I have discovered the truth of “there is a season for everything” in my own life. I tend to cycle between creative endeavors (scrapbooking, photography, sewing, etc) and once on a “kick” I do a year’s worth of projects…which is good because it will probably be a year before the urge strikes again! 🙂 Here is the fruit of the past two months’ sewing urges (which all started with just one baby blanket…3 baby blankets, 1 large quilt and 1 skirt-in-the-making will probably finish the urge off til next year!).
First, a little history. I made my first child, Jonathan, a blue and yellow sun-themed quilt and finished it days before having him. Back in the good ol’ days, when I could leave sharp pointy things out while in process! I planned my second baby’s quilt after she was born, from scratch…mistake #1. Quite a few mistakes later, I was stuck. Her quilt took me over two years to finish. Child #3? And #4? Remained quilt-less, although family and friends amply supplied the lack. Now, child #1 is old enough to actually want his own quilt that reflected his interests…so with a little family negotiation (Child #3 is now in possession of quilt #1) we began planning a quilt for him. Bear-themed, using a swatch of camoflauged material as the kernel. Here is the front:
The bottom is “water,” the top blue is “sky” and the bear walks in the stars because I found that fabric and just loved it. You can see the visionary camo around the bear. I also chose to finish it around the edges with a satin, to make it suitable for an adult if he chose to keep it that long. A lot of firsts for me in this project, including applique and piping.
This is the back of the quilt. I miscalculated my material needs quite badly for the front, so tried to use up the extra creatively on the back. The yellow was supposed to be a sun for the front but after a 2″ mistake it became an accent. 😛
If you are like me, and reading this has made you feel badly about yourself (ie your four children don’t all have handmade quilts by mom!) then STOP!! 😀 Seriously, to do this much work it has to be something you really enjoy…and forget about it being cheap. Each handmade quilt costs me well over $100 in materials. But…the boy likes it. 😀 😀 😀