I love making patchwork quilts for babies. There are plenty of adorable fabrics to choose from, they make brilliant gifts (if you can bear to part with them) and, most of all, they are small. Hooray! I can actually fit one under my machine without feeling as if I’m trying to wrestle a huge, flat, soft opponent to the floor whilst coming over all hot and flushy.
It is organic cotton and, as is often the case with me, the design turned out to be organic too as I basically made it up as I went along.
I wanted to do the Tumblers Quilt pattern from Pam and Nicky Lintott’s book , More Layer Cake, Jelly Roll and Charm Quilts but I downsized it to fit a crib and then ran into scaling problems due to my crap maths and it was difficult to match up those fabrics as they are in quite unusual shades. The orange, for instance, is not as bright as it appears in the photos but a more muted, amber colour. Evenutally I found the gingham fabric in the Tilda range and intended to use it for the whole border but then decided on a narrow one with a lighter, wider one on the outside to make the colours pop a bit more.
I love the cheater quilt fabric from the range which I used as backing and vaguely entertained the idea of quilting around each hexagon but then I got a grip of myself, sense prevailed and I did nothing of the sort. Instead, I quilted round the blocks at the front and just did diagonal lines on the wide border.
Now I’ve heard my grand god-baby (made up relationship) is a girl in waiting so now I’m worried it’s a little too boyish. Girls don’t just have pink anymore do they? And, anyway, you can’t have enough foxes, mice, bunnies, racoons and other little creatures that hang upside down from their tails which I can’t quite identify, can you?
Now, back to my next Lady Skater Dress.