springhouse sugar {a quilt for Jess}

I have been meaning to post this quilt since before Christmas {honest!} but guess the holiday’s just kind of carried me away with them. I only finished this with a few days to spare to pop in the post ready to be placed under the Christmas tree!


One of my commissioned projects {and known about for longer than my ‘deadline’ would seem mind you!} was to make a quilt for a very special little {who is almost a teenager really!} girl who I hold very dear to me.

Jess was my flower girl and my bridal party wrapped in one – she looked amazing, carried all my ‘essentials’ {of which I think I used the lipstick once?!} in a tiny little drawstring bag, put up with the hours of makeup and hair and photos and followed me around in the heat of the day all without any sign of complaint. She thought I was a princess, but truth be known it was her that was the princess, and helped make my wedding day just what it was.

Not a lot has changed since then; Jess is still that wonderful, kind-hearted, determined little girl she always was, just she’s older now, and is headed away to boarding school this year {can’t at all believe it – can’t imagine how her mumma and dad feel!} and a quilt for her new bed is {of course} a must. A little piece of something that’s all her own, to snuggle under and remind her of home {not at all that we think she’ll need it!}.



The fabrics were picked by her {we were super sneaky with this one!} being Spring House by Stephanie Ryan for Moda and the pattern used was Sugar Stars by Lori Holt with a little bit of adapting. I had original plans to design her a unique quilt, but to be honest just couldn’t go past this pattern – it’s stunning and I would dearly love to make one in Lori’s Gracie Girl fabrics. I went against the original pattern and made two blocks, with sashings in between – it made the quilt a bit longer and wider than the original, but hindsight says it also made it more time consuming {note to self: leave it the way it is Keera!}…




I quilted this using clover and heart patterns with a few loops thrown in for good measure. Free motion of Jess’ name in one corner added a little something extra but so proves I need to work on my free motion handwriting!!


Such a fresh quilt, loved planning it, making it and gifting it. My little friend loves it too which is just icing on the cake really!


Keera x

p.s. Not sure I’m keen to attempt to break my record on finishing this quilt, it was basted, quilted and bound in just under 6 hours. We consumed a few over 4 coffees whilst doing it, and slept 3 hours extra the following day! I’m all for taking my time on sewing projects {especially when I have more than enough time like this one!}

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  1. Sara says

    This was such a sweet story to read about you and your flower girl. It reminded me of my flower girl at my wedding that is a teen now as well. She is around 16 or so though. Her mother (my Aunt) found her flower girl dress a couple months ago actually–still has it! She is really sweet and kind too:) Jess is going to treasure her new quilt forever!!

  2. says

    oh, I love this pattern and the fabrics you chose. I have no doubt that this quilt will be loved. I am putting this pattern on my to-do list for sure!

    Thanks so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  3. Lea says

    What a beautiful quilt (and fabrics.) Jess will love this quilt not just because of it’s beauty but because it was made especially for her by you. I just found your blog while I was over at Stitch by Stitch. I’ve taken a quick look around and you have a lovely blog. Your addition quilt tutorial is fabulous. Will look around more when I have a chance and will be following your blog.

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