Isobel, the daughter of my dear friend, Lisa, turned four earlier this month. I have always wanted to make this adorable, special girl a quilt, and with her getting a little older (and into a big-girl bed!), now was the perfect time.
Months ago I was experimenting with 5″ half-square triangles, but never did make them into a quilt. The closest they made it was long strips of HSTs sewn together. Subconsciously, I think my colour choice was made with Isobel in mind… pinks of various shades punctuated by chocolate brown and cream. I didn’t use as much of the cream colour as I probably should have and found the HSTs a bit too busy when put together – I particularly like HST quilts when they have lots of cream/white to really make the colours POP.
I decided to use these strips as the basis for this quilt, but not in a traditional manner. Instead, I cut the 5″ wide strips into 2″ strips, then used these more narrow strips to create the letters of Isobel’s name. I used the same method I used for the “Love Letters” mini quilt – building each letter piece by piece from a pattern I drew. The end product created a design with an abstract, geometric quality that I am quite fond of.
For the back of the quilt, I pieced pink and cream fabric together with several of the 2″ strips I used for the letters on the front. I also used my leftover scraps to sew a large square of abstract geometric shapes, then cut it into a large heart shape. I stitched the heart on the back, framed with two larger hearts in cream and pink, with a raw edge.
After lots of straight-line quilting (it always takes me longer than I think it will), a polka dotted pink binding, and couple trips through the wash to get the heart on the back fraying, it was done!
Lisa has a genuine affection for quilts, as her Grandma made her a special quilt many years ago that she still treasures. Lisa reflected how glad she is Isobel has a “special quilt” of her own also. So glad you like it, Isobel and Lisa (and Georg)! It was made with love, and fond thoughts of your beautiful little family… XO, – E