Friday, December 12, 2014

ABC . . . Read With Me Quilt and Tutorial

Today I am so excited to share a finish that I have been keeping secret for a little while.  You might remember me showing letters clear back in March  and having a special little plan for it.  Well those letters made with Me and My Sister Designs Hubba Hubba line ended up in a different quilt.  So when I saw LOL by Me and My Sister Designs at market, I knew it was time for the plan to resurface.

And here it is all done!!!!   ABC . . . Read With Me!!!!   And because you all loved the idea so much back in March, I wrote a tutorial to go along with it!!  It can be found over at the  Moda Bake Shop ;)  It has easy step by step instructions for the entire quilt including the links for the free letter downloads, in case you don't have the pattern book ;)  EDIT - I also found a super easy way to look up all the letters.  Just copy and paste this link in            http://www.modafabrics.com/a_spellitwithfabric.pdf    and then change the letter after the .com/ to whatever letter you need ;)




ABC . . . Read With Me finishes at 80" x 84" :)  Yup, its a big one, perfect for the reader in your family or for a special gift to a school or library.  This one is hanging in the school my Twin Sister administrates ;)  She says the kids just love it and I can't tell you how happy that makes me ;)


When it came time to quilt this one, I opted for a little custom work.  I outlined the letters and the books using my straight line ruler.   Then I did curly cues in the letter backgrounds and swirls in the white background ;)   I used my all time favorite 402 Pearl So Fine Superior Thread.  It really is the perfect blend on white ;)


I love all of the happy texture it created.   And I left the books blank because the kids at my sisters school get to write their favorite book title on a spine when they achieve their reading goal for the year   isn't that just so awesome!!  I know the next time I get to go visit I am totally going to cry.


Doesn't it just make you want to curl up with a good book and read under a quilt ;)  I sure hope so.  I hope you love this quilt as much as I do.  It will always be a special one for me because it was made for someone very special to me ;)    If you make ABC . . . Read With Me up for someone special I would love to see it!!!  You can add it to my Flickr group here or email me a picture to happyquiltingmelissa@gmail.com :)


The step by step free tutorial can be found at the Moda Bake Shop so pop on over.  They even have a downloadable version of it ;)  And LOL fabric is out in quilt shops everywhere, just in case you want to make your own quilt with the same fabric. 


Thank you so much for stopping by today ;)  I can't tell you how much I appreciate my readers.  I wouldn't be doing this if it weren't for you :)

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!

Linking this finish up to Amanda's and Sarah's :)  





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21 comments:

  1. I so wish I would have had a quilt such as this when I was doing reading time during grade school! Where were you YEARS ago!?!?! This is fantastic!

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  2. This is going on my "to make, someday" list. We are book lovers here, bought this house because it has a library, so this would be perfect. Thanks for sharing it. I bet it will be really special in that school. Oh, that's an idea. Give my kids reading goals for their homeschooling and then they can add a title...

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  3. I am teacher, so I am crazy for anything books. Well done!

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  4. Beautiful! I love this. It would make an excellent gift to my local library. Thanks for sharing a link to the pattern.

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  5. The quilt looks great Melissa!! Hugs, Helen

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  6. a great quilt for a library or school very nice

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  7. Oh WOW - this is soooo beautiful. I should make one for our local library! Thank You for sharing the tutorial - can't wait to see it at Moda!

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  8. You are a very,very special Lady Melissa!
    Thank you for all of generous, beautiful, incredible, superbly done, creativity,

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  9. Melissa ~ I bet your sis just loves hearing people talk about your quilt too. I really love this one with the added letters on the outside. Great job and awesome fabrics too.

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  10. Love it, Melissa. But I can't seem to find the pattern on Moda. Have they posted it yet? I did find a "version" from March, but not this one with the lettered border and different quote. Thanks.

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  11. I love the idea that the kids can label their books!

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  12. Awesome quilt. Great idea for the children to write on the spines! How cool is that!

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  13. What a wonderful idea. It turned out fantastic.

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  14. Que original y colorido quilt, muy bonito
    Besos

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  15. Your quilt is gorgeous and what an awesome idea to have the kids write the name of their favorite book on it when they reach their goal.

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  16. That is awesome! My favorite part would be seeing it filled in with all different books. What a fun reward, for children and quilters alike!

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa