April 7, 2010

The Sweet Feeling...

... of finishing a project.

Remember that quilt I finally got around to starting the end of February?  Last night, I had the thrill of making the last stitch.  There is such a great feeling of putting a project to rest.  You might remember that I came up short on fabric, since I went from a baby quilt to a little boy quilt.  I decided to add a five inch red border to give me a little larger finished quilt.  Here are some shots.

The backing and binding.

In the style of Kimberly Grant, I had planned on ebroidering words on the plain squares.  The only catch was I wanted to finish it in time for Aedan's birthday in April so I attempted doing it by machine.  I don't really care for machine work when quilting and I wasn't happy with the result.  I knew there was not time to do it all by hand so in the end I abandoned the embroidery idea.
However,  Aedan has a real fascination with buttons.  One day, as he was admiring some of my spare buttons, I got the thought to embellish the blue squares with buttons.  You can not imagine how excited I was when we found these gems at Joann's.     

Exactly, the type of thing I was going to stitch on!  When I showed them to Allen and said how excited I was, he said he gathered I must have been judging by what I spent on the things.  It took nearly 60 buttons and 9 hours of sewing to put them all on, but I was thrilled with the final result. 

In order to keep it a surprise for Aedan, I took the quilt with me and sewed on Monday nights during our Bible class. In between classes, I hid it under our basement stairs.  Which was only a problem when someone knocked a glass of water over and it leaked through the steps, soaking the quilt.  By the time I realized what happened it was already smelling mildewy.  Then there was the problem of how to dry it without shrinking it prematurely or without Aedan seeing it. 
Allen came to the rescue, though.  All catastrophe was averted and I know my little fellow will be thrilled to open his gift in a few weeks.  Unfortunately, I now have requests for several more quilts ☺



  1. What a wonderful quilt! He will certainly treasure it for a long time. It's a very colorful quilt too.

    I LOVE the buttons! They add so much...character to the quilt :) I like buttons too :P

  2. You did a great job! Love the button idea.

  3. that is a true labor of love!! The buttons are a perfect touch!

  4. Kat,

    Truly a labor filled with love from each fabric square cut to each button you sewed on. I know it will be a treasure for Aedan! He will remember it so well and I can only imagine that those requests may be coming from Nathaniel, Samuel and Ellie?

    Take your time and each creation will be worth it in the long run. I've got to complete one for my nephew since he has taken to the one I made my mom some 5 years ago.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  5. beautiful job! my boys each have a quilt and it is their fav! Love the buttons!