This is a piece I made in the early 2000’s. I didn’t document it with a label. It is from a pattern by Betty Alderman.
I used white sateen for the background, and more of my ombre sateen stash for the sashing. It is bound with an interesting batik stripe. The colors are a little off – it is a rainy, cloudy day today. The background is a really bright white.
The project was a lot of fun. I used regular Crayola crayons and pressed the design after coloring. It creates such a beautiful, soft coloring. I’m not sure it can be washed without losing the colors, so I have never given it to anyone. I hate the idea of a quilt for a baby hanging on a wall, rather than being snuggled. I wouldn’t want someone to wash it and destroy the design, and possibly the rest of their laundry.
The outlines around the colored sections were hand quilted with black thread. I’m not sure, but I think my mother may have done that for me. The rest of the background is quilted using a tight stippling. Once in a while I become obsessed with free motion quilting, but I usually just have a mad spree of stippling.
When I was a child I remember a lot of nursery rhymes being sung to me. I don’t think they are quite the thing anymore, which is a little sad. I have clear memories of a nursery rhyme book being read to me by both my mother and my grandmother.
Maybe it is time to give this one away to someone, along with a book. And some color catchers.
Have you ever tried coloring on quilts? It is certainly easier than appliqué, but now I have a quilt I am afraid to use, and it has been sitting around for at least 10 years.