Archives for June 26, 2012

made with love

Gabe's quilt for Silas
Soon after Silas was born, Gabe mentioned that he would like to make a quilt for his first birthday.  Keats and I had sewn one for Beatrix’s first, and Gabe wanted to do the same for his new baby brother.  Even with an entire year to prepare for it, I did not manage to pull it together in time for Silas’ birthday.  I finally applied myself and found fabric that I knew Gabe would like (and on sale too) a few weeks ago and ordered it.  Every day he would ask when we would make the quilt.  Finally this past weekend I made a list of things that I wanted to accomplish and the quilt was one of them.

Gabe's quilt for Silas

Gabe's quilt for Silas

Gabe's quilt for Silas
We began with six fat quarters.  Rather than doing any cutting, I just helped Gabe sew them together, two at a time.  I know next to nothing about quilting and between that and the fact that Gabe has very little machine sewing experience, I kept things simple.

Gabe's quilt for Silas

Gabe's quilt for Silas
Then I cut each of the three pieces in half, making them different lengths.  We laid them out on the table, and then Gabe sewed them all together.

Gabe's quilt for Silas
I put the quilt together and sewed it up late that night (I opted not to bind this one-just sewed all three layers together and then turned it.)  Gabe and I worked together to hand tie the quilt the next day.

Gabe's quilt for Silas
The story behind this photo and Gabe’s smile:  Jonny popped inside for a minute and started teasing Gabe about making a quilt.  He was only joking, and confessed that he thinks quilting is awesome.  Back when we were in college, I remember Jonny spending a birthday check one year on a bunch of fat quarters and quilting tools.  He carefully cut a huge pile of 4 x 4 inch squares, but then got distracted and never made his quilt.

Gabe's quilt for Silas

Gabe's quilt for Silas

Gabe's quilt for Silas

Gabe's quilt for Silas
(quilt backing fabric HERE.)

Gabe's quilt for Silas

Gabe's quilt for Silas

Gabe's quilt for Silas

Gabe's quilt for Silas

Gabe's quilt for Silas

Gabe's quilt for Silas

Gabe's quilt for Silas

Gabe's quilt for Silas
I think Gabe is proud of his quilt.  I am always proud of him.

LOVE.  That pretty much sums it up.