Wednesday, January 23, 2008

B is for Book

Okay, I had a year for this project so why did I only finish it hours before I had to turn it in at our guild meeting? I'm sure I'm not the only one who doesn't always finish projects until the last minute. Our challenge for this years local quilt show was to pick a letter. The quilt was suppose to bring that letter to mind.

I chose "B" for book and used everything blue. I used quilted fabric that I painted with every shade of blue paint I own. The different values didn't come through very well in the photography. I think the late afternoon winter sun tends to blue everything even more. For the various embellishments I used Shrinky Dinks, Fabric Paper with rub on letters, scrapbooking letters, yarns, beads, wire, buttons, polymer clay tiles, ribbons and seed beads. Originally the back panel was suppose to be the front, but I stitched it to the wrong page. Not a big deal, just a fancier back cover than I expected.

This is the first fabric book that I have ever made so I was guessing as to how to put the whole thing together. I added a layer of Peltex to the front and back covers to make them a little stiffer. I added a 1" spine and stitched the panels to it with a zig-zag stitch. It actually came together a lot better than I expected given my limited time and experience.

12 comments:

Micki said...

Wonderful book. You did a fantastic job on it.

Susan said...

Hi!
Excellent book...no one would ever know that you weren't a seasoned fiber book artist! I just love your dyed fabrics.
Susan

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Your blue b book is beautiful! And I was so sad and touched to read the previous post too.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Lucy x

Lesley said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog - I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels that way about housework :)
I'm not surprised your beautiful blue book took a year to complete as there is so much work in it!

I am so sorry to hear of the sad loss of Madeline. Your post about her is beautiful and I am sure your friends will be helped so much at this dreadful time by your strength and love.

Lesley xx

Gina said...

Hi Nicki, Thank you for looking in at my blog. I think your blue book is lovely. I'm just like you - no matter how long I have to finish a project it always gets done at the last minute.

Your post about little Madeline was very sad but beautiful too. It's apparent you are a very special friend.

Gina x

Fran├žoise said...

Your book is lovely. And blue is my favourite colour!
I tend to finish my quilts at the last minute too. I'm not quite done with my chocolate one....

Karoda said...

Blue-liciously cool!

ANNA said...

What a great yet simple idea making the complete item using the theme throughout. It's lovely

Lynn Majidimehr said...

I love your book. I have some quilt pages I want to bind, but am stuck on the how to, and you've inspired me to just do it so I have the book instead of loose pages.

Kathy - Pink Chalk Studio said...

Hi Nikki, I followed your link over from the 12 x 12 Challenge. I live on Bainbridge Island and saw your book at the quilt guild meeting last month! It really was spectacular in person, wonderful color and amazing texture. I don't always make it to the meetings but I'll definitely keep an eye out to introduce myself. I look just like the goofy photo on my blog ;)

Nikki said...

Thank you

Nikki said...

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