Saturday, May 8, 2010

It was "Sweet" while it lasted...

Do you remember this?  This quilt started a serious affair with that red spot fabric and the Moda "Sweet" range by Urban Chiks.  It started harmlessly with a charm pack and Bronwyn Hayes "Little Chicken Feathers" book and ended with this quilt for my darling niece Ruby (born in September of 2008)  I LOVED making this quilt.

When my bestest buddy Nessie announced she was pregnant something insane in the back of my brain knew that I wasn't finished with this fabric, or the there was a layer cake, and more red spot, and with a little inspiration from Leanne Beasley's "Living the Dream" book this became Olivia's quilt in August 2009.  I LOVED this quilt just as much as the first.

There is a lot of fabric in a layer cake.  When you add off-white homespun (and red spot fabric!) there is enough for at least one more cot quilt AND leftovers to make this:So of course it was logical when our own baby number three was on the way (and she will be our last) to do something with the leftovers. 

I finished binding this quilt last night.  It turned out bigger than I'd anticipated.  A happy accident which means Maddie might get more use out of it as she grows.  I have LOVED making this quilt and I think that maybe this is where the "Sweet" story stops.  Everyone knows that too many sweets aren't good for you?!  I do still have enough leftovers for a stitchery name plaque for Maddie's room but for now I think 3 quilts is enough.
"Sweet" huh?

p.s. Loved the Little Chicken Feathers stitcheries so much that I bought a copy for my grandmother and she embroidered the designs on 33 pillowcases for the great grandies between September and Christmas of 2009.  I wonder what Bronwyn Hayes would think about that?


Anonymous said...

well, to tell you the truth- I'm completely blown away by it all. Please tell your Grandmother I am truly impressed and I hoped she enjoyed making the pillowcases. I've been put to shame- as I've only made two using those designs!
I love the quilts you've made- they look so stunning!
Bronwyn ...

Nic Wood said...

it turned out beautifully Nell - Im sure Maddie will treausre it!
So whats next???
Nic xxx

Nell said...

Hmmm - could that be my christmas quilt, Dan's quilt, Emmy Lous braids that I started three million years ago? The dresden plate friendship quilt I started with Apple pieces when Jane still had the shop at Lenswood, hannah's quilt....I'm sure i'll find something to do with my time - oh, and I promised a friend I'd teach her to knit - maybe THAT should be the next thing ;)

kpmidd said...

Those quilts are gorgeous Nell. And I loved the cushion - maybe you could teach me how to make something like that for my first quilting project!
Love Karen

The Handmaden said...

So much to love there! The quilts with the gorgeous balance of white, colour and stitcheries are just wonderful. Your Grandmother must be quite the stitcher!