We’ve had a fair bit of snow up here, and I still had the two quilts I made for family babies and borrowed back to display at last weekend’s craft fair, so I thought I’d take a few pictures. Unfortunately I left it slightly too late in the day for the magical pink light I had hoped for (took that long to fish out ski trousers, mittens etc!) but they’re not too bad. I made the bird one in time (just, I finished it at midnight on Christmas Eve!) for last Christmas for my nephew Findlay.
I am not a huge fan of trains/planes/dinosaurs/monsters for boys- nothing wrong with a digger or megasaurous here and there but I do find gendered children’s things annoying (and depressing). So I settled on birds, and think this quilt would do for either sex.
The patterned bird (which could be done in any pattern, a check, gingham, tartan, stripes) matches the back of the quilt. This quilt has been loved and washed a bit so has a lived-in look!
The other quilt I made for my cousin Annie. Her mother spent a lot of time in Russia and speaks Russian so I wanted to echo that in the motif but also the rich, warm colours, reds, purples and golds. I think you can tell I made it in the winter months, there are hardly any cool colours at all in it!
Most of the fabrics are in fact from my grandma’s collection and are predominantly vintage Laura Ashley and Liberty. She bought rather a lot of Liberty lawn fabrics and then clearly thought them ‘too good’ to use, luck me!
I have another quilt in the pipeline now for an upcoming new baby, a farm scene I think with some embroidered lettering around the side… the design process and choosing fabrics stage is one of my favourites. The piecing and quilting, which I do totally by hand, is laborious but meditative, and the final quilt very satisfying. There are certainly moments of frustration, but they are worth it!
I do love designing and making quilts, so if you have an idea or a recipient in mind for a handmade, heirloom gift, get in touch at email@example.com, or leave a comment on my blog!
Last but not least, a picture of an uncertain sledger… and Home Farm cottage (aka Cold Comfort) itself. Brrr!