Friday, December 19, 2008
My Grandson's Christmas Quilt
When my grandson, Tyler, was six years old, I decided to make a wall quilt for him for Christmas. He loved being in the studio with me, calling each piece of fabric a quilt. I still have some yardage with animals on it that he made tents with, napped under and always called a quilt. I suppose he just didn't get the concept of the three layers, etc. He is going to be twenty-four on his next birthday and even though the quilt lives at my house....he still knows it's his and expects to see it every year.
When I made the quilt for him, I worked on it when he wasn't around, as I wanted it to be a surprise. When he came over for Christmas, I made sure the wall hanging was in place over the sofa, as I knew he'd notice it there first. He came into the room, immediately looked at the quilt and said, "Grandmother, you made a CAR!!" Well, I thought to myself, I could have just made a tiny quilt with a car on it and he would have been completely happy. He loved the quilt, still does, and that's all that matters, and I still love to tell how he reacted to his own Christmas quilt.
It is 48 inches square. I hand appliqued all the features of the quilt and it is hand quilted. There is a bunny rabbit on the bed and that was made by a friend, Donna McConnell. Her daughter, Micah, made the little photograph on the wall. Everyone always asks me if the two women in the photo are relatives. No, they are not, but sometimes I make up stories about them anyway. There are embellishments on the quilt....you just have to embellish, you know. The car is there because like lots of boys, Ty always was playing with tiny little cars. The cat in the wagon is not the cat we have now...but Ethel looks like this anyway.
It's a fun quilt....hope you enjoy seeing it and I wish you all a Merry Christmas! (One more quilt to go by Christmas Day..stay tuned!!) Do take care, stay warm and safe and have a lot of fun! Pat