Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Introducing My Little Bookworms...



My second finish of 2013...yikes!  I've finished a quilt a month since December.  This is far and away the most productive that I've ever been (sewing-wise) and I'm a little afraid it means that I might go into sewing hibernation until I emerge for spring.  Hopefully not, but if so at least I went out with a bang.


I know that I've gone into exhaustive detail about each of these blocks and how I made them, so I won't bore you all by rehashing it, but here's the complete list just in case you don't recognize the characters:

Top row (left to right):  The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, Olivia by Ian Falconer, Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna DewdneyI Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn
2nd row: I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child, The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, Pinkalicious by Victoria & Elizabeth Kann, Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
3rd row: Put Me In the Zoo by Robert Lopshire, Fancy Nancy by Jane O'ConnorIf You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff, Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Bottom row:  Go Dog Go! by P.D. Eastman, The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss, Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Maisy's Bedtime by Lucy Cousins





I wanted to take a different approach in quilting than I did with Elephant Parade and stick with simplicity.  All I did to quilt the Bookworms was to outline each character square once and then quilt the colored stars using Angela Walter's suggestions for irregular shapes - it's really hard to see in pictures (and even in person) because I matched the thread to the dominant color, but you can kind of see the arcing petals in these pictures:



The binding came out quite nice - the black and white french phrases are not really noticeable on the front of the quilt, but you definitely notice it on the back side.



I am so in love with this quilt for my girls and I'm so happy to report that the girls seem to love it just as much!  My littlest loves to sit and look at each block, pointing out her favorites.  They haven't quite noticed the detailed label on the back, but it still makes me melt a little bit.


I'm going to try to remember these warm and fuzzy feelings the next time the girls are really pushing my buttons....which will probably be in the next 30 minutes.  Happy crafting everyone!

Linking up:

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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29 comments:

  1. I am seriously in awe of this quilt. It is amazing and I love every detail. I didn't think I could like it anymore, and then I saw the back. Kuddos - your daughters are lucky girls!

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  2. Stephanie - your quilt is so cute! (makes me want a little kid again) I love the use of all the story book characters. The converging corners quilt has been on my list for a while to do, really must get one done this year.

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  3. It has come together very nicely! So pretty. I love the little bookworm on the back!

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  4. It's a fabulous finish! I bet the girls will adore it, and fight over it, for a good long time.

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  5. You finished it!! :D This quilt is so wonderful. I just love the colors, the design, and the super-fun character highlights. Marvelous, marvelous idea! Awesome back, too. :D

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  6. Love everything about this quilt, from the converging corners front to the wonderful books on the back! I'm sure your girls are thrilled.

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  7. That is an AWESOME quilt...and the back too...great job! Thanks for sharing too.

    Visiting from WIP Wednesday. Have a great day.

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  8. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this... and the back is as sweet as the front!!! Your girls are so lucky:-)

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  9. Oh my goodness, I LOVE THIS! You are a genius!

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  10. This is just beautiful! I love all of the little characters, and the corners are the perfect way to feature them!

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  11. Wow. This quilt is fabulous and there is so much work and thought that has gone into it.

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  12. what a really cute idea!!!! such a sweet quilt.

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  13. What a wonderful idea. I love the back as much as the front. I want a quilt just for book reading too!

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  14. I absolutely love this quilt, your littlies are very lucky. The quilting looks amazing on the back.

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  15. Wow - it's an amazing quilt Stephanie, i can't stop looking at all the detail in it! I'm off to read your previous posts on the blocks... :o)

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  16. such a nice quilt, and one with sentiments. great job!

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  17. What an amazing quilt!! Very well done!

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  18. What a charming quilt. Thanks for sharing. I love that you fussy-cut book characters. That will be one special reading time quilt. Great work and beautiful colors!

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  19. I don't know what to say. Spectacular. Special. Congrats on making a quilt that IS why we quilt. Nailed it. Perfect.

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  20. Oh My!!! This is just spectacular! I'm sure it will be cherished for all time...

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  21. A very fun finish. Your work is appreciated!

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  22. I love every single thing about this quilt. Even the back is incredibly fun. Excellent work!

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  23. This is just awesome!!! You should be so proud of it! Great job....

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  24. I love so many things about this quilt! But especially that it's such a special quilt for your kidlets. It just looks perfect for snuggling up together with a good book!

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  25. Wonderful idea! I am sure that it encourages the desire to read. Beautiful quilt.

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  26. Oh, lovely! I've just discovered your blog, and am in awe of this one -- and particularly as my little ones would ooh and aah in recognition of all those books. Many are on our shelves, and remain much loved. Clever you. JJ

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