Provençal Fabric Baby Quilt

Strips and blocks

Strips and blocks

The small new human in the family is the recipient of a glorious little quilt made with Provençal fabrics collected in France. Some were acquired by her grandmother in 2010 and some by her great Grandmother in the 1960’s. In our own homes, we each made “Cobblestone” blocks. They are mostly combinations of red and yellow and green…with the occasional non-provençal fabric added in.

Bound to the Frame

Bound to the Frame

Grandpa arranged them in a pleasing design, and grandma machine-sewed them together. An adjustable quilting frame like a giant embroidery frame was borrowed for the hand quilting. The backing fabric is sewn to the front and back beams, and then bound to the side bars using pins and string to tension it. A layer of batting laid on top of the backing, and the pieced quilt top on the batting . A few pins hold all the layers together, and then it’s an extravaganza of quilting by hand.  One hand above the frame and one hand below, alternating so that neither gets too tired.

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Green Triangles at the edges

Green Triangles at the edges

Constance admired the string-tensioning.

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Ready to help

Ready to help

The Human Quilter was very glad of the help, and Constance’s stitches are very tiny.  After the quilting is done, a bound edge was sewn on. The baby was given the quilt today and seemed transfixed by it.

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Constance blends in

Constance blends in

Constance was with the human quilter on the 2010 trip when the fabrics were bought in Aix…feeling nostalgic – she put on her Provençal outfit and blended right in!

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14 thoughts on “Provençal Fabric Baby Quilt

  1. The quilt is absolutely fabulous! The whole family is very talented and had made a prize-winning quilt for the new human. Constance’s outfit is gorgeous.

  2. This is beautiful, both in thought and product!!! What a lot of work!! Constance looks so cute in her outfit. What a lucky little new human!! Just wonderful. laura

    • Thank you! It was a great project – working with materials that were significant across time and space…and everyone seems pleased with the results! Who could ask for more?

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