When my 7-year-old granddaughter (known here as Dolphin) saw us picking out fabric for an anniversary quilt I was making for her mother, she said she wanted to choose some fabric for a new quilt for herself. Actually, I started learning to quilt 8 years ago so I could make a baby quilt for this little girl. She has long ago outgrown the baby quilt and I was happy to take her shopping for just the right fabric. It took her a short time to pick out butterfly fabric in pink and lavendar and the border in pale pink. We thought maybe a brighter pink would work better, but she wanted it to be all pastel.
Since this quilt will be drug around the house and probably wind up as a tent, a theater curtain or anything else a first-grader can imagine, I wanted to make it sturdy and without my favorite intricate piecing. It was a very fast quilt to put together with 12-inch blocks, 1-1/2 inch sashing and borders which became a rather wide 6 inches because of the length and width that Dolphin requested.
For the backing/batting, she chose a flowered fleece which she liked because it was so snuggly-soft.
Her mother also loved the soft fleece backing (and she loves large bright-colored flowers).
The only place I used a bright pink color was in the binding. I scanned a picture of Dolphin and me and printed it on fabric to make a label so she would always remember how we looked when she received the quilt.
Because of the fleece backing, I could use minimum quilting and just did some very simple straight line and in-the-ditch machine quilting. The finished quilt measures 50×63 inches.
3 thoughts on “Dolphin’s Butterfly Quilt”
Wow that was fast. It looks so cheerful and I can tell she loves it. How nice to have a grandma who really listens. She is a lucky girl.
I’ve never thought of putting fleece on the back of a quilt. That sounds so cuddly. I wonder how it holds up. The darker pink binding seems a good choice.
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About 7 years ago, I started making charity quilts for the Linus Project, a group that provides quilts for terminally ill children, and they prefer to have their quilts made with fleece as the backing/batting because of all the laundering required. It’s certainly nice to work with and children love the soft feel of it.
My daughter and I were in Cleveland last week on a little vacation trip. I love the area. Lillian