Work has begun on The Unexpected Bookworm’s quilt. Sadly, she’s seen the earlier post and knows what’s in store for her. I’m glad to report she’s delighted!
They say you shouldn’t. Judge a book by its cover, that is, but I find it impossible to browse a shelf of new books without allowing the cover of one book or another to say hello and help me decide to pick it up. I need to make the books in this quilt say hello too.
We’re not going for a uniform row of plain colours here, but something more like a real bookcase (or at least, my bookcases…), where the spines are a rainbow of colour and the books are short, tall, thin and fat. But unlike my bookcases, I’m considering grouping the books by their predominant colour. It would probably look pretty… but would it look real?
I’ve spent the afternoon cutting strips of coloured fabric. Without letting personal taste dictate, I’ve gone along my row of stash baskets, nipping out a piece here and a piece there at random. I don’t want this bookcase looking all designery and tasteful, I want it to look like the bookcases everyone in our family ends up with, jammed with masses of varied books on diverse subjects in sometimes incomprehensible order, tipped, stacked, piled and askew. I’m cutting the strips in 3 sizes: wide, medium and narrow, and they’ll be mixed up as to width and height. There’ll be knicknacks on the shelves too, but that’s for right at the end, and to be decided later.
Before I start stitching, I’d love to hear what you think about grouping the books by colour. Nice idea, or too perfect and organised for what I have in mind?
So for now, it’s unfold, press, slice, slice, slice again and stack.