Back in the first of my final 15 years of my teaching career, at a Junior High in Sherwood Park, I taught a beautiful girl named Shannon. I soon learned that her dad also taught at the school, but little did I know he and I would become very good friends. This quilt is for his grandson, Shannon's son, who is just 6 years old.
|The wind and the rain hung around all weekend; the quilt is not that friendly... 😄|
Exactly two weeks ago Shannon's house burned down, of course, at night time. She has three little boys, all under the age of 6, and she was alone, as her husband was working out of town. Miraculously, she got them all out, but they lost everything in the fire.
I don't have a lot of kid-themed fabrics, but I knew I had a bunch of scraps from Brady's I Spy quilt, and from various items like pillowcases, and pjs that I've made him. 8 X 5.5" rectangles seemed to be the common size I could get from the scraps so I cut 27, enough for three columns. You may notice I have a thinner rectangle at the top and bottom of the middle row so the patches are offset. I added width with the grey fabric and used almost all of the Paintbrush Studio China blue scraps I had left from In the Shadow of the Plus for the borders. I wanted a good-sized cuddle blankie. The side borders are 4" finished and the top 2.5".
This sweet little 6-year-old has autism. What trauma they all went through, and still are coping with, I cannot imagine, but what he suffered and is unable to express, hurts my heart. Moreover he, along with Shannon, suffered smoke inhalation as well. I felt so strongly that this little guy really needed his very own blankie; to make matters even more daunting, within a week of the fire he was having his big first day at school. So much to deal with, much too young, and with a disability.
|Fun and quick border quilting, based on a Christina Cameli motif|
I sewed the narrow strips left from cutting rectangles end to end for a scrappy binding.
|This is after laundering; the backing really is that rich navy. The bears are a scrap from Dayna's first quilt. There's almost nothing left of that sweet fabric.|
Hopefully the youngest two won't have memories of the fire, or very vague ones if they do. Hopefully this little guy will get some much-needed comfort from the quilt which has no batting, something that's new to me. The other quilts I've made with Minky backing I've always put in a batting. I found it felt a bit less stable as I quilted, but I let go of the desire for perfection, knowing this quilt needed to be done asap. It washed up beautifully.
|Lots for him to look at, even the wavy line of meandering I hope will capture his attention.|
I even remembered to sew in my satin label before applying the binding!
Pattern: original design
Size: 39.5 X 50"
Fabric: scraps from stash and scraps of Paintbrush Studio solid China blue
Backing: fleece from stash
Quilted: on my Avanté, Avril; 35 245 stitches
Threads: pieced on Billie, my 1947 Featherweight with Mettler cotton; quilted with Isacord polyester grey and blue, The Bottom Line in the bobbin
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