Hugs for Hugo

Over the last few weeks I’ve been busy making a cot quilt for my new grandson who was born on Wednesday. When I asked re colour schemes and themes a while back mum said she liked neutral colours and maybe some lemon. At the spring quilt show I spotted this quilt kit which was the perfect colour scheme together with gorgeous little ducks and ducklings. It was £40 for the kit which seemed quite a lot but it did include all the precut squares, the border fabric and the binding.

Having made the basic top I realised I could quite nicely include his name on the front of the quilt, having checked first there was no chance of them changing their mind! After trying different fabrics I plumped for the border fabric. I drew the letters by hand and bondawebbed them on, hand-stitched round with dark grey blanket stitch which brought the letters out nicely.

It made up beautifully, here’s the quilt top waiting to be quilted…

I’d given myself sufficient time to make the quilt, until I decided to hand quilt it about three weeks ago!! I made the quilt sandwich with some lovely soft blue for the backing with the words ‘threaded with love’ all over it, I used 505 spray to baste the three layers together, then it was ready to quilt.

I used a variegated grey gutermann thread and started with the name squares. I just went round about 1/4″ in for these.

For the rest of the squares I did a simple cross-hatch which is fairly quick and easy to stitch but effective.

It took me a while to decide how to quilt the border, hearts, lines…I decided in the end to do a meander and to my surprise it’s so much easier to meander by hand rather than on the machine, I think with the slower pace you can plan a bit better. I finished quilting it last night, talk about eleventh hour!

I wasn’t sure about the stripy binding when I first bought the quilt, but it is perfect. The only thing I id have to watch is that I usually stitch my binding strips together on a 45′ angle as it spreads the thicker seam a bit. With stripes there was no way I could match the pattern, so I straight seamed all the joins. machine stitched it to the front and then hand-stitched it to the back.

All I had to do then was to embroider a label. I started this last night and finished it this morning before I went to work after I happened to wake up at 5am!

I gave it to his mum and dad today and they love it 🙂

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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14 Responses to Hugs for Hugo

  1. endrickwater says:

    I can see why they love it! Congratulations, Grandma!

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  2. suth2 says:

    This will be a treasured possession.

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  3. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Lovely quilt, Margaret!

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  4. magpiesue says:

    Congratulations Margaret! What a lovely welcome for baby Hugo. All the best to the new little family.

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  5. anne54 says:

    The perfect “Welcome to the World” present. What a sweet addition he will be to your family.

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  6. Laura says:

    Congratulations Margaret! What a sweet quilt, too! 🙂

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  7. kathyreeves says:

    Congratulations Margaret! Hugo will never be lacking a hug from his Grandma!

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  8. Jaya says:

    Congratulations grandma! The quilt looks beautiful, Hugo will surely sleep soundly.

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  9. Amanda says:

    I bet that will be a favourite.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Jane M says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations Margaret

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  11. Congratulations!!!! A very lovely quilt indeed, sure to be well-loved!

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  12. nanacathy2 says:

    It is utterly charming. Lucky Hugo, and lucky grandma too.

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  13. katechiconi says:

    Good job! It’s lovely, it fits the brief perfectly, it has real love and attention sewn into it, so it can’t fail to be loved!

    Liked by 1 person

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