After a good chat about what life is like living in a hot tropical area Blossom and I decided not to go with the Minky backing or the traditional three layer quilting finish after all.
Many years ago I made her a summer quilt backed only with cotton fabric, and it's still one of her favourites because it's soft, perfect for our nine months of hot days and steamy humid nights, and light.
We decided that's exactly what was needed for sweet little Cully May too.
Perhaps I should first of all show you our little granddaughter? She's almost 10 weeks old now and a gift beyond words. On Sunday Mr E and I had the delight of babysitting her for the afternoon...
She played, cooed, smiled, and eventually slept beside me on the couch. I could watch her for hours...
But back to the quilt.
A simple cotton backing, not the pink spot I'd originally considered but a sweeter bird print that married with the birds in my stitcheries and the birds in the main fabric borders.
I machine quilted inside the main borders, but hand quilted around both borders of the nine embroidery blocks...
The binding is more of the floral/bird print I used in the main borders...
I'll wash the quilt before I give it to Cully May.
My hope is that she loves it, that she carries it everywhere and wraps it around her dollies in years to come.
I believe quilts are to be used, to be loved, that they become part of your life.
Sorry if that upsets some of you (a few emails begged me not to let her use it but to keep it untouched) but my children and their children all use their quilts, and that's exactly why I make them. If they stored them away I wouldn't bother. What would be the point?
The free pattern to make this quilt is in my shop now.
The embroideries are not included in this pattern but I have put links inside the pattern in case you'd like to purchase them.
The pattern can also be made without the embroideries and I have addressed that in my sewing instructions.
Enjoy sewing your own 'Cully May' quilt!
Have a blessed day,