|All ready to toss into the washer and dryer to get that lovely rag quilt look & feel!!!|
My son, of course, has some very particular ideas about what is appropriate for a boy-child of his! Nothing "girlie" or even "babyish" is going to go in Mr. Cooper's room - No sir-ee!!! He made some very specific requests for this quilt.....
1. Only sage greens, creams and browns
2. No animals or anything else "cutsie"
3. Only stripes, dots and plaids allowed!
Wow! That was a challenge, let me tell you! My son is a hunter and loves the peace and tranquility he finds in the forest, and he wanted that feel for Cooper's nursery. After working with these lush, calming colors, I decided to name this quilt, Tranquility. I think that best describes the feeling my son tells me he gets when sitting in the woods in the crisp early morning hours, just him and God and the perfect sounds of nature all around them.
I know - some of you are saying, "How could he kill Bambi?!?!" I said that too when he told me he had taken up the sport. But it is not just a sport for him - he has the meat processed and they use the venison in many of their meals. Then a few of my loved ones barely escaped with their lives after accidents with deer, and I learned about how even all the deer suffer from lack of food sources when their population gets out of hand. Then my son shared the joy he gets from his time alone in the woods with God, so I shut up and began to thank God for giving him such a wonderful way to meet with Him so often. The benefits have far outweighed my squeamish tender-hearted misgivings. (And much to my son's dismay, the deer actually don't show up very often LOL!!!)
So.... back to Tranquility.....I was fortunate to have enough of the colors and designs in my cottons stash for the top.....some of them were even pulled from my scraps bin!
|I loved adding that gorgeous plaid shirt on the right!!!|
It's so hard to find plaids in yardage.
For the back, I had planned to use this pale, pale, pale sage green dots print to give it a nice light ruffle on the front between all the blocks.....
.....but after deciding on the size and number of blocks I wanted, I realized there wouldn't be quite enough of this fabric. I had 2 yards and needed 2-1/2! Of course, I only realized this after I had cut it into 8" strips!!!
It's an older fabric, so I didn't even try to find more. I thought about doing some sort of a design on the back, like adding some darker blocks spelling a "C" for Cooper in the middle, but I just couldn't fall in love with that idea. Then I remembered a flannel in my stash that I bought when Hobby Lobby sold off most of their fabrics. I think I paid $2-3 a yard for this piece :) Here it is, playing very nicely with the other fabrics..... don't you just LOVE those rich, chocolatey browns.... YUM!!!!
And I love that it now has a flannel backing!
This soft cream animal print works perfectly with the theme of the rest of the quilt :)
I chose to use a Thermore batting, which I have used in all my rag quilts.
This thin polyester batting washes well and doesn't add too much weight to the finished quilt.
|Tranquility on the Design Wall, choosing placement......|
|All the blocks were quilted together individually.... gotta love quilt-as-you-go designs!!!|
|I finished up snipping the seams last night :*)|
I'll be tossing this in the washer and dryer today - yippee!!! Cooper is expected to join us around Christmas-time, so I'm delighted to have his quilt, done and ready for his arrival!!!
And since I started this project this month (even though I finished it too), it is my November NewFO Challenge project......
|Click HERE to see more!|
Next up, I'll be quilting Genevieve's Banners quilt this weekend. You can read more about her quilt HERE.
It's all sandwiched and ready to go. I'm planning a very light quilting design, so hopefully it won't take too terribly long to do.
Looks like I'll have TWO baby quilts to deliver at Thanksgiving....
something to be very thankful for, am I right?
Wishing everyone a delightful weekend!!!
Hugs & Blessings!
Cat Patches - 2013 NewFO Challenge
SoScrappy - Rainbow Scrap Challenge
Patchwork Times - Design Wall Monday
Freemotion by the River - Tuesday Linky Party