Wow. I was blown away by your comments ~ all those amazing stories about your favorite quilts ~ posted for the April Showers Giveaway. Who knew that the life of a quilt could be so interesting? I, myself, have no vintage quilts... only store bought quilts and the ones I've made in the past 7 years since I began sewing. But now I'm really excited at the idea of doing as your grandmothers did ~ that is making a scrap quilt ~ a true scrap quilt ~ not made with my favorite designer's latest collection of quilting fabric, but sewn from old clothes and such. Lucky for me, I've been saving Olivia and Mia's clothes for this very project. Thank you for the motivation to get these clothes cut and sewn! I've begun what I hope will be our first heirloom quilt.
It's hard cutting into those baby clothes at first. A thousand memories and sentimental thoughts will protest against it, but once you get started it's easy peasy. Snip snip!
That brown check fabric? That was an OshKosh B'gosh dress. The pink and gray floral print was a tiny pair of bloomers.
The star flower print was Mia's blouse and the pale mint bird print was a summer romper. You'd be surprised how much usable fabric a single piece of infants clothing will yield once it's cut, laid flat, and pressed. I've got a giant bag stuffed full of clothes and I see several projects being made with it. I'm really loving the scrappy-ness of it all. What I hope is that Mia and Olivia will love their baby clothes quilts so much, they will save them forever and pass them onto their daughters, and their daughters, until the quilts simply unravel from all the love. That should be the life of a quilt.
And it begins with 2 1/2" squares and simple nine-patch blocks.
And now, the winner of the April Showers fat quarter bundle giveaway...
Yay Anda! She wrote: "This winter in Ontario, Canada has been the harshest in twenty years. That is especially why we appreciate a flannel quilt I made two years ago in vibrant colours: turquoise, yellow, pink and lime green...it brightens up an endless winter and the flannel keeps us warm and cozy!" If that's you, please email me with your mailing address asap. Time to deliver some spring to Ontario ;)
Thank you again for entering the giveaway and sharing with me your stories. If you didn't win but gotta have the fabric, Shea still has bundles left in her shop, Simply Sweet Fabric on etsy, along with yardage and plenty of other cute fabrics.