quilts for girlie girls (and their not so girlie Mom)

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by Janice on 09/29/2012

A good friend, C,  recently moved to Ontario with her husband, two little girls and a veritable menagerie of pets.

C and I met when we both moved to Deep Cove, late in 2008. She lived next door to my sister, and her little girls were virtually the same number of months apart as mine, just a few years behind us, as her eldest was 1 year younger than my youngest, Georgia. We haven’t always agreed on parenting, the impact of Disney princesses on girls (I don’t agree with the hysteria touted in Cinderella Ate My Daughter), or screen time, however, somehow managed to become fairly good friends regardless.

C, like many younger Germans I’ve met, is not a fan of pink for her girls. Maybe this is a backlash issue, but it became problematic when we passed down clothes, as my girls loved pink when they were little, and I loved the tasteful way that Tea Collection turned out pink play clothes. When they moved, the girls got their own rooms – which happened to be painted pink and purple. They loved them so much, that C didn’t repaint them.

As a belated house warming gift, and to help tone down the ‘girlie’, I found a series of children’s prints in soft greys, that reflect her daughters’ fascination with the outdoors and Schnecke (snails). Tongue in cheek, I pieced the backs with the lovely Snow White print from Heather Ross. At least it’s not Cinderella? And given that Snow White is (debatably) newly characterized as a feminist I’m hoping she likes them!

Update: here is one of the final bound quilts and the pieced backing.


back of M’s quilt



detail pic 1 on M’s quilt back


detail pic 2 on M’s quilt back


detail pic 3 of back


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