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Not being a fan of tops (I’d rather wear dresses), I decided to experiment by cutting up three colour co-ordinated summery cotton tops given to me by a friend’s sister with a view to making a patchwork quilt for Lyra.  I cut them into squares measuring 6”x 6” and pieced them together, which was quick and easy thanks to a few tips on ‘chain piecing’ in Sew Hip magazine (issue no. 11).  I also added a few squares of fabric cut from a shirt donated by my father-in-law.  I didn’t follow a pattern for my quilt, I just made it up as I went along, and I’m very pleased with the results!  I used crib-sized wadding, which was much more than I needed, and plain backing fabric from Hobbycraft.  I used the backing fabric left-overs to make binding for the edges.  When I had finished the quilt, I was so pleased with it I took it round to a friend’s house the next day, only to spill a cup of tea on it straight away.  My friend made me a replacement cup of tea, which I again spilt, and then when I put Lyra to lie down on the dry section, she threw up!  It survived the machine wash, thankfully!  Its most exciting feature is a secret pocket in which Lyra can hide small things when she’s older.  I’m not going to tell her about its existence; she can discover it for herself!

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