This quilt was a project that started about 6 years ago. We had just moved back to the States, moved into a new house, and were trying to rebuild our lives after Hurricane Ivan took most of our material possessions. We were fortunate enough to get some donations to us to help us get settled, and my daughter received some beautiful velvet dresses from generous souls, and being a little girl, these were her most favorite dresses.
But as children do, she quickly grew out of them and reluctantly cleaned out her closet to donate to other girls who were in need. Her favorite dresses I just could not part with, and the fabric was so nice I decided to keep a couple for the someday I could use them. They appear in the quilt as the blue flowered velvet squares, the black velvet square with the ribbon, and the black velvet squares with the sparkes on it.
When she entered middle school, her tastes matured along with her attitude, and animal prints were her new favorite thing. Everything in her room had to be either zebra, tiger, or leopard. I recovered her butterfly chair with a soft furry animal print fabric, and we made a pillow together to match with the same fabric. Of course saved the extra fabric. There is a square or two for each of the animals she once saturated her room with. She still likes these prints and loves them in the quilt, but since has broadened her decorating style.