Moving on. Here is Grier's quilt. When I was expecting her I got a little obsessed with collecting pictures of baby quilts. I thought it would be so satisfying to sew something for our new baby but as usual it's taken me a little longer to get it together.... Grier's nursery is yellow and grey and at first I wanted to create a yellow and grey quilt. It turned out to be harder than I thought to find fabric I liked. This was the first 'big' item I quilted and I was a little unsure how to choose fabrics which would tie together and would hold up well to quilting. In the end I ordered this layer cake, designed by Aneela Hoey. It had grey as a main colour and I loved the red, pink and aqua in it too. I like that is it modern and a little bit Scandinavian in design. What I loved most was that the designs were based around Little Red Riding Hood which means we can tell Grier (and no doubt listen to!) stories about the characters. I bought it from a US seller on etsy which worked out cheaper than ordering from a UK vendor even with shipping costs.
Then I had to find a design I liked. I used this as my template and the instructions were clear and easy to follow and it didn't take as long as I thought it might to create the ruffles and sew all the individual pieces together. When it came to backing the quilt I originally wanted to use a dotty blue fabric but it wasn't quite right. I went with the red dots instead. Sweet right? I had a lot of leftover fabric though so in a fit of inspriation I decided to piece together small pieces to make a border. I think it might be my favourite part. Next I had to decide on a fabric to bind the quilt. I kind of stalled here for a while as I wanted to find the right thing. I couldn't get the right shade of aqua or grey or even off white so I went with pink. I know, I know, who would believe I would go for all the pink? I used this tutorial for binding. If I make another quilt - Brodie is lobbying for a vehicle quilt, I would worry less about getting a matching set of fabric although there is something undeniably beautiful about all those little squares already cut and stacked up waiting to be sewn. I would probably order material in fat quarters and cut it myself to save some wastage and give flexibility in the design.
I now appreciate how much skill there is involved in quilting - skill I don't possess! I winged it and made up the rest and as a result the quilt is far from perfect. But I made it for Grier and I want her to enjoy it and snuggle with it and build forts with it and wear it as a cape. If it survives through her toddler years I will be happy.