I've mentioned Riley here before...she is our new niece that should be here any...day...now (tick-tock, tick-tock). : ) All of us...Maggie, Joe and Mark included, absolutely can't wait to meet her! We already talk about her like we've known her forever. I can't begin to imagine how excited her parents, Mark's brother Scott and his wife Christen are.
Christen asked me a while back to make a pillow for Riley's room and I was so excited. I was even more excited when she told me she wanted to use this Square Dance panel, from the Little Folks collection, for her cribskirt (which her Mom made - it's beautiful!). This is my probably my all-time favorite fabric collection and one that I've been collecting since I first started sewing. I have used it quite a bit, on all kinds of projects, and think it's awesome to work with.
Christen gave me full reign over the pillow design, so I decided to do a dresden plate. It has a girlish and vintage appeal to me and I knew that something with these characteristics would fit well in Riley's new space. I had never sewn a dresden plate before and was surprised by how easy and fun it was! I just happened to find this little crocheted doily piece to use for the middle. I picked up a little stack of them at Suzanna's Antiques (one of Christen and Scott's favorite shops).
The quilting was so fun. Although it was a smaller project, it was probably the most enjoyable quilting experience I've had thus far. I just quilted around each plate/petal (whatever they're called) and then echoed it on the background linen (essex linen in sand) a couple of times. The piping is another detail that I love, as it frames the whole thing and gives it some pop.
The back was done with a super soft Folksy Flannel print and has an envelope closure with a little scrappy detail.
I'm happy Christen (and Scott) will have a nice comfy cushion for those precious moments rocking and holding baby Riley. And I remember so well those late winter nights up with my baby Maggie, and covering up with a warm blanket that a neighbor made us. So, along with the pillow I made a quilt for them (and Riley). It's just a simple patchwork quilt made with 4" sqaures, again from the Little Folks collection. I didn't measure it but it must be about 35" x 42".
I quilted it in a loopy meandering pattern. I intentionally quilted it densely, thinking that it would make it more sturdy. It does take away from the softness of the quilt, but not too much. I used the same Folksy flannel print on the back as used on the pillow.
I bound it in a solid pink voile. The very day that I finished the quilting and was planning to bind it, Rachel at Stitched in Color posted this clever zig-zag binding tutorial, so I decided to give it a try. It was super fast and easy and I think it fits this quilt perfectly. There were a couple of tiny spots where I didn't catch the binding on the back, but I just went back over them.
The kids and I took these goodies to Christen one day last week. She looks amazing!!! And, Riley's room looks so perfect...so much like them...filled with handmade things from people that love them, vintage pieces, tons of books, cherished toys, and amazing pictures and little details all over the place. I was so happy to contribute something to this space. Can't wait to meet you Riley!!!