Fairy Quilt Pattern "Fairies on the Bookcase"

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On a warm summer night fairies enter the library. They flutter to the bookcase and shower pink fairy dust, flowers and swirls on the books they find there. This little quilt tells the story of their adventure.

Quilt as you go techniques make this modern quilt fast and simple. Fairies on the Bookcase quilt is a wholecloth quilt, which means that you cut the front, back and batting all the same size as the finished quilt. The appliques are sewn with the fabric edges raw, exposed, no fusing necessary. It is designed to fray to the stitches, giving a textured, unaffected look to the quilt. The applique and the quilting are done at the same time. There is no binding; the edges are finished by sewing all around and then clipping the edges to fray. The patterns are full size, cut on the lines and tape together if needed.

Every step in this quilt was planned to create the most beautiful quilt possible in the most efficient way possible.

Project Specifications:

Skill level: beginner
Completed size of quilt: approximately 40 x 35 inches (102cmx89cm)


1 yard (.91m) fabric for front of quilt (I used Alexander Henry fabrics Study in tawny plum)
1 yard (.91m) deep red cotton or brushed cotton flannel fabric for the back
1 piece 42x 35 inches (106cmx89cm) batting (I used Warm and Natural cotton batting) for the inside layer
1 yard (.91m) lightest pink for border, large flower outline, other details.
¾ yard (.69m) print for swirl outer layer, flower petals
¾ yard (.69m) dark pink for swirl, flower layers
¼ yard (.23m) fairy print for border (I used Quilting Treasures)
Small scraps medium pink for flower insides
Darning foot or free motion foot accessory for your sewing machine (optional)

This pattern includes complete easy to follow numbered step by step directions. There are full size printable patterns for the block appliques. The pattern is written with metric units in parenthesis. If you have any questions or concerns about the pattern please contact me at jhaneymdquilter [!at] gmail.com.



A PDF pattern (also called e-book or tutorial) is simply a pattern that you can view and print from your home computer. No special printer required - prints on regular copy paper. Please note that full size pattern pieces are made by taping regular copy paper together at specified points. PDF patterns are great because you can save them to your computer and reuse them anytime. No more lost or worn out pattern pieces.

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Yes! You are welcome to sell finished items handmade by you locally and online (such as Etsy). Please mention where the pattern came from ( http://www.etsy.com/shop/marylandquilter?ref=si_shop) in your listing. The pattern itself is copyrighted and can only be used by the purchaser and copied for their use. In other words, do not sell or share the pattern.


Free motion quilting is so much fun and easy with a little practice. You replace the straight stitch foot on any standard sewing machine with a darning or quilting foot.( It has a round circle opening or is sometimes an open half-circle) Then lower the feed dogs (The tread under the foot). Lowering the feed dogs allows you to move the fabric in all directions as you sew. By having the freedom to move the fabric you can make tight turns as you sew-- even sew your name in cursive! In many of my patterns free-motion quilting and attaching the appliques happens at the same time, saving time and giving a beautiful pattern on the back of the quilt.

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