When times are tough, noth­ing beats the hug of a hand­made quilt. This month, Kate Basti is pulling a bun­dle to help her lit­tle girl learn to love her new room

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When times are tough, noth­ing beats the hug of a hand­made quilt. Kate Basti has pulled a bun­dle to help her lit­tle girl learn to love her new room

My lit­tle fam­ily is mov­ing, and while my hus­band and I couldn't be more ex­cited for this next chap­ter of our lives, my sev­enyear-old is strug­gling with the change. I see a big­ger yard and a bet­ter neigh­bour­hood, my daugh­ter sees a house she loves left be­hind. I know how she feels. Grow­ing up, my fam­ily moved when I was her age, and I re­call sit­ting down on a box and cry­ing as the movers packed an end­less stream of boxes into a truck. My mother sat down be­side me, opened a bag of Skit­tles and as­sured me that I would grow to love our new house just as much as our tiny home. She was right.

I find my­self search­ing for ways to make this tran­si­tion eas­ier on my girl, and I can­not think of a greater com­fort than a spe­cial quilt for her new room. So this month’s fab­ric pull is in­spired by none other than my most beau­ti­ful cre­ation ever, my daugh­ter Jane. Like many lit­tle girls, Jane loves rain­bows, horses and all things girly. She’s also at the age where she wants her style to re­flect that she’s grow­ing older and more in­de­pen­dent. She’s a big kid and proud! So I’ve cho­sen a colour palette of pinks and yel­lows – to match her new room – and a mix of black and low-vol­ume prints to give it that touch of “big kid” style.

First up: the pinks. Right away, I pull Rain­bows on Pink by Sea Urchin Stu­dio for Robert Kauf­man. It’s about as per­fect as it gets for a girl who loves rain­bows, and I’m pretty fond of it my­self! Then I pick Stripes by Ri­ley Blake De­signs, XOXO in Flamingo by Cot­ton+Steel, and the sweet­est lit­tle heart print called Amour Hearts from Dear Stella.

Next, I search for yel­lows and grab Sun­shine in Grey by Alexia Abegg for Cot­ton+Steel, be­cause you can’t have a rain­bow with­out a lit­tle sun­shine. I also pull Sketch in Citrus by De­bra Ga­bel for Time­less Trea­sures for its lovely, golden hue and Yel­low Lit­tle Hex by Libs El­liott for An­dover with its pretty metal­lic ac­cents. To round out the yel­lows, I pull Squirrels in Yel­low by Sarah Watts for Cot­ton+Steel, be­cause my lit­tle one loves to watch the forty mil­lion squirrels that have taken up res­i­dence in our yard.

Mov­ing on to the darker end of the spec­trum, I go for Ging­ham in Black, fol­lowed by Ditsy Flo­ral in Black, both by Camelot Fab­rics. Its sunny yel­low bees and pink flow­ers are ideal. I also add Horse­shoes on Black Metal­lic by Cynthia Frenette for Robert Kauf­man to re­flect my girl’s love of horses.

Last but not least, low-vol­umes. I reach for a favourite of mine, Tiny Black Hearts by Time­less Trea­sures, and I round out the bun­dle with Scat­tered Dots by An­other Point of View for Wind­ham, Twin­kling Tune by Art Gallery Fab­rics, and Cross My Heart by Sim­ple Si­mon & Com­pany for Ri­ley Blake.

I now have a gor­geous girly bun­dle brim­ming with “big kid” style just wait­ing to be turned into a quilt. Now, if I could just find my sewing ma­chine…

Left: Sun­shine and squir­rel fea­ture fab­rics bring a light­hearted touch to Kate's daugh­ter's new quilt

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