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Hello Kitty and the Winter Sunshine Quilt

School closed. Bitter cold and a roaring blizzard outside. Entire family stuck at home. Our little family of three was able to survive the cabin fever for a few days, but by day #4 my toddler had HAD it.  Her mood that day was legendary, and then she informed me that her Hello Kitties were “super sick and need(ed) a new quilt to get better.”

Trying to turn the tide, I asked her what the quilt would look like. “Rainbows with triangles” she replied. Bwhaha. I hid any sign of my own excitement lest she change her mind — little did she know that this was the perfect excuse to try out my new Bloc Loc Ruler from Christmas.

I let her rummage through my scraps which were conveniently already strewn across the dining room (thank you economyblockalong). I told her to pick one pink, orange, yellow, turquoise, blue and violet scrap.  Being a fastidious creature, it took her one (blissful!) hour to settle on her final color choices.

I followed the cutting directions that came with my ruler (I have the 2.5″ x 5″ finished one) and cut 12 white squares and 6 colored rectangles. Total cutting time? Less than 10 minutes, even with a toddler’s “help” collecting the trimmings.  We drew diagonal lines across each square together (she held the ruler and tried not to poke out an eye with the pencil), and laid a white square on each rectangle. After we had sewn on the pencil line, I sewed a parallel line on the outside corner so that I could save the HSTs. Then we cut, pressed, sewed, and trimmed everything up with the (fabulous!) ruler.

From there the quilt top pretty much made itself. Hello Kitty Winter Sunshine Quilt by Stitchified

I recycled the dozen half square triangles for the backing, which came out okay. If I had to do it again I would space things a little differently, but focus is tough with a three year old audience.  I quilted it with a serpentine stitch, bound it in white, and hid a special Hello Kitty ribbon in the corner.

Hello Kitty Winter Sunshine Quilt

I’m told that the Hello Kitties have made a full recovery, but there are newly reported illness from other members of the stuffed animal hoard.  Oh, and I was barely allowed to borrow this quilt for photos. More than half of the photos have cute little hands or toes in them 🙂

Hello Kitty Winter Sunshine by Stitchified

Linking up with Finish it Up Friday!

{ 14 comments… add one }
  • Fran January 17, 2014, 2:36 am

    That is just so cute! Love the quilting, it’s so effective.

  • Erin January 17, 2014, 7:28 am

    Wow, that may be the cutest the I’ve heard all day! Best way to entertain a toddler ever!
    E xx

  • Kris January 17, 2014, 1:56 pm

    So so adorable!

  • Lynn January 17, 2014, 2:37 pm

    Hi, I’m visiting some of the blogs from finish it up friday. Since I haven’t had a finish myself I thought it would be the next best thing. Cute little quilt! You have a wonderful blog, some of the cutest things I’ve seen!

  • Joan Old January 17, 2014, 5:32 pm

    Your three year old has such good taste. Such a cute little quilt.

  • mari January 17, 2014, 6:28 pm

    These are the best! What a way to brighten a snowbound child….

  • sara January 17, 2014, 8:52 pm

    Oh I cannot wait to do this with my little girl in the future. First thing first, she has to be born next month!!!

    I love everything about this Hello Kitty mini and the little tootsies in the pics is precious!

  • janita January 17, 2014, 11:58 pm

    very cute 🙂 Thanks for sharing. Janita

  • Jasmine January 18, 2014, 9:06 am

    How sweet that her animals needed a quilt to feel better. And how fun to try a new ruler on a small project. Completely darling.

  • Laura January 18, 2014, 12:59 pm

    This made my rainy morning!

  • Frances January 19, 2014, 6:09 am

    Hello Kittie offered up great inspiration, cute little block.

  • SarahZ January 20, 2014, 9:09 am

    How very cute! Especially with the little feet 🙂

  • Seamingly Sarah January 21, 2014, 5:06 pm

    Adorable! And I quite the sucker for rainbows and making tiny things for the kiddos.

  • Liz January 21, 2014, 8:46 pm

    Adorable! And I like your back…. reminds me of kitty cat ears.

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