made with love



When I found out I was expecting my little Dollop,
in fact before we even decided to have a baby at all,
I knew I wanted to make my baby a patchwork quilt.
I had made a kingsize one as a first-place-together present
when the then-boyfriend and I moved in together.

I like the idea of labouring over something for someone I love,
putting all my effort and creativity into something for them.
All my favourite people have had one.
My mum and dad have one on their bed which I made them.
I made one for my brother out of some crazy shirts he had as a teenager.
So my baby had to have one.


I finally finished Dollop's quilt in the weeks of maternity leave that I had before he arrived.
I was so pleased and proud and couldn't wait to tuck my baby up in bed under the quilt I had made.
I took photos of him on it when he was exactly one month old,
the quilt looked so huge back then.
And now he likes to play peekaboo with it.
And I still get a kick out of seeing my peaceful baby sleeping in his cot
being kept warm by the quilt that I made him.


Of course once I found out I was expecting Splodge I started planning another quilt.
Because having made one for my first born, if my second born didn't get one too
then I was officially the worst mum on the planet.
So we picked out the fabric (the hubby and the beautiful boy helped)
and then I have panicked and worried and had many a sleepless night
about when exactly I was going to find time to labour with love over this quilt.

But the nesting instinct kicked in
and I found the time.
And my little unborn Splodge is the proud owner of a patchwork quilt of their very own,
made with love
by mummy,
just like their older brother has.

I'm so pleased with it,
because it is so like the beautiful boy's quilt
but also slightly different.
But I think I'm mostly pleased with myself that I actually made it in time
and that my new baby will get to be all wrapped up in snuggly, patchwork love.


21 comments

  1. Oh wow. This is stunning. How perfect for your little one. You could sell these! x

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    1. Ahhh, thanks. I have thought about selling them, but I'd need to find a cheaper place to buy my fabric or I don't think I'd be able to make any money doing it. Maybe when my babies are bigger and I need a real project! X

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    1. Ahhh, thank-you. I'm so proud of them both. X

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  3. These are amazing! You are so talented!! x

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    1. Ahhh, thank-you. A little hidden talent of mine! X

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  4. Wow. There's no end to your talents. Gorgeous photos. I'd have no idea where to start with quilt making. I stuggle to sew on a button!

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    1. Hehehe, thank-you. It honestly really isn't that hard, not if you use square pieces anyway, because it's all straight lines. I managed to make a baby quilt in a few days of nap times and evenings. X

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  5. Absolutely adorable! You should be so so proud! xx

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    1. Aww, thank-you. I am very proud of myself. I hope that my children will think they are lovely keepsakes when they are older. x

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  6. I love these, so adorable! Such a lovely keepsake for your little ones too. I've been tempted to make one from my lg's old sleep suits but I'd need to learn to sew first haha x

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    1. It's not hard with a sewing machine because square patchwork is all straight lines. I will make something with their sleepsuits one day I think. Although I might push the boat out and try something tricky like a bear. x

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  7. Maddy @mehimandtwomoreAugust 25, 2012 7:53 pm

    Wow, they are beautiful! Wish I had been this creative when I was expecting my two! Xx

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    1. I do like having something creative to channel some of the nesting energy in to. I hope they'll appreciate the effort one day. x

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  8. This is lovely lucy, I would love to make one of these, but would have no idea where to start! I love patchwork quilts. x

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    1. They are honestly not that tricky. You could do it with a sewing machine. I'm a total sucker for patchwork quilts, I just love the look of them. They make me feel all nostalgic. x

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  9. They are both gorgeous quilts! I think it's so lovely that you have made one for all your loved ones, that's a precious gift x

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    1. Thank-you hun. There is something really nice about a labour of love, I don't mind putting in the effort because I know that my favourite people will appreciate it. x

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  10. I absolutely love this & would love to make one for Bambina. Will you be posting a "how to"?

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    1. I am a bad blogger, and it only crossed my mind that I should have done a tutorial as I was stitching the last pieces. It was too late then to take photos for one. I promise it's not hard though and I'm sure there are lots of online tutorials if you look, although I just make it up as I go along. x

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  11. They are gorgeous!!! I started a patchwork quilt forever ago but I didn't get very far. I really want to make Bob one! Thank you for inspiring me! x

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