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Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Helpful Information about creating a Bookcase Quilt

For 10" blocks only, you'll need 1/2 of yard of background fabric PER 5 blocks. 

This is a generous estimate and will change based on how many items are in your blocks. More items = less background fabric needed. We like to err on the side of too much!

Please note that this is for background fabric for the blocks ONLY and does not include borders, shelves, or other fabric you might like to use. 

We highly recommend using a non-directional tonal for your background fabric. Stripes or other directional fabric (a print that is up and down or side to side) will make paper pieced blocks much, much trickier. 

If you aren't sure how many blocks you might want to make and don't want to buy loads of fabric to start, consider using a blender that's not likely to disappear any time soon (something like Moda Marbles or other "basics."). This only really becomes a problem when PoDs (Projects of Doom) turn into UFOs (UnFinished Objects)! When in doubt, talk to the staff at Your Local Quilt Store!

Fabric for books and objects can be scraps, remnants, fat quarters, pre-cuts, or whatever else your heart desires. You'll need small amounts in a variety of colors for each block you make. Color choices and styles are entirely up to the quilter! Hot Tip - Check with local quilt store for scrap bags & remnants! Have quilting friends? Ask if they have scraps they can share! 


Support for this group (photo sharing, chat, etc.) is hosted in our general Facebook Group

All skill levels are welcome!



We also have a growing collection of Disney themed Bookcase Blocks 

with many more to come later in our QAL!

Pattern Difficulty rating out of 5.


adv. beginner


adv. intermediate


Click on names or photo to open pattern in a new tab or window.


with bonus alternative panel
Kirstin Viland
10" paper pieced
Qui-Gon Jinn
Darth Vader
Kylo Ren
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Daphne Seymour
10" paper pieced
Star Wars Logo paper pieced 10" x 24" quilt block designed for fandominstitches.com's #starwarsquiltchallenge

Love Star Wars? We have more STAR WARS inspired patterns here!

10" paper pieced
10" paper pieced

10" paper pieced

We recommend thinking about what size quilt you want before getting started. The following quilt layouts ALL use 10" blocks and can be combined with our Bookcase Quilt Blocks. If you're feeling wild and free, you can always get started and come back to this later!

The following quilt layouts (finishing instructions) were created by Fandom in Stitches designers and are free for your personal use. 

Each of these uses 10" blocks (10 1/2" unfinished) and can be used with your Bookcase Blocks. You're welcome to use one of our patterns or use the design of your choice to finish your bookcase.

Our Design Invitational for this event will be for ALTERNATIVE FINISHING INSTRUCTIONS. More details about that will be coming soon!

Suggested Quilt Layouts. Use one of ours or create your own! 

Project of Doom 2011 Layouts
A Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt
designed by Jennifer Ofenstein
Includes 2 layout options
30 - 10" (10 1/2" unfinished) blocks

Go to the Project of Doom Archive

 The Project of Doom - A Harry Potter Quilt (2015 Layout 1)The Project of Doom - A Harry Potter Quilt (2015 Layout) The Project of Doom - A Harry Potter Quilt (2015 Layout 2)

Project of Doom 2015 includes 3 Castle Themed Layouts
A Harry Potter Bookcase Quilt
quilt layout designed by Jennifer Ofenstein

Includes 2 layout options
30 - 10" (10 1/2" unfinished) blocks

Go to the Project of Doom Archive

Once Upon A Time: A Disney Princess Quilt Along

designed by Michelle Thompson

Castle Door
Castle Section 1 Castle Section 2
Castle Section 3
Castle Piecing

Uses 13 - 10" (10 1/2" finished) blocks
6 - 4" x 10" (4 1/2" x 10 1/2") optional side blocks

Go to the Disney Princess Archive

Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find them Quilt Layout 2016

Quilt Layout in Crip, Twin & Queen

designed by Vanda Chittenden

Uses 10" (10 1/2" unfinished) blocks
(amount depends on layout chosen)

Go the Harry Potter: Fantastic Beasts Pattern Archive

designed by Vanda Chittenden

 62"x 82"

Uses 10" blocks (10 1/2" unfinished)
designed by Kristi Lehane

70" x 90"

Uses 5" & 10" blocks (5 1/2" & 10 1/2" unfinished)

Star Trek Row Along

74" x 84"

Uses 6 - 10" x 58" rows  (10 1/2" x 58 1/2" unfinished)
plus 13 optional 6" blocks (6 1/2" unfinished)

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