{charmed quilt} westfield, nj photographer

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!

I’ve already made Thaya’s quilt (around this time last year!), so now I’m on to piecing Aubrie’s.  I have two goals with Aubrie’s quilt.  I want to feel more confident about squaring the quilt up.  I think that I’ve done a good job on my first two, but I’d like a real system to make it feel like I’m not just winging it.  I’d also like to do a better job on the binding.  On both Thaya and Lily’s quilt I made bias binding using this method.  I’m very happy with it, except that I need to do a better job of cutting around and around as i found that my binding was narrower in some places than in others.  No biggie. Just something to work on!
I felt bad that I haven’t made anything for Aubrie yet.  I had this grand plan of hand making stockings for all of us by Christmas.  I am *almost* done with Brie’s.  Let’s just say that I was planning on making them for Christmas 2012, and that I am REALLY ahead of the game! I also have enough material to make a tree skirt.  Oh well. Christmas next year is going to be TOTALLY handmade! And maybe I’ll figure out how to hand embroider by then (or use the embroidery function on my sewing machine) to make the stockings, skirt, etc, a little more personal!
Happy New Year!
  • Rachel

    This looks great!! I’m working on quilts for my three at the minute, one top down, two to go! I really like the effect of the quilting too, now you’ve inspired me to rethink the design for Elsa’s quilt…

  • I was looking at all your beautiful pictures and then saw this wonderful quilt! It’s beautiful :)

  • Thanks so much for your kind words, Amanda! It was only my second quilt, and it was a breeze to make. Do you quilt? If not, it is a great quilt to start with!