Saturday, 7 January 2017

Aria's Quilt - Cottontail & Fawn (Hawthorne Threads)

Hi there!

It must be time to tell you all about another quilt I made last year that in the Christmas craziness never got it's much deserved blog post. The horrid weather here in Adelaide today (40 degrees) has given me a great opportunity to sneak to the computer which just so happens to be right underneath the airconditioning - fancy that!

This post is all about Aria's quilt and I love the back story behind it. Aria's lovely mum, Amy contacted me late last year to create a quilt for her soon to be earthside baby girl. Amy was pregnant and this quilt was to be a gift from the grandparents, a keepsake she could have forever. I bet you can tell how quickly I jumped at that idea - it hit me right in the sentimentals! Amy had a great idea of what sort of quilt she wanted and decided on a throw size which could be used forever.

After a small amount of time planning, most of which occurred while poor heavily pregnant Amy was trapped in a car park during a super storm that caused a start wide blackout, the quilt was born. Turns out looking at pretty fabric is a great diversion to stress in that situation, which of course I had always assumed. Amy decided on a mix of two ranges - Cottontail and Fawn, both of which are designed and printed in house by Hawthorne Threads. With so many mix and match combinations between their ranges the possibilities really are endless but finally we settled on the following combination.

The design of the quilt was kept super simple because those bunnies and deer didn't need to be fancied up - like I have always said it is about the fabric first and foremost. Amy chose that divine bunny print in the centre there for her backing as well - I love that that gives a reversible feel to the quilt.

When the fabric arrived I was impressed at how clear the print was - I am not a huge fan of digital printing and have had some not so great experiences in the past with fabric arriving from other sites that it both poor quality fabric and printing. The Hawthorne Threads fabric though was lovely and crisp and I was immediately excited to cut into it and get started. I learnt very quickly to follow their instructions and use a finer needle - luckily they give you those sort of tips to make the most out of the fabric when it arrives.

Like I have already mentioned we kept Aria's quilt super simple and I really turned out so pretty.

I decided to add an apple cushion to the order as a small gift from me because I do love spoiling my mamas and their babes. Plus I knew immediately it would be a gorgeous addition to the set.

The apple pie cushion now lives in the corner of Aria's nursery and is sitting on a wee vintage chair that was Amy's when she was little.

Now I am pretty confident that you haven't made it this far through the post because you are looking at quilt photos - you want to see a peek of the beautiful Aria don't you? Of course you do - the only thing better than quilt photos are baby photos so baby on quilt is perfection!

Amy sent me this photo when Aria was only a week old - such a little doll!

And now another of her aged 7 weeks on her quilt and totally stealing the show.

Amy it was an absolute pleasure making this quilt for your precious girl. Thank you for trusting me with such an important job.

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