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The quilt is done!

Yesterday was a quite momentous day for me: I made the final stitch on a quilt I’ve been working on, on and off, for over four years.

Making the last stitch on the binding of a red quilt. Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013.

Making the last stitch on the binding

It’s a quilt I started in 2009 for my then 11 year old son Kim. I first gave it to him, less than half finished (the quilting was barely begun), for Christmas, along with a promise to finish it soon. He absolutely loved it and started using it straight away with just the basting holding it together! It’s been living in our sitting room, used as a lap quilt on wintery days, decorating an arm chair at Christmastimes, used as a blanket when he’s fallen asleep on the sofa or had friends to stay…it’s been loved.  In between times I’ve got my needle out and slowly but surely began stitching the layers together. And yesterday it all came together to make this:

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The finished quilt

It’s not faultless in design or execution (my skills have grown immensely over the last four years!), but I’ve loved every minute of making it, knowing that it will be cherished.

'We love you' embroidered heart appliqué on red and white patchwork quilt. Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

Stitched with love

It’s a very personal quilt, with sentimental messages stitched on the appliqué hearts in the borders and heart shaped quilting between the points of the stars: I hope he gets the message!!!

Heart shaped quilting patterns between the points of starts on a red and white quilt. Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

Hearts and stars

Most of the fabrics on the top are ‘repurposed’ and are what give it the scrappy look; some of the checked fabrics were from Kim’s own shirts from when he was about 7 years old.

Fabric detail on a red and white patchwork quilt. Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

The checked fabric at the bottom was one of Kim’s shirts

Sometimes I thought it would never get to this stage, and to be honest I felt quite sad when it did! Finishing it felt like the end of a relationship, which sounds silly, but when you put so much love into something like this –  you don’t want it to end!

Red and White patchwork quilt, Stephanie Boon Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

’54-40 or fight’ blocks, framed with squares on point and squares with applique hearts

So to finish it off I couldn’t help myself and put one last message on the back…

'With every stitch I think of you, all my love, Mummy, SB 2013' Patchwork quilt label. Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

With every stitch I think of you

When I presented it to him yesterday he was very appreciative, but promptly told me I needed to launder it as it smelt of cat!!!  Yes, Lily likes it almost as much as he does and would ‘help’ me quilt it by sitting on my lap every time I tried to sew! And when it wasn’t on my lap she’d frequently curl up on it to sleep…so maybe I’ll need to make one for her next!

PS. If you’re inspired to make a quilt with lots of hearts in the design like this one, have a look at my tutorial on drawing them freehand, which is how I made the appliqué ones in the borders and the ones in the quilting design too.  🙂

How to draw your own heart for patchwork and quilting. Stephanie Boon, Dawn Chorus Studio, 2013

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thank you so much Caro! It’s a wonderful feeling to make something like this for a loved one isn’t it – I adore your cot quilt for your new grandchild 🙂 x

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