Why hello there!
My first blog post for 2016 – I wasn’t sure we would get here after every possible computer malfunction has happened in the past 2 months (including the loss of every single thing on my hard drive, cue the hysteria!)
The kids are all somewhat settled into a new school year, although it has been a bumpier ride than expected. After 7 weeks of no routine it was tough to resettle into the day to day especially as all sports kicked back in at exactly the same time. We went from not getting out of pjs to being out of the house every night of the week for different activities. Exhausted is an understatment.
Around the craziness I had the joy of working on Amelia’s quilt, her lovely mum Nekesha has been a customer of mine for a while and I was so thrilled to be asked to create her little girl’s quilt. Poor Nekesha had to be incredibly patient as time totally got away from me with all the craziness. Hopefully the finished result was worth the wait!
Amelia’s quilt started with these 2 cushions, purchased by Nekesha in August last year. They were the first butterflies I had made and I still love them, there really is nothing like a Pam Kitty floral to make you happy.
Nekesha wanted a quilt that was lovely and colourful and worked with the cushions. I had already had the pleasure of working with some charm squares of Bloom & Bliss and had fallen in love with the idea of creating a large quilt with the range, fortunately Nekesha agreed immediately and we were off and running!
In the past few months you may have noticed I am playing with different shapes, this is part of me defining my style. I want to branch out from the traditional square where I can but still play only with simple shapes so that the fabric is always the hero. One style I have had in my head the whole time is a hexagon quilt made using Lori Holt’s half hexi ruler and luckily Nekesha was as excited as I was to play with the idea. Of course in true Sarah style I decided to jump in boots and all and make a double bed size on my very first attempt, nothing like me and a deep end! Fortunately though the quilting Gods were on my side and everything went together perfectly. It was so exciting seeing it all come together!
Quilting was a joy too – I just followed the lines! I was pretty grateful for a large machine again though, I cant imagine trying to feed that through a smaller throat.
The most excited part was pulling her out of the dryer and getting her on Hannah’s bed for photos. I had already made the matching pillows so there was no waiting, I just went straight to the pretty. Hannah’s room didnt have the best light for photos and I wont lie, I was too keen to get everything wrapped and in the post to probably check I had nailed the shots but fortunately as always my lack of photographic ability was not too huge an issue, the quilt still shone.
For the backing I used a vintage sheet I discovered last year, it was such a happy moment. It was still in original packaging and the perfect shade of pink, quilt backs are so hit and miss. I desperately wish someone out there would recognise the need for modern backs in clear colours. It would make a whole generation of quilters so happy!
And of course the cushions. I decided to use my favourite print and then applique Amelia’s name on in gold, it turned out so pretty! And of course no piccolo custom order seems complete anymore without an apple pie cushion, this was my gift to Nekesha for waiting longer than I wanted her to. I love making them and am thrilled how many people love ordering them too!
The quilt set is already heading home so now I cross fingers, toes and eyes that it is happily received and there are squeals of delight as each pretty is opened. I am like a nervous mother sometimes!
One last photo for the day, I loved this one I shot of Penny and Birdie just relaxing together, I love my little handmade people, they really do make me smile when I place them in photos 🙂
And now I am back to the machine – I promise to not be away so long next time, Renee’s set is nearly ready for her photo shoot and Robin’s isnt far behind. I cant wait to share those with you all too.