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Thread: Looking for patterns for bookshelf quilts

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    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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    Sounds like a great idea. Keeping a similar background could work, then again, any pictures you find of bookcases ( in real life) have shadings due to the angle of sun light. Perhaps giving them a 2" square of your "bookcase wood" would help them. Setting a minimum and maximum for book lengths might help too.This is like a mystery quilt. Cant wait to see what you end up with in your library.

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    I made one several years ago and there is a book that explains how to do it. Sorry, I don't remember the title because I borrowed the book. The pictures might give you an idea on what to put on your shelves.

    Mary

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    http://www.blockcentral.com/quiltblocks.shtml

    It's on my to-do list, too! Here is a link to a pattern I'm thinking about.

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    well there is a pattern on www.winnowing.com
    Christine Thresh's site.

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    That is so neat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    well there is a pattern on www.winnowing.com
    Christine Thresh's site.
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    Someone a day or so ago asked for a single Wedding Ring pattern for her DD. I think this might work nicely for her, but have lost the link. She can use either 2 of the rings or all over the quilt with them with this pattern.

    I absolutely LOVE this book case quilt, I have book cases both free standing and built in all over my house.

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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?
    :shock:
    This is the one I did for a grandson last year. I added my own touches for his interests - labeled Harry Potter books, a Coke can etc. I ordered the pattern from here: http://quiltbug.com/patterns/winnowing.htm
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    Those are perfect ideas. Giving them each a piece of the "wood' will help them with colors. I think I will provide the background fabric. Maybe something mottled so it looks like light is showing. I can have different heights to the shelves, have some of them make tall books, some shorter so I have an assortment.

    Thanks for the great ideas, Sandra!!

    Quote Originally Posted by SandraJennings
    Sounds like a great idea. Keeping a similar background could work, then again, any pictures you find of bookcases ( in real life) have shadings due to the angle of sun light. Perhaps giving them a 2" square of your "bookcase wood" would help them. Setting a minimum and maximum for book lengths might help too.This is like a mystery quilt. Cant wait to see what you end up with in your library.

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    OMGosh, its wonderful, Chris! Thanks for sharing!

    I thought I could give them ideas of what I would like on my shelves, a plant, a fish bowl, a toy, etc

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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?
    :shock:
    This is the one I did for a grandson last year. I added my own touches for his interests - labeled Harry Potter books, a Coke can etc. I ordered the pattern from here: http://quiltbug.com/patterns/winnowing.htm

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    Love it!

    I think a picture frame would look great on the shelf! I love the idea of candle sticks. I'll have to add that to my list. Also, I saw a pic of keys which has stuck with me. I hope its ok to share it here. Not sure where I got the pic. I do remember that the keys are real and hang over the edge. How clever is that!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Queen
    I made one several years ago and there is a book that explains how to do it. Sorry, I don't remember the title because I borrowed the book. The pictures might give you an idea on what to put on your shelves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Queen
    I made one several years ago and there is a book that explains how to do it. Sorry, I don't remember the title because I borrowed the book. The pictures might give you an idea on what to put on your shelves.

    Mary
    LOVE your quilt!!! :thumbup:

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    There is a book called the Collectibles Quilt by Wendy Etzel that has all kinds of ideas for bookshelves.

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    Hmm. Wonder if I can get it through amazon or ?

    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by calicoquilter
    There is a book called the Collectibles Quilt by Wendy Etzel that has all kinds of ideas for bookshelves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corky
    Hmm. Wonder if I can get it through amazon or ?

    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by calicoquilter
    There is a book called the Collectibles Quilt by Wendy Etzel that has all kinds of ideas for bookshelves.
    Sure can, here's the link. http://www.amazon.com/Collectibles-Q.../dp/0962764698

    I made one for my parents. I put lots of pictures on it, a vase with flowers, a tea pot, a teddy bear resting on top of the books and I used embroidery stitches to create a plate on a shelf. You can be so creative with this!

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    I just found it on Amazon for only $0.25! Shipping was $3.99!

    Anyway, thanks for the lead, I appreciate it.


    Quote Originally Posted by calicoquilter
    There is a book called the Collectibles Quilt by Wendy Etzel that has all kinds of ideas for bookshelves.
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    PICTURE???

    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    Quote Originally Posted by Corky
    Hmm. Wonder if I can get it through amazon or ?

    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by calicoquilter
    There is a book called the Collectibles Quilt by Wendy Etzel that has all kinds of ideas for bookshelves.
    Sure can, here's the link. http://www.amazon.com/Collectibles-Q.../dp/0962764698

    I made one for my parents. I put lots of pictures on it, a vase with flowers, a tea pot, a teddy bear resting on top of the books and I used embroidery stitches to create a plate on a shelf. You can be so creative with this!

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    the download didn't work. Try again?

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    Nice ideas! I'm a librarian and was thinking of doing an autobiographical quilt this year - one shelf for each decade!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Queen
    I made one several years ago and there is a book that explains how to do it. Sorry, I don't remember the title because I borrowed the book. The pictures might give you an idea on what to put on your shelves.

    Mary
    Your quilt is adorable. What a great job.

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    I started a list of free things for bookshelf quilts.
    Here's my list of finds so far..
    http://yarn-or-fabric.weebly.com/she...ial-links.html

    Maybe they will help?
    I want to a make one as well for my kitchen... it's on the never ending to do list...!

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    Deb!!! I cannot tell you how amazing your list of links is!

    I want to link your site to my blog, please?

    I absolutely love your resources.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by Yarn or Fabric
    I started a list of free things for bookshelf quilts.
    Here's my list of finds so far..
    http://yarn-or-fabric.weebly.com/she...ial-links.html

    Maybe they will help?
    I want to a make one as well for my kitchen... it's on the never ending to do list...!

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    Lovely! Those keys look so real.

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    i too would get the wendy etzel if you can. she has some that you can even put your picture on. she has so many ideas

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