This is what I gave Tommy for Christmas - I made him a quilt.
Originally, this was my wedding gift to him...as I had worked on it during the year of our engagement. However, I wasn't able to assemble all of the fabric squares into a cohesive quilt before our wedding...so I tied a string around all of the pieces and gave it to him in a big bundle of fabric squares. I then intended on sewing the patches together as an assembled quilt for our 1st year anniversary gift. Yet with baby on the way and a full time work schedule, I'm pretty sure I won't have much spare time to do such things...so I decided to complete it as a Christmas gift.
It's a crazy quilt...and I love it (crazy quilts are my favorite!). I am so proud of it!! I had never made a quilt before, I didn't know what I was doing...I just went for it. I also didn't measure anything while making it - which was awesome until I had sew the edges of the thing together...but that's another story. I used fabric from our old clothes, scraps of fabric from his mother, and a hodge podge collection of fabric scraps I would pick up cheap cheap from fabric stores. Lots of different textures...lots of different patterns...lots of different colors (though a fall color scheme prevailed...and I like that...it's the time of year when things like extra quilts get busted out of storage and such.) All of the individual squares were hand sewn...as I didn't have a sewing machine. When Tommy gave me a sewing machine for my birthday gift this project got a lot easier :-)
Obviously, Tommy saw me working on this a lot. It wasn't a secret...but it WAS a surprise to him when he opened it on Christmas morning...FINISHED. It kindof seemed like one of those things that may never get finished...as I had been working on it for a year and a half!
|I'd been telling my mother in law about this quilt since I lived with them last winter - FINALLY they got to see it!|
Tommy all wrapped up in our love quilt.
|Here you can see the edges, and the fabrics I picked for the back of the quilt...a pretty striped print, and a printed fabric that has birds in branches which reminded me a lot of our wedding motif.|
I used an organic 100% cotton batting between the front and back layers...this makes the quilt warm and cozy. Oh...and it fits a queen bed - which is AWESOME on these frigid northeastern winter nights. Were you particularly excited about a gift you gave this year??
|See - there is velvet, tweed, corduroy, cotton, eyelet, etc...I love the array of textures all together.|