Books quilt – all blocks together

By the time you read this post I (hopefully) should be on holiday in Peru. I wanted to schedule this post so that it would automatically come out on Tuesday and you could see what the books quilt looks like with all the blocks assembled together. There won’t be any progress for next Tuesday but I am already playing with some ideas for the borders; they’ll just have to wait until we are back.

So far this is the quilt’s top:

All blocks together1

I gave all blocks to Ana and asked her to arrange them in rows. I took her about 2 minutes and she did have a system to group blocks together. It would have taken me at least an hour to come up with the arrangement…. I tend to over-think these things.

I hope you are all enjoying the summer.

Ooops. I scheduled it for today and not next Tuesday. Well, now you don’t have to wait till Tuesday to read it. :-)

Read about all blocks:

Books quilt: Introduction

Block 1: Smile

Block 2: Babymouse

Block 3: Lunch Lady

Block 4: Little Miss Fun

Block 5: Madeline

Block 6: Ivy and Bean

Block 7: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Block 8: Thea Stilton

Block 9: Miffy

Block 10: Elephant & Piggie

Block 11: Pablo Diablo (Horrid Henry)

Block 12: Cupcake Diaries

Block 13: No, David!

Block 14: Frederick

Block 15: Mafalda

Book 16: American Girl

Block 17: Charlotte’s Web

Block 18: Chrysanthemum

Block 19: Wayside School

Block 20: Silverlicious

Block 21: Clementine

Block 22: Junie B. Jones

Block 23: Calvin and Hobbes

Block 24: Corduroy

Block 25: The very hungry caterpillar

Books quilt – the final block!

Book title: The very hungry caterpillar

caterpillar book

Author: Eric Carle

The story: I wasn’t sure Ana would want another “baby” book in her quilt but in their last month in second grade all children got their own caterpillar to grow into butterflies. They were so excited that they each named their own and followed growth and progress on a daily basis until one day they all went outside to release the butterflies. When I mentioned that I was thinking of making this block, Ana was thrilled.

The making: To be honest, I didn’t really want to make this block because I resented the fact that I wasn’t done with the blocks yet. The caterpillar picture seemed easy at first glance but I needed to figure out which method to use for all the different greens that form its body. I gathered a bunch of green scraps and decided to foundation piece it.

First I drew the pattern and pierced through the main lines.

caterpillar 1

Then I sewed layers one by one. All of a sudden I was loving this process. It was fun seeing all these colors come together and blending. Here’s the back:

caterpillar 2

And the front:

caterpillar 3

I cut the caterpillar shape.

Caterpillar 4

Finally I appliqued eyes, nose, ears and feet in the usual way.

caterpillar 5

I added the hairs by hand-sewing (with four different color threads).

Caterpillar 6

And I also hand-sewed the title and author’s name.

Caterpillar block

It was definitely a good thing that I needed an extra block. This one is now one of my favorites; it is very cheerful and bright. So glad this happened.

Here are the block and the book together.

Caterpillar comparison

Now, I’m definitely done with all blocks, for sure. I can sense the end of this quilt is soooo close.

Read about previous blocks:

Books quilt: Introduction

Block 1: Smile

Block 2: Babymouse

Block 3: Lunch Lady

Block 4: Little Miss Fun

Block 5: Madeline

Block 6: Ivy and Bean

Block 7: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Block 8: Thea Stilton

Block 9: Miffy

Block 10: Elephant & Piggie

Block 11: Pablo Diablo (Horrid Henry)

Block 12: Cupcake Diaries

Block 13: No, David!

Block 14: Frederick

Block 15: Mafalda

Book 16: American Girl

Block 17: Charlotte’s Web

Block 18: Chrysanthemum

Block 19: Wayside School

Block 20: Silverlicious

Block 21: Clementine

Block 22: Junie B. Jones

Block 23: Calvin and Hobbes

Block 24: Corduroy

Bye bye to the mustache quilt

The mustache quilt is done, and already in the hands of her rightful owner. This was the last week of classes so all parents were invited to the classroom to see their kiddos’ work. We brought the quilt along and gave it to Ms. F., who was visibly touched by it.

ms ferolas quilt1

The kids were so proud of their work and run to be right next to her while she inspected it all.

ms ferolas quilt2

The finished product. Now she can show off to all the other teachers in the school. :-)

ms ferolas quilt3

For photos of the whole quilt and details click here.

In the next post I’ll show you yet another quilt I have started.

 

 

 

Books quilt – One block short

I am now entering the planning phase of this quilt and after much thought (and reluctance) I had to admit that it would look better with one more block so that I can have 5 rows of 5 instead of 4 rows of 6.

Blocks arranged

The second decision I had to make was whether to have the blocks arranged in tidy rows and columns or to sew them randomly and even overlapping. Ana helped a lot, because she wanted the neat option, and I wasn’t sure my skills were good enough to improvise randomness.

I cut each block to its right size and then added black sashing to the top and bottom and cut again so that the height for all blocks would be 12 inches. That should take care of the row dimensions.

top and bottom sashings

Terrible, blurred photo, I know. Sorry about that.

Now I just need to figure out the width.

During this process I discovered a couple of blocks with no author’s names (well, Ana discovered them with her eagle eye). That was easily fixed.

I hope to have a brand new block for next week but I doubt that I will, for I have been distracted with other endeavors lately, so I am not counting on much progress. If you have talked to me recently you already know that after reading Marie Kondo’s best selling book about tidying up and organizing I have been frantically discarding bags and bags from my home. I still have quite a lot to go through, but so far I am thoroughly enjoying the process. I can’t wait to have a clutter free house.

 

Books quilt – Corduroy

Today we are looking at (possibly) the last block for this quilt, number 24!!!. It’s been a fun ride, one block a week since January.

Book title: Corduroy

Corduroy book

Author: Don Freeman

The story: This is a cute little story about a bear who lives at a big department store and goes off in the middle of the night to find a missing button. He is quite adorable, but also clueless, and he has all these ideas of what it would be like to be in a palace and to have a friend.

The making: This has to be one of the easiest blocks I have made for this quilt. I chose to make it super simple, so I didn’t even try to make Corduroy’s fur with individual hairs (I know better than that now). It went very quickly.

Here is how it started:

Corduroy 1

I made lines all over the bear’s pants to simulate the corduroy material. Face features, buttons and lines were done by hand, as was the author’s name:

corduroy firma

I think I’m getting better at forging signatures.

The completed block:

Corduroy block

Corduroy comparison

The whole block was completed with left-over fabrics I had. That’s always a bonus. :-)

I think that next week will be a tough one, since I will have to start planning the layout, which I don’t think will be easy. As usual, I’ll keep you posted.

Read about previous blocks:

Books quilt: Introduction

Block 1: Smile

Block 2: Babymouse

Block 3: Lunch Lady

Block 4: Little Miss Fun

Block 5: Madeline

Block 6: Ivy and Bean

Block 7: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Block 8: Thea Stilton

Block 9: Miffy

Block 10: Elephant & Piggie

Block 11: Pablo Diablo (Horrid Henry)

Block 12: Cupcake Diaries

Block 13: No, David!

Block 14: Frederick

Block 15: Mafalda

Book 16: American Girl

Block 17: Charlotte’s Web

Block 18: Chrysanthemum

Block 19: Wayside School

Block 20: Silverlicious

Block 21: Clementine

Block 22: Junie B. Jones

Block 23: Calvin and Hobbes

Mustache quilt done

I can’t believe the mustache quilt is all done. It took less that a month from start to finish and that included the whole process of giving the materials to the children and getting them back. If you don’t know what I am talking about you can read about this quilt here.

PLURPLE

Interestingly enough the top of the quilt was the “easy” part of this project; it was the back that had me thinking for hours. You see, I had two different mustache fabrics, one with a white background and one with a black one. I knew I wouldn’t have enough of any to make the whole back but I couldn’t figure out how to combine them. Finally it occurred to me to make a row of color mustaches at the back to transition between the two fabrics.

Here’s what the back looks like:

Moustache quilt_back1

For the front I added the words: “Ms. Ferola’s class 2015″ and appliqued them in green (Ms. F’s favorite color).

Moustache quilt_1

I quilted straight lines along the sides and bottom and diagonal lines (diamonds) on the top part where the letters are.

Moustache quilting1

Moustache quilting2

The parents seem to like this quilt a lot. I hope Ms. F. appreciates it too. We won’t know until the last week of classes, and because of all the snow days this winter that won’t be until the 20-something of June.

Border detail:

Moustache quilting3

I’ll finish off with an image that took me by surprise on my way home the other day:

arlington ring design

I think it’s an electric box of some sort attached to a traffic light here in Arlington. It has been painted with a well known quilting design. I believe it’s called the “double wedding ring” but you can correct me if I’m wrong. How cool is that?

 

Books quilt – Calvin and Hobbes

Book title: Calvin and Hobbes

Calvin book

Author: Bill Watterson

The story: When Ana found out that her dad used to read Calvin and Hobbes books when he was little she made it her mission to read them too. Luckily the school library had some copies and she proudly brought two home. Calvin is a cute little kid who behaves, errrr, just like a kid. The cartoons are funny but what Ana and Tomás laughed mostly about was the drawings, the faces, the gestures… it never gets old.

The making: Somehow Sunday came and I hadn’t even started this week’s block. I knew which book to do, and I had selected the fabrics but that was all. So what you’ll see today is the result of some work on Sunday and frantic sewing last night once the kids went to bed. It’s amazing what you can do when you have a deadline (even if it’s self-imposed)!

I didn’t take many pictures and, unlike with Junie B. Jones, there was no time for undoing anything. Here’s how it all went:

Calvin 1

I thought about hand-sewing the tiger’s black stripes but the machine’s zigzag looked better and was faster. Don’t you love the stripes on Calvin’s T-shirt?

Calvin 2

Hobbes’ face took a lot of effort, there were so many pieces to consider.

Calvin 3

The letters were very skinny but the machine handled them well. I had to hand stitch the “and”, which was way too small. Finally I sewed by hand all the little details, the face lines, Hobbes’ teeth, the eyes, the author’s name. But for once I wasn’t worried about making the kid’s face ugly. This time it was allowed!!! Here’s the completed block. Mmmm I like it.

Calvin block

And there’s possibly just one more block to go. Then it’ll be all the figuring out of how to put them all together.

Read about previous blocks:

Books quilt: Introduction

Block 1: Smile

Block 2: Babymouse

Block 3: Lunch Lady

Block 4: Little Miss Fun

Block 5: Madeline

Block 6: Ivy and Bean

Block 7: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Block 8: Thea Stilton

Block 9: Miffy

Block 10: Elephant & Piggie

Block 11: Pablo Diablo (Horrid Henry)

Block 12: Cupcake Diaries

Block 13: No, David!

Block 14: Frederick

Block 15: Mafalda

Book 16: American Girl

Block 17: Charlotte’s Web

Block 18: Chrysanthemum

Block 19: Wayside School

Block 20: Silverlicious

Block 21: Clementine

Block 22: Junie B. Jones