Quilted Bookmarks

My sister Liz loves to read, and often works her way through 2, 3 or even 4 novels at a time. She keeps her books stacked on her nightstand, and on one of my visits earlier this year, this stack sparked a gift idea for her - a set of bookmarks.

Never one to hesitate on starting a new project, I immediately designed three bookmarks, each meant to appeal to her modern aesthetic and love of nature. I selected just two high contrast solid colored fabrics to give big impact to these tiny creations. The nature themed icons are bonded to the fabric using fusible web. I quilted fluid lines over the appliqué in attempt to add a sense of movement to the design. They're also meant to suggest the wind, the flow of water, and the flight of a bird. 

 

The first three quilted bookmarks I made use two contrasting colors of cotton quilting fabric.

The first three quilted bookmarks I made use two contrasting colors of cotton quilting fabric.

vicky katzman quilted bookmark
The middle bookmark is made with wool felt and embroidery. The bookmark on the right is lower in contrast due to the addition of two shades of gray.

The middle bookmark is made with wool felt and embroidery. The bookmark on the right is lower in contrast due to the addition of two shades of gray.

What I love about this project is that it's quick. I finished the three bookmarks I initially set out to make (see above left) and then went on to experiment with contrast, color and construction techniques (see above right). 

I made a pattern and tutorial for this bookmark project which is available here as a free pdf download. If you make the bookmarks, please send a pic of your work - would love to see how they turn out!