopefully see her through to adulthood and beyond.
I used Lori Holt’s journal cover pattern that can be found over at AllPeopleQuilt.com. I’m planning on making a lot of these over the next few years (seven alone this year), so I think in the future I’m going to size it down to fit a composition book–this particular pattern fits your basic full page journal ($15 +/-), which my Activity Days budget cannot handle purchasing for each advancing girl. But a $2 composition book for each girl? You betcha, and it will be so easy to replace those journals as the girls fill them up during their angst-filled teenage years of seeking solitude in writing their emotions.
I used a lot of fabric from a fat quarter bundle of Wee Wander fabrics that I bought specifically for my daughter a year or two ago. She’s big into blues and greens and absolutely loved the collection, but then I gifted her the “Locket” quilt for Christmas, so I probably won’t be making a Wee Wander quilt for her anymore. Which means I can start using it in other projects, and what better project than one meant for her?
The gingham is from Tasha Noel’s “The Simple Life” collection, and the other three non-Wee Wander prints inside the journal cover are from the years when I wasn’t paying attention to the names of fabric collections, and were conveniently missing their selvages, so I don’t know their names. (That hexagon one, though…it’s on the tip of my tongue…Riley Blake?) And the coral tile-looking print…I think it had something to do with Ty Pennington.)
The navy strip on the top of the cover is from Pat Bravo’s “Dare” collection, leftover from binding the “Locket” quilt, and used when I cut my cover fabric the wrong size…good thing we quilters aren’t scared by that sort of mistake, eh?
The “e” on the front cover was cut with my Silhouette Cameo (font = Garamond), and then I just slowly machine straight-stitched it onto the pocket. We’ll see how it stands up to wear-and-tear; it is backed with some fusible webbing to try to avoid fraying.
It’s a cute little thing, and I hope it gets a lot of use!
I’m going to be the mother of a twelve year old in a matter of weeks. Goodness me. Hopefully she’ll have journals filled with happy memories and wise lessons…
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