Over the holidays, I was asked to create a baby keepsake quilt …. cot-bed size, with the child’s name and date of birth embroidered on the central panel.
This time, I’m working with fabrics I have sourced, rather than using old baby clothes to make the quilt …. a lovely mixture of cottons prints, mostly old pillowcases but with some vintage cotton prints mixed in.
I’ve had this vintage tray cloth, with the little bird girl at each side, and a quilt for a baby girl seemed like the perfect place to use it …. cut in half, one half at each of the top and bottom of the quilt.
And with the name and date of birth hand-embroidered onto a piece of plain linen in the centre …. I used the hand-dyed chameleon threads perle 8 in antique rose.
I used super-soft and eco-friendly ‘Quilters Dream Orient‘ batting, natural hemp fleece for the backing …. and very simple quilting ‘in the ditch’.
It’s so pretty! (If I do say so myself 😉 ). It’s such a pleasure to create something so special and unique for a special and unique little person.
So, with the piecing all finished and the basting removed, I’m pretty happy with my little hexagon block 🙂
now for some quilting …. a nice thick sandwich of wadding, and the cream fabric I’ve used in the block as the backing, and it’s onto the machine.
I don’t often machine quilt, but for these blocks it seems a practical and natural way to go about it. I use safety pins to hold the layers together – much less likely to slip out, and much less likely to prong myself mid-stitching. I’ve kept the quilting simple again, just running around the outline of the rosette rings … using crimson thread, just for a flash of contrast colour in those neutral creams and golds and coppers …
but with a cream thread on the bobbin …. for those that like seeing what lies beneath 🙂
and there’s the back of the finished cushion … binding is done in a cream satin ribbon, and the backing is a double layer of the cream fabric I used in the block … I like to double up the fabric, partly because it takes a buttonhole much, much better on a double layer of fabric, and partly because I like the insides of my cushions to look as nice as the outside, so they’re lined.
And because this one ended up being sold before it was even finished (funny how serendipity works that way sometimes), I customised it with a little hand embroidery on the front ….
It looks so lovely and plump with its inner cushion pad inserted! Happy birthday Ann – I hope you enjoy this cushion as much as I enjoyed making it.
And …. if you want a cushion like this, then check what’s in stock over at my Etsy shop or for a bespoke cushion, please do get in touch
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