Read With Me Quilt




Hi Moda Bake Shop Readers!!  I'm Melissa Corry from  Happy Quilting and I am so excited to be back here at the Moda Bake Shop to share my Read With Me quilt!! This fun twist on a standard "book" quilt uses typography and adorable quilting to add a whimsical touch.  Adding quilted titles of my families books makes this quilt a treasured heirloom.  I hope you enjoy the tutorial and even more, I hope you enjoy creating your own Read With Me quilt!!



To make your own Read With Me quilt you will need :

1 Noteworthy Jell Roll
2 Yards of Moda Bella Solid White
1/2 Yard of Moda Bella Solid Black

4 Yards of your favorite print for Backing

Applique Templates (at the end of the tutorial)
1/2 yard of Heat N Bond
Twin size or 68" x 82" piece of Batting




Got your Ingredient's, let's get piecing!!

STEP 1 - CUTTING


Start by breaking out that jelly roll.  Choose 7 strips and set them aside to be used for your binding.  I choose to use the "white" strips for my binding.



From the remaining jelly roll strips, alternating prints and colors for each group cut
   (4) 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangles
   (4) 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles
   (4) 2 1/2" x 9 1/2" rectangles
   (24) 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" rectangles
   (28) 2 1/2" x 11 1/2" rectangles
   (28) 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" rectangles



From your white yardage cut the following
   (10) 5 1/2" x Width of Fabric Strips
   (4) 3" x 15" rectangles
   (4) 2 1/2" x 6" rectangles
   (4) 1 1/2" x 6" rectangles
   (36) 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles
   (8) 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles
   (32) 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares



STEP 2 - BLOCK A

Gather the following size pieces and lay them out as shown.
   (2) 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" print rectangles, (3) 2 1/2" x 11 1/2" rectangles, and (1) 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" rectangles
   (1) 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" solid square, and (3) 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle.



Lay the solid rectangles onto the tops of the print strips and sew a 1/4" seam along the edges.  Press.


Sew the 6 columns together.  Start by placing the second column onto the first, sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Then place the third column onto the now sewn together first and second columns and sew a 1/4" seam and so on until all 6 columns are sewn together.  Press.


Repeat this step to make a total of 4 blocks each measuring 12 1/2" x 12 1/2".




STEP 3 - BLOCK B



Gather the following size pieces and lay them out as shown.
   (1) 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" print rectangles, (2) 2 1/2" x 11 1/2" rectangles, and (3) 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" rectangles
   (3) 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" solid square, and (2) 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle.



Lay the solid rectangles onto the tops of the print strips and sew a 1/4" seam along the edges.  Press.



Sew the 6 columns together.  Start by placing the second column onto the first, sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Then place the third column onto the now sewn together first and second columns and sew a 1/4" seam and so on until all 6 columns are sewn together.  Press.



Repeat this step to make a total of 4 blocks each measuring 12 1/2" x 12 1/2".



STEP 4 - BLOCK C



Gather the following size pieces and lay them out as shown.
   (2) 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" print rectangles, (1) 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" rectangle, (1) 2 1/2" x 9 1/2" rectangle,
        (1) 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangle and (1) 2 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle
   (2) 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" solid rectangles, (3) 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" solid square, and (3) 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle.





Lay the solid rectangles onto the tops of the print strips on either end of the strip and sew a 1/4" seam along the edges.  Press.





Sew the 6 rows together.  Start by placing the second row onto the first, sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Then place the third row onto the now sewn together first and second rpw and sew a 1/4" seam and so on until all 6 rows are sewn together.  Press.


Repeat this step to make a total of 4 blocks each measuring 12 1/2" x 12 1/2".



STEP 5 - BLOCK D

Block D has an angled book.  To make this start by slicing a 3" x 15" solid rectangle in half diagonally.


Place a 2 1/2" x 11 1/2" print rectangle between the 2 triangles, taking care to center the strip.  Lay the strip onto the top triangle.  Sew a 1/4" seam aligning the raw edges.  Press.  Lay the bottom triangle onto the strip and sew a 1/4" seam aligning the raw edges.  Press.  Using the ends of the strip as a guide, trim the top and bottom of the unit even with the ends of the strip.


Now gather a 2 1/2" x 6" solid rectangle and a 1 1/2" x 6" solid rectangle.  Lay the 2 1/2" strip along the bottom of the block and the /2" strip along the top of the block aligning the raw edges.  Sew a 1/4" seam along each edge and press.


Now all that is left is trimming.  The trimming has to be done one side at a time and needs to be precise or you will end up with a floating book :)
    Place your long ruler so the top left hand corner of the print strip aligns with the 4 1/4" horizontal mark on your ruler and the bottom right hand corner of the print strip aligns with the 1/4" horizontal mark on your ruler.  Trim along the right hand edge of your ruler.
    Place your long ruler so the right hand side of the block aligns with the 4 1/2" vertical line on your ruler.  Trim along the left hand edge of your ruler.
     Place your long ruler so that the right hand side of the block aligns with the edge of the ruler, the left hand side of the block aligns with the 4 1/2" vertical line and the bottom right hand corner of the print strip aligns with the 12 1/4" horizontal mark on your ruler.  Trim along the top edge of the ruler.
     Place your long ruler so that the right hand side of the block aligns with the edge of the ruler, the left hand side of the block aligns with the 4 1/2" vertical line and the top of the block aligns with the 12 1/2" horizontal mark on your ruler.  Trim along the bottom edge of the ruler.


You know you will have trimmed correctly if the three corners of the book that are pointed out are 1/4" away from the nearest edge.


Gather the following size pieces and lay them out as shown.

   (2) 2 1/2" x 12 1/2" print rectangles, (1) 2 1/2" x 11 1/2" rectangles, and (1) 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" rectangles, and a pieced angle book block.
   (1) 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" solid square, and (1) 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle.



Lay the solid rectangles onto the tops of the print strips and sew a 1/4" seam along the edges.  Press.



Sew the 5 columns together.  Start by placing the second column onto the first, sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.  Then place the third column onto the now sewn together first and second columns and sew a 1/4" seam and so on until all 5 columns are sewn together.  Press.


Repeat this step to make a total of 4 blocks each measuring 12 1/2" x 12 1/2".


STEP 6 - APPLIQUE STRIPS


Now the blocks are done and you can move onto the applique.  If you are new to applique, and need a bit more instruction on how to do it, please see my video tutorial on Applique Basics here.    From your black yardage lined with Heat N Bond cut the following letters.  (use the templates at the end of the post or make your own if you prefer a different font.)


Grab the WOF strips cut in the beginning and cut them into the following pieces.  Sew the pieces end to end to create (2) 5 1/2 " x 63 1/2" strips to be used for the side borders, (2) 5 1/2" x 58 1/2" strips to be used for the top and bottom borders, and (3) 48 1/2" strips to be used for the applique.  Set the border strips aside.


Fuse your applique onto the three strips as follows.  For the first strip, start the applique 1" in from the left and space the applique out over 32".  For the second strip, start the applique out 8 1/4" from the left and space the applique out over 32". And for the third strip, start the applique out 1" from the right and space the applique out over 32".

Secure stitch the applique.  It is much easier to do this while it is in a strip, verses once it is sewn into the quilt top.



STEP 7 - ASSEMBLING QUILT TOP

And now you are ready to put the top together.  Lay your 16 blocks out in 4 rows of 4.  You can use the same layout I did or your own, just whatever looks pleasing to your eye.



Once you have your layout, sew the rows together the same way you did with the blocks.  Lay the second block in each row on the first and stitch along the aligned edge.  Then add the 3rd block, and then the 4th.


Press your rows and then lay them back out adding the appliqued strips in between each row.


Sew the rows together.  Once again, use the same process as putting the blocks together.  Just sewing the second row onto the first, and then adding the third and so on until the rows are all sewn together.


Now gather your borders that were set aside.  Place the side borders along the sides of the quilt top.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge, aligning as you go.  Press.  Then repeat the same process for the top and bottom border.  Press.


And your quilt top is finished!!


STEP 8 - FINISHING

Baste it, Quilt it, and Bind It.  I know, I make it sound so easy.  If you are new to finishing your quilt, I have created a video tutorial series that goes over the basics of each of these three steps.  You can find it at my blog :)   You will use the 7 strips you set aside at the beginning to do the binding.  I choose to quilt mine with a bit of a "Fairy Tale" scene.  I  used a water soluble pen to draw the basic sketch and then filled it in with all of my favorite FMQ designs.   The final touch of quilting that really made this quilt special was quilting a book  title of a family favorite onto each book.  To do that, I once again used a water soluble pen  and then quilt the titles in my very best loopy cursive ;)  To see more detailed quilted pictures see my blog :)






          One adorable 58" x 73" Read With Me Quilt that is sure to be a family favorite.  Whether you put it on a bed or just snuggle under it while reading stories, I hope it becomes a treasure.  Thank you so much for joining me and I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you make your own Read With Me Quilt I would love to see it.  You can add it to my Inspired by Happy Quilting Flickr group here :)



Have a Happy Quilting Day!!

Melissa Corry
{happyquiltingmelissa.blogspot.com}

35 comments:

Quiltjane said...

Melissa, that is the most gorgeous quilt! I love the quilting too. Thanks for sharing.

Outback Crafter - Debra said...

I love it. I think I will need to make one for our local library.

Momma Mary Perez said...

This is AMAZING! I can't wait to try and make it for my son, thank you so much for the recipe!!!

Gwen said...

I turned a book quilt into a signature quilt for a retiring school librarian. All the teachers became author!

Quiltsmiles said...

Great quilt and one I've been wanting to make for a book club friend for a while. Thanks for doing all the math and figuring out the design for this book quilt. Jane

Chris {frecklemama} said...

Omg I am so excited about this! I have been wanting to make a bookshelf quilt for a while but didn't want to so the math. You make this look so easy! And a jelly roll? Even easier. Thank you so much for this!

Sharon Pernes said...

This is so adorable!

Susan said...

Fantastic quilt. I could not find the applique patterns though.

Cindy Sharp said...

Adorable.

Chelsie C said...

This is at the top of my to-do list! Love it!

Little Miss Shabby said...

Such a great quilt Melissa!

Lani Glasser said...

Melissa, I love this quilt. It is now on my to-do list. A question though, I could not find the link to the letters in your post, am I just missing it?

Melissa Corry said...

Susan and Lani,
I think there might have been a problem linking the applique template, but no worries, the lovely ladies at the MBS are on it and they will be up in the near future :)

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

Melissa, this is an absolutely adorable quilt! Love the quilting too. Great job.
Amanda

Sherryl said...

Oh my gosh! I love this SOOOOO much! One more to add to my "must do" list. Thanks so much. (it's gonna be perfect for my book club's gift exchange!)

mammas pearls said...

FYI the "printer friendly" link is broken. Love this. Am ordering the supplies today!

Judith Blinkenberg said...

It is a lovely quilt. Thank you for taking the time to share your skills with us. It means a lot to me. I will make this one, I'm not sure of the lettering but I will try.

Linda said...

Oh my goodness. I am in love with this quilt.

Karin said...

super cute!

Amy DeCesare said...

It's awesome, and the quilting design is so ingenious!

Sherry said...

This is so cute! Would be a nice quilt to make for the school and/or public library. Thanks so much for sharing this - love it!

ChristaQuilts said...

My favorite picture is the one at the end with the kids reading their books :-)

Jeanne said...

This belongs is a library!!

Natalia from Piece N Quilt said...

Very cute Melissa!

Debbie M said...

That is the cutest quilt EVER! I love it.

Malini said...

You always come up with great quilt ideas. Love it!

Vonna Johnson said...

Melissa, divine intervention at work. I have the desire to quilt 2 bookshelf quilts. One for my local library and one for a friend who is our school librarian. The is perfect for the project. Your quilt is so fun. It makes me want to read. Thank you.

Erica at Sew So Crafty said...

What a gorgeous idea for a reading corner ... I can just imagine snuggling up under this quilt and reading a story to my daughter ... thanks!

Becky said...

I am also interested in getting the appliqued letters. DO you know when they will be available on this post?

Thanks for the fantastic post! It's a beautiful quilt.

Just Quilt It said...

This is fantastic! I found your site through a blog hop I am following today. I've been looking for a book pattern to make for my daughter who starts a new job as a librarian next week. This is perfect!

eloidastitches said...

What a lovely quilt and idea! When my daughter was young we routinely had "story couch" which meant it was story time on the couch. This would be such a nice quilt to cuddle up in during that time. So sweet. It made me happy. :D Thanks for sharing.

tmcc4 said...

Hi! I absolutely love this quilt and will be making it this week. I chose a different jelly roll and now I am having second thoughts. Do you think a more floral motive will work? I didn't think about it before but I really looked at the Noteworthy roll you used and now I'm wondering if a more mellow roll would be better..((sign)) thank you :)

DKay said...

Anyone ever find the letters template link?

Judy said...

Can anyone please help with telling me where I can find the letters to this quilt to applique....

Cindi said...

If you download the printer friendly version, the letter templates are at the end.