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Thread: Looking for patterns for bookshelf quilts

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    Super Member Corky's Avatar
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    That is awesome. I wish I knew how to put pictures onto fabric... I'll have to look into that. I could do pictures of my family, grandkids.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mkotch
    Nice ideas! I'm a librarian and was thinking of doing an autobiographical quilt this year - one shelf for each decade!
    I am a librarian also and was just thinking the same thing. Well, almost. Just doing a bookshelf quilt.

    I made a shelf quilt with jars of bugs. If you have a grandson or son, you may want to include one jar with bugs crawling around. It would definitely add some interest.
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    Sorry, forgot to compress the photo first.

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    How cute is that! I'll be your little guy just loved it!! All those cool bug in jars. And, you are right, I just might need to put a jar of bugs on my book shelf!

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corky
    In March it is my turn to ask for Friendship Blocks from one of my quilt guilds.

    I would like to have them all do a section of a bookshelf or bookcase. Using items such as books, planters, knick-knacks, etc.

    I have been collecting pictures and ideas for a couple years.

    Do any of you have (free or cheap!) pictures or patterns of book shelves or ideas you have done?

    I need help with instructions for the blocks. Do I have them just do the blocks with a common background and then I put the "shelf" part on? Should the books be all the way to the front edge of the 'shelf' or back a bit? What about height and length? Help!!

    I am sort of thinking of having them use selvedge edges for the book titles and using their own names for the authors? Or they can make up their own titles.

    Doesn't that sound like fun?
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    Here's two photos of the quilt I made for the retiring librarian at my daughter's school. I embroidered the names of the various programs she instituted at the school for book titles. One of the programs she started was "Reindeer Games", so I embroidered a reindeer on a stack of books.

    The Librarian wrote me a thank you note and told me that when she came home from school, her husband went right out and purchased the necessary tools to hang the quilt (55" x 65") above the living room sofa. Her son came home from college and walking up the driveway, he thought they had purchased a bookcase and wondered why it was above the sofa!

    However you design it, it will be appreciated. Belles

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    Love it!! It would look real from a distance!

    Thanks for sharing

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    All these quilts are lovely. I didn't know what a bookshelf quilt was until I read this thread. :oops:

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    What a wonderful quilt! Someone in a neighboring town made one as a fundraiser for a new library. She sent fabric squares to authors who signed and returned them and was able to include the squares in the quilt!
    http://www.joslibraryquilt.com/the-quilt.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by doowopddbop
    What a wonderful quilt! Someone in a neighboring town made one as a fundraiser for a new library. She sent fabric squares to authors who signed and returned them and was able to include the squares in the quilt!
    http://www.joslibraryquilt.com/the-quilt.aspx
    That is one ambitious and beautiful quilt. That "neighboring town someone" did a great job. Belles

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