After working on them off and on for the past week, I am pleased to say they are finished. Unlike my first attempt, these are worth bragging about. I had started by purchasing a quiet book patten from Clothilde. It was a pathetic excuse for a pattern. So, I used some of their suggestions for the usual flower & ice cream pages. Everything else, I made up as I went along. Most of the materials I had on hand; muslin, felt squares, fabric markers, interfacing, and thread. I just had to make a trip to Michael's to pick up embellishments. All in all, the project was very enjoyable.
This is Sophie's book. I love this fabric! It was used in a baby quilt and very little was left over. I found it quite by accident when I was searching for something to use for a cover. In hind sight, I should have had my mother use her machine to embroider the girls names on the front of each book. Maybe I can have her put them on plain white, finish the edges, and hand sew those on. Hmmm, something to think about.
The next one is Maggie's book. Her book started out in my mind as a princess book. I had bought a yard of Disney fabric and cut the pictures of each princess, backed it with plain fabric and put thin quilt batting between the pieces. I then finished the edges with a zig zag stitch. I wanted to use the extra fabric for the cover, but by the time I got to that point, there wasn't enough fabric to use. Luckily, I found this playful fabric that has most of the coordinating colors in it.
And here are their reactions. Ron suggested I give them to the girls on Saturday rather than wait until Sunday at church. He figured their squeals and chatter would defeat the purpose of a "quiet" book!
|Maggie and the Royal Family puppets; Sophie and the flower pictures.|
|Sophie loved having a picture of everyone in the family. I had to use the fronts and backs, and use a couple of group pics to get everyone on a flower.|
|I think she is happy. That smile is priceless.|
|This is the picture of Maggie's face when she took the quilted princesses out of the pocket.|
|Sophie just kept going back to the flower page. She loves her Uncle Ryan!|