Sometimes I just feel so lucky to be able to do what I do …. I’ve just finished a lovely order for a baby clothes keepsake quilt – memories of a precious little girl, so very pretty in pink, so I’m feeling a little misty, sentimental and perhaps just the teeniest bit nostalgic for the rose-tinted memories of when my brood of rapidly growing nestlings wore clothes this tiny!
Three bundles of baby clothes …. waiting to be transformed into one special quilt and a pair (which turned into three!) of cushions ….
First things first …. everything needed deconstructing …. and that takes a fair old while, when there’s so much of everything and it’s all so tiny …. I’ve found over the years that 4″ squares work best with clothes this small, and you need an awful lot of squares to make up a twin-bed size quilt – so, deconstructing each piece rather than just cutting into them, to get the most possible squares out of each one. But still trying to keep the little details like motifs, pockets & trims included – those are the bits you remember best, I think ….
Stacks and stacks and STACKS of squares …. and because there’s a lot of t-shirt in there, a lot of interfacing as well …..
even though I always plan a design on paper, I like to lay it all out before I start just to check it all works ….. this one was so pink and girly, I just couldn’t resist using the few reds in the bundle to suggest a heart shape in the centre …. I saw something similar in a postage stamp quilt AGES ago and have wanted to try it out ever since so it was YAY to finally get the chance to do it ….
I found the *best* backing fabric …. the most gorgeous vintage sheet with a pink that hit exactly the right note with all the different pinks in the quilt ….
And a lucky strike on ebay got me 10 yards of vintage hungarian eyelet lace …. just the thing to finish off the edges ….
*SO* pretty …. happy sigh 🙂
And on to the cushions … patchworked, quilted, and 16″ square ….
the bunny was a motif on a t-shirt …. and made the perfect centrepiece …. a ruffled hem on one of the dresses added a little joy to the edges of the cushion ….
and on the back, ties from the dress made the perfect closure fastening, with waistbands and ribbon trims making the bindings for the edges ….
I just love keeping little details like pockets and embroidery …..
and getting to play with colour and pattern combinations I wouldn’t normally even consider ….
but making them work together all so beautifully ….
I always fall a little bit in love with my quilts ….
so that it costs a little pang to part with them …. but this is off home, where it belongs … and I hope it will be enjoyed and loved even more than I enjoyed and loved making it.