Friday, May 30, 2014

Library Gal Sews her Own Books!

Hello Gals, Now where were we? Oh yes, Lori won the blog book giveaway, and I was celebrating 300 blog posts! Now that I've made it to 301, I have lots of sewing to share with you! If you follow this little blog, you know I have a daughter that is in graduate school and TA DA is now finished! This year she has been teaching drama full time as a first year teacher and writing a thesis to boot. Good Grief! I can barely imagine it, except I have been fretting about it the whole time anyway. So...here she is!
UC Berkeley Grad School smiles!

I wanted to make her a very special gift and so, I thought about all the book shelf quilts I had seen over the years and decided that was the ticket! I began with strips and spent about a week just moving them around, and finally got a sense of what I was doing.

not books yet...


So I asked Carmen for her favorite 10 books and 5 plays. She texted me the titles and I began to see this project take place. 

The task of free motion quilting the titles was next,. thank you Cathy, and then piecing them into strips to construct the piece. 

I sewed the together so that the bottom edge was even and then the strips were cut down to create the top of the "bookshelf."

One of the hardest fiddly parts was doing the leaning red book. I knew in my head what I wanted and I am okay with how it turned out but it could have been better. Maybe shorter or wider. But anyway it worked.

I used some black fabric for the actual shelf that had some little lines on it...not solid but I thought it looked good with the other fabrics.

Simple quiting and additions of book spines and motifs was next. Esther made me look good by adding the details! 





Aren't the details fun? Carmen loves bees, so I had a buzzing bee put going across the top. Notice the "bookends" on the sides too. I finished it by buying a 18 x 36 inch canvas on stretcher bars from Aaron Bros. and used a staple gun to attach it. I used wrapping paper from World Market that is pretty heavy and nice for the finishing of the back.


  1. Ex Libris is now hanging in my dear daughter's home and she is on her way! Life is good!

8 comments:

  1. One of the most thoughtful and most special gifts we've ever seen!

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    1. I love the books she selected, for us book lovers what a great quilt.

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  2. What a fabulous gift, truly from the heart and I'm sure she will cherish this forever. Way to go!

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  3. Pam, what a special gift for your lovely and hard working daughter! I'm sure it will be treasured.

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  4. Pam, this gorgeous! A great idea and it's sew beautiful! I LOVE it!

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  5. Very clever, Pam. No wonder she loves it! It was also fun to see her favorite books. Isn't it fun to have your child launched? Congrats to her!

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  6. Yes, very clever finish, love it! Congrats to Carmen

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