Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Handmade Holidays Part 2: Reading Quilts
How do you know you have an awesome husband? First, he gets on board with your ideas for homemade presents even when they are completely overambitious. Then, he helps you redesign the whole project into something that might (with a lot of hard work) be achievable. And then, he spends three nights of his vacation completing 90% of the project, and takes all the children out by himself so that you can complete 10% and feel like you have contributed in some way.Oh, and then he baked 1000s of Latvian gingerbread cookies and saved our Christmas tree when it fell down twice (twice!!) on Christmas day. Best husband ever!!
So we knew we wanted to make Gilead his baby quilt for Christmas. We finally got it made just when he has learned how to scoot off of it. Brent designed this and I love how it came out with the red barn wood fabric in between the other fun vintage farm boy fabrics.
And the backing might be my favorite fabric ever. It's called "Pooches and Pickups."
Then I got this big idea that we should make all the children reading quilts. These wouldn't be big enough to fit their bed, but would be just perfect for cuddling under while reading books. They all feature some of their favorite book characters, and ABC fabrics.
Ella's quilt has a mix of old-fashioned characters and fabrics since she loves Little House on the Prairie, Fancy Nancy squares, and space and state fabrics because she loves non-fiction books.
The back has these cute Japanese girls in flannel.
Mabel's quilt, as you may guess, features pigs! The three little pigs appear several times as well as other favorite fairy tale characters like The Three Bears. Angelina Ballerina is also in there because Mabel loves to dance and the Muppets, especially Miss Piggy.
The back has this awesome pig flannel that we couldn't pass up!
Beatrix's quilt features the love of her life: Kermit the Frog, Beatrix Potter fabric, and some toile Nursery rhyme fabric.
And the back is more of the Kermit the Frog flannel.
These are definitely far from perfect, but will be very well-loved. They've already proven to be very useful in our January read-aloud time.