We decided to leave doing the cover for our daughter until she was old enough to have a say in what she would like. However, I came up with the idea for this quilt (without really consulting her) last year after I made her a party dress and matching bunting for her fifth birthday party. The party theme was Lego Friends, and I chose a few of their most used colours to make a dress, bunting and lego play mats. For this quilt, I started with the idea of the bunting strip at the sides and went from there. The bunting itself has been hanging in her bedroom for about a year, and she has been patiently waiting for her quilt cover to be made.
The fabric on the outside of both the quilts is a floral green print, and not a standard single bed size, necessitating the need to make covers, measuring 175cm wide and 232cm long.
|Tape across the corners of the quilt|
|Ties on the corners of the quilt and cover|
To close up the bottom of the quilt, I added a strip across the bottom and dyed six white buttons with Ozepol dye. It didn't make a very dark blue, but with all the colours happening on this quilt I think they go really well.
As with the bunting and dress, this quilt cover was made primarily from leftover poly cotton fabrics from the daycare sheets that I make. I had to search through my tub of offcuts to find as much of these colours as I could with the same dyelot. Even then I had to make concessions in my design when I didn't have long enough strips of what I had wanted to use. My fabric offcuts are mostly 45cm wide, so there was lots of piecing things together, and I decided to do stripes on the back of the quilt to take advantage of the narrow width.
|Back of the quilt cover|
In terms of stashbusting, this used quite a lot of fabric. Due to the width of my fabric, and the fact that they were offcuts, I took the total length of all the fabric, and divided most of these measurements by two to come up with an amount for stashbusting, giving me a stashbust of 14.7 metres! Yay me.
And Miss 6 loves it!