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A Quilt for Edith

These days I don’t often make machine pieced quilts, the love and enjoyment I get from English Paper Piecing has kind of taken over my sewing time. However, when I learnt that a new and very dear creative friend was expecting her second baby, a little girl, I knew I wanted to make her a special quilt.

I decided for this little bub to make a play mat quilt rather than a cot quilt. I find the size of this quilt very versatile, its’ perfect to throw down on the floor for babies to play on, is a good size to use in the pram or car, and as bub grows into toddlerhood it can be a little snuggle blanket for them.

My friend, also a maker of sweet children’s clothes and accessories (Ecolier Kids), had posted a photo on Instagram of some pieces she had collected for her little girl. I took inspiration from this image and the items when pulling fabrics from my stash to create the colour scheme of the quilt. My friend loves vintage style, so I made sure that none of the fabric prints were to bold or modern and instead picked prints that had a soft, nostalgic feel.

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I had all of these squares in my ‘left-overs’ stash from other quilts I had made.

I enjoy making simple patchwork quilts, so I settled on a design of 4” squares, all placed in ordered randomness. After piecing the squares together I felt the quilt was a little on the small side so I decided to add a plain ivory white border. I used the same plain fabric for the binding and chose a lovely wattle print fabric by Jocelyn Proust for the backing. For the quilting I just used white thread in the ditch, following along the vertical and horizontal seams.

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I was very pleased with the finished quilt. I think the colours are perfectly vintage, and I love that it’s sweet but not overly girly, something that I know my friend also loves being none to ‘Girly’ herself.

It was an absolute pleasure to gift this quilt to baby Edith. I hope that she will treasure it and maybe one day pass it down to her own children. That is the lovely thing about making quilts. They don’t belong to anyone person, but rather many people. The sewer who creates it, the mother who cares for it, the child who plays and grows with it, the teddies who enjoy tea parties on it, and future generations who hold on to the memories contained within the fabric and stitches of the quilt.

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I have posted  Vlog on my YouTube channel which follows along the process of making this quilt. You can watch it Here.

Miss Leela x

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A Special Dolls Quilt

Last year a lovely friend commissioned me to make a dolls quilt for her little girl for Christmas. She had been inspired by my large scrappy hexagon quilt and was after a scaled down version. Naturally, I was happy to do this.

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My friend had made a patchwork quilt for her daughter and so I asked if she had any fabric left over from that quilt and I would incorporate the prints into the dolls quilt as well. Knowing my friend was a lover of Liberty fabric, I also included some special floral prints as well as some other fabrics from my stash. I also pulled some fabric from the stash of scraps my friend had given me from her children’s clothing business Ecolier Kids.

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I decide to use ¾” hexagons. This is a nice versatile size, the perfect scale for a quilt to go on a dolls bed, which measured 41 x 26cm. After I had pieced the hexagons to a size that would allow the quilt to hang slightly over the sides of the bed, it was time to quilt.

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I chose simple quilting in straight lines vertically down the quilt that dissected the hexagons in half. I chose fabric from my stash for the backing in a lovely soft pastel brocade floral design.

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For the binding, I also raided my stash to find a plain soft creamy yellow that went nicely with the backing fabric and didn’t overpower the quilt front.

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Of course, I decided that you couldn’t have a dolls quilt without a pillow as well, so I made a ¾” hexagon flower using lovely liberty fabrics and appliqued it to a square of the same binding fabric. I made a two piece overhanging slip back from the quilt backing fabric. I then made a stuffed pillow that was sewn up all four sides to slip into the pillowcase.

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My friend loved the finished quilt and the extra pillow. More importantly, her daughter loved it and has been busy putting her dolls to bed with their new quilt and pillow.

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It is such a wonderful thing to create something so special and to know that it will be treasured for many years to come. I think it is a very true statement when someone explains that an item was stitched with love. I like to add that something was stitched with joy as well. Sewing gives me great pleasure and enjoyment, but the act of sewing something for someone else and seeing the joy on their face when they receive, well that’s one of life’s most beautiful and simple and pleasures of all.

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Happy Stitching Friends!

Miss Leela x