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Perfectly unPerfect Quiet Book

2016 April 27

I’m a bit embarrassed to show you this project today… I love taking pictures of perfectly sewn products and posting them here. Of course, it’s not a realistic view of how I live – my house looks like I haven’t cleaned in a month right now! (Which might be right – argh!) But it sure is satisfying to make everything look pretty.

I promised everyone at my Creativ Festival Trunk Show over the weekend that I would post the quiet book that started my free 12 page Quiet Book patterns. The one I made my oldest for her first birthday, about 8 years ago now! This Quiet Book is anything but perfect. I had so much to learn about sewing and was working it out as I went along. It has so many things I’d change now, least of which are my fabric choices. Pattern & character overload – wow!

This book’s unperfectness (#itsaword) is exactly what I want to share today. Things don’t have to be perfect to be loved and given away. My oldest was thrilled when I found this book in storage. She spent time looking at each page and laughing at the photos. Her smallest cousin isn’t even in the book, and everyone is 8 years younger. Crazy how fast things change. She doesn’t care about the overuse of the zigzag stitch and fraying edges. She just likes it because I made it just for her.

So here’s my unPerfect Quiet Book. I’m hoping it might inspire you to go ahead and make that project that you’ve been putting off – because you “don’t know enough” or “won’t get it exactly like the Pinterest photos”. Comparing is not allowed when you are doing what you love!

 I’ll be sharing my Creativ Festival re-cap later this week and the lovelies I brought home on Instagram as well. See you again soon!

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  1. Debbie permalink
    April 27, 2016

    The best book! The gifts made with love are the most special and treasured gifts of all.
    I too made my daughter a quiet book, my boss at the time wanted to see it, and when she did, her comment was awesome! But you could have completed a university course in the time it took you to make this….my response, yes but then my daughter wouldn’t have this amazing book I made her! My daughters Still love and prefer the gifts I make them over bought items!

    • April 28, 2016

      I’m so glad! There’s hope for me in the future then :) Love handmade things as well – my mom made me a huge quilt for Christmas. Such a treasure!

  2. Catherine permalink
    April 27, 2016

    I LOVE IT! Can’t decide what the cutest pages are. The telephone, the zipped up sweater, the mittens. A treasure to be kept forever.

  3. Ann (no e) permalink
    May 1, 2016

    Hi Sherri,
    Love this book ;) Please don’t give it away like I did with the one I made for my kiddos. We have 6 grandchildren that would have loved it ;( Don’t know what I was thinking. My big kids are loving the ‘Measure Me’ chart. We had to add ‘chest’ ;) Thanks again for sharing, enjoy a great week. Take care.

  4. Terri Tresise permalink
    May 28, 2016

    I never thought of making one from scratch. Thank you for opening my eyes to my own creativity! I’m inspired to create! !

    • June 8, 2016

      I’m so glad Terri! These are the best because you can be as creative as you want – and customize the fabrics to whatever matches the person receiving it!

  5. Montina permalink
    February 6, 2018

    Oh my gosh! This book is just absolutely adorable! My 4 boys are almost all grown up now & too old to enjoy this. However, the day I get my first grandbaby, I know what I’ll be making! I love making things for all my family & friends..Thank you so much for sharing!

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