I've wanted to make a bookcase quilt for quite a while. Every so often I would search for patterns but never really found anything that was just what I envisioned.
Then I decided to just design my own in EQ7.
I decided to do paper piecing as it seemed like the easiest way to get it precise. The hardest part was getting the grain lined up which was necessary since I had selected a wood grain for the background.
I selected scraps that I thought might have been used on hardback book covers. After they were all sewn together I used a range of warm grey alcohol markers to shade the edges of the spines to create the illusion of them being curved. It worked very well.
I quilted by stitching in the ditch around each panel and then around each book.
I love the casual 'arts and crafts' look that I achieved on this. I created more dimensionality by using two tones of the wood print -dark behind the books and light for the shelves and bookcase frame.
This one will be for me to keep and hang on the end of the fireplace.