Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Bookshelf Quilt for a friend

I have been so busy with other things that I haven't had as much time to sew as I'd like ... but one of my good friends decided to up and move to Australia this month and it was a great chance to get to make her something fun.



bookshelf quilt


I am in a neighborhood book club with her and when the group decided we wanted to give her something to remember us by, I knew a bookshelf quilt would be the perfect thing. I have seen some great bookshelf quilts and blocks around Flickr recently and figured one would be pretty easy to whip up.

shelf details

I just cut out rectangular shapes of different fabrics for the "books" and chopped them down until I had a proportional looking shelf of books. I put some books on their sides and one at an angle so it would look more bookshelf-y.

book detail

For the book bindings/title details I raided my selvage jar and found some that had good titles or cute words on them. I even found a selvage that had an inspiring quote on it! I had seen before where people have actually pieced in the selvages in the books, but I didn't have time for all that fussy piecing and so I simply sewed straight down each of the sides of the selvages to attach them to the books. I figured with them sewed down the sides as well as with the horizontal quilting, they would be secure enough on what is meant to be an art or hanging quilt.

book detail

I couldn't resist adding in this little detail - a selvage that said "dots by Erin". :] I quilted it horizontally with lots of lines and used some fun striped fabric for the binding. I washed it and it became wonderfully crinkly.

label - everyone signed it

I had everyone sign a simple label for the back of the quilt so our friend would always remember who it was from. :]

We gave it to her the other night and I think she liked it! It was so fun and easy to make.

11 comments:

  1. All I ever say on your blog is "that's so cute!" and "adorable!" and "I love it!" ... all those phrases work here too. :)

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  2. What a sweet idea. I'm sure your friend will cherish such a thoughtful gift.

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  3. Erin that is awesome!! I am sure she loves it! I hate that she is moving!!!

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  4. That's such a great idea and something to treasure

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  5. I love, love, love the bookend idea! Thanks for sharing! The person who ends up owning this quilt is a lucky one!

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  6. It's so great that you were able to come up with a gift that had such a logical connection to your friend. Those are the best ever.

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  7. Can I join, then leave, your book club? Please?????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Adorable idea.

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  8. love this quilt! great way of using the selvage edge of the fabric.

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  9. I like how you did the label. Mine never turn out quite that nice.

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  10. I LOVE it. LOVE it. Of course, it has been on my 3 year olds bed since I brought it home. She loves it too. It is one of the best presents....Erin is so talented and my book club rocks. xo

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