I know I make a fair few keepsake quilts from baby clothes, but it’s an activity (for me at least!) that just never gets old …. each one is different, unique in its own way, and always something special – to me, as well as to the family it will go home to.
It always starts with the clothes …… the darling assortment of sleepsuits, t-shirts, dresses and trousers that come (often) from that precious first year of life . The works begins …. carefully deconstructing everything, interfacing all that cotton jersey, and cutting the squares (with variations to include the cute little motifs, of course).
Once all the pieces are cut, there’s a lot of crawling around on the floor …. figuring out the best layout ….. sometimes it takes a while to work out the best combination of colours, patterns and tones. This is where it’s most different from ‘regular’ patchwork, where you know when you start exactly which fabrics you’re going to use, and how much of each you need to achieve the design you want. Here, you start with the fabrics, you often have irregular numbers of each piece, and there will always, always, be that one fabric or pattern or colour that won’t sit happily. But we get there in the end …..
let the piecing commence ….. when faced with putting together 200-odd 4 inch squares, chain piecing is my favourite and my best ….
it all comes together, slowly but surely ….
until we have a finished quilt top …. (I can’t tell you how much I love that sheep!)
quilting time ….. this time, a meandering pattern of loops and hearts ….
until (voila!) it’s done, and bound, and ready to go home ….
Where it will enjoy (I hope) many years of happy snuggles