Monday, 20 September 2010

Strawberries for my girl - finally

I had to stay up until 2:30am to finish hand stitching the binding last night - but it is finally done.

O's strawberry quilt.  Yes, you probably though it was done a long time ago.  It should have been.  I've written about it here and here and I realise now, looking at these links, that I started it nearly eighteen months ago!  I've made three other quilts in the time that this one has been on the go.

I don't know why it has been so slow.  O has been very patient, and has never nagged me to get on with it (although perhaps she should have done).  She just hugged me and wrapped herself up in it this morning when I gave it to her.

Some details for all you statistics and quilt fans out there:
  • The pattern was adapted from one in Material Obsession.  I love that book - and the second one in their series too.
  • The fabric for the squares is a mixture of Cath Kidston, Ikea, old skirt fabric from Boden and H&M, Kaffe Fassett, Tanya Whelan, Alexander Henry, and perhaps a couple of others. 
  • The border around each panel and on the bindings is TA Dot by Michael Miller.  I love this and used it for the binding on the quilt I made for myself too.
  • The main fabric on the back is made from an Anna Maria Horner flannel fabric - the Diamond Mine pattern in Sweet Pink.  I love this cotton flannel - it is extremely soft and cosy.  I'll definitely be using it again.
  • The stripe on the back is made up from scraps of all the tops, skirts and cushions I have made for O over the years.  I'm glad I put this in to break up the sugary pinkness and add a few more memories.
  • It is vast - the only place I can photograph it properly is hung on our front railings.  The neighbours came out to exclaim and coo when I pegged it up and started snapping this morning.

And I am a pro at mitred corners now.  Even when I have to do them in the early hours of the morning.


  1. Oh, it's so very lovely. Lucky O - I'm not surprised she looks so chuffed!

  2. just gorgeous xoxooxox and so worth the wait x

  3. Just lovely! What a treasure for her. Great job!


  4. Wow that is stunning - I expect she absolutely adores it.

  5. Well done for making such a fantastic quilt. What an heirloom! I'm sure Livvy will treasure it forever.

  6. It' wonderful! I love the idea of using snuggly flannel for the backing.

  7. Gorgeous and I love the look of the snuggly flannel on the back too.

  8. How gorgeous! And definitely worth the wait! ;o) Lucy x


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