The Friday Archive – Michaela’s Baby Quilt

Michaela\'s Quilt and Wall Hanging

This picture shows a small quilt that I made for Baby Michaela, to roll around on as an infant, and a tiny co-ordinating wall hanging that I made as my first ever attempt at needle turn applique.  The wall hanging was a small trial run for this quilt (which I am still working on 2 1/2 years after I started it in March 2006).

Michaela on her baby quilt

I started making this very basic quilt when I was quite large (pregnant) and I remember how awkward it was, crawling around on the floor as I made the quilt sandwich.  It is machine quilted with basic diagonal lines, and technically it is pretty ordinary, but it has stood up to being washed, time after time after time, (baby vomit, grass stains, mashed banana).  The lavender coloured gingham backing has taken on that lovely puckered appearance that comes with being well washed and well loved.

I particularly love the colour combination on this quilt and wall hanging – it is a little unusual, and has elicited quite a few comments over the last three years (I especially love the cinnamon colour with the lavender).  I have a little of each of these fabrics stashed away to applique a doona (duvet) cover that I want to make for Michaela’s bed, out of lavender gingham sheets.

Michaela on her Baby Quilt

See Mum I am much bigger than a baby now!

Here is a look at some more bedding, a peek at what is on our bed at the moment.

Mohair Lap Rug

More lavender!  This is a pure mohair lap rug that Luke gave me about 9 years ago.  In winter I sleep with it over my half of the bed – I feel the cold more than Luke does.  Yesterday I carefully hand washed it, and then was able to dial up a very gentle spin speed on my new machine to spin off some of the water.  I added lavender oil to the wool wash, so it smells lovely.

The stripey pillow case you can see is made of the same fabric as the binding on Michaela’s quilt.  It was all cut from the border on some sheeting seconds that I purchased years ago – I only wanted the stripes, but had to buy a whole garden scene piece of sheeting to get it.

What unusual colour combinations do you like?

4 thoughts on “The Friday Archive – Michaela’s Baby Quilt

  1. *Love* that second pic of Michaela – what a cutie!
    Back in the days (highschool, I think) I used to have a real thing for hotpink and pale green together. Not sure I could stomach the combination now though.

  2. Hi Claire – in response to my Sushi Quilt – the Bento Box pattern is by Tracey Brookshier – I got my pattern awhile ago from Addicted to Fabric in Canberra – give them a google. I have already planned another one with it, before this one is half over (I\’m like that!) Make the trip to Skinners Playground in South Melbourne – it will be a great day – there is a basketball court, bbq\’s (oldish) toilets (again, oldish) and all the rest I blogged about – it is so refreshing to find an \’unique\’ playground! Cafes are around the corner for coffee.

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