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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
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