Enough to gift, that is…
Every birthday and Christmas I make a present for each of my kids. Usually they do not know what it will be, but this year I made what they asked me for- quilts for their beds. Being such large items and knowing how I am, I did not try for secrecy! Instead I asked the kids to collaborate with me by picking out the fabrics they wanted for the sashing and setting squares. They also went through my stash of 4″ “I Spy” fabric squares and selected photos of their friends and family members to be printed onto fabric for special squares throughout the quilts.
I used this tutorial from Obsessively Stitching to make a disappearing nine-patch quilt for each kid, but in order to get the sizes they wanted, I used 180 picture squares on each one. The final quilts were just over 60″ X 75″.
I skipped adding a border and due to my fear of binding (and lack of remaining time before Christmas), I sewed them together pillowcase-style and called it a day so we could actually enjoy each other on Christmas Eve. I will finish them up sometime soon, but for now- this is where I got 🙂
Here is my son’s quilt top about to be layered with the batting and backing.
And a close-up of some of his squares while planning the layout:
The kids love them and wanted to sleep on them in front of the tree.