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A Novel Idea Free Block of the Month Series - A Bookcase Quilt Using Novelty Fabrics

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A Novel Idea Quilt

 

For the whole bookcase quilt:
Main Bookcase fabric
(D) - 1¼ yard
Darker Bookcase fabric (A) - 1 yard

Plus...for the Row #3 Book blocks

Book Fabrics (B)

Book Fabrics

 

~Keeping Track Tip~

I spent a few minutes, before cutting the fabrics for the final shelf of my 'A Novel Idea' Bookcase quilt, to match the small pieces of fabric I had left, to the sizes of patches I need.
One of the joys of making quilts, for me, is the 'kick' I get at being able to use up the smallest pieces.
I ended up only needing to cut 3 of the patches from the full yardage.
My Mom would be so proud!!
Of course the remaining small pieces will be used for my Postage Stamp with a Twist quilt or another string quilt!
My Tip for keeping track of the small pieces: Number the patches on your printed tutorial - 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, and then add an adhesive dot (available from the stationary store) to the corresponding fabric scrap.
Important Note: Remove the dot before pressing!

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Row #4 - Book Block 1a

1. Cut the fabrics for this book block [Rotary Cutting] as follows:

Book Block Fabrics

Dark Bookcase fabric (A1) ~ 2½" x 10½"
Dark Bookcase fabric (A2) ~ 1½" x 2½"
Dark Bookcase fabric (A3) ~ 4½" x 2½"
Dark Bookcase fabric (A4) ~ 3½" x 2½"
Book fabric (B1) ~
2-2½" x 10½"

Book fabric (B2) ~ 2½" x 9½"
Book fabric (B3) ~ 2½" x 6½"
Book fabric (B4) ~ 2½" x 7½"
Book fabric (B5) ~ 2½" x 12½"

2. Layout the patches as pictured above.

3.Machine stitch [Machine Piecing Basics] the patches in numerical order.
Press the seams open.

4. Block [Blocking] this book block at the finished size of 12" x 12".

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Row #4 - Book Block 1b

1. Cut the fabrics for this book block [Rotary Cutting] as follows:

Book Block Fabrics

Dark Bookcase fabric (A1) ~ 3½" x 8¾"
Dark Bookcase fabric (A2) ~ 2½" x 3½"
Dark Bookcase fabric (A3) ~ 1½" x 3"
Dark Bookcase fabric (A4) ~ 2½" x 2"
Dark Bookcase fabric (A5) ~ 1½" x 2¼"
Book fabric (B1) ~
3-1½" x 7½"

Book fabric (B2) ~ 3" x 8½"
Book fabric (B3) ~ 2" x 7½"
Book fabric (B4) ~ 1¾" x 9½"
Book fabric (B5) ~ 2¼" x 11½"

2. Layout the patches as pictured above.

3.Machine stitch [Machine Piecing Basics] the patches in numerical order.
Press the seams open.

4. Block [Blocking] this book block at the finished size of 10" x 12".

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Row #4 - Book Block 2a

1. Cut the fabrics for this book block [Rotary Cutting] as follows:

Book Block Fabrics

Dark Bookcase fabric (A1) ~ 2½" x 10½"
Dark Bookcase fabric (A2) ~ 2½" x 4"
Dark Bookcase fabric (A3) ~ 1½" x 2½"
Dark Bookcase fabric (A4) ~ 2½" x 1½"
Dark Bookcase fabric (A5) ~ 1½" x 1¾"

Book fabric (B1) ~
4" x 8½"

Book fabric (B2) ~ 2-1½" x 9½"
Book fabric (B3) ~ 1½" x 10½"
Book fabric (B4) ~ 1½" x 8½"
Book fabric (B5) ~ 1¾" x 9½"
Book fabric (B6) ~ 1¾" x 10½"

2. Layout the patches as pictured above.

3.Machine stitch [Machine Piecing Basics] the patches in numerical order.
Press the seams open.

4. Block [Blocking] this book block at the finished size of 10" x 12".

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Row #4 - Book Block 2b

1. Cut the fabrics for this book block [Rotary Cutting] as follows:

Book Block Fabrics

Dark Bookcase fabric (A1) ~ 1½" x 3"
Dark Bookcase fabric (A2) ~ 2½" x 2"
Dark Bookcase fabric (A3) ~ 3½" x 2½"
Dark Bookcase fabric (A4) ~ 2½" x 2½"
Book fabric (B1) ~
3" x 11½"

Book fabric (B2) ~ 2" x 10½"
Book fabric (B3) ~ 2½" x 9½"
Book fabric (B4) ~ 2½" x 10½"
Tiny Stripes Book Band fabric (C1) ~ 2½" x 1½"

2. Layout the patches as pictured above.

3. Gently fold and finger press the edges of the book band fabric over towards the back and pin in place, across the book fabric.

4. Using 18" of thread [Stitches] that matches the book band, blind-stitch [Stitches - #1] it to the book fabric.
End with a knot on the back of the patch.

5. Remove the pins and carefully trim the book band fabric even with the background, if necessary.
Press [Pressing - #2].

6.Machine stitch [Machine Piecing Basics] the patches in numerical order.
Press the seams open.

7. Block [Blocking] this book block at the finished size of 8" x 12".

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Row #4

Machine stitch the Book Blocks 1a & 1b together and the Book Blocks 2a & 2b together, along the sewing lines.

Machine stitch the two book blocks to the television block, as shown above, along the sewing lines.

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1. Cut [Border Basics] the sashing/shelves & borders from the Main Bookcase fabric (D), as follows:
2~2¾" x 59" (side borders); 4¾" x 57" (top border); 6¾" x 57" (bottom border); 4~2¼" x 53" (sashing/shelves).
Piece strips together, if required, to get the length you need.

2. Sew the 4~2¼" x 53" sashing/shelves strips between the rows [Sashing], along the sewing lines drawn on the rows.

Trim the extra length even with the edges of the rows.
Press the seams together, towards the sashing.
Draw your sewing line at 1½".

Sew the trimmed side of each of the sashings/shelves to the next row, along the sewing lines.
This method of doing borders & sashings allows for a finer finish.

3. Sew the side borders [Plain Border] to the outer edges of the center.
Press the seams together, toward the border.
Trim to 2¼", as per instructions.

4. Sew the top border [Plain Border] to the top edge of the center.
Press the seam together, toward the border.
Trim to 4¼", as per instructions.

5. Sew the bottom border [Plain Border] to the bottom edge of the center.
Press the seam together, toward the border.
Trim to 6¼", as per instructions.

 

Additional Design Ideas:
~ If you'd like to make this quilt longer, you could added another shelf, with more books.
A fun alternative would be making horizontal strips of different sizes, to be board games or puzzles.
~You can personalize this quilt by adding favourite book titles to the books, in eiher fabric marker or with embroidery.

 

 

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~A Novel Idea Past Blocks~

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A Novel Idea Snowglobe Block

A Novel Idea Fishbowl Block

A Novel Idea Picture Frame Block

A Novel Idea Basket Block

A Novel Idea Flowerpot Block

A Novel Idea Jars Block

A Novel Idea Scrapbook Block

A Novel Idea Television Block

A Novel Idea Globe Block

A Novel Idea Rows  1 & 5

A Novel Idea Row 2

A Novel Idea Row 2

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