Fabric Book

It’s a funny story, how this book came to be. When our friend Sarah became pregnant, a bunch of us got excited and made a grand plan to make a quilt. I say grand because none of us knew how to sew a quilt. But we’d learn, right? So we all made individual squares, destined for a quilt. But…we were all busy with jobs, moving, school, stuff…and the squares languished. Baby Jack was born. He had his 1st birthday. Then his second birthday.

For some reason, I ended up having these squares at home, reminding me of our ambitious FAIL every time I came across them. So one day I thought, why not make these into a book? I asked the rest of the square-makers and they were all like, yay, we should do that! Emails flew back and forth…then more months passed and we hadn’t yet been able to get together and work on it.

he's getting so big!

he’s getting so big! just before his 3rd birthday

Jack’s 3rd birthday was coming up. I made that the goal. Deadlines help me make things happen (sometimes). With support from the quilt-square makers, I took action.

I wrote a story of adventure to match the squares. Over a few evenings, wrote it out on squares of linen fabric, then hand-sewed each written page to the back of the quilt squares. The final task was to bind the book…yay for blanket stitch!  The cover was carefully chosen to be a purple squirrelsaur (I really don’t know…what is that thing??)

Success! Book was done in time to give to Jack on his 3rd birthday! Not too late, right?? What would a baby do with a quilt anyhow, compared to what a 3-year-old can do with a squishy book?!  See below, the resulting book, one page at a time:

Jack's Book

Jack’s Book

Open it up…

Get drawn into the exciting story

Get drawn into the exciting story

See the hand sewn art to help tell the story

Our friends like sailing on boats.

this is the part where there's an international twist in the tale

this is the part where there’s an international twist in the tale

itsa pageturner!

itsa pageturner!

See how the hand sewn art helps tell the story.

See how the hand sewn art helps tell the story.

Now we're in Panama! Our friend who had the baby travelled here too.

Now we’re in Panama! Our friend who had the baby travelled here too.

It got pretty wordy in this part. Good for increasing reading comprehension, right?

It got pretty wordy in this part. Good for increasing reading comprehension, right?

I decided the back should be plain. Also, I ran out of time...it's yo birfday Jack, here's a book!

I decided the back should be plain. Also, I ran out of time…it’s yo birfday Jack, here’s a book!

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