I stumbled across a quilt I LOVED on
Pinterest a few months ago, and it inspired the quilt I'd like you to
help me create. It's a bookshelf quilt, and what I like about it is that
there are very few rules. My part time jobs throughout university were
always in the university library or at a big bookstore, and my books are
my most prized possession, so I completely fell in love with the
bookshelf quilt idea.
I've gone back and forth about the
size, but I think that because of the picture this quilt will make, I'd
like it to be a twin size (or maybe a bit bigger) wall hanging. This
means I need 18 blocks, so what I'm doing is having you all make some
blocks that have regularly placed and stacked books, and then I'll make a
few blocks where the books slant to the side. The reason I'm doing it
this way is because I haven't figured out how to make those blocks yet,
and I am about to head out traveling for a few weeks and don't have
enough time (or fabric!) right now to figure it out and create one to
show you! :) However, if anyone feels like they want to challenge
themselves and make a block with a slanted book, you're more than
welcome to do so. It's not expected whatsoever, but feel free to do so
if you like!
With all of that said, there is definitely
no rush on this quilt, and I think I've been behind on everyone else's
blocks, so please take your time. I probably won't be putting it
together until Christmas at the earliest.
I don't want
to give you many rules about what
kinds of fabric colours or patterns to use for the books themselves,
because the idea I am going for is a really robust and varied book
collection. You can see from the pictures of the fabrics I've used, that
some of the prints actually tell stories of sorts. If you have a fabric
that you feel tells a story, that would be great. I don't mind solid
colours, but I don't want too many - there should probably be no more
than two solid coloured strips in your block.
Here's the inspiration:
this quilt, I'd like you to divide into teams, as we've done in the
past. We'll have two teams. Each person on Team A will create one
regular block, and Team B members will create one stacked books block.
Team A - Jennifer, Micalea, Anthea, Katy, Linsay, Stephanie, Pam, Donna Jo
Block - This will be a 12.5" square made of strips of patterned or
coloured fabric attached to black strips of the same width to give the
illusion of a bookshelf. I would like your patterned strips to be
absolutely any colour/pattern/width/height. What I'm looking for is a
complete mixture, and this is a fantastic opportunity to use scraps. I
actually found that because of the quilts we've already done this year, I
already had strips pre-done! All I needed to do was attach black strips
of the same width to them.
Here's the one I made:
Team B - Amy, Amy, Claire
Books Block - For this block, you will create a regular block (see
above) that will be turned on its side to make a stack of books. I will
leave it to your discretion whether you would like the books to be
stacked from long to short, or haphazardly. I'd love a mix, so do
whatever you like! I'll also leave it up to you whether you align the
books to the right (as I've done) or in the centre - again, I'd love a
mixture. If you do the centre method, you'll need black strips on either
end - similar to the stacked books quilt we did a few months ago. I'd
also like you to leave black space at the end/top, to give the illusion
of open space behind the top of the stack. The square will need to
measure 12.5" square.
Here's the one I made:
You will need:
Solid black fabric - no tone on tone please. You'll need enough strips
of this fabric to match up with the patterned/coloured fabric you use.
As many patterned/coloured strips of varying widths and heights/lengths
as it will take to create a 12.5" square block with the black strips.
Here are mine together:
Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions! Happy quilting!