Thursday, May 3, 2012

Big Girl Quilt


Well after many weeks....actually months, of schlepping this heavy albeit gorgeous collage of vintage fabrics from one room to the next in the half hearted attempt to complete it....I finally did!


I introduced you to the beginning of Bijou's "big girl quilt" way back when...oh the shame! And have longingly hoped for that most perfect-ist day of crafting in order to finish it. You know the ones where it's cool enough for slippers and trackie pants, it's raining outside, you seem to be able to make the best cups of tea of your life and minutes seem to stretch into hours.  Obviously this dream vanishes with a poof of smoke as soon as I hear "finished!" from my eldest babe announcing to all and sundry that indeed she is finished her number two and that I am now welcome in the toilet to complete the wiping duties. Mmmm....that's right, I remember....have two children!

As it seemed like mon petit poppet would be in her teens and requesting a Justin Bieber-ish doona cover (mon dieu ten times over!!!!) before I finished it, I got uncharacteristically methodical about its completion. One row of quilting a night followed by hand stitching the binding in metre increments at a time. And lo and behold....

It's done! I used this gorgeous pattern from my most favourite fabric store and it was oh so easy to follow for a beginner like me. Cutting vintage sheets can be a little tedious as they don't tend to be square and so some of my boxes are a little on the wonky side but I'm well chuffed with the results.


 I backed it with a few long panels of  vintage sheets and made some binding with all the leftover scrappity bits.

My girl adores it and I must admit the cockles of my heart are toasty warm as I tuck her under it each night.

Playing along over here today. Come and have a sticky beak.

17 comments:

Miriam said...

Beautiful work it looks absolutely stunning

Amanda said...

Oh Steph, it is SO unbelievably beautfiul!! You've done a wonderful job and should be so proud of this precious quilt your daughter will be able to treasure for years to come. I really like the design and the mix of patterns xx

sascedar said...

It is beautiful! I have a machine sewn quilt ready to bind, and I just keep delaying! But you have inspired me to get it done for my little girl's birthday on the weekend.

Kylie said...

It is stunning Steph - you should be very proud of your efforts.

Roz said...

This is so special!

zigsma said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Clever you!!

rockmelon recycled said...

just delightful, well done!

george said...

I really need to have a double version of that on my bed. wow. love it so much.

Bungalowgirl said...

Well done Steph it's beautiful! and very inspiring. I have a pile of vintage sheets ready to go for miss Liongirl but just no time right now- too busy painting and sorting out house plans. melx

My Handmadehappiness said...

this quilt is to die for!! only wish it was mines... Or that I made bit!!! :)

Sally said...

Stunning!

polkadotpeticoat said...

Its just lovely....

Amy said...

eeeeeee! that is simply DIVINE! Love love love it.

Totally inspired!
xx

Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

bah! i can hardly believe my eyes for all that gorgeousness! looks at all those colours and stunning vintage loveliness. oh how stunning steph! Job well done, even if it has to be done in intervals and cups of tea to keep us sane in between motherly duties and crafty delights! I know i owe this girl a little birthday pressie too! xx

Tania said...

It's utterly gorgeous and your little girl is so lucky to have such a talented mum. My patchwork is never so straight. Which reminds me that it is on my list for a quilt for Julia this year.

Tammi said...

Sorry for the onslaught of comments Steph, I'm playing catchup.
This quilt is absolutely stunning, a real masterpiece that I am sure will be treasured for years to come.
x

Janine said...

What gorgeous things you've made since I last read your blog. Just beautiful Steph! How lucky your little ones are to have such a lovely crafty Mummy.

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