Little Reader’s Quilt

 

Little Reader's Quilt

Little Reader’s Quilt

Earlier this year, I shared my love of quilting with our granddaughter, Belen’s first grade class.  When the class came to see the machine quilting process at the Quilt Crossing, they also chose a strip of fabric that would represent their book in the bookcase quilt I was making for the class project.

As I mentioned, the quilt is a book case quilt that has four rows of books.  I found the pattern at the Moda Bake Shop website.  On the quilt, you see the spines of the books on the shelves and the children were asked to give me a name of a book that they liked to read or one that they would like to write, along with their name.

Belen holding the first batch of embroidered book spines

Belen holding the first batch of embroidered book spines

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Belen and Eloise were excited to help Nana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made a grid of the quilt layout so that I could evenly space the books with titles/names.  Then I embroidered the children’s names and the name of their book on the fabric strip they chose for their book.

In addition, I laid out the strips on my design wall to insure that the colors were arranged in a pleasing manner.

I labeled each of the strips so I knew where they belonged as I was sewing them.

I labeled each of the strips so I knew where they belonged as I was sewing them.

Building the quilt on my design wall

Building the quilt on my design wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was exciting to see the quilt come together as each of the blocks were completed one by one.  The labels were helpful to insure that I placed the correct book spine strips in the appropriate blocks and row.

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Stitching out the letters one at a time

Trimming out the letters

Trimming out the letters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each letter was machine appliquéd individually.  The letters were trimmed once they were appliquéd.

Label for the quilt (class name whited out for privacy)

Label for the quilt (class name whited out for privacy)

 

 

 

The finishing touch was the label on the back of the quilt.

 

 

 

I hired Colleen Murphy to quilt the quilt and she did a fabulous job.  Once I finished binding it, it was ready to be delivered to the school for the Spring Fundraiser event.

The night of auction - time for the quilt's bidding!

The night of auction – time for the quilt’s bidding!

 

It was exciting when the quilt came up for bid.  There was a lot of bidding  activity and I must admit, I was nervous for our daughter, Alecia, as she really wanted to get this quilt.

 

 

 

The quilt hanging at the Fund Raiser

The quilt hanging at the Fund Raiser

I’m pleased to report that the quilt was a fund raising success and even more excited to share that Alecia got the winning bid and is now the proud owner of the quilt.

It was a fun quilt to make and a great pattern to personalize.

If you make it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Here’s one final picture of the completed quilt.

The finished quilt

The finished quilt

What projects have you been working on recently.  I would love to hear about them.

Happy stitching!

Jane

 

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