My gram passed away two short days before my sweet little Lily was born. It was tough for me, as I didn’t know that she was deteriorating, and came as a bit of a surprise. It still is tough, I don’t really feel like I’ve had the opportunity to say goodbye.
She was an amazing woman. She was an excellent cook, and a spectacular baker. She had a green thumb, and had the most beautiful gardens and house plants. She was a knitter, a crocheter, a sewer. She was the epitome of “crafter”. I talked a little bit more about my Gram in this post, and about her quilting. To summarize, she was awesome.
When Lily was born I knew right away that I wanted to make her a quilt that she could use as a tummy mat and a playmat, but I didn’t really have the time to make something too elaborate. I was browsing online and found this little tutorial over at Cluck Cluck Sew. I made a few minor adjustments. I didn’t want to make the flower, so I added an extra row or two of rectangles to make it a little wider. I also had one strip leftover and used it to piece the back.
I bought two Sophie charm packs by Chez Moi for Moda from this shop. The back is Ice Frappe Kona Cotton Solid by Robert Kaufman, and I used Ruby Sunday which is a part of the Ruby Collection by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics.
Since I was making the quilt for her for Christmas, I wanted it to have a little bit of a holiday feel, but I still wanted it to be a quilt that she could use into her toddler years. I did a variation of “stitching in the ditch” to quilt it… and as you can see on the back below, I simply followed the lines of the rectangles and gave about a 1/4″ on each side of the seam. It’s a pretty solid quilt and is pretty heavily quilted for its size, but since I knew that it would be used as a mat in the beginning, that was something that I was going for.
This is the second quilt that I’ve made. I am pretty proud of it, even though the corners don’t line up in a lot of places, the quilting is a little wonky, and I was trying to line the back strip up with one of the front strips so that the quilting would line up too – that obviously didn’t work out. But it’s ok. I made it with love and based on the image below, I think she is just fine with how it turned out too!