The Old, Made New

This was one of my favorite projects ever.

Sitting in the closet for five years collecting dust in her closet, my friend decided it was finally time to do something about the unfinished quilts for her daughter and niece, and I came to the rescue. She was turning their old bursery crib sheets, bumpers, baby blankets, etc. into new, grown up quilts! Which I myself think is such a clever idea.

Her daughter’s quilt was about 1/2 way done when I took over. I only had to piece together the back and sew the two sides together. Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of that one. Her niece’s quilt, on the other hand, was basically only partly destructed baby fabrics. I had to start from the very beginning; I was up for the challenge.

The first challenge was figuring out how to take the pale, muted colors and bring them to life. This quilt was going to be for a teenager, I needed to grow it up. Secondly, I had to figure out how to take what I had, enough fabric to fit into a crib, and lay it out with new fabric in an appealing way to fit a twin size bed.

It definitely was a challenge, but I absolutely love the finished product. I also really enjoy the fact that these girls get to cuddle up with the same softened cotton that they used to nap the day away with.

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I knew that she wanted more purple and green rather than yellow and pink.

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The squares in the middle are mostly made up of the original fabric. solid colors with fleece appliques of butterflies and flowers. I used bright colors with strong patterns to offset the pastel colors and the nursery theme.

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So cozy! The fabric I used for the backing is adorable all by itself, fun if she decides she wants to turn it over and show off that side for a while on her bed.

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