Saturday, February 3, 2018

French Mints Mini Fabric Book

I've been wanting to make a fabric book for a long time.  I thought I would be able to get away from making one with the circle quilt. After all, any time I wanted to do embroidery, I could just make a circle block and that should satisfy my craving.

But no, I want a real fabric book. I decided to make a small one with just a few pages to see how that goes. I'm not done with it, but I wanted to share my progress so far.

I bought this little mint tin at the airport, when I could expense a snack.  You aren't supposed to bite them, so they last a long time.  These have a mild anise flavor. These cute little tins are crazy expensive on Amazon.

I added some motifs that fit words like calm, serene, tranquil. I cut up an index card to put between the cover and first page to give it some body.

The words fabric scrap came from Silly Mama Quilts. I wouldnt't put "love" in the tranquil category, but it fits the tin cover. Not that love can't be tranquil; it just isn't a word that I would instantly think of when thinking of calm words.

Except for the stitching that holds the pages together, it is completely hand stitched. This one has a scrap of the cover fabric, and I made a mandala around it. A lot of it has the same floss and the same fabric because I was stitching during the State of the Union address and rebuttal and I didn't want to go get more supplies. No, I wouldn't think of politics as tranquil.

For the last page, I used some upholstery fabric. The first strand of thread worked great for the stem and a couple of flowers. The second strand was hard to get through the needle and fell apart. I am not sure whether I will leave it like this or redo the work I did with the second strand.  That ribbon strand is just there for color.

I've obviously worked on this book since the address.  I have a few pages left to go which I will show you later.

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Jeanne said...

Oh what a charming little project!

Chantal said...

I wouldn't put love in with tranquil either but you could "love" calmness, right? :^D I love what you are doing and everything looks so small. Enjoy the slower pace. ;^)

Cathy said...

Oh, how cute. I've seen altoid tins decorated with crazy quilting and I've seen fabric books - mostly with crazy quilting but I've never seen a fabric book in a tin. I like it.

The Joyful Quilter said...

What an interesting little project and you even included some PURPLE for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!