Everybody loves the Beatrix Potter stories of Peter Rabbit and all his rabbity, froggy friends. Even those who are all long grown up still love the stories. I loved them, my sister loved them, my daughter loved, indeed still loves them and so does my old friend the lovely Miss T. (Actually Mrs but Miss T sounds more glamorous, and glamorous she is). Miss T's first born was called Peter and he was affectionately called Peter Rabbit when he was little. Now Peter Rabbit is all grown up and he and his wife have just had their own little baby, in this case a little girl. Cue of course a baby quilt using a Beatrix Potter panel of the Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny story.
This panel is almost as old as the story itself, it came to me via a friend of a friend, possibly even a friend of a friend of a friend. It has nearly been given away again by me a couple of times. When I heard Miss T was sewing again, I almost gave it to her but couldn't bear to part with it.
|the original book panel|
The panel was actually intended to form a fabric book and a worrying stage was when I cut off the border, the text and the page numbers. The reasonably large squares all of a sudden shrunk drastically in size. And, they were all different sizes. Ultimately I ended up with 6 larger squares and 3 same sized smaller ones.
Sewing them together was kept simple, just some equally old pink and white Laura Ashley fabric from the early 1990's vintage I suppose. I know I have more of this fabric in a green colourway and in blue. I will find them next week. Miss T is very fond of Laura Ashley fabric too, so I know she will like this nod to our old patchwork class days.
|the squares edged in pink Laura Ashley fabric|
The backing fabric is a pale yellow cotton, which frayed terribly as soon as it was cut. I cut it into strips and incorporated the text, in a random order and also a leftover picture of Benjamin. I couldn't leave it out.
|the backing with text|
The quilting is just 3 straight, or rather deliberately wavy straight lines, through the sashing. The binding is a pale blue leaf print from the same era, bought in the patchwork shop in Carrickfergus where my friend and I attended our class.
|showing Benjamin Bunny on the back|
|the finished Peter Rabbit quilt|
Oh, as an aside, my grown up daughter hadn't realised Peter Rabbit's father was killed by Mr McGregor. I hadn't wanted to upset her so had always glossed over that bit. Now at almost 23, she is old enough to cope.
|our vegetable garden, but no Peter Rabbit|