Is it just me or do other people think they posted a post when they really didn't? Maybe it's just me. For the last week or two, I thought I told you about this quilt. Clearly, I have not. Let's ameliorate, shall we?
So two years ago I went to Hawaii, it was fabulous, see for yourself. While there I purchased some Hawaiian print fabrics, because I figured that's what one who is crafty should do. Shortly after returning home, Little Sir switched to a toddler bed because he could climb out of his crib at 15 months old (awesome.), so naturally I thought a quilt for my kid was in order.
So I washed the fabric. A few months later, I drew up a quick design (but I could have put them together in any way, there is a lot of crazy going on with those prints). A few months after that I cut out the fabric. And then, a week before Sir's second birthday, I thought, "oh, I will finish that quilt!" And I worked so hard to get it done, but after basting it, I lost steam. And then the quilt sat in the basement for almost a year taunting me with its uncompletion. Even Little Sir would say things like, "that's my quilt that mommy didn't finish, right?"
So for his third birthday, I was determined to finish the quilt. I quilted it with 30 degree parallel lines (with 2 inches between) running one way. I originally thought about quilting in the opposite direction to form quilted diamonds; but, that would have tacked on months to the process, because really, that is sort of how a roll (if you haven't caught on to that yet). After getting some great advice from Diana, Caro and Ashley (great advice=telling me what I want to hear), I called the quilting sufficient. The quilting is most discernible on the back (which I think I like better, actually) in the solid sections.
After taking all the pins out and the painter's tape off however, I didn't feel like doing the binding, and I had to sleep. I finished quilting the quilt at 3 in the morning on the kid's third birthday. After a week or two of hemming and hawing I figured it was time to get it done. You see, I couldn't justify working on another quilt till this one was done. And really, all I had to do was the binding.
I once hated doing the binding on quilts, but now, I think it's the easiest part. Unlike most quilters who lovingly hand sew the binding to the quilt back, I take the extra time to iron, tuck and pin my binding to the back of my quilt and machine sew like it's my job. I don't have the patience for the hand sewing bit, and this quilt is for a boy and will get washed a ton, so that's my rationalizing.
I am so glad I finished this quilt. Not just because, well, yay, I'm done; but, Little Sir LOVES his new quilt.
He promptly followed his thanks with a request to "make [him] another quilt; but, one that matches [his] little brother's." People, I have not made a quilt for Little Mister to be matched, so Sir has, in effect, asked for me to make two quilts. Stellar. Hilarious is Little Sir's middle name.
I think it is worth noting that Little Sir acted as creative director for this entire quilt photo shoot of ours. With the exception of the shots that I caught with the two of us, he pretty much told me how he wanted the pictures taken and came and looked at the camera to give approval.
Is it wrong that my kid's knack for framing and composition impresses me more than his ability to say please and thank you?