This past summer I blogged about the shirts I dyed for my friend Martha’s sweet girl, Jillian’s first birthday.
I decided that I’d like to make her a quiet book. When I started sewing her book, I had all kinds of problems with my old Elna. It was then that I decided to look for a new sewing machine, one that would also be equipped to embroider names, etc. When I found my new Brother sewing machine I started to work on Jillian’s Color Quiet Book.
The front and back cover is a piece of my sun printed fabric using ferns from our shade garden.
Every page contains different colors made with some of my dyed fabrics sewn over the felt pages. Since Jillian’s daddy is French, I added the French word for the color at the bottom so she could learn both.
The inside front and back cover pages have pockets where all of the colored felt squares and triangles are stored when not in use. Each piece of felt had Velcro attached to the back. The other side of the Velcro was attached to the pages. I also sewed the shapes on the pages, so she would be encouraged to place them on the pages according to not just color, but also by shape.
Here is the back cover. I embroidered my name and the year in a light thread, so it wouldn’t stand out.
It was a fun project. It took me longer than I thought it would, but I’m really happy with how it turned out. I hope this fun sewing project will help Jillian with her colors and her French.
What a clever gift to be treasured by Jillian. Certainly made with love.
That is awesome! I’m sure she will get many hours of quite activity from it. I’ve been saving novelty fabrics for years so that I can make an alphabet I spy quiet book. Now I need to add a color book to the list too. And an embroidery machine. 😉
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Jean, Thanks! Yep, lots of love went into it!
Lisa, I sure hope she does. I thought about an alphabet book but decided that was too big of a project for me right now! And I wanted to get it done before Christmas or before she’s driving! I really had fun with the embroidery.
Awww… sooo sweet!! I love it.
Lynda, this is beautiful, precious and so special. What a wonderful gift for a small child! You are so talented.
Diane, Thank you for your kind words.
What a lovely gift!
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Lynda, this is lovely! What a wonderful teaching gift, and a great way to keep her entertained! BTW, I just started my project list for 2014, and the first item is sun printing… now I just need to go buy a fern for inside so I will have s source for the fronds I will use to print with… thanks for the inspiration!
Judy, Thank you! I look forward to seeing what you decide to sun print. When I was working on the shade garden a while back I thought about sun printing again but just didn’t have the time. Of course, now it will be Spring before I can get any of those fronds. I’ve thought about buying some silk ones but then it will be awhile before warm and sun.
My kids had a similar book with shapes, and they loved it! There’s something about the feel of fabric that appeals to toddlers. Your color book is beautiful.
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Rinda, I never thought about the feel until Martha mentioned it. Thanks.
What a labor of love. I know the tremendous effort that went into this project. I’m saving it on Pocket so I can once again attempt to duplicate your art and try to be you!
Judy, You are too funny!! I will admit it did take a long time to make. The next one will be easier and faster! Thanks for making me laugh today!