Over the years,
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.
I ordered fabric (kona solids) and designed his quilt based loosely on one that I'd spotted on Pinterest.
I made excellent progress at first.
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
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!