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Alphabets and Owls

My younger sister was pregnant with her first child in the summer of 2013. I was in desperate need of a creative project so I took on decorating the nursery for the soon to be bundle of joy. They didn’t want to know if they were having a boy or a girl but my sister wanted a bright, cheerful, and fun nursery.

My maternal grandmother taught me to do piece work and hand stitched quilting when I was in my early teens. She was GREAT at it. After she passed on I worried the tradition might be lost right along with her. With this nursery I decided to revisit my lessons and design a quilt we could build the rest of the nursery around. My sister had her heart set on primary colours, the alphabet, and owls so we started there. We settled on a patchwork design and I got to work. It was definitely a labor of love.

I hand drew, cut, and appliquéd different sizes of letters and owls onto 3″ blocks. Constructed bright colorful patchwork blocks balanced by just enough white to keep the design fun and gender neutral. Once the top was together the real fun began. Hundreds of hours of hand stitching circles resulted in a bubbly feeling.

With the quilt design complete and stitching well underway we enlisted the help of our oldest sister to paint a woodland creature mural with country farm accents onto the soft yellow and green walls. Bright white curtains accented by the same colorful patchwork rounded out this project.

My nephew was born in December and the room could not be more perfectly matched to his imaginative and colorful spirit.

Patchwork Quilt with owls, letters, and numbersNursery showing crib, closet, and bookshelf Nursery showing rocking chair and two windows with white and patchwork curtainsNursery - Showing crib and tree mural with owls, squirrels, and an airplane