The quilt had an interesting beginning as I had set out to make an advent calender. I had carefully chosen all the fabrics from my stash ready to make little advent pockets, but when I saw the collection of fabrics all over the table I loved it so much I wanted it to become a quilt, not just something we brought out once a year.
It is a very simple grid of 11 x 11 squares, of 5 inches. I love squares so much, but when it came time to quilt it, I wanted something a bit different, to make these quaint fabrics a little more contemporary and had the idea of quilting in circles all over it. And I think I set a record with this one, because I hand quilted it in 28 days - obviously nothing else got done in those days between April and June of 2010!
On the border I quilted in diamonds, and when I had finished, I calculated that the quilt had approximately 13,860 hand-quilted stitches in it.
The backing fabric of stripes was rather expensive, so rather than buying enough to cover the entire back, I patched that too. The binding fabric was a gift from a friend's stash, she no longer wanted, and the feedsack fabric was also a gift from a friend, so I have lots of lovely memories of friendships sewn into the quilt.
I love that within this quilt there are sheep and little houses, and girls tucked up in bed. There are red roses and little cottages and the Eiffel Tower. I love to run my hands over all those stitches and dream about the little girl in bed and wonder if she has been to Paris and seen the Eiffel Tower, and whether the roses have been painted red by a pack of cards and who lives in those sweet little cottages with the blue trees in the yard.
Enough, I'm rambling now and this post is just covering up the fact that I don't have anything new to share with you today!!
Hope you're enjoying your Tuesday.