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 Dewdney, I 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'Connor, If 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.