A Boy and His Quilt…
I actually finished these quilts in time for Christmas, it just took me a long time to take pictures. As you can see, I still haven’t trimmed the threads on the one. You can do that when it’s for a 3 year old. He gave me a huge hug when he opened it. I don’t remember his exact words, but lets just say it made all the time invested more than worth it.
I actually made the quilt top of the train quilt several years ago. I intended it for a duvet, but I decided that wiggly sleepers and duvet covers don’t mix. I don’t know what that kid was doing, but the comforter was always ending up seperate from the cover. I have been meaning to make it into a quilt for a long time and it feels good to finally be done. I made this for J, my 6 year old son, who is a train fanatic. I did run into problems with the binding though. I would love some advice. I did the cheater, pull the back to the front binding, which I have done before. But the batting is getting all folded up inside, if that makes sense. I didn’t think you HAD to quilt right up to the edge of the quilt, but now I’m wondering if you do? I used Warm and Natural, if that matters. Quilt masters, now would be a great time to comment!
The Fireman quilt is for JJ (the 3 year old). I used this fabric, which I fell in love with at the quilt store. I have never made such a big quilt before and it was a challenge on my little machine (it’s 3/4 size). I did stippling (or meandering…or something!) for the first time with both these quilts and I loved it! Not that they are anywhere perfect, of course. But I had fun doing it and I think it looks cute. A public service announcement, though. Don’t use Joann’s red flannel unless you’ve washed it at least 10 times first! It ran all over the quilt, which of course I dried without noticing. Thankfully, I have got lots of advice on how to fix it which hopefully will work! I didn’t use a pattern for either quilt. I wanted to show as much of the firemen fabric as I could, so I tried to chose a layout that would do that.
Also, you have to check out the sweet quilt my little sister made. I think it’s awfully cute.