He graduated from kindergarten yesterday. I cannot believe where the nearly 6 years has gone since his birth. He will be six this summer.
Of course I made him a quilt for his birth. Hmm, think I've loved scrap quilts for SOME time. . . every single piece of the fabric was from my stash or scraps.
Being a Leo, he had to have lion fabric on the back. This is some of the leftover fabric, used for a magic bag cover.
I quilted his name into the quilt. I sewed and quilted it on my Bernina.
Although he slept under that quilt every night from birth, last year I decided he need a bigger quilt for his bed. This one isn't a twin-size, but it's a decent sized throw. I used the Cloud 9 pattern but made it as an I Spy quilt. Here it is on the design wall:
I bought all the fabric at Rainbow's End Quilt Shop in Dunedin Florida, except for a couple of pieces I added that I found in JoAnn's Fabrics. The red is Kona from one of the local quilt shops I frequent, Alma Sue's Quilts. The backing is Dr. Seuss that I got at another of my LQS, Cotton Patch Quilts. Gotta spread my love!
I am pretty proud of the FMQ on this quilt. It was only the third quilt on my new-to-me Avanté. Leah Day was my go-to gal for all of the designs. Sorry that the lighting isn't so great on some of these pictures.
I did a meander over all of the busy prints. I used a red Isacord here. Again, it sewed like a dream. There is nothing I've thrown at my Avril she won't handle.
I just could not resist doing some special designs in that gorgeous red Kona cotton, his favourite colour.
|His name, the "special secret" in his quilt that only he and I know. . .surrounded by pebbling|
|The good old Gothic D for all things Detroit; my husband grew up in Windsor, aka "south Detroit"|
|Leah's Tree of Life design just quilted|
|The design after washing|
|Pretty pleased, in his fave shirt, sitting on his new-fave quilt, which is folded in half here|
All his favourite and meaningful things are in the I Spy parts: lions, swimming, Elmo, diggers, football, hockey, ABC, superheroes, Star Wars, dinosaurs, and so on! We had fun playing I Spy with it, as he was right into I Spy at that time. We took it to him last May when we drove out to Alberta, a 3-day trip from here. It is so hard being so far away from this child of unbelievable character, poise and gentleness, as well as talent at all things sports, particularly swimming! He is always so happy and at ease in the water, and always has been, right from his first bath. He was fussing ahead of time, but as soon as his body was immersed, he relaxed and kicked his fat little legs quite contentedly! We cannot WAIT to have a week of him all to ourselves at the end of this summer when he and Brianne are flying down here!
Fabric: 100% cotton with a 100% flannel backing; Warm 'n Natural batting
Pattern: Cloud 9 by Villa Rosa Designs
Quilted with Isacord and Superior King Tut
Update: Duh! Forgot to link up as I'd intended, with Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict as I am definitely doing a happy dance because of Brady, who makes me happy every single day, but even more so with his kindergarten graduation! And I've now also linked up with Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing!