Reuben’s Cot Quilt
I visited the Quilt Museum in York on Saturday 28th May 2011 where the ‘Celebrations’ exhibition was being held. I was inspired by the lovely quilts on display celebration events from coronations, marriages (there was even a quilted wedding dress there) and births. The cot quilts were adorable and I thought that this would be the perfect small project for the next few weeks.
I visited the Quilt Museum shop on the way out (I can’t resist a gift shop), and bought one pack of Moda charms which came in bright colours of orange, blue, green and brown in the Chrysalis collection. I felt that the fabric was suitably bright for a baby, but would suit a boy. I arranged them in a diagonal pattern by colour, using a 6 x 7 layout, to use up all of the 42 charms that came in the pack.
When I had sewed all the squares together, I assembled my quilt sandwich with a snoopy fabric backing that I’ve been saving for a long time, and some wadding in the middle. I contour quilted through the layers by setting the needle to the left position and using the side of the presser foot as a guide. I used four colours of complementary thread for each of four colours of fabric: blue on blue, orange on orange green on green and brown on brown.
I finished the quilt on Friday 1st July, before Reuben was born, with the project lasting five weeks. It was the first ever quilt I’d made for someone else, and I received a card from the parents saying that Reuben liked it!