Stuff I've Made: Bookshelf Quilt

Posted by Emily Sacharow on

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!


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