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.
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.
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.
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.
(quilt backing fabric HERE.)
LOVE. That pretty much sums it up.