I have a little Miss who turned three on the weekend and is obsessed with Princesses. We have been trying to decide on a name for her dolly and she is adamant that dolly should be called “Princess”. Anyway, with a third birthday looming we decided it was time for Missy to move into a big girl bed and a quilt was therefore needed.
As I mentioned previously, this quilt is sooooo hard to photograph. The colours come across as washed out. Trust me, this one is a stunner. I love absolutely everything about it and it is not at all washed out in real life
I started out with some Alexandra Henry “Princess Kingdom” prints from Hawthorne Threads and then pulled themed prints from my stash (I was quite shocked when I discovered three magic toadstool prints, there’s a possibility that I’ve become a hoarder!). I then selected high value/high volume/saturated prints from my stash, many of these have come from my stash subscription with Pink Castle Threads. I actually meant to use a darker background as Missy is known for staining quilts with textas but I ended up using some Bella Bleached White from the Fat Quarter Shop (I use both Kona and Bella solids but have a slight preference for Bella). (And this post isn’t sponsored, just letting you know where to source these goodies.)
I framed each of the feature prints in the high value prints and then added white sashing. I love improv piecing and I’ve found that it pays to layout your pieces on the design wall, break them up into sections and then try and get these sections to either the same width or length. To do this I generally cut sashing at two widths, a wide sashing of around 3.5″ and a narrower sashing of around 2″. These can then be trimmed back or added to.
I added some floating blocks to the top and the bottom using some super special Liberty of London scraps, some voile and some favourite quilting cottons.
I like big quilts. I like a quilt that covers the pillows and hangs nicely over the end as well as both sides. This quilt ended up at 87″ x 62″ (I lost a fair amount in both trimming and washing) and I love the size.
I actually didn’t realise that I had unintentionally made quite similar quilts for my children until I lay down and admired them. How cool is this view? If only I could snuggle here all day!
I used a super soft and snuggly Anna Maria Horner flannel (again from Hawthorne Threads) for the back. I love how the quilting looks on the back
Free motion quilting is my passion. If I could quilt every day of my life I would be a happy woman indeed. A little while ago I read a quote that was something like, “be so awesome that they can’t ignore you” and it has rung in my ears ever since. I put that philosophy 100% into my quilting. I want to be a famous quilter, not for the money or the fame (like there’s any of that in handmade LOL) but because I want enough people to want me to quilt for them and actually get paid so I can make this my job. That’s the dream, but the reality is that I love to quilt and that I spend a lot of time coming up with designs, practicing them and making myself the best quilter I can be. And I enjoy it!
I quilted feathers in the negative space around the floating blocks in a soft pink (if you’re looking for a soft pink thread, try this one!) Aurifil 2410 in 50wt. I would have used it for the whole quilt except the spool was low, so I outlined the feathers in white (Aurifil 2024 in 50wt) and then densely FMQed the blank areas.
I quilted large pebbles between the feature blocks. I didn’t want the quilting to distract from the prints and I think I achieved this well.
I saw the negative space between the curved borders on the side and the pieced center as an opportunity to have fun. Again using the soft pink (Aurifil 2410) I did a kind of curvy pattern inspired by Angela Walters quilting of Tula Pink’s Anchor Quilt. I would have liked to have had three of these on both sides, but I didn’t have space to do a third nicely so instead I densely FMQed swirls, butterflies, paisleys, hearts, flowers and a few words in white (Aurifil 2024 in 50wt).
The curved pieced border was a lot of fun and a key feature of this quilt. I selected matching low value prints from my stash cut them at 7″ x 5″ and then did an improv curved piecing technique to join them to the bella bleached white. I realised afterwards that I should have done this part slightly differently to get perfect corners but am happy with how it turned out.
Coming up with a quilting design for the pieced border was difficult. I worked hard to make sure that the borders were directional when the quilt is hanging on a bed. I wanted to incorporate love-hearts into the design but it was difficult to come up with a repetitive, princess type design that was directional and did not overpower the prints. Yes, I think a LOT about every aspect of the quilt LOL I’m super pleased with the design I came up with in the end and Aurifil 2452 in 50wt was a perfect fit!
I have not always had great results using different top and bottom thread when quilting but I didn’t want to use super light threads on the back. I paired Aurifil 2510 (a light lavender) with white and used a lot of the dusty pink (Aurifil 2452) in the bobbin. This worked well because the colours were similar enough not to cause any tension issues and I got the look I wanted on both the front and back.
I know I’ve already said it, but I LOVE this quilt. It even fits on my bed, but seeing as I quilted my daughter’s name onto it I figure she should keep it 😉
This quilt was designed, pieced and quilted by me on my Bernina 440QE using Aurifil threads. I used 100% wool batting, flannel back and an array of quilting cottons (including bella solids) for the top. It measures 87″ by 62″ and was deemed fit by my little princess 😉 We’re hoping to find a pea under her mattress which we can then remove to solve all of our sleep problems 😉
Whilst I love, love, loved making this quilt (which I think took about two weeks, funny how speedy I can be with a deadline!) I am happy to be back to more saturated projects Next up is a mini for Mr Husband for father’s day <3 Do you tend to work with the same palette over and over or do you mix it up? Do you feel a bit funny when working with a palette outside of your comfort zone? What do you do to make it work or check that you’re on the right track? I’d love to hear about your process
I’m linking up to Sew Cute Tuesday at Better Off Thread and Anything Goes Mondays at Stitch by Stitch