Lily turned one. Just like that. I now have a four year old and a one year old. Even Bella turned to me yesterday and said that she just couldn't believe it.
Our lives are better because of Lily. We're happier because we have her. We laugh more because she laughs so much and we have more fun simply because she's there.
Each of us is totally and completely in love with her. We love her immediate smile. And her incredible laugh. We love her obvious (and slightly scary) intelligence. And we love her hugs and (oh so sloppy) kisses.
She is so much more than just our daughter or sister or grandaughter. She's Lily. And she's ours. And for that we are so very, very grateful.
Of course, turning one means that Lily can now have her very own quilt. And whilst I didn't get it finished in time for her actual birthday, I did at least get it done for the week of her birthday.
Once I got started it came together really quickly, which is surprising because it bears absolutely no similarity to what I had been planning.
I had assumed that Lily's quilt would follow in the same footsteps as Bella's and be predominantly pink and red. Especially as their new room is also pink and red.
Even after being inspired by the photo below from Marie Claire Idees, I figured I would still stick to my usual colour palette.
Which is why I surprised myself when I started reaching for greys and lilacs. Because even though I love the shade of purple that the cot is painted in the Marie Claire photo, I really do not like lilac or any form of purple. At all. Usually.
But the second I started building the little pile of fabrics for Lily's quilt I knew exactly how I wanted it to look.
I started off with the purple Liberty print (in the centre of the quilt above) - my least favourite colourway of my most favourite print - and teamed it with a Cath Kidston grey floral that I got on sale last year.
As soon as I put the the two prints together I knew that lilac and grey, which a touch of yellowy green thrown in was the way to go. For some reason it suggests an old fashioned, romantic feel to me. A look that's got a little sophistication to it, but is still young and fresh.
For the back I continued with the grey and used a print from the Come Quilt With Me collection by Pat Yamin for Marcus Brothers.
And because I wanted to make sure that the quilt wasn't too grown up I embroidered a deer, off centre and using a couple of strands or embroidery thread in dark red on the quilt top.
Because I'm so into eiderdowns at the moment, and wanted Lily's cot to be soft and welcoming, just like Bella's bed, I decided not to make a traditional quilt. But instead followed the same steps as Bella's eiderdown/comforter, but this time using a small cot duvet as the filling. The only other difference is that unlike Bella's, I decided not to quilt or even tie this one. The whole thing is pretty small and I wanted to make sure that it kept it's pouffyness. That may change though and I may yet decide to tie it.
Lily herself hasn't slept under it yet. But she has enjoyed eating her raisins on it.