Maya, my 2-year-old, has reached an age where she is taking care of all of us. She serves me plastic spaghetti and eggs in little blue plastic bowls from her “kitchen” in the playroom, and tries to share her vitamin gummies with her stuffed monkey – Mambo.
Lately, she has been rather frustrated with trying to put her doll and animals to sleep under a piece of fabric that invariably won’t drape properly. This often results in some loud outbursts.
I picked up some cute Moda charm packs at spring market – the 2 1/2″ squares and decided that they could easily improve the quality of life for Maya and her little friends by getting turned into a doll sized quilt. I used a pack of Pedal Pushers by Lauren and Jessi Jung, and another pack of Into the Woods by Vanessa Goertzen to make a simple quilt center.
Then I made a border with a super-cute fabric from Riley Blake. It is called Butterfly Dance by Cinderberry Stitches (Natalie Lymer). I only had half a yard and fuzzy cut out the butterfly border along the selvage for the top and bottom border and used the main part of the fabric, the cute checkers, for the side borders.
Still a bit inspired by the Mimi Dietrich class on Craftsy, I simply rolled the backing to the front to make a cute binding. I really like this method for little quilts because it eliminates so much bulk from the binding.
With the leftover fabric I made a little pillow. While Maya and Mambo were at daycare this morning, the rest of her friends and I got together to model and admire their new quilt. I think they liked it.
It was such a relief to make something small, simple, and fast after months of getting ready for market.
Make something for a little child in your life, or maybe a little something to give to a child in need for Christmas – it will be here sooner than you think.