Quiet Book Completely Finished

Way, way, way back in December 2018 we started working on a Quiet Book for Dominic and his then soon-to-be sister, Addison.  I saw this project initially on Carol’s website, Just Let Me Quilt.  She made this book for her ‘monkey boys’ (grandchildren) and shared a tutorial that you’ll find by following the link.  Not only will you find the tutorial at that link but you’ll also see some cute monkey boys trying on the ‘shoes’ and tying the laces.

Quiet Process

This Quiet Book entailed a whole lot of appliquéd pieces.  A.whole.lot.  Good thing Sue doesn’t mind prepping this for me, and good thing I enjoy appliqué.  We made a few minor modifications from Carol’s version, but for the most part, it’s very similar.

Of course, we had to start at the beginning (a.k.a. the cover).  The back cover is the opposite of the cover, so that had to be worked on at the same time.

Quiet Skills

As the pages started to come together during the year, I appliquéd as time allowed.  Sometimes there would be LONG stretches without any work; luckily, Sue left me detailed instructions so I didn’t appliqué more than I should have.

Quiet note

I dutifully followed instructions, of course!  One page holds a pocket for a tablet to draw on with a spot for a pencil or pen, while the opposite page will allow for buttons to be added to the shirt front.

Quiet button draw

Quiet Wrap Up

Sewing the handles together and adding velcro is one of the last steps.  After basting them in place, it was time to determine the layout for the pages. 

Quiet pages

The center page has to be the road so that it can lay open with a car in the garage pocket.

Quiet pages2

With right sides together, you sew around each set of pages and then flip them inside out.  A quick top-stitch around all four sides closes up the hole left for inverting and then final assembly can occur.

Quiet flippin

These pages are ready for inverting

My Quiet Book

Ta-da!  Here is our version of My Quiet Book.  Thank you, Carol, for the inspiration and tutorial.  It was fun to make and I know our littles will enjoy it greatly.

We’ll share a photo of our little ones enjoying the Quiet Book soon.  We’re also thinking about switching out the shoelaces . . . the pretty turquoise ones look nice but they are slippery.  Maybe we can get a photo like Carol did with her monkey boys trying on the shoes?!  The car pictured on the roads is the Bat Mobile Matchbox edition – would “Bat Girl Auntie Sue” provide any other type of car?!


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27 Responses

  1. Shannon M Conley says:

    The quiet book is fantastic! I still have the one my mom made me, and I remember making one for Anna and Alex, so fun, but yes a LOT of applique!

  2. Angie says:

    Wow! A stunning piece of work that does double duty – keeping the hands of little ones busy AND teaching skills. Congratulations!

  3. chrisknits says:

    Love it! But Batman isn’t a very good driver, he’s not even on the road!!!

    • Roseanne says:

      Batman is swinging into the Bat Cave . . . don’t tell anyone! No one was supposed to notice that . . . ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. That book is going to be so much fun! I almost want one myself. I’d certainly like a batmobile. Great job!

  5. Kate says:

    What a fun book! They will definitely have lots of fun and quiet time with all those activities.

  6. Barbara Esposito, The Quilted B says:

    Absolutely adorable! Can’t wait to see the littles with this. It should keep them (and I suspect you two as well {smile}) busy for hours!

  7. Judy Blauer says:

    What a great quiet book! I think I have waited too long, out smallest little is 3, going on 13! 😊 very busy, very verbal…..not very quiet!!

  8. I honestly think this one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen! Such a labor of love! And I chuckled at Sue’s instructions. She definitely has teacher handwriting! Thanks for sharing, Mary.

  9. Yahoo! Can I tell you, I am in my 40s and *still* remember the quiet book I had as a kid. (I’ll have to ask my mom about it … I don’t think she made it for me.) As long as it took to finish this up, I am certain it will be used and loved and perhaps even remembered four decades from now. : )

  10. nanamickie says:

    Love it ! It looks wonderful! I know that the kids will adore it!

  11. Karen says:

    Congratulations on creating a great entertaining book.

  12. Lisa says:

    This looks like a lot of fun to use but maybe a bit difficult to make….but then applique is not my thing. I’m glad you enjoy it though.

  13. sewswift says:

    That book was definitely a work of love! The link is no longer working since it goes to Craftsy…guess I better fix that. There are so many things I would have done differently on that book, so I get that you’d make some changes. It turned out so awesome! My little Monkey Boys still love it.

  14. quiltinggail says:

    What a fun book to make! Love it! And switiching out the shoelaces is probably a good idea. What about stitching them down at the end so they don’t actually come out of the book and get lost?
    Happy Quilting! 🙂

  15. Man those quiet books are monsters to make…but such an enriching experience for those kiddos to explore – in the pages of a book which will no doubt add to later pleasure in reading…
    What a great Auntie you are to do this. I’m more than impressed.

  16. Well done! So many hours of play time ready in a portable little book 🙂 Thanks for linking to TGIFF this week!

  17. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Roseanne, This is a wonderful Quiet Book for the kiddo’s to learn with while having fun! You and Sue did a great job in all of your selections, I like the bright shoe laces yet understand that they should not be slippery while they are learning how to tie. Thank you for sharing another one of your fabulous projects! Have a spectacular day!

  18. Rochelle Summers says:

    I always thought I would make a quiet book for my grandkids. Sad to say, I never accomplished it. Congratulations on the completion of this wonderful little book that will be well used! And another finish so early in the year!!

  19. Woo hoo!! What a fun project! I am sure that your little ones are just going to love playing with it:). Quiet books are such great projects. Each of the pages are a work of art. Great job Roseanne!!❤️❤️❤️

  20. The littles are going to have a great time with this.The batmobile totally cracks me up….loved cat woman’s suit though I could never ever wear it! I will have to think about one for the grand niece…

  21. Now that’s a finish that will be loved for many years to come! Well done! You two work so well together; love Sue’s notes!

  22. Oh my gosh what a super great idea!! It will be loved!!!

  23. I thought that was the Batmobile when I looked at the picture! This is such a fun book, Roseanne! D and A are going to love it. Hooray for the finish!

  24. Vicki in MN says:

    Oh they are just going to love it. Awesome job!!!!

  25. Shannon says:

    This is sure to be enjoyed! What a cute little book! You did such a great job with it.

  26. Laura says:

    What a fun quiet book! The children will love it! 🙂 The Batmobile is a great addition!

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