My new quilted bookshelf



I am having such fun finishing up  decorating my new sewing space, in between diaper changes, laundry, and other things that keep a mom of 4 busy that is…

Today I finished my quilted bookshelf .  Yes, I quilted a bookshelf! This particular piece was built eons ago by my great grandfather.  It has stood sentry in many a place, with many a family member.  Too many coats of paint to recall and as many uses.  It began life as a cabinet in a post war tea room that my great grandmother ran in connection with the YWCA in northern NJ.

I have had possession of it for some time now and am ashamed to say it has sat rather neglected until now.  I knew right away that I wanted it in my new sewing room but I didn’t want to just slap another coat of paint on and call it a day.

Drawing on my fascination with the QAYG method I discovered not long ago from a post by Maureen Cracknell (check out the full tutorial here) and digging through my fat quarter stash to discover a few beauties I have wanted to use for some time now, I had a light bulb moment!!  Why not quilt it!


So  quilt it I have!  I cut my strips 2″ wide and using some solids and linen scraps (cause you all know we love scraps!) I set to work sewing them on batting blocks I cut to the size of the backsplash. This project took no time at all and the result was wonderful!  After I quilted them I used some spray adhesive to stick them to the backsplash. Super easy and a great way to use those small fabrics you’ve been hanging onto for ages!


This is now set in my area near a cozy chair and houses just a few things to help with my creative process!  I now have a spot to sit and blog!  (Maybe my sons won’t be able to find me).  I even have a cool coaster my son made me for my coffee cup.image

I am beginning to feel a bit more zen.


Happy creating!


If you have a unique way of using something to brighten your space please send me a picture!  I would love to see what you’ve been creating!

4 thoughts on “My new quilted bookshelf

  1. I like the cloud pillows, too.

    We have some bookcases that had tears in the cardboard backing — I stretched fabric across the back of those two shelves in front of the cardboard and then reattached the cardboard.


    1. Thank you. I’ve had them floating around for ages, glad they finally found a home. I bet your shelf looks awesome! Isn’t it great what you can do with a bit of fabric and imagination?

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    1. Thank you! And only that corner looks tidy. lol. I moved all the clutter and even fluffed the pillows for the pictures!!


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