EQ Blog Hop – Fabric Book Tutorial

Hi, it’s my day for the EQ bloghop and my project is a fabric book for children. My grandchildren love a fabric book that I made for them from a panel several years ago. Even the four and five-year olds still pick up that book and “read” it. The youngest grandchild who is 8 months old also loves that little book. So, I decided to make a new fabric book to send to the other grandson who lives in another state.

I participated in a novelty fabric swap a few years ago, so have quite a stash of novelty fabrics. Those fabrics plus some machine embroidery samples are what I used for the “pages.” And since this was a special book, I thought it would be nice to have pictures of Mom, Dad, and big brothers on it as well as baby’s name. I use EQ Printables for printing photos on fabric and for quilt labels, so that is what I used for the photos.

My biggest concern was in getting the pages done in the correct order. I can hardly make my printer do front and back and get the pages collated correctly, so actually piecing pages and getting them in the right order was the challenge.

And that’s where my trusty Electric Quilt software came in handy. I took the fabric book that the grandchildren already like and was able to use that as a guide for the pages. In Electric Quilt, I went to the block worktable and created the pages there. Here’s the layout that I used.  I set the block width at 18” and the block height at 9” with snaps horizontal at 72 (18 x 4) and snaps vertical at 36 (9 x 4). I set the graph paper at 1 inch intervals with horizontal 18 and vertical 9. I set snap options to snap to grid.

 

 

  After that I drew two blocks. I wanted the seams on the side for the front of the page and on the top for the back of the page. Here’s a picture of the two different pages.
 

 

The next step was to go to the Quilt Worktable and create a quilt layout that would give me the correct layout for the pages. These are the settings I used. I created a quilt that was 1 block across and 6 blocks down. I set the size of the blocks at 18” wide x 9” tall.  
  Then I set the blocks into the layout. After that I went to layer 2 on the Quilt Worktable and selected the text tool and labeled each block with its page #. Here’s the final quilt layout. Each blue “block” will be paired with the red “block” below it. I selected the novelty fabric or embroidery that I wanted for each particular page and wrote that on a printout of the quilt layout.

It is now time to cut and sew. The rotary cutting instructions printed from EQ are attached.

Cutting Instructions for Pages: Back-Front, 9-2, 7-4

Patch*

# to cut

Patch Dimensions

Fabric

A

Top and Bottom Strips

6

2 x 18-½”

Blue

B

Side Strips

6

2” x 6-½”

Blue

D

Center Strip

3

3-½” x 6-½”

Blue

C

Center Block

6

6-½” x 6-½”

 

Cutting Instructions for Pages: 1-10, 3-8, 5-6

Patch*

# to cut

Patch Dimensions Fabric

B

Top and Bottom Strips

12

2” x 6-½” Red

A

Side Strips

6

2” x 9-½” Red

C

Center Strip

3

3-½” x 9-½” Red

D

Center Block

6

6-½” x 6-½”

 

*Refer to rotary cutting instructions for Patch #

After cutting, I used standard quilting procedures for piecing each block. Here are the blocks. I used two different fabrics for the pages just as in the quilt layout.

   

 

To assemble the book, I placed a blue page and it’s corresponding red page with right sides together , layered a piece of craft batting beneath the layers and stitched them together with a ½” seam, making sure to leave an opening at the bottom of one page for turning right side out. After stitching, corners were trimmed and excess batting was trimmed from the seam allowance.

 

The page was turned right side out, pressed and top stitched. A top stitch along the edge of the page helps the smaller children turn the pages. Top stitching was also done around the center block.

When all the pages are complete, they are layered together in order and a single row of stitches is done to create the “spine” of the book.

 
 

Comments

EQ Blog Hop – Fabric Book Tutorial — 46 Comments

  1. I love this! Thank you so much for doing the tutorial on it Marjorie. I’m going to print it out and file it for future grandchildren use.

  2. Cute. Thanks for the tute. I’ll have to remember this if I ever have a grandchild.

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  4. Great idea and awesome way to show the versatility of the EQ software program !!!!!!

  5. What inspiration!! New things and ideas I’d never thought of. Thank you for being a part of this Blog Hop. I’ve learned so much from everyone.

    Linda

  6. I really like this idea and am going to look and see what my stash holds–who knows, maybe I can whip one of the adorable books up.

  7. This is truly one of the most useful tutorials I have seen in a while. Free or for $. You rock!

  8. What a cute idea! I made a fabric book years ago as a new baby gift – I’d forgotten how fun it was.

  9. What a great idea. I have been curious about EQ7 and love that you are showing us how to put the software to use! Thanks so much.

  10. Wow, you gals sure know how to use your EQ7! I’m going to have to get me a copy. Thanks for the great Fabric Book Tutorial. :)

  11. great tut I am going to book mark sew that I can come back later to try.
    thanks for sharing
    in stitches

  12. What a nice idea. I’ve seen these premade, but the ability to put family pictures in it is great! Thanks.

  13. I am so challenged when it comes to orienting images. You demonstrated so clearly how the pages go together! Thank you.

  14. What a great idea. I’d love to make a book like this for my church nursery. Thanks for sharing your idea.

  15. I have learned so much doing this blog hop about EQ. I love the design that you have put together.

  16. Thankyou ever so much for sharing this! I will most definitely be trying this out, hopefully in time for Christmas.