The Second Quilt I Ever Made

This is the second quilt I made (modelled by a very young Daniel). It was made for my husband’s goddaughter, Orla, for her fifth birthday present. To my delight, she abandoned her Barbie blanket in favour of the quilt and it has been everywhere with her since. I didn’t know how to make proper mitred binding then and my seam allowances left much to be desired, but still, she loved it and that’s the point isn’t it?


It’s her seventh birthday coming up and her dad asked me if I could make her a bigger quilt, as she likes to sleep under her other one, which is far too small. When I asked in what style, he said, ‘just like the other one’. Luckily for Orla, Cotton & Steel released some very ‘Orla’ style prints, three of which I ordered before holiday and with the time to sew this week, the top is now done 🙂

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It’s full of mainly cats with some horses and birds and some filler prints left over from other projects. This week’s job is to piece the backing and quilt it – all the jobs I love most in the world…urgh. But, it means someone will actually have a quilt on their actual birthday. Wonders will never cease.

It has been a sad week this week. Belinda lost her fight with cancer on Monday. I had word to prepare myself for her passing while we were away on holiday, but still, no matter how prepared you think you may be, it still hits hard, as sadly so many of us know, I’m sure.


From left to right, Andrea, Nichi & Belinda at our wedding in 2004.

I cannot begin to imagine how her family are coping right now. I can only be glad that I had the very good fortune to have her in my life while she was here and thankful for the friends who I have spent time with this week, who dropped everything to come over when I needed some company.

Well, I hope you have all had a better week than me and I’d love to hear about it or see the second quilt you ever made 😉 When I have the balls, I might even show you the first one!

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6 Responses to The Second Quilt I Ever Made

  1. Mary says:

    So sorry to hear your sad news, sending big hugs to you lovely lady.
    The quilts are gorgeous, how lovely to be asked to make another for her.

  2. janeosborne2014 says:

    So hard to lose a friend. I love the cotton and steel horses and cats, I am making the windmill quilt from lpq for my sister who has horses, cats, dogs and chickens so that fabric was a must for me too!

  3. Jeifner says:

    That’s a lovely new quilt. And I’m terribly sorry to hear about your friend. My heart goes out to you.

  4. Moira Petrie says:

    Hugs from up here, lovely lady. I wish I was closer so you could get one in person xx

  5. Sorry your week brought you sad news. Love the quilt top too. I keep thinking I should do something that isn’t just squares but I do love a quilt made up of squares of pretty fabric!

  6. Carol says:

    So sorry to hear about Belinda. It doesn’t make it any easier when you know it’s coming. Your new quilt for Orla is just as pretty as the first one.

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