My friend asked me to make her a book themed quilt for her classroom. She decided to splurge and commission a quilt from me! I was honored that she asked me to make her a quilt, and excited that she was going to leave everything about the quilt up to me!
My excitement grew when I found this bookcase pattern from Fabric at Work. It gives super clear instructions on how to make your own bookcase quilt!
First I went on a hunt for fun, unique and quirky fabrics to use as the books. I knew I couldn’t buy any type of pre-cut bundle since that would all coordinate. Instead I went to my local quilt shop (it has since closed), and purchased a mystery bag of fat eighths.
I did also go through their Fat Quarter and Fat Eighths bin and buy some other fun prints, along with pulling out some fabrics from my limited stash.
The only request my friend had was to make the quilt the right size for her to hang up in her classroom to cover a boring wall, and she wanted her two cats represented in the quilt.
Making the Books
I started making the book blocks and worked on incorporating the cat blocks. This is again where I am so glad I have my design wall. It is on the only huge blank wall I have, which is at the front door of my apartment. It’s a Fons & Porter hanging design wall, and it fits perfectly on that wall.
Once I figured out where I wanted everything laid out, then it was time to put it all together.
The dark brown fabric then got added in between the rows as shelves and a border around the quilt as the actual bookcase.
I ended up having to wait to quilt it. My friend agreed to let her quilt be the first one I quilted on my new 19x Elite, but I had to wait for it to get here! I worked on a few other quilt projects while I waited. I also tested out and got used to Ettie before I even tried quilting this top, but it was the first real quilt top I finished with her.
Quilting the Bookcase!
I took a quick picture after I loaded the quilt on my Cutie with the 19x Elite, but this was before I started actually quilting or put on my elastic straps. Please ignore my wonky brown border. I’m HORRIBLE at borders, and it ended up looking great once I was all done.
I had so much fun playing with the 19x Elite and finding something different to quilt into each book. I did swirls in all of the black background and I tried to do a woodgrain in the browns. The woodgrain wasn’t as successful as I would have liked, but overall I think the quilt came out so cute!
Not horrible for my first attempt at pebbles!
Unfortunately, this was before I got my new setup to take quilt photos outside, so this is the best overall photo I have of the quilt. Thankfully, my friend LOVED her quilt!
I know I want to make more of them, but I have a long list of quilts to make, so it will have to wait a bit before I can make another one, unless someone orders one.
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Thanks for coming by and happy quilting!