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First Quiet Book

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With carrying handle and velcro closure

Created in this Craftsy Course

Big Techniques from Small Scraps taught by Sarah Fielke

Sarah Fielke makes six scrappy quilts that combine traditional techniques with fresh design and updated fabrics.

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Category Quilting
Type Toy
Style Whimsical, Funky, Art
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What materials did you use? Fabric from stash, lace, ribbons, velcro, snap fasteners, buttons, pompoms, rickrack, fusible batting, Miracle Fabric Sheets(for label), fusible interfacing, HeatnBond.

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What are you most proud of? I am so pleased with this, my first Quiet Book and I love it because the little one is learning through play. It is an excellent toy for church to help amuse quietly :) I made a few mistakes along the way as I had no pattern. I used my inspiration from various posts on Instagram and Pin interest. It has been so much fun and a great learning experience and hopefully the next ones will be easier.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Search for inspiration on the net and use the child's interests too. I found most of the Quiet Books I saw were felt but I much prefer to work with fabric. I attached evey loose piece with a thin ribbon so that they could not be mislaid. Be sure to sew the small pieces securely. I also made a little handle for Elise to carry it.

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Desna - this is absolutely wonderful! Lucky little Elise! I found some information about Quiet Books on the internet, but wasn't too keen on the idea of felt. You've shown that one of these clever toys can be made with fabric very successfully and I love it! Can Elise put her little hands into the mittens? I particularly like the "weather page". Well done - looking forward to seeing the other two when you've made them! Patricia

07/18/2014 Flag

Thanks Patricia, Little Jesse will be one at the end of August and Lily-Kate 3 in October so I will be busy making their Quiet Books to have them ready for their birthdays. The mittens!!!!! That is one of the mistakes i made eek! I realised afterwards that I needed to have elastic in the mittens so they would stretch for Elise's little hands to fit in! But sure we can teach her about left and right instead ;) I love the weather page too but the little bird flying into the nest is my favourite.

07/20/2014 Flag

Great job on the book! Love how you used striped bias to bind the edges of each page. I bet your little Elise love this. What a great project!

07/18/2014 Flag

Thanks so much for your lovely comment, each page is like a mini quilt. Elise is loving her special book and it is a great source for teaching and learning.

07/20/2014 Flag

looks like fun!

07/18/2014 Flag

This was so much fun Pam. I am so looking forward to making the next one... I have so many ideas for Jesse's... his parents are photographers so I am going to make one page with a camera with a picture of him ... well that is the plan anyway ha!

07/20/2014 Flag

I love the book!! So adorable;)

07/18/2014 Flag

Thanks Lisa I am so pleased with how it turned out. Excited to get started on the next one:)

07/20/2014 Flag

This is wonderful! I'd never heard of Quiet books - what a treasure for Elise!

07/19/2014 Flag

Thanks Darns I came across them on Instagram and started researching them. They all seemed to me made of felt but I would rather work with fabric and this is the result :)

07/20/2014 Flag