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Baby keepsake quilt

Another baby keepsake quilt … this time a cot-sized darling for a little boy ….

baby keepsake quilt

All worked in simple six-inch squares, I used a mix of salvaged denim, aged and supersoft from use and many washings, and lovely fresh cotton upcycled from men’s shirts, with a little vintage linen from an old napkin added into the mix.

Because the fabrics were so plain and simple, I thought it needed a little more quilting than a straightforward in-the-ditch outlining of the squares …. initially, I thought I’d do an old-fashioned diamond pattern, but as I was chalking it out, I loved the chevron pattern so went with that – I love the way the bold white stitching brings it all together.

And, of course, baby’s name and date-of-birth hand-embroidered onto the central panel …. I do this on a hoop before I add the square into the quilt.

I had to compromise a little and use polyester fleece for the backing, as I couldn’t get the hemp fleece I prefer in this gorgeous dark blue. It’s much less nice to work than the hemp, but the colours were so right with the quilt. And I keep trying to find an earth- friendly alternative to satin ribbon that looks as good, but haven’t yet. I do have a huge stash of vintage ribbon, but, sadly, nothing in the right colour for this quilt.

(and, yes, that is a grasshopper. and, no, I don’t know how it got there!)

All done, and off to its new home …. I’ve since heard that it’s been hung in the stairwell, and that just makes me feel all warm and smooshy inside.

Summer Quilt

The summer holidays are upon us, and I’m winding down for a couple of weeks … family holiday time – YAY!! I’m so looking forward to spending a couple of weeks with the family, without all the rushing about that seems to attend term-time life.

Of course, that doesn’t mean I’m not sewing 😉

I’ve started a little summer quilt – it’s only 1 metre square, but will make a nice little lap quilt, or throw, perhaps.

Lovely subdued shades of blue, turquoise and lilac woven into grey and smokey faded blue denims, seven delicious boro-woven blocks, on the hoop and ready for the surface embroidery that’ll hold it all together.

This is rapidly becoming one of my favourite ways of working … a little more time-consuming than conventional patchwork – even hand-pieced patchwork – but I love the way the stitching and the strips of fabric come together to make a new, complete fabric.

I’m keeping the stitching pretty simple, though – mostly just closely spaced running stitch, but with some detailed work in the two central diamonds … a little lazy daisy, overlaid with trellis stitch, and cross stitch to heal the edges. It is odd how working with stitches in this way sometimes reveals the original functional elements of a stitch that is generally used for decorative purposes: cross stitch is an excellent stitch for hemming (as is chevron stitch, I note in passing).

I have used the vivid orange just for a splash of contrast colour … I don’t think there will be a lot more of it, maybe a couple of lines more, enough to make it a coherent statement, but no more. I don’t want it to dominate.

I have been looking at Sami quilts, and admiring the way that fabric is so simple, but adorned with the rows and rows of running stitch, broken by stitched pattern here and there, uniting layers of fabric to a single and warm hole.

I’m experimenting with the same technique here … I haven’t put any wadding in this quilt, but there are four layers of fabric, not counting the quilt top, to manage the structural elements and cuts and twists I’ve made.

The weight is quite satisfying, and the softness of the worn fabric makes this quilt a pleasure to work. And its simplicity means that it’s a great project for the holidays ….

If you’re on your holidays, I hope you’re having a wonderful time. I’ll be back in the middle of August, hopefully with batteries fully recharged!