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13/12/2014

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Il Etait Une Fois {handmade for Elma}

13/12/2014

Yesterday morning a newly two-year old Elma sat on the sofa under the shadow of a giant balloon that’s bigger than she is; the rest of the family gathered around her to watch as she tackled the little mountain of cards and presents that awaited.  And on top of the pile was a big flat squishy square in princess wrapping paper.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Elma pulled, and tore the paper, and tugged at her present and finally it was free and spread out across her knees;

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

“It my new duvet!” said a very happy little voice.

Yes, I finished Elma’s quilt – and even with some time to spare. Most uncharacteristic. And here it is in all its glory:

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Il Était Une Fois ; a little mixture of  Les Manoues and Part à la Mer .

In the end I opted to cut the blocks down to the size of the embroideries rather than try to add borders and happily I had enough fabric to cut a few extra squares to make it a 6×6 block quilt of 8″ squares (finished size).

I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that there are two very different but equally lovely types of quilts; the ones with detailed intricate piecing, where the fabric is lovely, possibly even stunning, but the real appeal is the geometry in the block, and the second sort where the piecing is incredibly simple, but which showcase the fabric to it’s very best.  This is one of the latter.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

In patchwork terms it is really easy, and certainly once I’d finished my embroideries, cut the filler blocks, squared up the other printed blocks and spent a good half hour laying it all out on the lounge floor and balancing precariously on the footstool to get a different perspective, it came together very quickly.

The quilting too is pretty basic; I used my walking foot to quilt some nice straight lines 1/4″ either side of the seams in the same variegated thread that I used for Kitty’s quilts (YLI in Mango, a red/pink/yellow combination).

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

But I think when you’re using picture blocks that’s all you really need, it’s all about the story that the pictures tell, stories of the beach, a lighthouse, a little girl knitting (I can never resist that one) or picking apples and baking them into a pie.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

It’s also achievable quilting.  I’m mostly a process creator in the things I make, but I really do like the end product too; I like to see things finished and being worn or snuggled under around the house.

I’m under no illusions about how much crafty time I get at the moment, or that that’s not likely to change over the next few years.  Unlike knitting, I can’t really pick up a quilt, sew two stitches and put it down again, or at least only sometimes, like when I’m sewing down the binding so while I might gaze in adoring wonder at the really intricate designs, I know that right now I need to keep it uncomplicated.  The fussy cutting teeny tiny pieces sorts of patterns will still be there in years to come.

But most importantly, Elma likes it.  She snuggled up under it to finish opening her presents, and later when she and Kitty were curled up with their teddies just before bedtime I found them both tucked in nicely.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And when this tiny little two year old of mine is all big and grown I love that she’ll never be too big to curl up under a quilt that says it was made for her second birthday.