This was the final quilt I made for the 2017 holiday season! There was another half square triangle quilt I'm skipping over, but I didn't get great photos of it before sending it off. Next time I'm at my parent's house, I'll try and grab a few shots. I didn't share what I have over on Instagram so go check out @themorosebee to see it.
Anyways! The bookshelf quilt. I'd been planning to make this quilt since last spring, but I saved it for the last one. I made it all over the course of a week and, it was such a mad dash to get it done, I didn't take pictures of every step of the process.
I tried to discreetly ask my uncle what his favorite books were earlier in the year so I could utilize photo fabric for some of the book covers. They looked so lovely and bright when I first printed them out, but they didn't hold the color very well.
Other than needing more fabric for some of the border panels and the back side, I didn't buy any fabric for this quilt top. Using up a bunch of scraps was so great! I debated keeping a particular color scheme or pattern, but I liked the idea of keeping an almost vintage vibe to it.
Assembling each shelf actually went pretty quickly! I've never done piecing quilt like this before, but it was simple enough. I did not use any kind of pattern or instructions and each shelf more or less came together somewhat organically. The leaning books were the hardest! I just kinda figured it out as I went. I probably could've looked something up, but I made it work.
The finished quilt just after finishing it! I was deliriously tired at the time of taking this photo! I pulled an all-nighter to get it done on time to give as a gift. I was also super worried in my exhaustion that I had messed something up, but upon review the next day the quilt still looked great to me!
In some of these close ups you can really see how the photo fabric faded. I followed all of the preparation instructions that came with the roll of fabric so I'm not sure if I did something wrong. They were still visible enough that he could tell which books I used so I hope it just contributes to the vintage-ness of it all.
I'm not gonna lie...I am pretty exhausted from all the quilt making! I will definitely be taking a break from quilting for a bit to work on some other projects. I'm so proud of my work, but excited for a change! I hope to have some quilts posted for sale by this summer after I take a short break!
I've been sharing photos of all the Christmas quilts I made on Instagram, but I still enjoy the process of sharing more in depth on ye olde blogge. Looking back, it seems so crazy that I made so many this year! This one was the second quilt (out of 5) that I made as gifts for people lately. This time around it was an 8-Bit Pokeball Quilt for my nephew. I knew I wanted to make a Pokemon something-or-other and when I found the 8-bit pokeball image I knew it was good place to start.
Making this quilt went SO QUICKLY! The Americana quilt was very very labor intensive and half square triangle quilts have a lot of steps involved so I think just doing squares caught me off guard at how fast it was to assemble. I debated doing 8-bit versions of actual Pokemon characters, but I was worried the quilt would get out-of-control huge.
I've stopped trying to make quilts to fit a certain size and have just started going with a design and seeing how big they end up being from there. I just add on elements based on how much bigger it needs to be to at least be cozy enough to curl up with on the couch. I could have done more on the border, but I like the simplicity of it. I almost bought Pokemon branded fabric to add to it, but I'm really glad I didn't! I feel like keeping it in limited colors makes it a bit more mature looking incase my nephew starts to outgrow the Pokemon thing.
I have 2 more quilt processes to share and then I'm done with all my handmade goodies for the 2017 Holiday Season. It's been such a learning experience and so much fun! I'm definitely QUILTED OUT and looking forward to making some other types of things next!
Hope every is having a happy New Year!
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