Birthday sewing and new ideas

It was my daughter’s second birthday recently and I made her a quilt, I have a rather idealistic notion that I might make her one every year.  Though last year I cheated and gave her one I had made my grandmother before her death.

But Miss will be going from a cot to a proper bed soon and she needed a full size cover.
The quilt is a mix of fabrics from different sources; pink seersucker from my mum, green sheeting from I can’t remember where, retro style purple print quilt covers from a second hand shop, pink and green hearts from a friend and pretty country style florals new from the local fabric shop.

It is edged with purple gingham, backed with pink gingham and edged with popping purple bias tape.

I am really pleased with how it turned out though the photo taken in the back yard doesn’t really do it justice.

I chose a simple block design of squares because that I knew I could complete easily in the evenings, using the print fabrics in the 4 block squares and plains on the large squares.
I have enough fabric left over to make some matching cushion covers too, some of which may make their way into the shop.

Close up of the squares, though again the colours don’t really come across.

And today I made this wee fella out of matching fabric to sit on her window sill.  I drafted the pattern myself and am really pleased with it, though I think he could do with a bit more stuffing.
I am going to perfect the pattern and you may well see him turning up in the shop either as the finished sewn product or as pattern kits.
I got the fabric pom pom idea from Red Ted Art’s blog, which I in turn found through twitter, whose bird logo is not far removed from the shape of my wee fella, so perhaps this little bird should be called Tweet?
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4 Responses to Birthday sewing and new ideas

  1. RedTedArt September 6, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    Wow, what a cute little bird! Love it! And love it that we “met” on twitter and that you made such a wonderful use of the fabric pom pom idea! Go you!! Lovely!!!

    Red Ted Art

  2. Ruth September 6, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    Thank you Maggy. I’ve not fully explored all your site yet, but will do soon.


  3. sdBev September 7, 2010 at 3:57 am #

    The little bird is so sweet! For future years, you could also make doll blankets for her.

  4. Ruth September 7, 2010 at 6:44 am #

    Hi SDBev,
    Cot blankets are in the plan, I just haven’t got there yet!
    I found a 1950s wooden drop sided cot for her birthday too, so a matching quilt will be next to do.

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