Sophie Car Seat Quilt »
Type of item: Functional
Style: Cute, Whimsical, Casual, Funky
Cotton fabric odds and ends, cotton thread, polyester wadding,
What was your inspiration?
One of my fellow Craftsy Quilters, Desna, posted pictures and information on a lovely little car seat quilt she'd made for her granddaughter, Lily-Kate, with information as to where to get the free pattern. I was very taken with the idea of a little quilt that could be tied in place and therefore would not get kicked off, and which could also be used in a pushchair or buggy and investigated the pattern. I was unwell throughout Christmas and New Year and missed all the parties etc, but not ill enough to be unable to quilt so I decided to abandon the 2012 BOM temporarily and make the cover for my great-granddaughter, Lily Rose. However, having seen Lily over Christmas, I decided she was now old enough and clever enough to untie the ties and it might be a bit of a waste making it for her (she will be getting a "big girl's" bed quilt some time in the not too distant future) so decided to make it for my friend Naomi's new baby, George.
What are you most proud of?
Finishing it quickly without too much hassle. I got myself into a real old muddle when putting the blocks together - my printer wasn't working properly and I couldn't read the instructions! However, it came together in the end. I quickly whizzed around and quilted "in the ditch" (not very good at that - I really ought to wear my glasses!). I then went back to look at Desna's quilt which had originally inspired me and saw how beautifully she had quilted Lily-Kate's, and that made me think I should do a bit more! I decided to keep it fairly simple as I wanted it to retain as much of the puffiness as possible and used some variagated thread left over from another project. I was a bit scared of running out of the variagated thread as the shop where I bought it has now closed and I haven't seen it anywhere else, so that was another reason for not doing too much FMQ (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!).
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
The pattern suggests using a charm pack but it adapts very well to scraps as long as they are at least five inches square (or will make half a 5" square). I cut up a lot of old bits to make this and backed it with some fabric I had in my stash. I think Desna's is more attractive with the large patterned fabric on the back, but I didn't have anything suitable for a baby quilt and the shops were closed over the Christmas holiday period.
Thank you so much, Desna, for the inspiration - I might never have discovered the Moda Bakeshop, but for you, and I've found all sorts of interesting things in it!