I started making Play Blankets several years ago and taking them to Craft Fairs. These were popular as they were colourful and interesting for the child and the people buying them were able to have their choice of embroideries according to the child’s interests or location. Quite a few went abroad to families that were separated and needed a gift for a child in another country. Originally they were made from coloured polyester fleece with machine embroideries on one side and backed and edged with cotton, I designed them for putting on the floor for babies and toddlers to lie on or sit on and play. Many were passed down from one child to another and customers often came back for another one choosing different colours and designs.
The Little Quilts that I have made this year are quilting cotton back and front and each one is about 36″ inches square. I use pre-washed quilting cotton so there is no colour loss and no shrinkage and they are lined with quality cotton and have a polyester wadding filling. This individually made cosiness is a useful size for babies and children. It offers the options to use as a play blanket on the floor, or on the cot or bed, or in the car, but often for the little one to just cuddle for familiar comfort. I have discovered that children love their own little quilt to drag around and love. Having said that grown-ups like them too: mainly because they are so easy to care for, they wash without trouble, don’t need to be ironed, the size is not too big and bulky and the whole thing wears really well. Of a similar size but with adult designs a small quilt can make an attractive lap blanket for the chair, or cosy protection in a wheelchair. Each one is created to my own design and is unique. Every one is created and made with dedication and care. Each quilt has a theme and made to appeal to mums and dads, grandparents or friends of the family. The reverse of the quilts is nearly always quilting cotton with a colour or pattern which matches the theme on the front. Find them with more images on sale in the shop.
As mentioned children love their ‘Own Little Quilts’ and find many ways to enjoy them. They are easy to launder and will give years of wear. But lap quilts are cosy for adults too: nice to keep knees warm when sitting, or tossed on the sofa or bed for a little extra comfort. The designs on the one shown here are interesting enough to be hung up with Command Strips to brighten a blank wall or add interest to a room. Measurements may vary according to the design but are mostly between 36″ to 40″ square. All are lined with matching quilting cotton fabric. This particular lap quilt has very detailed machine embroidered shops, houses, trees, a zoo and playground. It can be used as a quilt or, as suggested, a wall hanging because it already has a hanging sleeve on the back ready for a rail to be inserted.
For all quilts please see the shop for choices.
But then there are larger quilts. The ones shown here and in the shop I describe as Learning Curve Quilts. They were made either during my own learning or when I was teaching others and sometimes as examples during training courses. They’ve only ever been used for learning or training purposes and offered at very competitive prices.