Yes, I'm back - I can't believe it either, but how could I resist a challenge about books and novels? It just had to happen 😊
A project inspired by books I've read
I have a really, really hard time choosing my favourite books, authors, etc. It all depends on my mood and what's going on in my life at the time. I guess my reading list is like my quilting and art - all over the place 😁 So here's to all of the books that have let me dream, escape, laugh and grow!
|Books in my life|
My project was inspired by the fabric that I've put aside for last year's Summer Book Challenge with Kate Basti. Instead of making more Tall Tale blocks that wouldn't count as a specific project, I used some of those fabrics to make 2" hexies, English Paper Piecing (EPP) style.
Of the 20 hexies, 4 of them are of books.
Five (5) are beautiful hand-dyed fabrics that represent my love of colour and art and all of the books that I've read on the subject, including novels about artists.
The rest of the hexies, eleven (11) represent the types of books I love. There is a sewing novelty fabric to represent the tons of books that I devour about quilting, as well as the cozy mysteries that I've read.
The purple fish represent Douglas Adams' book - So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.
The large bird with the blue flowers is a Nordic fabric, representing the amazing and scary Nordic Noir novels that I enjoy, even if they sometimes spook me!
The nesting doll and the toucan fabric represent the books that I read about other cultures and countries.
The final four hexies of the squirrel, lama, cactus and colourful bird represent the quirky, fun, fantastical books that take me away on adventures.
Here is one of the photos that I took of the fabric pulled for the Summer Book Challenge. You'll recognize a few.
|Fabric pulled for the Summer Book Club|
Right now I'm reading up on penguins to get ready for my upcoming trip to Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Antarctica.
|Reading all about Penguins|
Free Motion Quilting
For the FMQ, I stitched around the hexies and then in-the-ditch between the hexies. I then added words that were related to reading and books. They are: books, library, love, reading, knowledge, fiction, history, learn, culture, fantasy, thriller, true, mystery, funny, sad, travel, escape, novel, adventure, poetry and sci-fi.
What I learned
|Books about artists!|
- Books are too important to me to skip this Project Quilting challenge, even if I have other things to work on!
- It's been a long time since I did EPP hexies. I still love it!
- In 2020, I did a Project Quilting, Challenge 11.2 of Team Colours. Since I'm not a sports fan (or even a team person), I created a book case quilt of my favourite team - Library! See, I really can't resist 😊
- Thanks so much to Kim and Trish for these wonderful challenges!
I'll be linking up to many fun linking parties, including Project QUILTING 14.4 – A Novel Project
. Let's check out the other Novel related posts! Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?
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, Off The Wall Friday
, Oh Scrap!
, Slow Sunday Stitching
, Patchwork & Quilts
, 15 Minutes to Stitch 2023
, Sew & Tell
Made for Project QUILTING 14.4 – A Novel Project
Material: commercial and hand-dyed fabrics
Techniques: English Paper Piecing (EPP) and free motion quilting (FMQ)