Monday, 2 March 2015


as promised, all 20 little quilts for the Princess & The Pea project that I decided upon nearly 2 years ago. The fairy tale was always a favourite (of mine) and I thought it would be a fun project for grand daughter Ava - she's going to be 3 next week so my pace was quite slow. The fairytale princess slept on 20 mattresses so I have just translated that into 20 wee quilts, not all have been made by me. Let me show you, in no particular order.

The left of each twosome shows the front of the quilt and on the right, the back. The first one here was a lovely prize from a Sew Mama Sew Giveaway - it was made by AnnMarie, who blogs at Run and Sew took me quite a while to decide to use it as a Princess quilt. When I started the project I thought I would be making all of the quilts to a specific size and then I realised that they didn't need to be. Different sizes just adds to the comfy, eclectic feel of the project.
The 2nd quilt is an old class sample from about 2005 - it has a Pineapple block in the middle, 4 Courthouse Steps blocks and 4 regular Log Cabins. An unremarkable back to this one.

The next one, on the left was made with scraps from my Mod Pop quilt I made in 2013. And below that is one of the quilts made by my Bee a Brit Stingy friends, last year. I requested a couple of little blocks that I would use for this project and this one uses Bright Hopes blocks, teeny ones. I also requested some charms that I could piece for the back.

Next one, on the left was made by my friend Janet - she loves to piece with tiny scraps and gave this one to me Christmas before last. I hope you can see the heavy quilting and lovely effect from being washed and tumbled. Below that one is a Feather block - I think this was the first block I made in the Stingy Brits and I made an extra when I saw the size it turned out. (about 18" long)

Next up is my other Stingy Brit mini from last year, I love this one, full of Wee Grannies.
Below that is my mini Mile a Minute quilt with little 3" blocks made from the scrappiest of scraps.

The first one below started life as a bit of improv piecing by friend Janet - she passed it onto me for the princess and I trimmed it, layered it up and had a play at FMQ. The one below that, I made from some charms that I won from Reene at Nellie's Niceties many months ago. They are all 30s style so I kept them altogether and pieced them in a sort of brick fashion. The backing was a similarly themed fat 1/4, included in the win.

A mini Trip Around the World comes next and was pieced with more scraps from my Mod Pop quilt.
This is followed by a sample piece of Crazy Patchwork that I made for the first Stitch Gathering, in 2013.

Next is another Crazy sample, machine pieced, but hand quilted. 
And then a little EPP. The blue hexies were a wee kit that we received in our Stitch Gathering goodie bag and I used all of them to me the A. (for Ava)

A trio of Cora Dantini panels next. These were simply "bagged" and then hand quilted over many sewing bee evenings. Such beautiful artwork.

For those of you still with me, nearly there..........first up below, is my Heather Ross Princess & the Pea fabric quilt. I had a fat quarter, kept it simple and used it on the back too.
The one below that, I made from scraps using my Accuquilt tumbler die - I really enjoy using this die, its design makes it so easy to piece. I backed it with some leftover 1001 Peeps fabric which featured heavily in Ava's baby quilt.

and finally, the one I shall have on top of the pile, made using a 10" panel bought at the Festival of Quilts in 2013, from a French trader. Using colours from the panel I simply log cabin-ed around, & bagged it with a cheery backing. I am reliably informed by Christelle (one of my students who happens to be French) that the phrase on the panel translates into "I have had enough!!"
I hoped to post this a few days ago but my lovely, sunny photo shoot of the quilts on the bed was taken with no card in the camera. (Katy has her work cut out with me in her camera challenge)
Since then we have had hail, snow, rain and possibly a plague of locusts so today, I succumbed to an indoor shoot. March has truly come in like a lion.


  1. What a fantastic project! And a great way to try out different quilts without having to make them to gigantic proportions! And what a great idea to not make them all the same size. It sure adds to the quirkiness. It must have been hard to stop at 20 though... I can see this becoming very addictive.

  2. This is such a lovely project and such a great collection of mini quilts for Ava. Her dolls will never be cold and I am guessing that she will grow up loving quilts too.

  3. What a fabulous project!! Thank you so much for sharing all off these! They will,be such special quilts for Ava all her life - what a lucky little girl!!

  4. Oh Sheila these are just so wonderful!! It's so fun to see them all together and they make such a fabulous stack! She is going to love it and I adore how creative you've been, not just in making the quilts but the whole idea!

  5. This was my favourite childhood story too! Those wee quilts are adorable and I'm sure will be treasured for a long time. Jxo

  6. that is wonderful! really love it ♡♡♡

  7. Oh my goodness! That is the cutest thing ever!!!! I now have 2 granddaughters- 6 weeks old and almost 2. Something to think about! Thank you for sharing! I just love it!!!

  8. Aw, I love seeing my little quilt again. Funny that my daughter is ready to get pregnant after nearly 8 years of marriage and I already have an antique doll bed and maybe six doll blankets ready to go. I better get moving!

  9. They are amazing Sheila. What a great thing for your grandaughter to have

  10. They're all wonderful - she's going to love it!

  11. What a wonderful gift for Ava. These are so cute.

  12. I just saw this on Instagram. It is an amazing set of quilts and the whole idea is lovely. I'm sure it will be treasured forever.

  13. Ooh missed this and so love this idea of yours! Was glad to be a tiny part of it! What fairy story inspired project will be next I wonder?



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