I don’t know how it is for you, but this time of year always seems to be insanely busy for me – I’ve spent the last month feeling as though I’ve been doing nothing but chase my own tail – round in circles, never making progress, always running. But finally – a little breathing space and some time to catch up. I’ve got my coffee on the go ….
I’ve had huge fun with this single bed baby girl clothes keepsake quilt – it might just win my personal award for the cutest quilt, EVAH.
I mean, who can resist all those ice-cream pastels, pugs, mousies AND Hello Kitty?
It was a little bit of a challenge, and hugely time-consuming, because I was asked to make the piecing ‘random’. Random is hard for me, because I just want to make patterns …… so the simplest way seemed to be to divide it up into 12″ square blocks, and make each block different. Of course, that’s a challenge in itself, to try to avoid repeating a block pattern, but still make sure that there are no clashes in colour and pattern …. and it takes a heck of a lot longer, needing to create each block individually, rather than cut a pile of pieces all the same, stack ’em up and whack ’em together 😉
so pretty! Pugs! Pink! Petals! Pastels! squeeeeeeeeeeeee
and a little embroidery …..
the whole sheboodle ….. the random is working ….. and of course, it gave the opportunity to vary up the piece sizes to include all the little details like the motifs, pockets, buttons and plackets. At this point, the littlest nestling was a very unattractive shade of envy-green, and wondering where *her* quilt might be. (one day, darling, I promise).
And onwards with the quilting …. a reprise of the flower motif from the little pinks quilt which the client had seen and loved ….
Using the most luscious threads ….
For backing, the client had sent through some fabulous Laura Ashley linen – to co-ordinate with the rest of her little girl’s soft furnishings (oh be still, my beating heart) – it worked fabulously well with the quilt, too …
we dithered around with binding choices …. but in the end went with a pale pistachio green solid alternated with a gingham in the same shade ….
and a little cushion as well ….
buttons from one of the dresses to close ….
and all done …..
sugar and spice and all things nice 🙂