Okay, so I have been hinting about this tutorial for about a week and so I am happy to say, that it is now posted! Introducing . . . Read With Me my newest Moda Bake Shop Tutorial !!
To say I like this quilt would be a vast understatement. I absolutely love it and every time I see it I do a little happy dance!! This quilt was one of those fun experiences, where you start out with a basic idea, My idea, I wanted to do a "book quilt" because it had always been on my list of things to do, and when I saw Noteworthy by Sweetwater I knew they were the perfect prints to finally do a "book quilt in." So I drafted up a book shelf idea that looked a little like this.
And then, there came the finishing touch, the quilting. I am over the moon excited about the quilting of this quilt. It so adds to the "once upon a time . . . " theme!! And, it was a whole lot easier than I thought it was going to be and so much fun!!! Some of you got pretty close to guessing the theme from the sneak peeks, great job!!
Here is the top of the castle and the clouds :) To really make the outline of the pictures stand out I quilted over the threads like 3 times so it was super bold. I really like the depth it gives it! And I always love some good pebbling!! The window and clouds are cute and poofie too :)
The drawbridge was my first attempt at wood-grain and then I added a cute little moat, and some adorable flowers!! The grass came out pretty fun too, even though I had no idea what I was doing at the time, I just kept zig and zaging up and down and figured it looks pretty close to grass :)
The final part of the quilting, and it is my favorite, is that each book has a title. For a family activity, each of the children got to pick their favorite stories . . . one they have read, and ones I have read to them and they were all written onto the books. I then added my favorites, my husband's favorites, and other family favorites.
I quilted them in using a loopy cursive just using the machine the same way I would use a pencil. Which was a little hard in the center of the quilt as I am not the best at writing sideways, but I got through it. I decided to use a matching thread color because I didn't want bright shiny titles to take away from the overall theme of the quilt and I wanted it to be special for our family, in a quiet kind of way. And we all love it!! It has already become a treasured family favorite!
Oh, you might want some of the nitty gritty :) The quilt measures 58" x 73", just the perfect size for snuggling up with your wee ones with a good story, or for a special one's twin size bed :) It is made using a Noteworthy jelly roll by Sweetwater and some Bella Solid white and black. It really is a fun quilt to put together and is very beginner friendly.
We'll that just about wraps it up :) To view the entire step by step tutorial, just pop on over to the Moda Bake Shop and enjoy the Read With Me quilt tutorial!! :) I am sure that if you choose to make your own that it will become a treasure in your house, just as it has in ours.
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