Sunday, August 26, 2018

Quilt #8: D's Napping in Space

Here's another oldie I haven't shared yet here on the blog, Napping in Space. My very first quilt was a Thomas the Train rag quilt made at the request of my then-train-obsessed 3-year-old. I made many, many mistakes as I muddled my way through, but as I worked on it, the quilting bug bit...hard! And as for my son, he moved on to a new! 

When he started pre-k, he asked for a space quilt for nap time. I came up with three designs and he chose the chevrons.

I was excited to use some fabric I bought in Florida where D's obsession with space began. Niels had a conference in Orlando, and we turned it into a family trip. When the work was done, we had a free day before we headed home. We asked D if he would rather go to a Disney park or Kennedy Space Center. He looked at us sternly and said, "I do not like Mickey the Mouse." So offf to Kennedy we went!

I was new to half square triangles at this point in my quilting learning curve, so I was pretty tickled when my corners matched.

I believe this during the making of this quilt that I learned about the magic of chain piecing. Game changer!!

I can't get over how little he was here, trying out the quilt top for size.

I am dead from cute!

I used a super fluffy cuddle fabric for the back, per D's request. On the back you can see my echo quilting.

He loved it then, and he loves it still. It's looking pretty worn, but he still sleeps with it every night, five years later.

For the label, I used a picture from the previous Halloween.

Since this was his nap quilt, I also made a matching pillow.

Don't we all sleep better with a homemade quilt?

Hard to believe my little guy is now 9 and starting fourth grade this week. Sob!! Stop growing, sweet boy!!

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