Monday, July 26, 2010

A Finished Quilt Gifted, and a Happy Boy!

Hello Everyone,

Remember the stash strippy quilt that I was making for my nephew? If not, you can read about it here and here. Anyway, my nephew who turned 7 yesterday had been asking his Mom for a while "When is Aunt Jackie going to make me a quilt for my bed?". So how could I refuse this? I couldn't. I started the quilt in June and finished it on Friday, July 23!! Just in time.

So I wanted to show you the results and the reaction that just warmed my heart!


The completed quilt, above, as finished on Friday. I have to say, it was quite a bit of work, but really worth it all!


I wanted to keep the quilting rather simple and clean. So when I loaded it on the long arm I chose to do a water effect. I think it was a perfect compliment to this quilt. I used a blue thread from Superior.


The backing that I used is, of course, a Kaffe fabric. It is Paperweight Cobalt. I used this in the quilt top too. So it really went well.


Finished it off with this label. I used some clip art from the computer, chose a nice font and color and then printed it on fabric right in my inkjet printer. Then I heat set the ink with the iron. It is now colorfast so the ink won't run.

Then it was time to package it up with a coordinating pillowcase that I made on Saturday night. Once it was wrapped really nicely, it made its journey to my nephew's birthday party on Sunday.

The reaction....


Let's just say, he did not know what was in the box. He saved it for his last present to open. Then once opened, well the above picture says it all! He was thrilled and that really warmed my heart. I love this kid!


Here he is all wrapped up in the quilt with the bow on his head. Isn't he sweet and adorable??


I had to sneak in a big cuddle and hug with him!! Happy, happy, birthday!! By the way, my sister in law, his mother also shares the same birthday. So it was a really great day.


My sister in law and I went up to his room and made up his bed for him. It will be ready for all those sweet dreams he will be having.


A view from the other side. Note the coordinating pillowcase. I really love it in his room and I think this is a quilt will grow with him. As my cousin said, "Pottery Barn, eat your heart out!". This quilt is now living in the right place.

Sweet dreams, my little nephew, sweet dreams!

Until Next Time...


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57 comments:

Kathie said...

oh how sweet! the quilt looks great on his bed, a wonderful boy's quilt.
glad he is so happy, made it all worth while right!
Kathie

RitaFoltok said...

Gratulálok, nagyon ügyes vagy!

Jodi said...

Beautiful quilt! What a wonderful aunt he has, too! Kudos!

Andi said...

Nice work Auntie Jackie!!!

Pat said...

It looks WONDERFUL in his room and I'm so happy to see a young child appreciate this kind of gift! I am sure he will treasure it for years.

KG said...

What a handsome nephew you have!

Oops-Lah said...

What a lucky boy he is; and he really loves it, one can tell by his face.

Gene Black said...

I love the quilt AND I love his reaction to it!

Dianne said...

beautiful quilt! his bed looks way older than 7, i'd say :) great job :)

Mary Grace McNamara said...

That's one lucky little boy! He'll love that forever!

MGM

Judy C said...

What a wonderful post, don't you just love it when someone realy appreciates your quilting...ahh this is why we do what we do.

joanne lendaro said...

Perfect quilt for a little boy! Love the quilt!

Stephanie said...

The big smile says it all. Love the label, design, colors, quilting. Awesome. Wondering how a 7 year old has a room so neat?

Terry said...

What a great quilt! Love the backing and the label too! He's a lucky little guy! :0)

Nedra said...

You are such a wonderful Aunt! And what a cute little boy to want a quilt at age 7 instead of more toys. The silly picture of him with the red bow on his head is hysterical. I can see why you enjoy his company so much.

Rebecca Johnson said...

Oh I love it! It looks great on his bed!! it will be cherished forever! xx cute little boy xx

Jewel said...

Love that picture of you two together! So stinkin' cute!

Sharon M said...

What a lucky guy to have you for an aunt. I love the scrappy look.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Jackie -- it's beautiful!!! And it's just perfect in his room. You're the Aunt that ROCKS!!!!

karenfae said...

I love the quilt it turned out so great. Your nephew's expression says it all - I love when kids react like that.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

joonzeboo said...

brought tears to my eyes. such an adoring aunt! :)

Kim D. said...

What a great quilt Jackie!! It looks like it was a bit hit with your nephew and I love the backing fabric.

Annemariesquilt said...

A wonderful and stunning quilt and must have been a lot fun to watch the birthday boy open this gift..
I can feel the joy from the picture!!

Annette said...

That is a genuine smile on his face. You can see how happy he is to have the quilt made by his aunt. It is fun quilt, perfect for a little boy. And I love the way you quilted it.

Diane said...

And that my friend is the number one reason why I quilt!
A priceless memory you have made there.
And the quilt is beautiful too!

Rose Marie said...

Fabulous finish and your nephew's face says it all!!

Karen said...

Jackie, what a great quilt!! And such a sweet story. I'm doing a very similar quilt out of Amy Butler scraps. Love the setting!

Vicki W said...

It turned out great!

Simone de Klerk said...

What a lovely quilt, for such a lucky boy! Love the quilting and the borders you added.

PunkiePie said...

What a smile! The quilt is beautiful, Jackie. What a great quilt for a little boy. And I love the label. Great job, Auntie!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Oh Jackie what a cute post. He's a darling boy and he's so happy with his quilt. You gave him such a great present. Fun fun.

Maria said...

Looks great on his bed, Jackie! Another check off the list! He's a real cutie and I'm sure Mom appreciates the new decor too!
mariaegerard@gmail.com

Maureen said...

Jackie, I have enjoyed watching this quilt progress from strips on the wall to a little boy's heart. It's beautiful!

Cathi said...

What a fabulous quilt -- great pictures and such a happy face!! Fabulous!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Yes Jackie, the look on his face says it all. Amazing quilt made with love for someone special - perfect.

Selvage Quilter said...

This quilt came out great!! The watery quilting is beautiful.

I wonder how many new quilts will be started today as a result of that happy photo? It's smiles like his that feed quilter's hearts, isn't it?

Anya said...

Head and shoulders above Pottery Barn! Great quilt and I love the quilting!

Sarah said...

WELL DONE! Wow Jackie, this quilt is awesome!!! It looks so great on his bed. Yay for you!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh Jackie, The quilt is just amazing. It looks wonderful and his eyes are sparkling, you can see how much he loves it and how much you love him!
It looks perfect on his bed.

Vivian said...

My favorite photos of my quilts are the ones with the happy new owners.

You have adorable photos of that special little guy. I think photos of quilts with their makers and quilts with their owners are as important for quilting documentation as the labels we put on the backs of our quilts.
You're very special, Aunt Jackie!

Patty said...

The quilt came out really great! I love the quilting on it and I'm sure your nephew will enjoy it for many years to come.

WoolenSails said...

That came out so wonderfully and love the blue border to bring it all together. The stitching is perfect with the blue.

Debbie

Kim Walus said...

I'm loving this little boy quilt and he looks so happy holding it.
Congrats to the Birthday Boy!!!

Teresa said...

Oh yes...that is a wonderful quilt for him. And you are so right about the quilting - its perfect.
Cute picture of the two of you - now that is what you should print on fabric and add to the back of the quilt.

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

I love those smiles that are missing a tooth or two! Great quilt...the blue borders are perfect.

Donna said...

The quilt looks so perfect in his bedroom--just the right colors--and even the back is beautiful! A lucky boy!

Kerri said...

The 7-year old son of your cousin who said, 'Pottery Barn, eat your heart out' admired the craftsmanship and detail in the quilt which his bed is lacking...his 8th birthday is in December so you have time. Honestly, a labor of love, Jackie!

Kerri said...

The 7-year old son of your cousin who said, 'Pottery Barn, eat your heart out' admired the craftsmanship and detail in the quilt which his bed is lacking...his 8th birthday is in December so you have time. Honestly, a labor of love, Jackie!

julieQ said...

Love the quilt, but especially love the picture! What a darling boy!

Cathy said...

Oh Jackie what a heartwarming story. How lovely that your nephew wanted a quilt specially made by you. And it is stunning! Looks fabulous on his bed with the matching pillow. I love the photo of him wrapped up in it...this will be a very cherished quilt I can tell. Oh, and i love the Kaffe backing too xo

Vesuviusmama said...

What a lovely gift, and a lovely reception it received in its new home.

Laura said...

Great quilt and you picked the perfect quilting design! Thanks for sharing pictures with the recipient as well. He obviously loves his quilt.

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Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

oooh! that is so sweet!!!! It is a lovely quilt jackie!!! love that big honest smile!

pratima said...

So sweet!! Your nephew is adorable and the big happy smile says it all... the quilt is absolutely perfect for the little boy :)

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

Gorgeous quilt! I think the blue makes the quilt. Looks like your nephew loves it :)

Ivory Spring said...

What a sweet sweet gift! I love your work.

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