The week prior to Justine's arrival i was thinking about getting started on this month's SQT block challenge.. a disappearing 4-patch.
As i was deciding on which fabrics to use, i happened to look inside a small tin and there, under a layer of vintage buttons, and other bits & bobs, were six antique 4-patch blocks. What an unexpected & delightful surprise.. how could i have forgotten about them?? They were perfect for the project i had in mind.
Six.. somewhat wonky, wafer thin and crisp-to-the-touch, 4-patch blocks from the 1800's. Each sewn by hand and with the texture of vintage newspaper. I knew i would have to be very careful as i sliced into these delicate little gems.
after i spliced the blocks, i mixed them up for an even scrappier look.. then i played with the layout.
an 'on-point' layout was decided, after being inspired by my quilting friend, Jennifer.
I was only part way through quilting this little quilt, when Justine arrived at the 'treehouse'.
For reasons unknown, i had a strange inkling that this little quilt might arouse a little interest, with our new QA doll.. especially the antique blocks. I will never forget Justine's reaction, when she first laid eyes on the quilt. Her little face lit up and she beamed with delight. I knew from that moment, that this little quilt was meant for her.
That's when i suggested that she could help me with the quilting, and she clapped her tiny hands in delight. So, without further ado, we both got down to working on the quilt, together.
But first, Justine wanted to spread the quilt out, and take a closer look at my quilting.
I helped her onto a stool and gave her a pincushion to sit on, so that she could reach across the quilt, with ease. As she clasped her tiny thimble, in her hand, i knew she was eager to start quilting... i know that feeling :))
but then, to my surprise, she got sidetracked by my thimble. She was so intrigued by the style & size of it, that she couldn't resist trying it on.
'OMGoodness, it's ssooo big!'' she squealed, as she slipped it onto her tiny hand. Well, that got us both giggling, uncontrollably.. to the point that Justine almost toppled off the stool LOL!!!
i needed a cuppa after that!!
Meanwhile, Justine got on with the quilting, under my watchful guidance.
Many hands make light work and before too long, the quilting was finished. We were very happy with what we had achieved that day, so, we decided to leave it at that and continue working on the quilt the following day. However, Justine had just one more request. She asked if she could pick the fabric for the binding, so i agreed. Fortunately, it didn't take her long to decide & better still, i liked her choice.. it was a win, win.
After i cut & prepped the binding, she helped me pin it onto the quilt, in readiness for the next day's sewing.
It had been a busy and productive day, but above all we had fun working on the quilt together. We were tired, but happy, and we knew the following day would be another fun-filled quilting day.
Now it was time for a well earned rest... zzzzzzzzzzzz
you can imagine my surprise when i awoke, in the wee hours, to the soft purring sounds of my Singer featherweight.
Was i dreaming???
Curiousity got the better of me, and so i crept downstairs, and tippy-toed into my studio.
I couldn't believe my eyes!!
OMGoodness to my shock & disbelief, there was Justine, standing on her tippy toes, on a sewing box, on top of a chair.. sewing the binding onto her quilt.
she was humming a sweet little tune; i think it was 'Greensleeves'... and i didn't want to startle her.
Banjo bunny and Bambi pincushion saw me, as i tip-toed into the studio. I held my finger to my lips, so they wouldn't utter a word.
You'll never guess what they were doing. Can you see them, there in the shadows, under the desk???
Banjo was pushing down on the foot pedal, ever-so gently, so that Justine could sew the binding...
it was unbelievable.. i was blown away!!
As i crept closer, i spotted Pin'elope. There.. behind the featherweight, helping Justine. She was holding the quilt straight, as Justine was feeding it through, slowly.
Pin'elope looked up as she heard the camera, click. She let out a teeny squeal, so, as not to alarm Justine.
'oh my, you startled me' Justine said, blushing with embarrassment. 'my friends and i wanted to surprise you.. i hope you're not cross with us?'
Oh, how could i be cross?? I was in complete and utter dismay & disbelief, but i certainly wasn't cross.
I told them i thought they were wonderful, and i was so impressed with how nicely they all worked, together. However, when i expressed my concerns for their safety, they reassured me that they didn't do anything silly or dangerous. Never-the-less, i made them promise that, in future, they wouldn't use any sewing machines, without my supervision.
After lifting Justine down from her precarious perch, i continued sewing from where she had left off. When i was finished, Justine and Pin'elope offered to help me put the binding clips on. They did a great job, Pin'elope handing the clips to Justine, and Justine clipping them onto the binding.
Bambi spotted two small green pegs with little red ladbugs, in a dish behind the sewing machine, so Justine thought it would be fun to clip them onto the binding, while i wasn't looking. Their giggles gave it away and i couldn't help but giggle along with them.. it's so much fun working with these sweet little dolls :))
with all the clips in place, it was time to sew the binding down...
and voila, just like that... the quilt was finished.
it was very snug, and a perfect fit..
Justine couldn't wait to share her 'new' quilt with her little friends...
'oooh it feels ssoo cosy' they all squealed.
Justine leaned towards me and whispered sweetly 'thank you for my lovely quilt, i love it.'
I'm so pleased that Justine loves her little quilt. She has been a wonderful little helper, and her sewing skills are very impressive, for someone so young.
This little girl loves to quilt and i'm sure she's got lots of ideas for future quilting projects :))