Our eldest daughter, Roxanne, is getting ready to begin middle school in the fall. She asked if over the summer we could redo her bedroom to make it more grown up. Down came the alphabet poster. Up in the attic went many of the old stuffed animals.
She chose aqua and gray as a new color palette. We got new bedding and we’re shopping for a new carpet. I wanted to make her something special for this transition to 6th grade and a new phase in her life. A pillow to hug and lean on seemed like the right thing.
The pattern is loosely based on this project in Quilting on the Go. It’s 56 hexies laid out in rows of 7. This book is a great guide to English Paper Piecing and at the back there are sheets of graph paper in different EPP shapes that you can use to plan your own quilt design.
Roxanne and I got out the colored pencils and made a pattern that would seem random. She chose the fabrics (two colors of Kona cotton and a black and white print I’ve had forever).
I started this project over Memorial Day weekend and it was finished in about five days. I worked on it in on a picnic blanket spread out on the grass while Josephine played in the sprinkler. I worked on it in the evenings and while the kids were doing their homework.
The back is a simple envelope closure. I quilted it on the machine in straight lines. Simple and satisfying and she really likes it.