Amelia’s quilt – 2 years in the making

I’ve finally finished Amelia’s quilt! I’ve been working on it for about 2 years… coming to a grinding halt at some stage when it got to the hand quilting. As with all these things, when I actually sat down and got to it, things seemed to get done quicker than I had imagined in the lead up. The hand quilting was not so arduous when done chatting to my friends or the girls. The binding was a debacle, as usual for me, but it came together when I firmly told myself that if it wasn’t perfect it really didn’t matter. I started off following the Purl Bee instructions and Heather Bailey’s pdf instructions, but then decided to wing it, which was a big mistake. So it’s a little lumpy in parts but it’s done. Of course, I was seized by the desire to sew on the binding when access to my machine was at its most tricky – all the books and dvds from the rest of the house are currently piled all around and under my table while we are painting – so even pushing down on the foot pedal meant my whole body was at an awkward angle. But did I stop to rearrange? Clear my desk of extra bits? Of course not! I just cursed and swore and shouted at people who dared interupt until it was done (20 minutes! Not weeks on end as I might have imagined somewhere along the line).

And tonight Amelia is snuggled under the new quilt and loves it.  While the full-on nature of the design is kind of “Me 2 years ago”, and I would probably come up with a different kind of scheme or combination now (a little more subtlety perhaps?), it’s done! I can cross that one off my “Big List”.

*** Most of the fabrics are Denyse Schmidt beauties – mostly Flea Market Fancy. There are a couple of Kaffe Fassett solids in there too.  All were a pleasure to work with ***

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36 Responses

  1. Frogdancer says:

    Better late than never!My kids love their quilts. It so worth the time and effort to make them.

  2. Jo says:

    Looks lovely, and so nice to have the weight lifted off you… funny how we build things up in our minds, I am trying to face down my first attempt at screen printing this week, and it’s taken for the ‘deadline’ to be looming to finally build up the courage {well soon I will build up the courage, soon!}

  3. Cele says:

    How lovely, I’m sure she loves her quilt. Well worth the wait I think.

  4. Wow, I am so impressed that you were able to work on your machine in the middle of that. The quilt is fabulous, what a yummy collection of colors and fabrics. Gorgeous!

  5. christie says:

    beautiful Claire!No wonder Amelia loves it.

    PS glad i’m not the only one who shouts at her family when she is trying to get some sewing finished!

  6. liz says:

    i love sweet, cheery, and cozy!and what a satisfying feeling to cross something like that off of your list… (now what’s next?!)

  7. mylene says:

    you are an awesome mother! can u post up close ups to inspire us? don’t have to be perfect! im looking forward to bring out my sewing machine and start on projects too!

  8. Veronica says:

    It’s lovely. I love the bright colours. Something I could imagine my daughter carrying around the house with her constantly.

  9. innerpickle says:

    It’s gorgeous! And so exactly the way I sew. I love that you didn’t create an idyllic clear working space for the photo and that someone else has books/boxes/toys/projects stacked up against their useful IKEA storage units and can’t access them. I am so there.

  10. tracylea says:

    the colors are beautiful. And I have a feeling over the years the lovely wearing of it will make it even more loved (and with slight fading will seem to reminisce of younger days – which she’ll probably adore)

  11. Megan says:

    Congrats!! It looks so snuggly and pretty! I like seeing her reading beneath it. A nice shot of one of the great pleasures in life. Doesn’t it feel so good to finish something that’s been around for a while? I love that feeling.

  12. jessi says:

    I agree! It is beautiful and of course after 2 years your taste will change, but it still very good taste, so don’t you worry about THAT! :)Amelia looks like she loves it to bits and it does look so cosy!!


  13. Anja says:

    I recently finished a knitted sweater for my husband that was started in 2006 (!), practically finished, then unravelled because it didn’t fit, and re-knitted in the right size. It felt so good both to be free of the project and to see it being used!

  14. Yvette says:

    I would feel like I was sleeping in a field of wildflowers – just lovely.

  15. allison says:

    Those colors are just so bright and cheery! Looks like she’s already enjoying the best part of a quilt, curling up with a favorite book 🙂 Nice work.

  16. Pip Lincolne says:

    Oh! I love it! Binding is fun and annoying, huh?! For the life of me I always have to hand sew the second side….! Amelia looks totally snuggly under this : and just in time for Autumn. You did an ace job, Loobs. xxxx

  17. Kellie says:

    Beautiful. I have been collecting one for my son since he was 1, and now he is 4. hahaTwo years is good, plus its beautiful.

  18. Kate says:

    A fantastic quilt, the gold FMF bouquet is a fave.I just finished binding my daughters quilt last night…18 months after I started. Boy it feels good to be finished!

  19. jay anderson says:

    what a happy find! i gave up on my first patchwork as it took so long – it really is a labour of love – your colours and patterns are lovely and well worth the length of time it took!

  20. kylie says:

    I thought I might squash 3 comments in one1. I two have an almpost finished quilt that has taken me 4 years so far to finish and I love your quilt I dont think its too bright.2. I love books too…lots.3. I so know how you feel about Autumn and lostness once kids are all at school, it took me 15 years before all of mine were off and out and then I went back to Uni. First day back today, final year, no more spare time 🙂

  21. Susan L says:

    that fabric might be so yesterday for you … but it’s still today for your daughter (and me by the way). it’s gorgeous and your daughter looks so sweet under it. well done for finishing

  22. Salihan says:

    I LOVE the fabric you’ve chosen. Your good eye for colours and patterns make the quilt timeless. It’s bright and cheerful whether it’s 2010 or 2020. I hope your daughter and you enjoy many years snuggling underneath it. Good job!

  23. Francesca says:

    Yay! It looks perfect to me – warm and wonderful. I’m sure Amelia will treasure it – I adore the quilts my mum made me!

  24. Umatji says:

    Well done. I am glad she loves it. I sometimes wonder with my very late makings if the moment might have passed and my boy might just not want it or love things any more but I have been lucky so far,. did you have those nerves?

  25. Kirsty says:

    Three cheers for you!This is the very reason I don’t tend to tackle the larger projects. In my head everything takes so long!

    BTW…love the autumn look.

  26. Chris says:

    Hurray. Good for you. I’ve been knitting a quilt for over 3.5 years. Let’s really call it 4. So your 2 years is pretty fine by me. The colours are great, especially for a little girl. It’s no wonder she loves it.Also, going back to a previous post of yours, feeling lost with children at school, I hope you are feeling ok about taking the time, waiting till term 2. In the broader scheme of things, a few weeks isn’t going to make much difference, really.

  27. Amelia’s quilt is beautiful so bright and cheery, well worth the 2 year wait:)

  28. Mousy Brown says:

    I am so glad I am not the only one who works in conditions like that – I sometimes think I should get danger money! I love the end results and it looks like the new owner does too! Beautiful! 😀

  29. larissa says:

    all that delicious color. socks me right in the eyes! I really love it, so worth the effort to finish. Your methods sound a lot like mine. Procrastination/clutter contortion/mania all being integral parts of my work process. 🙂

  30. tulip says:

    Beautiful! The fabrics are just beautiful. :)I love that I’m not the only one who just goes for it even when the machine is in no way accessible. It’s the “I will not be stopped” momentum. 🙂

  31. Your quilt is absolutely the most beautiful thing. I love the colors and the fabrics. Oh, to be so very talented!

  32. melissa says:

    Love the quilt, the colours are stunning. Sometimes these things take time to evolve and your quilt looks like it was worth the wait! I was a Moomintroll fan when I went to school. I think I have the dangerous journey book somewhere in my house. When I saw your blog I raced to my son’s room to see if it was on his shelf. I may have taken it to school. I will have to have another look at it. I didn’t know they were so hard to find.

  33. Marty says:

    lovely quilt. I have one in progress that is so old I’m ashamed to say.(30 years) I WILL finish it. I believe that is an old cast iron Kenmore in the background. Am I right? One of the best machines I own.

  34. rita says:

    ah…i absolutely love the combination of pink and orange. darling.

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