BQF Fall 2010 – Always With A Book Quilt

Can you believe it is already time for Bloggers’ Quilt Festival again? I really love this virtual quilt show. Thanks Amy for all of your hard work!

A while back I mentioned a super secret quilt I had started. As it seems all of my projects go these days, it was started, then shoved into my WIP drawer for months. It was a housewarming gift that I didn’t want to ship because I knew eventually we would visit the actual house it would live in.

After months in the WIP drawer I whipped it out, we were visiting it’s future home soon!

BF’s sister and brother-in-law bought a new house and we were finally going to visit. BF’s sister is a prolific reader. If you are ever looking for a good book recommendation visit her blog, Always With a Book, she reviews everything she reads. It’s a really great blog.

I had seen bookshelf quilts around and thought that would be a perfect pattern. I cut strips of varying height and width then laid them out on the design board then added the white background. If you are in a super hurry you could machine applique the books onto the background fabric & could easily have the top finished in a few hours.

I had three rows of books pieced and I knew I wanted it bigger but I couldn’t decide if I should add another row of books then boarders or just make bigger boarders. Yet again, I turned to twitter for help. (Seriously, I am way more interesting over there.) Jenny was still up with me and gave me the permission I was secretly hoping for to go the easy route, big borders. I am so happy with that decision, they look great and it took a heck of a lot less time to do!

I put myself in a bit of a time crunch, (I see a pattern emerging), so I stippled. I like beautiful, imaginative quilting but I don’t see anything wrong with a little all-over stippling every now & then. I love the crinkly-ness after the quilt is washed, nothing compares to stippling & it’s crinkles.

I finally finished the binding on the last day of our visit. The recipients kept asking questions while I sat in their house binding this quilt but I gave noncommittal answers.

When BF’s sister unfolded the quilt and finally saw the design she exclaimed,’ it looks like books!’ Yup, it does.

I used one of my favorite Ikea fabrics for the backing. I didn’t even have to piece it! (Time saved.) I think the backing is perfect for a housewarming gift. What do you think?

BF & I stopped by Ikea on the way home to pick up more of that fabric but they were out. If anyone spots some at their Ikea, let me know, I’d love someone to pick some up for me!

Oh, by the way, I used some of my Essex linen for the first time & I love it!

If you are new here, thanks for stopping by! If you have yet to check out the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival, check it out, there are hundreds of awesome quilts linked up.

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Mug Rug

All summer long my beverages have been sweating all over my sewing table. I knew I wanted to make myself a mug rug but just never felt inspired to actually do it. Lately Amanda (Mrs. McPorkchop) had been inspiring me, posting her mug rug photos on twitter. (You know how much I love twitter!) Her mug rugs are so pretty & she’s been making an effort to use up some of her scraps, something I should concentrate on as well.

Inspired by Amanda I sewed up my own scrappy mug rug late one night. I obviously didn’t have enough lights on because I have some batting showing through. Can you spot it? I’ll have to applique something to cover up the hole.

I also practiced machine stitched binding. I am not good at that! I kept the white thread because I didn’t feel like changing it. It really sticks out but that’s okay.

I am so happy to have this thing. It’s so pretty & keeps my table from having puddles on it. Why the heck did I wait so long to make myself a mug rug?! (Mug rugs are way better than coasters.)


I also spent a good chunk of time going through my fabric stash & cutting little squares for my hexagons. Yup, I’m still working on those. I now have a nice pile of squares to be sewn up.

I also pulled a few fabrics for a destashing in my shop eventually. It’s really hard for me to let go of fabrics. I always think this might be the perfect fabric for a project in the future. Yeah right, Jaclyn. Let it go, you don’t want to end up on Hoarders!