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Children's Book Quilts

Posted by Susan on April 7, 2010 at 12:00 AM in Fun and GamesPicture Books
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A few months ago I got a package in the mail. Inside were two handmade quilts from my wonderful Aunt Joan. But these weren't just any quilts. These were special. They were made them from children's books.

Okay, not literal books, but she used book-inspired fabric. Take a look at this amazing Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt that she made for my son.

Very Hungry Caterpillar Quilt by Joan Scherf

Wait, there's more! Look at the back. It's Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Brown Bear Brown Bear quilt close-up by Joan Scherf

It's an incredible quilt because my son feels like he's sleeping inside the books. I can't tell you how much fun it is to read these two books as we point out every detail on the quilt. And we can tell the stories without the books too.

Here's the second quilt she made. This beautiful baby quilt is for my younger son. Doesn't it just make you want to curl up under it and read books with your kids? (The lump at the top is the baby sleeping under it).

Baby book quilt by Joan Scherf

Want to make your own? You can find the material from Andover Fabrics. Not only do they have fabric from Eric Carle's books, there's also Maisy and Olivia. If you look around, you can find fabric for Angelina Ballerina, Peter Rabbit, Paddington, the Poky Little Puppy and more.

There are many great children's books about quilts, but one of my very favorites is a book that actually is a quilt itself. Several quilts, in fact. Take a look at Anna Grossnickle Hines' beautiful book 1, 2 Buckle My Shoe. For an in depth and fascinating look at the creation process (which was far more complicated than you can imagine) head over to her website. Click on the picture of 1,2 Buckle My Shoe, and then scroll down to the link that says "see the step by step process." Her account is also an excellent description of how picture books are made. You can also find more information on her website about the other quilt books she's created.

Do you have your own picture of something you made based on a children's book? Tell me about it and e-mail a picture to booklights@pbs.org. It doesn't have to be a quilt... I'm fascinated by all kinds of creative things, such as cakes.

All quilts pictured above were created by Joan Scherf.

5 Comments

NicoleS writes...

I'm working on a crocheted Elmer the Patchwork Elephant pattern. If I ever finish, I'll send over a picture!

Anamaria writes...

Those are gorgeous quilts, Susan (and Joan)! I haven't tried to make a children's book-inspired quilt yet, but I have made any number of soft things, starting with a stuffed Gruffalo and a pair of foxes from Father's Fox's Christmas Rhymes. And then there were the dozen Madeline costumes (blogged here: http://bookstogether.squarespace.com/blog/2009/6/14/madelines-birthday.html ). And the Humbug Witch (by Lorna Balian) Halloween costume...really, the list goes on. Can't wait to see what other have made (and that patchwork elephant pattern, NicoleS)!

Tricia writes...

Oh swoon! I wish I had a shred of talent in the sewing department. If I did I'd be stitching up an Eric Carle quilt for myself. I imagine there are beautiful dreams to be had under one of those.

nora writes...

the very best quilt story ever is patricia polacco's "the keeping quilt". best of all, the story's true!

http://www.patriciapolacco.com/books/keeping_quilt/kq_index.html

adrienne writes...

Wow, those are lovely! Isn't it wonderful to have talented relatives and friends?

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