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International Literacy Day: Quilting Edition

Did you know that September 8th is International Literacy Day? This was first celebrated all the way back in 1966, and it is still celebrated today! The goal of this day is to bring to light the importance of books, reading and literacy programs. Another objective is to address the highly prevalent issue of illiteracy. Millions of people across the world, both children and adults, do not know how to read. This special day is set aside to encourage reading and education.

Are you a book lover? Many quilters use quilting to express their love of books!

Check out these 8 incredible quilts and projects, all of which were inspired by books.

Surely they will inspire you to sew up your own book quilt!

Quilt Featuring Book Stacks and "Once Upon a Time"
Photo via Happy Quilting

Typography paired with whimsical quilting makes this bookshelf quilt truly unique. Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting designed this delightful project for the Moda Bakeshop. There, she shares a free tutorial full of detailed photos on how to make one of your own. The finished project can be enjoyed as a wall display or used on a twin-size bed.

Quilt with Colorful Stripes
Photo via Swim Bike Quilt

Katie Blakeslee of Swim Bike Quilt used this free block tutorial by Alissa Haight-Carlton for Sew Mama Sew to make a modern bookshelf quilt. This minimalist fabric library was created for a the do.Good Stitches Charity Bee, and the blocks were sewn by all of the members.

Quilt Featuring Little Girl with Heart Thought Bubble
Photo via Cut to Pieces

Check out this precious little girl clutching her beloved book and dreaming dreams. This amazingly detailed mini quilt by Angela Pingel is full of delicacy. The quilting, stamping and fussy cutting are just of few of the special touches in this masterpiece. See more photos and read about her inspiration on her blog.

Quilt Featuring Bookshelf Stacked with Books and Other Objects
Photo via Sewhooked

Are there any Harry Potter fans out there? If you love those books, this quilt is for you! The FREE Project of Doom quilt pattern by Craftsy member Jennifer O. was designed for a Mystery Block of the Week project. The award-winning paper-pieced pattern consists of 30 individual blocks.

Colorful Quilt of Girl with Cat and Book
Photo via Hanies

What is cozier than snuggling up with quilt and a good book? Flickr member Tacha Bruecher used careful cutting and precise raw edge embroidery to create this charming mini quilt. To see the full quilt, check out her photo set on Flickr.

Did you know Craftsy has a Quilting Club on Flickr?

It’s a great place to share projects that were inspired by Craftsy classes and patterns, connect with fellow Craftsy quilters, and find inspiration for your next project!

Join the Craftsy Quilting Club on Flickr today!

Quilt with Colorful Books, Natural Backdrop
Photo via Lily’s Quilt

Lynne Goldsworthy shares her love of the classics in the Penguin Books quilt. Kona solids were used to re-create the beloved book covers in the quilt she gifted to her older sister. To read more about this one-of-a-kind project, check out Lynne’s blog.

Quilted Pillow with Book Sides
Photo via During Quiet Time

Are you a bookworm but don’t want to commit to a full bookshelf quilt? Perhaps a pillow is what you need! Amy Friend of During Quiet Time created an incredibly cute library pillow for her office. I love the special details, like the pieced books and free-motion quilting.

Quilted Book Bag Hanging on Door Handle
Photo via Retro Mama

Create your own library tote like Kim of Retro Mama did. A bit of fabric and quilting is all you need to create an eye-catching bag that is pieced and quilted. Who knew a library tote could look so good?

Do you love books and quilts? Have you ever created a book inspired project? Please share!


katie @swimbikequilt

thanks for including my quilt! I need to add this to this blog to my Feedly!

Jennifer Ofenstein

Thank you so much for including The Project of Doom. These book inspired projects are all fabulous!

Melissa Corry

Thank you so much for including my Read With Me quilt. I just hung it on my daughter’s wall this weekend. She is out of a crib and into a big girl bed and now this can decorate the wall the crib was on 🙂

cinnamon chaisson

these are wonderful, what a great idea, especially love the Project of Doom Quilt.

Nancy Thomas

Got a friend whose in love with books, this would be great for.


Saw a library shelf quilt on FB with cats would love to find directions, please advise, look on the web no definitive patterns for complete quilt

Clare Haines

I really would like to buy 2 twin bookshelf quilts. Any idea where I can buy them ? Do you sell any of these and the pillow too?


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