My grandmother was a quilter and an amazing lady. She passed away last spring at the age of 94.
I love that we have so many of her quilts and it made me want to spend my time not only making clothes but making things that we can (hopefully) use for years to come. I decided that it was time for me to finally make E a quilt. I’ve been considering options and planning this quilt for two years while E patiently uses her crib-sized quilt.
Making a quilt is such a huge undertaking and I struggled with the number of options. I considered a rainbow squares quilt, pulled a bunch of yellows to make this picnic blanket, and then finally saw this quilt from Alicia Paulson and decided on simple stripes. I added some more yellow fabrics from my stash and from my grandmother’s shelves. In her last few years my grandmother wasn’t able to quilt and encouraged me to use her fabric in my projects. I love the many pieces from her in this quilt as well as scraps from other projects I’ve made.
To make the quilt I cut four inch wide strips of varying length. I sewed the strips into rows and then pieces the rows together at random. I used a thin cotton batting, machine quilted in the ditch, and then bound the quilt with shot cotton. I’ve made some small quilts before but this was my biggest undertaking. I did recall little tips and tricks from my grandmother but I so wish she’d been here to consult on fabric, help me straighten everything out, decide on a backing, and baste the pieces together. I also wish I hadn’t used so much yellow in the quilt but I’ve learned quite a bit for next time.
I also made two matching pillows. These are 20″ pillows from IKEA with a lapped zipper cover. I used this tutorial from Delia Creates to make the cover. The main fabric is the same as the quilt binding and hopefully tones down the yellow a bit.
Far from perfect, but finished in time for E’s birthday. Finally, a proper big girl bed.