Saturday, December 28, 2013

Alicia and Patrick's Quiet Book

Merry couple-days-after-Christmas! I hope everyone has had a great holiday week, and that things are looking good for the new year next week!

Today I get to share a seriously awesome quiet book with you. This is made by Alicia and Patrick of Felt With Love Designs, a very cool blog focused on kids' activities. Patrick does all of the designs, and Alicia transfers his art to patterns and then stitches them on to whatever they are making. And these pages are seriously impressive! The first few (the Ocean Counting page and the Sock Matching page) are based off pages from Imagine Our Life, and the others (the Dinosaur Shapes, Spongebob Squarepants, Halloween, and Thanksgiving pages) are all original. The detail put into each page is amazing. (Have I ever mentioned that I love how hand-stitching looks? Love it.) Every page has cool characteristics  - the socks have magnets in them, for example, so that they can stick to their mate. I also like that they're planning for the pages to be interchangeable; that would be great for the seasonal holiday pages.

Enjoy this awesome quiet book, and check out Alicia and Patrick's blog for more pages in the future!

Ocean Counting Page:

Sock matching page:

Dinosaur shapes:

Spongebob Squarepants pages (Krusty Krab and characters):

Halloween page:

Thanksgiving turkey page:


What's your name? Describe yourself in one sentence.
Our names are Alicia and Patrick. We do quiet book pages, as well as many other children's things. My husband does all of our designs (he is the artist!) and I transfer his art to patterns and then stitch them into whatever we are making.

Who did you make this quiet book for? How old are they?
We make the pages for our daughter who is two years old.

What's your level of sewing experience?
I have been sewing since elementary school (although I stopped for several years and just recently picked it up again because I wanted to create some neat things for our daughter!) My husband has been drawing his entire life. (He's very talented. We have just a couple samples of what he is capable of up on our blog.)

How long did it take you?
Each page takes me about a week to do (the complicated ones are more) once I have a sketch. I work on it when I have a few spare moments. It takes my husband anywhere from ten minutes to a week to get a sketch perfected for me, depending on the complexity.

Did you use any templates? Where can they be found?
Some are done from patterns on Imagine our Life. We plan to offer some of ours (of our original designs) for free download from our page.

How did you bind your quiet book?
I haven't bound any of my pages yet. I'm still contemplating how I want to finish the edges. I plan to do something similar to Imagine Our Life with the binding because I want my pages to be interchangeable.

What material are the pages made out of? What other materials did you use? 
So far, I have only used felt in my pages (except thread and vinyl, obviously).

How much did all the supplies cost you?
I haven't added up a total for supplies. I try to use stuff I already have at home and use coupons when I need things.

What's your favorite page?
My favorite page(s) are the ones Imagine Our Life is currently featuring (the world map) although there are a million more of her designs I like too! Of mine, my favorite is probably the dinosaurs and shapes page!

To view all of Alicia and Patrick's quiet book pages on their own blog, click here: Felt With Love Designs: Quiet Books. Each page has its own post with helpful instructions, pictures, and (for several of the original designs) templates. Look for new quiet book pages from them in the future, too. Thank you again, Alicia and Patrick, for sharing your talents 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!

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