Thursday, March 07, 2013

Nancy Drew Blog Hop–My Day!

The Nancy Drew fabric came in the shop a couple of months ago and I was immediately attracted to it but managed to avoid buying any.  I helped a couple of customers design quilts using the fabric but was able to leave it all at the shop.  Then I read about the Blog Hop and immediately signed up.  I bought the panel first and waited for inspiration to hit.  I thought about an iPad cover, a Kindle cover, a tote bag and finally decided to make a small quilt.

I cut apart the panel and put a border around each of four of the book covers. At that point, it needed something else so back to the shop and I bought some white to put a narrow border on and some of the book fabric for the top and bottom.  At that point, it still needed something so back to the shop again.  I bought black for a final border.  I forgot to mention that I had bought a border but of course it didn’t work out so it went on the back.  It wasn’t enough so I filled in with one of the tone on tone fabrics in the collection.

I got it quilted Wednesday, just in time to post it.  I didn’t get the binding on but it is ready and will be finished tomorrow.

I quilted it with an overall swirl using a multi-colored bright King Tut.

I have such great memories of Nancy Drew books as a child.  My aunt Ida had the entire collection and I used to read one or two every time we visited.  I recently reread the first book – it was used as a decoration at the shop and was still interesting.  I wonder how many of us grew up wanting to be Nancy Drew.

Be sure to check out all of the other Nancy Drew projects today.  Here is the list.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Simple Sew

Sewing By Moonlight

Beaquilter

Pat Sloan’s Place

A Stitch In Time

Judith Handmade Treasures

GingersnapsFabrics and Quilts

Judy At That Other Blog

Fabric-ating

Melinda Quilts Etc – me!

Thanks to Carol for managing all of us and to Madame Samm for hosting it.

Melinda

74 comments:

  1. I love your little quilt. I like how you have the book binding at the top and bottom of the quilt. Super cute!

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  2. Sew nice! I love the way you used the fabrics for the setting and borders. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  3. WOW! Your quilt is SEW SWEET! Love the borders and punches out each panel. Just love it. Sweet FMQ. Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

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  4. Love how you used the Nancy Drew panel and the books really give it a wow factor! Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Your small quilt would make the perfect wall hanging for a favorite reading spot!

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  6. I have been waiting to see more projects using the book covers so I was glad to see how you used them in your piece. I like how it turned out and the backing is nice too in that you used the fabric there too.

    Jenn:)

    www.nancydrewsleuth.com

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  7. Very cute. It turned out great. Thanks for sharing here today.

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  8. I like the way you used the panel and row of books in this quilt. Perfect for snuggling up for mystery reading.

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  9. Fun quilt! I've been resisting too--but I'm weakening.

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  10. Very sweet quilt and your quilting is also very nice! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Love your quilt and the beautiful quilting. A perfect curl up in the corner and read a book quilt!

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  12. it is lovely Melinda...would make an ideal runner too for my island lol Seriously..love the quilting and how you laid it all out...well done..glad you played along with us...do hope to see you again

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  13. Very nice quilt perfect for reading a mystery on a day when nothing else will do....have a great day....and please remember to stop by and visit me on Monday....

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  14. Great quilt and love the quilting! Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Don't know how you were able to keep your hands off it at first. It is so tempting.

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  16. Ohhhhhhhhhh this is such a lovely little quilt!!Imagine how many little girls would love it.

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  17. Honestly, I don't know how you work there and don't buy everything! I would never get a paycheck. Your quilt is so cute, and I love that you kept the panels whole to look like the book covers.

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  18. That`s a wonderful quilt! I love that you used the panels.

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  19. I love the quilt - a perfect size for cuddling up with a good book!

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  20. I love your quilt design and the quilting on it is beautiful...very nice! Thanks for hopping with us!

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  21. This is a beautiful quilt--lovely job. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. You have FOUND a REAL TREASURE in that quilt!! Lovely use of fabric. Makes me wish I had bought the full yardage of the book jacket covers!!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  23. Beautiful quilt! Love the swirls!

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  24. Perfect little quilt--great as a wallhanging or a cuddle blanket while reading Nancy Drew books!

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  25. Cute quilt! I think many of us were Nancy Drew wannabes. Thanks for sharing!

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  26. beautiful quilting,always impress of that, can't to it with my sewing machine!!!
    thank's for sharing and enjoy the hop

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  27. Pretty project, glad you shared today!!

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  28. Beautiful quilt project. You did a great job. Thanks for shareing with us today.

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  29. Marvelous, just marvelous!

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  30. Great Quilt, love the books.

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  31. Beautiful job and deserving of a top spot today!!

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  32. Love your little quilt. I, too, enjoyed reading ND books.

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  33. Thanks Melinda a cute little wall hanging with lots of memory's for us that read the books.

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  34. Your quilt is just beautiful! Great job!

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  35. Your quilt is just gorgeous. I love the way you put the pictures of the books on the top. This will brighten any room you place it. Thanks for sharing with us all.

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  36. Beautiful quilt even without the binding! This hop has made me want to read the books again....the only title I really remember is the Hidden Staircase.......

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  37. Great quilt! This is such a fun hop!

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  38. You did a wonderful. So bright and fun. Love the quilting!

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  39. Beautiful quilt and love that quilting swirl you quilted.

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  40. Your quilt is so beautiful and with great quilting. Thanks for sharing

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  41. Nice quilt. You did a great job. This hop has been fun! Now I am ready for more

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  42. Great quilt. Thanks for sharing and being part of the hop.

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  43. Well done, Melinda! I was happy to see a familiar blogging name today. Lovely little quilt and fun story of how it came to be. Adding to it a little at time till you had something fun on the front and the back! Congrats on making the top two today!

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  44. Wonderful job on building the quilt. It is amazing how they grow, almost on their own.

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  45. Lovely quilt! Thanks for sharing!

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  46. Great quilt! I think the book covers and book spines are my favourite lines!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  47. I love your quilt, Melinda. Great job.

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  48. Great project... and the swirl quilting looks wonderful.

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  49. Love love the quilt and the swirl quilting look great with it!! Thank you for sharing! Great job!

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  50. Love the quilt and I like to see pieced backing. Did you do the quilting free hand? I like the swirls. Thanks for sharing.

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  51. Your quilt is wonderful. I really like the use of the books for the borders. I feel as if four books have actually been pulled from the shelves. Thank you for participating and inspiring us.

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  52. Lovely quilt to cherish. Thanks for sharing.

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  53. A lovely quilt.
    Its looking great

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  54. A very nice quilt. Thanks for being part of the Hop.... What fun this is turning out!

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  55. This quilt is fabulous! And yes, I did want to be Nancy Drew...

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  56. I couldn't help but smile at your trips back to the quilt shop - that sounds just like me. :) I love the quilt - especially the love the books you put at the top and bottom. blessings, marlene

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  57. I love your lil' reading quilt! B-)

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  58. Your quilt is very cute! I collected the whole collection for my kids and can't wait to share it with my grandchildren when they get older.

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  59. I love the way you bordered the book covers with the book spines -it is really a beautiful design!

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  60. You're right; I think reading Nancy Drew always made a person want to be her, have adventures, and solve mysteries. Love that you show-cased the full "jacket covers". Very nicely done.

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  61. Great Quilt!! Awesome job!!

    I grew up loving Nancy Drew too...read & reread the books! (also the Trixie Belden ones too!!)

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  62. Nice quilt. I like the quilting design you chose for it.

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  63. I love how you focused on the book covers, looks great in the color blocks. Well done!

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  64. sweet quilt. Love the book covers being a focal point.

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  65. I love quilts! Thanks for sharing!

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  66. Beautiful quilt. The King Tut looks wonderful in the swirls. Congrats on being one of the chosen.

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  67. Such a pretty quilt!

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  68. This is a great piece with it's simple lines but shows the fabrics off nicely. It's has wonderful balance in color and print sizes.

    Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Sincerely,
    Tricia

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  69. Absolutely beautiful! You did an amazing job :)

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