It's a complete set and it's finally finished!!!
This set is for my 11-year-old niece M. As I blogged here, she's a relatively new member of our family and she's been through a lot of change over the past few months. This is for her new bedroom in her new house. (photos are on a trundle bed in my guest room).
First, my inspiration ... I found this fabulous quilt set on flickr by Kati from the blue chair (it's from Oh Franssons quilt pattern 12+ 2 = Q). It won't take you long to see the similarities in my version to it all!
Sue, who has an 11 year-old daughter, and works at my LQS, helped me pick out the fabrics. M loves pink, but I also wanted to find some fabrics that would grow up with her and not be tied to 'little-girl' years.
I modified the Elizabeth's 12 + 2 = Q pattern slightly to create a top that is better suited to a twin bed; making the patterned strips a little more narrow and then creating 2 new strips down the sides at the bottom of the drop just above the binding.
Then I got creative and made some pillows ... the photo from the inspiration quilt gave me the idea. These two were planned and both bear the "missing block".
The third pillow came from a failure at my first attempt at a pillow sham ...
I also loved the extra strip on the back which I copied from my inspiration photo.
The finished quilt measures 65" x 88". I used Kona White on the front and Kona Ochre on the back and binding. The quilt was quilted using a tight meandering pattern while the pillows were quilted with various versions of straight line (my first attempt).
This took nearly a month to complete ... but I am very happy with how it came out and I hope that M feels the same way!
All the best