Quilt for a Little Girl – pictures of the making: Land

Baby Quilt

Baby Quilt

I have blogged about the number quilt I designed and made for my grand niece here. The quilt is divided into three panels, land, water and air. I had no access to any patterns with measurements, so I designed the quilt and the blocks on graph paper. I  made the ‘blocks and sewed them on to a flannel background, joining and quilting them as I went along!

The land panel came up first – with`one’ house’ and `two’ trees
The little lace curtains on the door and window are unstitched on one edge. I used satin ribbon for the tree trunk and that brown panel at the bottom of the house. The green of the trees was a favourite saree – one that I bought with my first salary. And the green of the grass is my mother’s frayed saree.

1-house-2-trees

1-house-2-trees

The next came in the six flowers – not only are these disproportionately huge, they were tough to handle and not too neat! 😦 As a beginner quilter, I had no idea you could spray starch fabric to make it easier to cut and sew pieces.

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1-house-2-trees-6-flowers

Here are the three cats with their 3-D tails.

Quilted cat 1

Quilted cat 1

Don’t you love his little red bow?! He does not look happy despite the fact that his background is a saree from my trousseau! And he himself ( as also the house) came from a saree blouse piece.

Quilted Cat 2

Quilted Cat 2

The Navy Cat – not very happy too! And that when I made him from the scraps of my favorite navy silk salwar and gave him this lovely braided tail!

Quilted Cat 3

Quilted Cat 3

I loved the background fabric of Mr. Marmalade Cat ( well loved silk kurta) and wanted to use it elsewhere too – but it frayed enormously.

So the three ungrateful and oversized cats found their way next to the house.

1-house-2trees-3cats-6flowers

1-house-2trees-3cats-6flowers

I shall write about how I made the sea and the sky panels in another blogpost!

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3 thoughts on “Quilt for a Little Girl – pictures of the making: Land

  1. What a wonderful story. Lovely memories for the little girl and so precious with bits and pieces from fabrics that they themselves have a story!

  2. It’s a beautiful quilt. I think your niece will treasure it forever. I love quilts with stories and personal fabrics. This one is special because it has both. Don’t worry too much about lines and shapes being always straight and perfect. It adds personality and character that otherwise lacking in so many quilts. Besides, I am sure in the eyes of your niece, it is more than perfect!
    Happy Stitching!
    Sujata

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