quiet book, page 1

I'm excited to be starting a project that has been on my radar for a while. I've always wanted to make Oscar a quiet book for church, and he is just getting to the age that I think he will enjoy it.

Tonight I finished my first page:


The first two pages are inspired by a favorite Primary song that I sing to Oscar every morning when he wakes up. Hopefully he will enjoy all the textures. It always makes him smile.

I machine sewed the felt tree, hand sewed the bird, and embroidered the writing. To keep the embroidery tidy, I printed out the text using a favorite font and traced it onto the fabric using a water soluble pen. I don't trust my own handwriting. :)

So, this is the first of ten pages to be completed. My goal is to do one page a day ... starting after Easter.

33 comments:

nikonikobaby said...

Yay--this is great! I sing that song to my babies in the morning, too! http://thehometeacher.blogspot.com/ has some cute "quiet" book ideas for church, too. I am gearing myself up to start on one for my toddler, but it is a huge project! Thanks for the constant inspiration!

noellesumma said...

Wow! How beautiful and inspiring!

hopeful #1 said...

This is such a cute idea and so cute that you are making it! I love it!

Brittany Iverson said...

So cute, I've been wanting to learn how to make a quiet book. Will you put a template for the tree up? Also, does your first page have any parts that oscar can take off? I love it!

Brittany

Brittany Ann said...

It's darling! Can I ask what you're sewing it on. I've always wanted to make one of these and Id love to know. :)

Sarah said...

That is soo cute! Please be my mommy?!

{Amanda} said...

what a great idea! and as it's handmade with love, it'll be a keepsake =)

mandy* said...

I grew up with a homemade quiet book and have always wanted to make one. I can't wait to see the rest of your pages!

Betty Crocker Ass said...

ahh the memories. mine was huge and about 20 pages. i guess i was a wiggler in church.

popcorn popping on the apricot tree would be a fun one to do too!

Morgan and Emily said...

How cute. I may have to copy this for my son. (You are SO clever!!) I sing that song to my boy a lot too.

Torrie said...

A favorite song of mine too. I can't wait to see the finished product. Oh and you don't know me and I can't remember how I ran across your blog but I like what you share.

Micah and Melinda said...

super cute!

Jaclyn Bailey said...

That is so very super cute! What a great idea!

Jennifer said...

Adorable! I agree, can you post a template? And what are you using for the "pages"?

Amy said...

Love it! I started one for my niece a while ago... this is inspiration to work on it and get it done!

What did you sew the tree on, what are you using for pages?

Alison said...

Oh, wow...I just spent about 15 minutes singing different Primary songs on that website you linked. Too funny! :) (It's been a long time since I sang those songs!)

claudia said...

I can't wait to "read" the whole book. That is so cute!

Lyanna said...

I never thought of making one, maybe that's because I got one as a gift for my 1st child's 1st birthday. But, seeing how cute just that page is, I may just HAVE to make one now!!!

Looks GREAT!!

MaryAnne said...

Looks lovely! I keep meaning to make one of these (or a couple) for my kids - maybe I'll get my act together and actually do that.

Great song, too, my mom always sang it to us in the mornings growing up. I need to teach it to my kids...

Anna said...

I love it! I've also been wanting to make my little Thomas a quiet book. I just might have to copy your ideas. Please share your other pages!

Dawnielle said...

Hi! I have been looking at your blog some time now, and really you have inspired me to stat blogging. Anyway - Where did you get the patterns for the animal hats back in 2006?

Thank you so much!

Erin said...

I want to make one of these! I always secretly peek over mothers' shoulders at church to get ideas for pages. Would love to see your ideas.

Rose said...

That's fantastic, can't wait to see the rest of the pages, you are going to share them right?! I have some panel fabric to make a soft book, and thought of sewing some furry bits and chunks of string or rope or shoelaces into it to make it interesting for my daughter. Can't wait to see your ideas! Also, just wondering, what is the font you used?

Amy said...

Jill,
I have been reading your blog for a while and love all your cute crafts! I am a photographer, not great at sewing, but always wish I was. Anyway, I was telling my hubby how cute your stuff is and showed him your blog. Turns out you guys hung out during freshman year at BYU. He was roommates with Moyle and Gee. Small world!

Tracie said...

so... I have to tell you...

I have a huge craush on your blog... it is quite amazing... I'm you biggest blog fan now!

lana and drew said...

LOVE the book. My husband grew up with his own quiet book which was made by his mother. She saved the tutorial with all the pattern. I hope to one day make one for my future child. Great idea!

Twiddle Thumbs said...

A Dor a BLE!
I love those leafy tree-tops!

Jenny said...

I love that 1st page. too cute and I really like that part of it is inspired by a primary song. I've been primary secretary for a few months now and have been reintroduced to a whole bunch of the songs again.

Anonymous said...

Are you a Mormon?
Where do you go to church in NYC? Or temple, or whatever you call your house of worship?

Jill said...

Glad you like it everyone! I'm going to post another page soon and include a few more details about the book.

Anonymous - yes, I am a Mormon. There are many locations in NYC, but I got to the one near Lincoln Center. We have our regular Sunday meetings in the same building as the New York Temple, but the Sunday services are different and completely separate from our temple services.

Jen said...

Stunning! What a precious idea and great keepsake!

Fowler family said...

Oh my goodenss, your quiet book is so darling! You are an incredible seamstress! I have a little "how to make a quiet book blog" and someone just commented on it saying that I should go check out "handmade by jill's" quiet book on her blog. I am so impressed! I love that farm page with the windmill and that robot page is to die for! I finished my quiet book over a year ago, but if I was to do it over, I'd TOTALLY want to incorporate your beautiful ideas. I'm very impressed. You are all-around crafty! I'll have to check out your blog more often! -Anna

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