I wanted to take a few moments to show you all how I put my Quiltie book together. We have been having a lot of fun here on my blog trading quilties from all across the world. So, the big question is ..."What do I do with these now?" Well, I have several answers for you...First, make a book, like the one above. Each page is sewn in by hand...then you have an art piece with art from all your new blog friends. The other idea is to make banners with your quilties. For example..we did a Christmas trade..I am taking those quilties and making a really cute wall hanging with them to display at Christmas time only. Or you can sew them to a blank quilt. Make a solid quilt..and sew down each quiltie on the surface...you can have a very cool art quilt when you are done. Well.. let's move onto the tutorial---
Pick the quilties that you want to be in one book. Stack them in order..and measure how thick they are. For example this stack is 2 1/2 inches thick...so I cut my spine piece 6 1/2 x 2 1/2. My cover pages are 4 1/2 x 6 1/2. Each book will be different in the thickness...it all depends on how much extra stuff is on each quiltie.
I use Pellon 70 as my filler for the book cover. Cut (2) 6 1/2 x 4 1/2. Cut (1) 6 1/2 x ?? however thick your pages stack up to.
You can make your cover any way you would like from here...but this is how I made this book cover. I sewed strips to all three pieces at once. Pressed, then added another strip. Keep this up until all the covers are covered.
Here you can see me adding new strips. ( the sewing police is keeping a good watch :):)
Then I went back and used my fancy stitches to add textures.
Then I flipped over my cover and ironed my inside liner with wonder under...or any sticky iron on fusible.
Next get out your buttons and floss that you want to use on this project. And a large eyed needle. This is how you will attach each page (quiltie) to the inside of this book.
Starting from the outside of the book....have your needle go through the outside of the book to the inside...nick or grab a small piece of your quiltie..then go back down through the book to the outside again.
As you see, I go down into the button, into the book, grab a small piece of the quiltie then back out through the other side of the button. Then tie the floss several times, forming a knot.
I like to add a dot of Fray Check on each knot. This will ensure that your knots will never come undone :):)
Here you can see that I always grab each page twice. I move the places I grab the pages across the spine..so they don't all line up on top of each other.
As you can see, the buttons are every where...two of the buttons holds one page in.
You just start from one side of the book and keep adding pages...until you have all the pages attached.
Then you can add all the fun stuff to the cover...book ties, label if you want, and pretties :):)
Then I made a second book the same way I made the first. It has 15 pages as well.
I have 40 quilties so far. 30 made it into these 2 books..The other 10 are waiting for more quilties. I hope to have 4 books by the end of this year.
Each and every quilties is a true treasure to me :):) I am thankful to each Lady for playing and sending me their quilties :):)
A peek inside :):)
Thanks so much for visiting today!! Hope you enjoyed my tutorial.
Have a super week.