I designed a special quilt for our granddaughter, Eloise. At the same time, I developed a pattern for this quilt as you may recall in an earlier blog, introducing the Princess and the Pea pattern.
After I made the original sample for the pattern, I created another one, just for Eloise. I changed the second quilt and used a variation suggested in the pattern. Instead of bias trim for the vine that winds around the quilt’s border, I used a large rickrack.
I’m very pleased to share that last night I gave Eloise her quilt and she was delighted and could not wait to put it on her bed. The first thing she wanted to do, of course, was to find the pea!
For the last several weeks, whenever we were together, she would ask about the status of her quilt.
I was committed to finishing this quilt as it was made especially for her and had some unique features. First of all, her mommy, Alecia, had asked me to make the quilt using fabric with the 1930’s vintage look. I also had to incorporate Eloise’s favorite color, purple and began collecting fabrics and rummaged through my stash to come up with a good collection for her quilt. I also used rickrack for the vine that twists around the border of the quilt. I love the bit of whimsy that this added to the quilt. I found a darling background print with little purple flowers that served as the perfect backdrop for the princess’ bed. It was so much fun to see this quilt come together and watch as the anticipation built from Eloise.
She was particularly tickled when I added the crown with her name on it and she loved to search for the little pea under the bottom mattress when the quilt was on my design wall.
Once the top was finished, I had it quilted by Yvette Ebaugh, who did an incredible job on my original Princess and the Pea quilt. Once again, she did a beautiful job as you can see in the following pictures…
Finally, I made the label for Eloise’s quilt. I always consider this the finishing touch for a quilt because it tells a bit of a story of the quilt, as in who it was made for and when, etc.
I’m so pleased to have this quilt finished and tickled that Eloise loves it. That’s what really makes it all worthwhile.
What quilt projects have you been working on? I would love to hear about them.
Note: If you would like to make your own Princess and the Pea quilt, it is available as a pattern that can be purchased locally at the Quilt Crossing or online at Craftsy.