A Quilt For My Girl

I wanted to make something very special for Scarlett for her 8th birthday.  I ordered fabric and a pattern back in January so I would give myself enough time to make her a birthday quilt (Tenneille is still waiting for hers).  I was so close to finishing it for her birthday on Monday, but with Jairah’s mishap Sunday, I didn’t stand a chance.  4 days after her actual birthday, I finally finished her quilt.  I stayed up until 1.30am, hand sewing the binding while watching Breakfast At Tiffany’s and Sleepless in Seattle to keep me company, as everyone had long gone to bed.  I bundled up her finished quilt and placed it at the end of her bed to find in the morning.  She loved it.  Oh, I am one happy mama.

The reverse of the quilt

Close up of reverse of the quilt

I changed the material layout but not the pattern.  I left off some of the circle apliques and ric rac.  The back of the quilt is my own design and I am really happy with how it looks.  I used scraps of the material off cuts which, when joined with the white cotton, were just the right width to match the front.  I wanted the quilt to be reversible.  I machine quilted it, as I didn’t have the time to hand quilt it.  I used a walking foot for all the lines and on the outside border I used a free motion foot and did basic swirls.  I must say it was fun doing free motion sewing.
The best part is, I didn’t really stuff anything up.  I cut the binding thinner than was suggested, but I prefer finer binding. I did rounded edges on the quilt, as I didn’t want to have to do mitred corners.  I find is so much easer just to finish with a bias join instead.  I think I am a fan of rounded edge quilts from now on.  The quilt measures approximately 66″x66″.

Close up of rounded edges on the quilt


The pattern and fabric were purchased as a kit online at the Fat Quarter Shop (very lovely to deal with and shipping was prompt).  The quilt pattern was called Marabella by Amy Hamberlin.  The fabric was by Henry Glass & Co.

Now to get started on Tenneille’s quilt!  Jacinta x

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  • http://www.catfurtomakekittenbritches.com Christy

    Jacinta, that is really, really beautiful! What a lovely keepsake gift for your little girl.

    • Jacinta

      Scarlett has been keeping her bed very tidy since receiving the quilt. Will see how long that lasts! Jacinta

  • http://bgtw.typepad.com Barb

    Wow, Jacinta, it is absolutely beautiful! I especially love the back and the rounded corners and your fabric choices. I’ve never undertaken something so ambitious and am in awe of your quilt! What a treasure this will be for Scarlett for the rest of her life 🙂
    – Barbara

    • Jacinta

      Thanks Barbara, I have only ever done small quilts (well I did do one other big quilt, but it has never been finished), so it was a good practice run before I start Tenneille’s quilt. Jacinta

  • http://www.weeman.ca Kristy

    Beautiful!!! I love the fabric you chose! I’ve been wanting to make a quilt for Chloe, but….

    • Jacinta

      …lack of time, etc, etc? I understand. There are never enough hours in the day is there. Jacinta x

  • katherine

    Its a beautiful quilt Jacinta. I love how you have done the machine quilted border.

    • Jacinta

      Thanks Katherine. I bought the free motion foot for my machine to try out on Scarlett’s quilt. Glad I did.

  • Laurel

    Lovely Jacinta. Laurel

    • Jacinta

      Thanks Laurel. Jx

  • http://wonderfullycrazyhome.blogspot.com angie

    Jacinta! This quilt is simply gorgeous! nice job. I have yet to venture into the “free motion” world yet…

    • Jacinta

      Thanks Angie. It wasn’t as hard as I had made myself believe. I recommend trying it! Jacinta x

  • http://wanderwonderdiscover.blogspot.com MJ

    Wow, I am so impressed. That quilt is absolutely lovely Jacinta!! What an inspiring accomplishment!!!

  • http://humbleluna.blogspot.com Heidi

    Wow that is amazing, great work!