Elise’s first quilt

By Melissa LeRay

Well, not really, but her first one from me.  Little Folks by Anna Maria Horner is my all-time-favorite fabric line.   I have had to resist the urge to fleece our savings to buy bolts of each print.  I’ve settled for a half yard of each.  But I wanted to save that, untouched, to make a big quilt for our bed, so I ordered a FQ bundle of the Sugar Cookie palette.

I wanted a very simple pattern; something that would showcase the prints, and a simple quilting to keep it soft and pliable.  This is roughly 36″ x 42″, and 3″ squares are used.  This is a gloriously soft quilt.   The quilting is just a stitch-in-the-ditch pattern, nothing fancy.   At the bottom right you can see where I wrote her a little note on the back.

I think my favorite part of the quilt is the pieced binding.  These two particular prints have a lot of design elements in common, in addition to the color, and so it actually flowed quite well in a pieced fashion.

And how neat is that chair that’s in the first photo?  Elise’s grandfather, “Pa Pa”, made that for her.  He is an amazingly talented woodworker, and makes each grandchild their own rocking chair.  Hanging next to the chair are two Cranky Princess prints I bought from Heather Ross.  So cute!

All in all, I think Elise approves of her quilt, and I hope that she gets many years out of it.  I also hope that more and more fabric designers continue to release fabric printed on mediums other than quilting weight cotton; because although it is typically more expensive, it is undoubtedly worth it.

1 Comment on Elise’s first quilt

  1. teresa
    May 12, 2012 at 9:02 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh Melissa, this is indeed so very sweet. It’s more than that, it’s beautiful. I love the simplicity yet colorfulness, the little squares, and that you included a note for Elise. You just know she’ll be giving this to her own daughter some day.

    And I share your love for Anna Maria Horner prints, especially Little Folks. I’m totally jealous that you’ll see them every day now! If my mom hadn’t already made a (very similar!) quilt for Lila, I would totally copy this. Instead, I’ll have to come up with some other excuse to purchase some Anna Maria. Any ideas?


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