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Patchwork playmat, round 2

Added Mar 26, 2011

by frankiesoup

Bury St. Edmunds...






I blame my mother for this entirely. Whilst doing a house clearance, she found a book from 1913 about how to prepare a nursery for a new arrival. One of the main pieces of advice the book gave was that only “selfish mothers” don’t bother to create things specially for their coming baby. Normally I’d just have laughed about how times have changed, gone out to the shops and bought some of those stupidly adorable little suits on offer, but in my hormone induced haze, I took the book’s word’s to heart and set about making this play mat. Afterall, if I’d made one for a friend’s child, I could surely make one for my own (see other creations, if you’re interested).

Because I’m still in the dark regarding the gender of bump, I decided to go for a nautical theme in the nursery – creams, navy blue and red – so found some matching oddments in my stash. Originally it was just going to be blue and cream checks, but I ran out of blue so swapped out some of the squares at random, replacing them with red. The solid colours are both quite thick, vintage wool blends, whereas the cream blocks – which are a cotton fabric, printed with nursery rhyme characters – is a lot thinner. I haven’t decided how I’m going to quilt the blanket yet so I’m hoping when I do that the slight puckering caused by the change in thickness goes away…. :S

I’m hoping the design isn’t too childish and that it’s something bump will want to keep throughout the rest of their life.

Material Notes

Whatever was in my stash and matched the colour theme got used…




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Beach, Classic, Preppy
Cotton, Blends, Wool

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    Mar 30, 2011, 12.11 PMby Gabriele Yorlano

    Love this quilt! and the addition of wool in it. The red really makes it pop. It was lucky for you not to have enough blue. Lucky Baby! I made quilts for all three of mine, and I can tell you, it WILL be cherished.

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      Mar 30, 2011, 02.00 PMby frankiesoup

      That’s always good to know! :) Glad you like it too. I’m really happy that the red works so well and can’t wait to get started on a matching baby bag.

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