Friday, February 27, 2015

Jenny's Quiet Book

Hello everyone! Today I get to share with you a beautiful book made by Jenny of the blog The Bushcrafter. Jenny is a craft teacher from Sweden, and her book is an absolutely beautiful creation. Her fabric choices and colors make this book a visual treat. I just want to stare at the colorful ferris wheel and hot air balloon pages for hours. Please, enjoy!



 Interview

What's your name? Describe yourself in one sentence.
I’m Jenny; I am a big-hearted creative dreamer.

Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they? 
This piece was made as a side project and I found that I loved this free, intuitive process of finishing one page before starting the next one. I had no specific person in mind when I started, I just wanted to explore different techniques.

What's your level of sewing experience? 
I am a craft teacher.

How long did it take you?
Making these books take about a week, I only create on my spare time!

Did you use any templates? Where can they be found? 
I have no templates, instead I work with shapes that come to me in the moment, while I’m creating.

How did you bind your quiet book? 
All pages are stitched together by hand.

How much did all the supplies cost you?
Not much, the fabric I use is recycled, thrifted or handmade by me (often woven or hand painted). While making these books I feel like the queen of scraps, I just know that there is place for even the smallest scrap of fabric in them.

What material are the pages made out of? 
Scrap fabric of cotton, leather, felt, fleece and many other materials.

What's your favorite page? Why? 
My favorite page is absolutely the page with the clock. I like how the crochet doily pops out!

Jenny makes and sells these beautiful quiet books in her Etsy shop, The Bushcrafter.  You can also see more of them on her blog; another one of her books I love is found in this post: Boken Boken - A quiet book filled with activities for children. Thank you so much, Jenny, for sharing your gorgeous books with us!

 
Have you made a quiet book that you'd like to share? Click here for instructions on how to submit your own quiet book!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Agata's Fox Quiet Book

I am so incredibly impressed by the quiet book I get to share with you today. Made by Agata of the blog Agatownik, this book features a little fox who lives in the forest with his friends. As Agata explains, "This is not a typical quiet book. This is a big book where lives a little fox. When designing the book I focused on this to be a fun creative child and his friendship with a fox. The book is to stimulate a child's imagination. Fox has his friends in the forest, which he visits every day. He also has a room has a comfortable bed, a mirror, and clothes."

I love all of the fabrics Agata used and all of the detail she put into every page. This truly is a beautiful book and would be an absolute treasure to the child it's given to.

Agata created her book for the competition "A Child Friendly Toy," organized by the Museum of Toys and Play in Kielce, Poland (the largest and oldest toy museum in Poland). Her book's name for that contest was "Vulpecula and Friends" and it won third place in the eighth annual competition. Congratulations, Agata!



Interview

What's your name? Describe yourself in one sentence.
I'm Agata; I am a mother, wife, and I love crafts.

Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they?
The book was designed for the contest "A Child Friendly Toy," organized by the Museum of Toys and Play in Kielce, Poland.

What's your level of sewing experience?
My adventure with sewing takes about two years.

How long did it take you?
Work on the book took almost a month. This is the period from design, through the selection of fabrics, with the same concept implementation. Of course it was not continuous work. Only done in my spare time.

Did you use any templates? Where can they be found?
The book is made according to an original design I made.

How did you bind your quiet book?
The book is quite large, all pages are permanently stitched together.

What material are the pages made out of?
The book is made of different materials. Cotton, felt, fleece, corduroy. It is a mix of fabrics, which usually I use.

How much did all the supplies cost you?
I have no idea how much it could cost.

What's your favorite page?
The most I like fox room is very cozy and has a well more balanced colors.

To see more pictures of Agata's amazing book, check out the post on her own blog: Agatownik: "Vulpecula and Friends."

Agata, thank you so much for sharing your absolutely beautiful book with us!


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Monday, January 19, 2015

Sarah's Quiet Book

Happy Monday! I hope the start of your week has been good. Today I get to share with you a beautiful quiet book made by Sarah, who made it for her nieces. She used lots of bright, colorful patterned fabrics that add so much life and interest to her quiet book. Her different pages include a chalkboard page, mailbox page (with handwritten letters inside), a color page, a dress up doll page (with a wardrobe full of little clothes), a memory flip page, a button and lace page where you can make shapes, and a counting page. It is an absolutely beautiful book. I can't get over the fantastic color page or all of the beautiful, unique little clothes for the dress up page. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!



Interview

What's your name? What's your level of sewing experience?
My name is Sarah and I just get such a kick out of sewing pretty things! I started with quilting, but have enjoyed the much faster results that come from quiet book piecing! I learned to sew basic embroidery and piecing from my mom and grandma when I was about six.

Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they?
I made this book for my nieces, ages three and one; (more for the three year old, obviously.) :)

How long did it take you?
I have been doing sketches for it for over a year; but they have set in my "unfinished work" basket for months and months. I decided this Christmas would be the one-that-I-got-the-book-done. I have no idea how many hours it took, start to finish, but I would estimate around fifty. Eek.

Did you use any templates? Where can they be found?
I used a template from Serving Pink Lemonade's blog for the paper doll-girl. I got the idea for the memory flip page from thisishappystuff.com (Busy Book: Memory Flip), but I improvised the execution of it.The other pages were inspired from various education and craft blogs and Pinterest.

How did you bind your quiet book?
The book is basically made out of three 12"x 24" mini-quilts. the first one is slightly longer, and serves for both covers. the other two quilts (which contain four pages; two on front and two on back) are sewed down the center directly onto the cover "quilt."

How much did all the supplies cost you?
Since I have done quite a bit of sewing and have a stash of scrap fabrics, I didn't have to buy anything specifically for this project except for some buttons, and iron-on vinyl (with which I covered the "letters" and "picture memory").

What's your favorite page? Why?
My favorite things about this book are: the letters to my nieces with the photos of the first time I met each of them, and the photo memory game, because those pages make it so personal to the girls. I enjoyed making the felt doll clothes the most, and reminiscing about past sewing projects I had done for my little people as I used scraps for the color/texture page. The book is absolutely full of good memories for me! I am working on one for my little sons now, and using some of their outgrown baby clothes, which makes is extra special to me.

Sarah, thank you for sharing your beautiful quiet book with us!

 
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Donna's Quiet Book

Happy Wednesday! I hope your week has been a little bit warmer than ours; we had some freezing rain last night and all the schools in the area canceled school because of the ice! So we're wearing warm clothes and trying to stay cozy inside.

Today I get to share with you a quiet book made by Donna, a stay at home mom who made this book for her friend's son. It is such a cute book and has some unique, really fun pages! The first page is a "Dress Jake" page, for fans of the "Jake and the Neverland Pirates" show. Donna's Jake and his clothes are so cute and so like the cartoon! I love it. She also has a piggy bank page, a camping page, a toolbox page, a dog page, a pizza page, and a car page. One of the details I really like is the pepperoni on the pizza page - each pizza slice has a different number of pepperonis, so kids can use the different slices to count up to four. Very easy, and clever! So without further ado, her is Donna's adorable quiet book!



 Interview

What's your name? Describe yourself in one sentence. 
Donna, I'm a stay at home mom and love crafting.

Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they?
My friends little boy. He is two.

What's your level of sewing experience? 
Beginner.

How long did it take you?
About 10 hours over about one week.

Did you use any templates? Where can they be found? 
No templates really. Just kind of drew them out from looking at pictures. I did get some ideas from other books I have seen on Pinterest. The camping idea came from Imagine Our Life: Camping Quiet Book Page.

How did you bind your quiet book? 
With eyelets.

What material are the pages made out of? 
Felt.

What other materials did you use? 
Cotton.

How much did all the supplies cost you? 
Around $20.

What's your favorite page? Why? 
The dress up Jake because that is my friends sons favorite character.

Thank you so much for sharing your super cute quiet book, Donna!


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Monday, January 12, 2015

Sarah's Creation Quiet Book

Happy New Year! I hope that you all had wonderful holidays and have had a good start to the new year. The Quiet Book Blog is back after its holiday break, and I have some cool new books to show you!

Today's quiet book comes to us from France, made by Sarah of the blog Napirasu for her friend's son. Her book is based on the first chapter of the bible, which describes the creation of the earth. Each page shows another part of creation - first the division of light from darkness, then heaven, and so on. Each picture also has the (French) word describing that step of creation. Sarah was kind enough to provide an English translation of the book, which is below. I think my favorite page is the sun and moon page - I love the twinkly little stars! Please, enjoy!

au commencement : In the beginning


jour : day
nuit : night
ciel : heaven/sky


plantes : plants
soleil : sun
lune : moon


piseaux : birds
poissons : fishes
homme et femme : man and woman

 
Dieu vit tout ce qu'il avait fait : c'était très bon. : God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

pour Célestin : for Celestin



Interview

What's your name? Describe yourself in one sentence.
My name is Sarah. I'm french, I'm 32, I have no kids but I love sewing for my family's and friend's children.

Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they?
I made this book with a friend of mine (who did the embroidery) as birth gift for baby Celestin, the son of friends of us.

What's your level of sewing experience?
I really like sewing, for 7 years now, but I still lack of technique.

How long did it take you?
I can't tell exactly. Maybe a few hours sewing; the shapes are all really simple.

Did you use any templates? Where can they be found?
I didn't use templates, but found some inspirations in medieval books, where the creation is symbolized with circles.

How did you bind your quiet book?
I sewed the pages together.

What material are the pages made out of?
Cotton, and a lot of scraps I had left.

How much did all the supplies cost you?
1€ for the cotton.

What's your favorite page?
I like the one with plants.

To view Sarah's quiet book on her own blog, with more description and images of where she got her inspiration, click here: Napirasu: Au commencement.

Sarah and her friend also made another quiet book about baptism, which incorporates the elements found in a Catholic baptism (a church, cross, water, oil, white garment, and light). It's lovely (and I love the embroidered cover); if you'd like to see that quiet book, just click here: Napirasu: Quiet Book - Bapteme.

Thank you so much, Sarah, for sharing your beautiful quiet books with us!


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