Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions.
- How do I start making a ‘bookwrap gem’?
All you need is some fabric, a notebook (for the pattern) and an idea – perhaps a technique you always wanted to try, or some bits of fabric that will look good together, or even a UFO you can experiment with.
- I’ve got lots of fabric but can’t find the right idea … what now?
If the problem is that you have too many ideas, well, just start with one of them – these bookwraps are so quick to make, you’ll be able to try out the others too!
- I’m a traditional quilter and have only ever made bed-sized quilts – can I make a Bookwrap Gem?
All kinds of techniques and styles are possible! Perhaps you’d like to try a favourite block in foundation piecing on a smaller scale, or have ‘ufo’ blocks that you’d like to adapt, or can use this as an opportunity to try out a quilting pattern.
- What size should the ‘bookwrap gem’ be?
A Bookwrap Gem can be any size that fits a standard sized notebook (A4, A5, A6). We suggest A6 because it’s not too big and fits into a handbag but other sizes are welcome too.
- Are any special materials or tools needed?
No – use what you usually use to make your quilts. Of course, if you want to experiment, these small pieces are ideal for doing that.
- Does it have to be ‘arty’?
‘Bookwrap gems’ can be traditional or contemporary. They can be pieced, appliqued, wholecloth, embellished or any combination of styles.
- Does it have to have wadding?
It can be two or three layers, joined by stitch.
- Does it have to have a binding?
The edge should be finished appropriately – you may wish to bind it conventionally, or to finish with satin stitch, or to use some other method of finishing the edge.
- Can I use a backing to hide my knots and threads on the back?
You’ll need to have a few stitches going through all the layers – and to hold that backing on securely.
- Does the bookwrap gem need a label?
No. You can sign and date the Bookwrap Gem on the inside if you like. You can also add a slip of paper to yourBookwrap Gem with all the details you wish to share with the winner (your name, title, techniques, materials, etc).
- Why would I want to start working small?
Working small allows you to become adventurous and experimental – you can risk trying new tools and techniques. Working small will give you a new focus – like taking a close-up picture with your camera.