Quilting with Sandi


X Step One: Bookcase Quilt


    RULERS (regular 12 “ and see-though Omnigrid
    type, 24 “ long preferred)
    CUTTING MAT & ROTARY CUTTER (Use of a large cutting mat is preferred)
    SEWING SUPPLIES: THREAD (match background of the shelves: I used black)

FABRIC: General guidelines: Fabric for the structure of the bookshelf can be of any color or texture. A fabric resembling a wood grain effect works well. Purchase 1 ½ yards.
The background of the shelves can be either very light or very dark, so as to contrast with the materials used to make the “books” and other objects displayed in the bookcase. Purchase 1 ½ yards.
Fabric for the “books” should be a variety that will give the appearance of book spines. Mostly solids or tonal solids are suggested. The greater variety of fabric used will result in a more interesting finished product. Since the “books” will be made of strips of fabric, this will be a good “use your stash” project.
Fabric for “objects” displayed on the shelves, such as a vase, bowl, basket. Scraps can be used.
Contrast fabric/under the lower shelf. Must contrast with the bookcase structure fabric. Need ¼ yard
(Purchase backing and batting later, after size of project is determined.)

Wash, machine dry, and press your material.

CUTTING: Note: Measurements here are for the size as shown in the diagram.
Bookcase structure: (MC) Cut and piece to make the longer strips, 2: 3 ½” x 52 ½”, 1: 3 ½” x 44 ½” , 1: 3 ½” x 38 ½” , 3: 2 ½” x 38 ½” 4: 4 ½” squares
Background: Cut strips the width of fabric: 1: 4” wide, 4: 5” and 1: 6” The rest of the fabric will be cut as needed for specific book arrangements.
Contrast Fabric: 1: 4 ½” x 38 ½”
“Books”: Variety of strips, 1 ½” to 3 ½” wide x 8” to 10” long

SEW: Start by sewing a variety of “Book” fabric strips to several of the BG strips. Trim excess BG even with long edges of the “Book” fabric.

BRING TO CLASS: Your fabric and your bookcase diagram. Bring extra book strips if you would like to trade with others in the class to get a greater variety of fabric for the books.

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