Project Started 1992 - finished November 2009
I started the quilt when my son was in preschool. I'd take a quilting class in the room that was next door to that so I could hear the kids as I was sewing. This particular quilt was done with templates. It was called a crazy quilt block. Each student was asked to bring in two fabrics they did not like. I think she asked us to bring a dark and a light fabric. Then we passed the fabric around and we each got a template piece - and we cut up the fabric. Then somehow it was distributed. One of the ladies cut some of the blocks backward and threw away the pieces. I grabbed all those and the scraps that were left behind. I had fun sewing these blocks and made enough for two of these nap quilts. To make it larger I added the pieced border. I was thinking I'd bring it for A to take naps on - instead of beach towels.
But I didn't finish this in time for that - as now, instead of being 4-years old, he is 21.
Well, I finally decided I wanted to finish some quilting things up so I brought it to one of the Super Saturdays that the Adult Education has - and it was the same teacher! So like 17 years later she finally showed me how to finish it. (Her "Quilting" classes are really all about piecing.)
- Tape the backing down - then to tape the batting on top - pin and sew together.
- Tape the front down and tape the sewed back together - pin and sew together. She had me use the edge of the tape to create the curved corners.
- Sort of roll the quilt inside out - to birth the quilt - sew up the hole.
- Make a double loop with the yarn to do the ties. (I ended up using crochet thread as the yarn was very difficult to pull thru. She was suggesting I do the loops in the center of the pieces but I decided to do them in the intersections.
I gave to him, telling him the original reason (for naps). I asked him to use when he fell asleep in front of the TV for his head...
The next morning when I came downstairs he was on the sofa and had the quilt wrapped around his shoulders. Wish I'd taken a photo, but at least I have the memory.
Added 7-26-10: Caught him sleeping with the quilt..!