Arrivals and departures …

My girl and I have been united in the sewing room. Dusty cotton fluff flying round us, the calming hum of two working sewing machines, a radio play keeping us gripped and chamomile tea and chocolate for fuel.

We are making a patchwork quilt together …and it’s good.

photo 2aNow before I go any further, I’d like to confess that I am not really that into quilting. I do love a nice patchwork, but when it comes to making them I’m a bit of a mismatched and haphazard kinda gal. Any form of planning bores me a little bit whilst the thought of clashing colours and the luck of the draw is pretty appealing. I rebel against my graphic design training – corners meeting at a precise points? No siree. Luckily, my girl feels the same way!

photo 1aRight now we have got as far as raiding the fabric stash and choosing pieces  with meaning and memories (mixed in with a quilting pack found in Oxfam about 5 years ago). We’ve (sort of) worked out the amount we’ll need for a single quilt (told you I was hopeless!) and started to sew the squares together, pressing as each row is finished.

photo 3aThis isn’t the first quilt I’ve made for my girl. When I was pregnant with her and strapped for cash, I ordered a pack of tiny sample swatches from a quilting company and used them along with some of my own scraps for a cot quilt …

quilt 2

quilt 1photo 3I blame the wonky quilting on the enormous bump that sat between myself and the machine! The day she arrived, our hearts melted, our world changed and our love was immeasurable … I’m sure you know what I mean.

Eight more rows and we’ll have enough (I think) …

photo 5aWith the first quilt being for a special arrival, nineteen years on, this one is for a special and exciting (although at the moment she is terrified) departure. We have four weeks to finish this before my girl flies the nest to wing her way up north to study.

It’s not a “departure” departure, I have it on good authority that she’ll be home for Christmas … !





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4 responses to “Arrivals and departures …

  1. Good luck with Uni! My daughter begins in February. It is both an exciting and nerve wracking time. It is nice your daughter wants a memory of home to take with her. I would like to try quilting but am not sure I would have the patience.

  2. Oh my, I am in the midst of young children (8,5 and 2) reading this has made me feel surprisingly emotional! The quilt will be fantastic, great colours. She’ll treasure it all the more for making it with you.

  3. I love your renegade approach to quilting! The quilt is looking brilliant, and what a lovely way to spend some time with your daughter. Good luck to her for whenn she starts university.

  4. Those orange fabrics are delicious! I’ve just started making a patchwork quilt for my second baby!! Not nearly as enormous as yours though!

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