Sunday, October 27, 2013

T's quilt ~ finally finished!

Over the years,
TJ has let me know reminded me, multiple times,
that he still was in need of a quilt.

I had been collecting fabric for a quilt for him for awhile,
but when I was about ready to actually start working on it,
I figured it might be smart to ask what kind of a quilt he had in mind.
Which turned out to be a good idea :-)
(and since it wasn't a surprise, I got to keep him updated on my progress, which was fun)

Instead of a bed quilt, he wanted a large throw for his living room,
so he could snuggle under it to watch a  movie or play video games.
His furniture is pretty neutral, but he likes bright colors,
so we decided to marry the two.

In February
I ordered fabric (kona solids) and designed his quilt based loosely on one that I'd spotted on Pinterest.

The top came together in just a few weeks,
and the back  - a vintage sheet that he loved, along with some pieced solids - came together nicely, too.

Then, the quilting...

He wanted some hand-quilting, 
so I hand quilted the very center, the outer border, some of each corner, 
and just a few random blocks through-out the quilt.
That part went well.

I ended up ordering a silicone lubricant - to actually spray on the fabric (that made me nervous - let me tell you!)
and then a thread conditioner to soak my thread in.
I had to go super slow, and I'm still not overly thrilled with the quilting,
and not even super confidant in it holding up long term
since I had lots of tension issues, too.
(It'd be fine and then all of a sudden, stitches were loose again....)
If some of the machine quilting does come out, since every piece was quilted individually,
it won't be a big deal to replace the machine quilting
with hand-quilting
as it's needed.

I think I've improved a lot as a quilter since starting this quilt
(I started, and finished, this one, and I've got a paperpiecing project - both of these helped my accuracy, I think)
so when I look closely, I see all the imperfections, and what I wish I'd done better.
But when I step back, and see it as a whole - and as a quilt for a young man - I like it quite a bit.

there ya have it 
 ~  T's quilt  ~ 
designed and carefully created with love for a son I love so much
and am so proud of.

I'm entering this machine pieced, hand and machine quilted 70" x 84" quilt in Amy's awesome Bloggers' Quilt Festival in the throw category.

And I'm still collecting fabrics for my original quilt idea for T. 
You know how it is - you get an idea in yer head...

Love you, my boy!


  1. Totally awesome!!!! LOVE the bright colors and the design.

    As someone who doesn't quilt, I assure you that quilting imperfections are invisible to non-quilters. So unless your son has a crowd of quilting buddies, your supermom status should go untarnished :o)

  2. Looks very cheerful and great job:))

  3. I love this quilt! It's so bright and graphic! I really liked that you asked your son what he wanted so you could make him something he obviously really loves.

  4. beautiful AS ALWAYS!!! fabulously done! I agree 100% with Liz....LOL!!! xoxo

  5. Beautiful work!

    I love how men don't so much snuggle with quilts as wear them. :)

  6. another wonderful hit for Tracy!! and a bright addition for T J's comfort and warmth! good picture of TJ, too!
    Love you guys

  7. hehe! Yep, I *do* know how it is when those ideas get stuck in your head. ;D This quilt is so fun! Who cares if it's not perfect? It tells your son how much you love him and cheers his room for him with colors he loves. :D

  8. What a bright and happy quilt - n wonder he looks so happy :)

  9. Stunning!!! Absolutely stunning! I love it and its a great guy quilt!

  10. It's fantastic!! And all solids. Heehee! :) I love it. I'm sorry hear you had such trouble with the 12 wt thread. My juki handled it like a pro and I love the effect. Having to spray the fabric and condition the thread would make me nervous, too!

    And no way that young man is young enough to be your son!!


You're leaving me a comment?? Oh goody! I love comments :-)