A keepsake memory quilt for a little girl

After a couple of projects I was asked not to share, it’s lovely to be back, and with a gorgeous quilt (if I do say so myself ;-) ).

This time, a keepsake memory quilt for a little girl, made from her baby clothes ….. lots of fresh, pretty colours to work with ….

Baby clothes keepsake memory quilt

The beginning always feels like a herculean task …. for a twin (single) bed size of quilt, 208 4.5″ squares are needed ….. and when I’m dealing with sleepsuits in stretch jersey, that means that the vast majority of them need to be interfaced first ……

Baby clothes keepsake memory quilt

But we get there in the end, and then it’s a matter of arranging them all ….. this is the tricky part!  And this time I was asked for a random layout with no obvious pattern to it – which presents its own challenges. The simplest way, I’ve found, is to sort all the pieces into lights, darks, and mediums (pieces that could be light or dark, depending on positioning), and take it from there.

Baby clothes keepsake memory quilt

Not all pinks are equal, so not all pinks will sit happily next to each other, and with this quilt there were some strong contrast pieces , so it took a fair while to arrive at a happy balance. But once we got there, it went quite quickly …

Baby clothes keepsake memory quilt

I make the individual squares up into 12″ blocks, and then piece the blocks together … over time, I’ve found it’s the method that works best for me ….

Baby clothes keepsake memory quilt

Blocks and blocks …..

Baby clothes keepsake memory quilt

Until we have a complete quilt top …. and on to backing, batting and basting. I use a temporary fabric adhesive spray to hold everything together, and then run a basting line with the machine at 12″ intervals vertically and horizontally to hold everything in place before I start into the quilting …..

Baby clothes keepsake memory quilt

This time, an all over meandering stipple …. fairly large scale, because we wanted to end up with a fairly soft, puffy quilt ….

Baby clothes keepsake memory quilt

A simple foldover binding, and an edging of hot fuschia-pink ribbon, and we’re done.

Years and years of happy snuggles …..

 

New studio heaven

There’ve been some changes in the laundry over the summer ….. I now have a gorgeous new studio. And yes, this post is mostly showing off how thrilled I am ;-)

In the before ….. a strange, six-sided little thing …. very poorly insulated, so boiling hot in the summer and freezing in the winter, cramped, draughty, and deafening when the rain drummed down onto that corrugated plastic roof. Oh, and the lights didn’t work ….

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So it was with much excitement I cleared it all out (stashing my stuff in various places around the house, much to the family’s delight. (not). )

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bye bye now!

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going, going ….

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gone!! YAY!! Not so YAY over the dust levels, nor of my al-fresco kitchen wing …. not much improved by the tasteful chipboard temporary doors they installed. I know I shouldn’t complain, and it will all be worth it in the end, but REALLY. And you’ll note my poor little dog peering out from behind the gate we put up to stop her getting out into the garden. She was not impressed that she couldn’t get out there and supervise all the goings-on.

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After much banging, drilling and various other building related madness (plumbers! electricians!), we had a base …..  at this point I had a minor panic attack that it was just TOO BIG. Bit late for that now ….

04-structure (1)but as if by magix ….. over a couple of days the glass panels went up …… and I started to believe …….

06 - finishing (4)oh yes. plastering done, electrics done, painting done, floor insulation down …..

06 - finishing (5)I feel like I can start breathing again ….. and fiddling with floor plans …..

07 - Done (2)Floor!! Floor!! I can move in, at last ….

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I have my main work area, with all my bits and bobs conveniently close to my work table, without being cramped.

A good size floor space for laying out quilts.

A blank wall for hanging quilts and for designing layouts ….

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Bookshelves, baskets & boxes ….. a place for everything, and everything in its place

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so nice to have all my reference books close to hand …..

 

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My own version of a barn quilt …. “Eve’s Garden” hanging above the door …. and finally the vintage dupatta has a home as a false curtain …..

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All my boxes, baskets, tins and jars of supplies and treasures are nicely to hand …. eventually I think I’d like a dresser in that alcove, but for now I’m happy with the old changing table/cupboard and some shelves …..

DSC_0066and my worktable is a good size to make plenty of mess on …… nice view of the garden for daydreaming, too ….. and lots and lots and lots of gorgeous north-facing light.

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I am a very happy bunny ……