Friday, October 28, 2011

The 4 Year Old Quilt

Hi!  Welcome if you're visiting!  A quick little intro, my sister and I design quilt patterns and a little over a year ago we started Quilt Story.  Since then we don't blog as much as we want to here :(  But please stay, look around and then head over and see us at Quilt Story!

I decided I wanted to make quilts for my boys this year for their birthdays.  My Sawyer turned four on June 20th, so on my birthday May 24th I started his quilt!  At that time it was the fastest I finished a quilt until this quilt just recently.  I got Dino Dudes from Michael Miller at Natasha's Shop Skye Reve and knew this would be the perfect prints for a little guy.  I am so in love with color lately, I couldn't wait to get going.


It's square and the perfect size for a kid.  (I don't have the exact measurement in front of me and he's currently sleeping and snuggled in it!  But it's somewhere around 48" x 48")  When he opened it he said, "Oh, it's just a blanket."  But later he had more enthusiasm for me :)


It's a really simple and great pattern that we'll be adding to our shop in a couple of weeks.  If you'd like us to notify you when it's available let us know in the comments or email us at myquiltstory@gmail.com


I decided to do a focus square in the middle.  Those dinos are just too cute!  Plus I love fabrics that lend to fussy cutting.


I just did simple straight line quilting.


Sawyer picked out the backing.  I showed him a few minky fabrics that coordinated with the quilt top (he hadn't seen it) and asked him which his favorite was.  He chose red! I was really surprised, I don't do red a lot and I never do red for my boys ie clothes, decor, etc..  I am so much more of a blue/green girl.  But I am really happy that he took me out of my comfort zone!  (And I washed it probably ten times with white fabric swatches to be positive it wouldn't bleed.)

I don't have a full shot of the backing on this, totally spaced it.  I did get some snapshots though.  Through the center of the red minky on the back are more squares, then his name appliqued and a heartfelt quilt tag. I did a tutorial on the embroidered quilt label HERE.


\I went with orange dots for binding, I thought it fit in the colors but didn't stand out too much.

I just love this local park where I did the photo shoot.  I'm in Arizona so I get these lovely palm trees for my background.  This palm tree had the perfect notch to hang my quilt from. I think I'll be taking my next quilt here too!



Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you'll head over to Quilt Story and see our other quilt there, here's a little peak:


And thanks so much to Amy for hosting the festival!  You're the best! 
Amy'sCreativeSide

48 comments:

SewSara said...

love this one, too!
the squares and the white with the borders ... looks awesome. great pattern idea! i could see myself using this one (the pattern).

i love soy's reaction 'oh just a blanket' - haha! those boys.
they will learn (quickly) that they have to be thrilled with the stuff their mamas make them. cute cute!

Janet said...

The red minky really zings! Beautiful.

Karen said...

This is a lovely quilt. The simplicity in the design really lets the fabric be the focus. Great fun!

Kim said...

So colorful and FUN!!!!! Love it!

notes of sincerity said...

I adore your quilt and the label just tugged at my heart. :o)

Katie B. said...

Such a fun quilt! I love the minky on the back.

Sandra said...

Perfect pattern to showcase the dinos, kudos!
What a wonderful label.

Come see my entries: #29 miniature reproduction quilt and #31 antique 1850 Star quilt
Sandra in Moab

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

So cute and colorful! I adore the binding and the label is the sweetest thing:)

Valentina said...

Love this quilt: and I know of 2 5yr old boys that would love a pair of these for their own! Thank you for sharing! :)

Jean said...

Your quilt label made me tear up and my nose got tingly... how sweet!

sukie said...

Love your pictures!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I just made my first quilt with a minky backing and love it. This is just so 'boy' with the dinos, softness for cuddling (they still cuddle at that age) and just love the dotty binding!

Michelle said...

Wonderful quilt, the label stitching, wow, a nice treasure.

grendelskin said...

Great quilt! I love the label, I always used to cry when reading that one to my boychild.

Hollie said...

What an awesome quilt! Love it!

Shannon said...

Oh my goodness! This is such an adorable boy quilt!!!
Love it!

Eileen said...

Love them. So bright and like putting minky on bakck of what i call comfy quilts for my girlie girls and boyly boys...grandkiddos! Fun to have your little boy pick his fabric. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

Lisa at Sun Naturals said...

So adorable! Love the dinos :-)

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

This is a beautiful quilt! Lucky little guy!! He must love it.

Studio Christine said...

dinosaur LOVE!!

Kit Lang said...

what a wonderful, snuggly, quilt!

Rachel said...

It's so cute - and I LOVE the red minky backing. I'm not surprised your little fellow warmed up to this quilt (as it was warming him up).

Rachel said...

So sweet!

Pat said...

What a fun quilt!

Margaret said...

love the quilt!

Margaret
www.quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

Peg said...

What a great kid's quilt!

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Very sweet and cute. Yep, kids rarely have enthusiasm when it's opened but they often love, love, love these kinds of gifts to pieces. Well done. :)

Lily said...

Adorable quilt and tears in my eyes over the label. I just sent my son (only child) off to college with a quilt I made for him. Sad!! But glad he'll have something I made with him to cuddle with! Enjoy your son while he's small-they grow up way too quickly!

maria said...

What a lovely fun quilt. I love the fabrics and the colours.

Robin said...

Such a happy quilt! I love the design and the way you were able to really feature the fun dino fabric. Thanks for sharing! :)

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Adorable quilts...love your label

LynCC said...

Such a perfect picture with him standing cuddled in it!

Kathy said...

It's the perfect quilt for a young boy.

Sharon said...

What a cute quilt! Love the fussy-cut dinos. Making quilts for our kids is the best, isn't it?

Lyanna L. said...

what a fun cute quilt. i like the simple layout so the dinos can really shine. I might need to get my hands on some of that fabric for friends that are having baby boys in the near future. =)

thanks for sharing!

Lyanna L. said...

what a fun cute quilt. i like the simple layout so the dinos can really shine. I might need to get my hands on some of that fabric for friends that are having baby boys in the near future. =)

thanks for sharing!

Carissa said...

Such a fun quilt! I love your straight line quilting on too :-)

Ruth Anne Olson said...

What an adorable quilt. I like the colors and the binding is perfect.

Kwiltz by Stephanie said...

Simple, crisp, bold! LOVE it! Love the different settings for your photos!!!!

Staci said...

Great boy quilt! Thanks for sharing the story behind it!

Kay Lynne said...

Cute little boy quilt :)

Debbie said...

Great pattern design...the fabrics are so fun! I love your label...I used to read that book "I'll Love You Forever," to my boys...now they are men.

snippetsandyarns said...

The dinos are super cute! And I love the saying you added to the back - that story always makes me a little teary-eyed!

~ meagan

Habibti at Home said...

I LOVE a good boy quilt. There is so much girl colors in fabrics out there. I really love to see a modern and striking little boy quilt. This is such inspiration for me. Love it!!!

henzy said...

Love it! So cute

Martha said...

Wonderful quilt..love the fabric...thanks for sharing with us.

Leslie said...

i love this. the backing is perfect

quilterbell said...

what a cute quilt!