I’ve finished Olive’s quilt, and I think it is the “new” favourite quilt I’ve made (I say this every timer I finish a quilt.) I made a little quilt last year for the niece of the super talented Chloe Owens which was made from clothing from her numerous relatives and this quilt has a very similar vintage feel to it.
Once I’d finished all the sewing, I washed the quilt (even though the wadding is 100% wool this is fine to do as long as it is on a gentle setting) and then let the quilt dry flat between two towels and it has wrinkled up a treat. Hand stitching the quilting creates thousands of tiny gaps and it is these gaps that help create the wrinkles, and it’s the wrinkles that help to give a quilt that old time vintage look.
I embroidered a small name tag to go on the back, nothing too complicated or wordy. Just embroidered in back stitch over my hand-writing.
Probably the nicest part of making this quilt was the lovely photo that Olive’s mum and dad sent me on Friday evening of Miss Olive herself with the quilt around her shoulders like a cape, she looked as snug as a bug in a rug, and extremely stylish too!
(this is the name tag sewn into position before I washed the quilt, so the quilt hasn’t developed those vintage look wrinkles yet)
Quilts just seem made for cuddles. Here’s hoping Olive enjoys many years of quilty cuddles and snuggles with her toys.
I’ll be putting a listing for a “Miss Olive quilt” into the folksy shop in the next few days if you fancy having one made for someone special.
I’m nearly always available for commissions so please feel free to contact me if you would like your own “Miss Olive quilt”.