Sunday, July 19, 2015

Free to Read

The Freadom Bookshelf  Quilt

July is a  month for  celebrating freedoms that we have in the USA.

One of my sweet and talented quilty friends, Soma, of Whims and Fancies blog, asked if I was interested in sewing a quilt , using a new paper pieced pattern that she had just designed.   {here}

The " Freadom Bookshelf  Quilt" pattern -   Soma's  newest pattern
 in her 
pattern shop

I didn't hesitate  to reply that I would be thrilled to make up her quilt !!  I was  really   curious to see how she  had interpreted the word "freadom" .... in what I call , the artistic "Soma Touch."   

 Freadom Bookshelf Quilt  by Susie's Sunroom

I love Soma's clever play on words! 

FREADOM Bookshelf Quilt :       pattern here

 Size:     10 " x 16 "  block
Fabrics used :    Scraps from Color Me Happy fabric line  by V and Co.  Moda
                Quilters Linen   Stone     by Robert Kaufman for the background
               Lime Kona Cotton     backing as binding

***Both striped and non-striped versions of the R-E-A-D letters are included in the pattern.  

Soma's pattern is precise , clearly marked, and  in color.  Her diagrams are excellent.

 While sewing this quilt, it gave me  some reflection time ....

I have often taken for granted  ... the freedom to read whatever I want to read!   And the freedom to "escape to any place in the world" through books!

These shelves are designated mainly for my husband . (Hence, no cat or quilting books here.)

When growing up, I read my mother's  Honey Bunch books

And I read my mother's Nancy Drew Mystery books

I love my little antique  books collection

Aren't I lucky to have these awesome quilting and sewing books to read and learn from?

Let FreadOM ring!

I'm off to my sewing room!

Linking up at:  Can I Get a Whoop Whoop! @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict  and 
                       Paper Piecing Party @  Quilt Art Designs   and 
                       Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric Studio   and
                       Fabric Tuesday  @ Quilt Story


  1. Susie I loved this post and that quilt. I loved to see what's on your shelf too. :) Great job. I love how fresh your little quilt looks. Looks like a fun project!

  2. What a great pattern and I so enjoyed seeing your version and some of your book collection too!

  3. What a wonderful surprise, Susie!! Thank you so much, dear friend, for making the little quilt and writing about it. I really fell in love with your mini, and all the wonderful photos you took. Really really love them :)


  4. Nice work on Soma's pattern! Love it. She is an awesome designer isn't she? :)
    And I would love to get my hands on a vintage Dick and Jane reader some day! I learned to read with those.

  5. Susie, I love yours and Soma's FREADOM quilts and equally so what you both had to say about the freedom to read! This is a great reminder. I too love Soma's patterns! You my friend are such a pro at paper piecing and you always do an awesome job!

  6. Ray Bradbury is my favorite author, and I collect his books. This would be an awesome finish to place alongside his novels and short stories, especially if I used space-themed fabric for the books! Also, it would really be poetic to have "FreaDOM" next to a copy of "Farenheit 451"! Thanks to you and Soma for being so inspiring!

  7. Very pretty!! I love the colors you picked!!


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