A while back Lisa emailed me and asked If I would make a quilt from her daughter’s baby clothes. The box of clothes has been in my studio since before Christmas. Today seemed like the right day to start Olivia’s Quilt.
I took the small dresses and tiny sweaters and pants from the box and laid them out on my floor. Really cute stuff. I took an inventory of the colors and textures in my head. A little black, lots of white and light colors, more pinks in every shade and a touch of lime green.
It’s always hard to make the first cut, especially when it’s someones else’s clothes and even more so when those clothes are so treasured. But there wasn’t a lot of them and I knew I’d use almost every piece Lisa sent. I started with the biggest dresses, leaving the pieces as big as possible, unsure of how I would use them yet. I cut up the tiny pairs of pants, again making the pieces as big as I could. Then the fun part, cutting out the pictures and sayings the bows and the buttons.
I found myself designing the quilt as I cut each piece. Then when I was done, I looked at what I had done and started moving things around.
This is as far as I got. I have some big pieces, from the dresses, that I’m planning on placing around the outside. Alternating the pinks, lavender, and a flowered pattern. I’m also going to be stitching some words onto some of the pieces. Right now I’m thinking they will be on the outside pieces. But I’ll have a better idea when the I have the whole thing laid out.
Such a contrast to the last quilt I made. I must admit, I’m loving the colors, the flowers, the ruffles, and bows.