Category Archives: Keepsake Quilts

The peacock quilt – a wedding dress keepsake

I have a little special something to share with you today ….. a wedding dress keepsake quilt, but with a difference …..

wedding dress keepsake quilt

oh oh oh ….. gorgeous turquoise silk, with peacock feather motifs on the bodice and matching bolero ….. rockabilly style full mid-length skirt, with a fabulous amethyst tulle underskirt. *swoon*

Possibilities, possibilities …. we discussed a lot of ideas, but came down in the end to a simple large-scale log-cabin design, using the bodice in the heart of the quilt, and bringing the peacock motif in more fully with the quilting, inspired by this image ….


(if anyone can trace this image, I’d be grateful and happy to include proper credits – I believe it’s a Bengali book cover)

And so to work …. first, the deconstruction …..

wedding dress keepsake quilt

I do so love the anticipation of this stage – everything back to its component parts, ready to be re-assembled and re-incarnated ….

wedding dress keepsake quilt

The heart of the quilt …… using different shades of the silk from the bodice, the bolero and his waistcoat …. really pleased with the way the grain of the fabric adds to the design. I love, too, the way the motif details on the bodice and bolero suggest a heart-shape …..

wedding dress keepsake quilt

Embroidery in next …… within the heart-shape, using a pale amethyst perle thread and a mix of satin and stem stitch for the lettering …..

wedding dress keepsake quilt

and on to piece together the whole quilt top ….. the outer sections of the quilt are overlaid with the amethyst tulle from the underskirt ……. the whole thing is like a slice of summer sky, or perhaps the Indian ocean – vivid, warm and inviting …..

wedding dress keepsake quilt

And on to the quilting ….. the peacock design simplified to reflect more of a folk-art rather than indian feeling …. (and for those who like to know such things, I’m using a chalk pencil here to mark the design before I stitch – it shows up beautifully, and lasts just long enough to stitch over – perfect on these delicate fabrics).

wedding dress keepsake quilt

A quick flash of the back …. the design shows up so beautifully on this vintage damask linen …..

wedding dress keepsake quilt

The circular peacock feather motif continues over the whole of the quilt …..

wedding dress keepsake quilt

finishing touches ….. binding on, and an edging in amethsyt ribbon to match the tulle, with a tulle edging that looks as though the layer of tulle on the outer sections of the quilt just spill over the sides of the quilt ……

wedding dress keepsake quiltClaire's Quilt - complete (5)

And done, and away home …….


Baby Girl keepsake quilt – the floral one

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.

Rosie's Quilt - the finished quilt (9) baby girl keepsake quilt

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 😉

baby girl keepsake quilt

so pretty! Pugs! Pink! Petals! Pastels! squeeeeeeeeeeeee

and a little embroidery …..

baby girl keepsake quilt

baby girl keepsake quilt

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 ….

baby girl keepsake quilt

Using the most luscious threads ….

Rosies Quilt - quilting colours

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 …

baby girl keepsake quilt

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 ….

baby girl keepsake cushion

buttons from one of the dresses to close ….

Rosie's Quilt - the finished quilt (5)

and all done …..

baby girl keepsake quilt

sugar and spice and all things nice 🙂