Well friends, that was a quick week, wasn't it?! I'm not even sure how that happened. Actually, I know exactly how it happened. A traveling husband, a really bad cold (for me), the last week of work and school... It sure does make for a tough week. Oh, and mix in all the holidays and the craziness elevates a whole level or two! Glad we're clawing our way to the finish line here.
Somehow though, in the middle of flying solo, invoicing, and sniffling... I managed to have a finish too! This quilt has been a long time in the making. I started it back in April in an effort to use some of my stash up. (So I could justify buying new fabric, of course!) Before I even picked a palette, I had a sidekick "helping" me out. He voted on colors and fabric and quickly declared it "his" quilt. While I took all cutting responsibility, he did most of the sewing.
By the end of June, we had most of the quilt top done. We put it away for the summer (Actually, we put it away for some parties and travel... and kind of forgot to bring it back out). A freak cold front in October reminded us to bring it back out and finish the last few rows. And that's where it lingered for weeks. (And weeks.) My sidekick and I couldn't agree on fabric or a design for the backing.
Then I stumbled across a fun, polka dot fleece at the store. I bought a couple of yards and showed it to my sidekick when he got home from school. After an immediate "thumbs up" we laid out the fleece on the floor and placed the flimsy right on top of the fleece (no batting in between), pinned it, and threw it on the sewing machine to quilt.
I went with a simple "in the ditch" approach around some of the "+"s. Just enough to hold the two pieces together, but not over the top quilting. This week, I fished out some old bias trim I had in my bins and bound it. The binding took so much longer than I expected. I forgot how tedious it is to use pre-made binding! But it's done, I've logged a lot of time with Netflix, and I'm pretty happy with the end result. I really, really love the feel of the fleece backing the top... this will not be the last time I use this combination, that's for sure! I can't wait to throw it in the wash and make it look "lived with" ... but for now it's waiting on the couch for school to be out and winter break to start! (T - 20 minutes in case you were wondering!) I can't wait to see Spencer's face when he discovers it!
"Plus" Pattern from for the love of george
Cut and Pieced by Me
Sewn (mostly) by Spencer
Quilted and Finished by me with help from Spencer
Finished Size: 39"x54"
And then moving on to the "Flashback" portion of the post. This is probably more important to record, but also harder to believe.
One year ago today, halfway around the world... we met Milo for the first time. (You can read the original post here.) How. In. The. World. Has. It. Been. A. Year?!?! Oh my word. Mere minutes after meeting, the boys were laughing and playing together. They were most definitely meant to be brothers...
Psst... look at how young they look! Egad!