I’m making quilts for the kids. I just want to. I wanted to learn how to quilt, and in my mind I think that it is something the kids can watch me do and know that I love them. And then they will have something to take with them throughout their lives that will remind them of it. Really cute, I know.

Simon’s quilt came first. He’s the oldest, he’s been waiting the longest. And the perk of getting the first quilt is that . . . he gets the experiment. It’s fine. It looks good. If you don’t look too close. Or maybe if I don’t. But Simon doesn’t notice, and that’s what’s important.

And then I did Oliver’s. He had so much time to anticipate it, watching me make Simon’s. And he loved it. He especially liked the “bears” fabric. He loved it until . . . I brought home the fabric for Elsa’s quilt. And then he saw how many of the fabrics had animals on them. And then he realized that I don’t love him. Not a bit. There are no jellyfish in his quilt. No elephants. Not even any snails. The only animals were those stupid bears. 

So, so much for all the love I put into picking the pattern and the fabric and cutting and sewing and quilting and binding. So much for all that love.

Ha! But I am pretty good at damage control. And all this snafu cost me was the promise of a new pair of pajamas. Homemade. With jellyfish. And possibly elephants. Because nothing says love like jellyfish and elephants.

4 thoughts on “quilting

  1. Ha! Kids are the best.

    The finished quilt is gorgeous. Can’t wait to see the other two.

    I’ve loved seeing how much Anna and Emily love the blankets I’ve made them. My mom made one for Levi which he loved for a long time, but is kind of over now. I wonder if he’d be interested if I did it? Also, there aren’t as many snuggle in blanket days in Texas as there were growing up in Ohio….

  2. Yeah, I’m pretty sure you’re the only one who will see any flaws. It looks amazing! How long has each quilt taken you thus far? I have zero sewing abilities, but that could change…

  3. I’ve heard that in years past, some quilters intentionally included “errors” (change in the pattern, etc) because if it was perfect, that would somehow put them on the same level as the Creator who did in fact make perfect things.
    I’ve made quilts as gifts, often when I was trying a new technique, and if I didn’t happen to master it on that first try, I was quite content that I didn’t have to look at it forever.

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