OMG June: Library Quilt Project (update)

Whew!  I spent the first couple weeks in June working on these things almost non-stop, or so it felt.  But all 30 book blocks are complete!  Here are some of the final 14 blocks I completed this month.

Not only did I complete all of the book blocks, but I got them sewn together into the main part of the quilt.  I played around with the layout in EQ7 quite a bit, after scanning each of the blocks into the computer.  Here's the final layout.  (It's final hanging place is going to be on a boring beige wall--I think it will "pop" nicely!)

Here are the sashing strips and corner blocks all cut out.  I used leftover pieces from the "binding" part of the books in the blocks.  I decided to keep it simple and went with 5 different fabrics in rainbow order (of course).

After coming up with the final layout, I sewed the blocks together in columns of 3 and then sewed those into groups of 6, before combining the final 5 panels.  (Unfortunately it's so huge, that I haven't gotten a picture of all 30 blocks together, yet.  So you'll just have to accept my pictures of the panels hanging on my pantry cabinet with less than ideal lighting.)

I did purchase backing fabric--Connecting Threads has some wide backing fabric that's affordable, and I chose a simple chambray-type fabric since the back of the quilt will never be seen.  And binding fabric--a fabric that looks like a library book barcode.  Now I have everything I need to finish the quilt--just need to get the large border strips cut and sew all the letters.

Somehow the rest of June was a bust, and I didn't get any other sewing done, and haven't moved on to the letters.  I think partly because I'm putting off thinking about how I'm going to find space to bind it, and how exactly to quilt this monster.


Heidi said...

Definitely, this pops nicely!
Congratulations, this is a great project that will be enjoyed by so many!

KaHolly said...

What a great project! Congratulations on finishing it up to meet yout June OMG!

Kleine Vingers said...

Love these blocks and quilt, it is fun. Greetings

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