I randomly decided to make quilts for, according to Google, my first cousins once removed. My cousin’s daughters, Emily and Michaela, are ages 7 and 4 (about a week shy of 5!), and I get pictures / videos of them via Snapchat. They make me smile.
So they get quilts. What? That makes total sense. Kids like blankets. They do!
When I asked my cousin what his daughters really liked (so I could make them something special), he told me Emily likes purple, Michaela likes pink, and they both like playing with dolls.
Well, fuck – that could be any little girl.
(I did manage to get a little more information out of him, but none of it was particularly inspiring… For example, both girls like guinea pigs.)
Our family is of Irish heritage, and I know that’s important to my cousin, so I decided to go with the simplest of Irish Chains. Emily gets a purple Irish Chain. Michaela gets the exact same but in pink. (My cousin wanted me to make him one in blue too! I told him “maybe someday.”)
Since they both love their dolls, I made a matching doll quilt for each girl to make it a little more “special” overall.
I used the bunny fabric in the Nana Mae line by Henry Glass. I’m not normally a big fan of 30s reproductions, but I really love the bunnies. And the bunnies were available in both pink and purple, so they worked. I mean, they aren’t guinea pigs, but everyone likes bunnies, right? Whatever, quilter’s choice – I like bunnies.
I think white would have been nice for the background but I ultimately chose grey because… I mean, they’re kids. Seriously, who gives anything primarily white to a kid? It’ll be grey in about 5 seconds anyway.
Also, I like grey.
Pardon? No, I totally took the kids into account when I was making my choices and did not just pick what I liked. Shut up.
I had planned on gifting the quilts for Christmas, then realized that if I had them done by December 8, my mom could deliver them on December 9. This would save me having to pay for shipping because she was seeing them anyway.
If only I had realized this before December 1.
Yea, so I was a little rushed putting them together. As such, the quilting in the negative space on the large quilts isn’t as interesting as I might have done if I had more time. (I had a really cool star pattern I was considering.)
But it’s not completely boring either. It reminds me of argyle. I like argyle.
Yes, I know argyle is Scottish, not Irish. DON’T JUDGE ME.
The doll quilts got hearts in the negative space for two reasons.
1 – doll quilts are smaller and easier to manage on my home machine.
2 – I had already completed one of the doll quilts before I realized how little time I had, so my options were “ditch the doll quilt I already made and make a 3rd doll quilt so everything matches” or “quilt the other doll quilt with hearts and accept that the doll quilts match each other but not the large quilts.” The second option felt like the better one.
The (human) quilts finished at approximately 54 x 72. The doll quilts finished at approximately 18.5 x 24.5. They feel a little big to me for doll quilts, but I just divided all my measurements for the large quilts by 3, adjusted to the nearest quarter inch, and went with it so… that’s what size they are.
I don’t normally wash quilts before photographing and gifting, but there were too many quilting marks not to. I probably could have ironed them or something, but frankly, I was too exhausted. Add in that my nice phone died and I had to replace it with something much cheaper with a much shittier camera, and the pictures aren’t the best. Oh well.
I received a cute SnapChat of the girls thanking me for the quilts. My cousin says they really love them, but can’t decide which side they want to be “up” and which to be “down.” I’d make a joke, but damn if I didn’t have the same dilemma when it was time to attach the labels.