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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Quilted Book Covers

The quilted sewing kit which was the prize in my recent giveaway was only one third of the items made from a quilting kit I had purchased from Connecting Threads some time ago. The other two items this kit made are these quilted book covers...

Quilted Book CoversThe front and back of each book cover is pieced and quilted with either a heart or a star, so I made each one different with the heart being the front of one and the back of the other, and the same for the star.

Quilted Book CoversThe inside lining fabric of this cover is one of my favorite fabrics in this line of Mama's Cottons. I like yellow and purple together, and white flowers too! I added a purple grosgrain ribbon bookmark to each of the covers.

Quilted Book CoversPiecing these fronts and backs was fun for me. I don't usually do very involved piecing so this was a good project for me to learn some of the tricks for piecing shapes that look more complicated than they really are.

Quilted Book CoversI fused the cutout shapes of the hearts and stars onto the purple background fabric and zig-zag stitched around them. After layering the outside of the covers with fusible fleece, I machine quilted in the ditch around each of the pieces, then used my presser foot as a guide to do another stitching in the green fabric around the while design.

This kit was a fun project using nice fabrics and interesting patterns and making three useful items. The quilted sewing kit is already at its new home, and at least one of these two book covers will be used in a similar fashion, perhaps very soon. I do love giveaways!

I was lucky enough to make a second visit today to Keepsake Quilting and Patternworks in Center Harbor, New Hampshire while on our vacation so I'll be showing you all my fun purchases as soon as I have a chance to take some good pictures. We've been enjoying the beautiful lake, swimming every day, picking wild blueberries, watching fabulous thunder storms come and go, playing cards, working on projects and just relaxing. I hope you're making the best of whatever kind of weather you've been having too!

Happy Stitching!

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