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A Quilt for Daniel

It happens to me all too often.

I fall for a beautiful fabric (or seven of them).

I run out to get it (or drool all over my screen for days before actually hitting the “check out” button).

I get my beloved piece of fabric home.

I wash it, Iron it – and than I fold it neatly and place it on a shelf, where it will never see the light of day again, because I have no clue what to do with it, or it’s so pretty I’m scared to cut into it, or some combination of the above.

But this time I was determined to make quilts for my boys.

I even told them I was going to, so they can hold me to my promise.

So I got myself a yard of this chino Bus fabric – it just demands to be made into something boyish and lovely!

 

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And after a few days of scribbling some ideas, I decided on a simple wonky squares design. I wanted to try this ever since I saw “what a bunch of squares” in the Denyse Schmidt Quilts book.

 

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It’s the biggest quilt I made so far, at about 60″ x 80″. Everything went smoothly until it was time to quilt it…

 

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I really wanted to have these spiralling squares quilted on each block. You know, the kind where you have to pivot 90 degree turns some gazillion times?  Probably not the best idea for a first large quilting project… For two days I struggled and wrestled this quilt through the machine, to the point my arms were aching the next morning. Lets just say the quilting isn’t going to win any beauty contests, and leave it at that.

 

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The result, however, was well worth these minor pains. Although the quilting isn’t perfect, I love the way it turned out. And even more important, Daniel loves it too. I didn’t make it in time for his birthday (which was in December), but he was still very exited to receive his quilt about a month ago, and he happily cuddles with it every night since.

What more can I ask for?… More echino fabric of course! now that I’m actually using my stash, surely I’m allowed to get some more, right?…

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