On Wednesday after a couple of days of paper piecing (which I’ll show you soon) I had a look at the Patchwork Please sew along project for the week and discovered that it was the Books for Baby quilt. A few weeks ago I had decided that I would like to make this quilt in fabrics suitable for a boy and had pulled a pile of possible book covers.
It was the last day of school for the girls so my last day of quiet sewing with a small boy for company. It didn’t take long for me to sew up this:
I loved the fact that I could fussy cut the text print AND that it complemented the book cover. My only regret is that I didn’t use the orange print on the spine as well as the corners but I wasn’t about to unpick!
Spurred on by how quickly this came together I spent the evening cutting fabrics for 11 more blocks. I’m not quite sure how but by the end of Thursday I had made all the blocks and pulled fabrics for the borders and sashing! I promise I didn’t neglect my children! We did a food shop, a puzzle:
and they didn’t go hungry.
While I was selecting fabrics I came across a text print that said something about ‘falling in love with the robot maker’ so that had to go with the robot book (Madrona Road maybe?):
I don’t think it’s that wonky in real life!
A book about bicycles, tricycles, tandems and trailers:
And watch out this may have a snappy creature inside, don’t be fooled by the cute sea creatures on the cover!
On Friday morning while still in my pj’s I sewed the borders around each block, then went off to my mum’s to fruit pick, coming home with most of this lot:
Once the children were tucked up in bed last night I continued sewing and managed to put the whole quilt top together:
For a seemingly complex quilt I am amazed at how quickly it came together, the paper piecing was straight forward and most of the fabrics for the spine and book corners were from my scraps box. Now I just need to decide how to quilt it – any suggestions? I’m thinking that for the first time ever I might hand quilt it as it seems a bit too special just to machine…
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