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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  1. What a cute quilt and a wonderful story. I love those monkey astronauts!

    Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  2. What a sweet quit story. They grow up so fast don't they.... mine are 37, 35 and 29 and it seems like they were just cute little toddlers. You've inspired me to make a chevron quilt.

  3. They DO grow up so quickly. Savor the time. My babies are now 38 & 36. I remember cuddling them.

  4. A perfect nap quilt! I bet the cuddle on the back is supper soft and snuggly. It will be a quilt he can sneak off to college with :)

  5. Love this! One of the first quilts I made was for my daughter Katerina and she still sleeps with it. Thanks for sharing this on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  6. Ahhhh... cute post. This quilt will be special to you both a long time yet. Quilts are like friends..... you can always find more to love, but it doesn't diminish the attachment to the old ones. :)

  7. Such a sweet memory quilt! Thanks for linking to Finished or Not Friday!

  8. I love how much input he gave throughout the process! What a wonderful quilt, and I especially love the cuddly back!


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