Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Better Late Than Never

You may recall how I sewed a quilt for Diana before she went off to college. Well, although Calypso is not in college this year she is away from home.  Christmas 2011 I gave her the fabric for her own quilt.  Given all the insanity of 2011 It didn't get done in time for her graduation....or for her departure to the internship program she is in....or...uh...even for Christmas 2011.  It did get done for this past weekend though in a great final push of sewing, clipping, washing, and drying.  Here is the evidence.


It was the same pattern as her sister's, just a different color scheme.  This is only the second quilt I have ever made in my life so I decided to stick with what worked in terms of the pattern.


A close-up of the texture.  Unlike really traditional quilts this is a rag quilt made of flannel and with exposed edges intended to fray.


Calypso approved of the finished product even if she was kind of annoyed by the photo shoot.


Isaac has begun asking when he will get a new quilt. He's a sophomore. Maybe I should start now to have it done in time for graduation...

14 comments:

G-Man said...

What a beautiful young lady!
Loved the quilt...G

Hilary said...

What a great looking quilt.. and such a beautiful girl. She looks like her Mom.

Beach Bum said...

Yeah, my wife started a blanket for my son when he was a baby and finished it when he was five years-old. Life happens.

Bijoux said...

Love the quilt and the girl! And if it were me, I'd definitely start now!

Craig said...

Man, that looks like a LOT of work. . .

I salute you!

Hope Calypso is doing well. . .

Suldog said...

Such a nice gift. I love quilts. Anybody who takes the time to make one for somebody else is an angel.

Just Me said...

Love the frayed edge look... I've never seen that done!

I made baby quilts for both of my boys. They were small size but a more adult pattern so they can be used or displayed through their lives. My daughter? I bought the material and designed the pattern before she was born but with a 2 year old and a 4 year old, I never got it started. I will get it made sometime. She is going on 16 so she feels a bit slighted. But better late than never, right?

Sailor said...

Beautiful, the quilt & the gal! Nice work!

Rob said...

First of all, Calypso looks AMAZING after all that she went through last year! A younger version of her beautiful mother -- and obviously feeling good and full of life! So happy for you, Michelle!

The quilt post brought a smile to my face! When my brother and I were about 8 and 4 respectively, my mom bought fabric to make us flannel pajamas for our (December) birthdays. I remember the fabric pattern was brightly-colored "candy" designs (candy canes, lolli-pops, etc) and I was excited about the new pajamas I would have for winter (not clear whether my older brother was equally thrilled). In any case, our (shared) birthday came and went and the pajamas weren't done. They were cut out but hadn't been stitched together. Mom suggested that we would probably find them under the tree at Christmas a couple of weeks later. Needless to say, they weren't done by Christmas time -- and, for that matter, were NEVER finished! It became a standing joke with our family over the years about whether we would FINALLY receive our "candy pajamas" for our birthday one day. Mom left this world with the pajamas still unfinished (one of the VERY few tasks left unfinished on this earth by my VERY detail-oriented mother) -- but I suspect the subject of our unfinished pajamas provided more good-natured fun over the years than the enjoyment we would ever have realized from those "jammies" being completed! ;-)

Logophile said...

You are getting quite good at that!

It's gorgeous and having Calypso's cute little face there for scale actually makes it easier to see the size of the squares.

Love it!

silly rabbit said...

Oh I like that pattern with the frayed edges. Very nice. Sometimes I can go great guns and get things done... one year I made three quilts in less than two months. But other times... let's see... I have one that I began when X and I were married and its still not finished. Oops.
They do take a lot of effort. But you know that they will be loved forever.

Jocelyn said...

Oh, yea, start now on his quilt. My mom took three years after my graduation to finish my "graduation present" quilt. Perhaps she wanted to be sure the degree wouldn't be retracted before she handed over the gift.

Your girl is the best-possible model for such a lovely bit of handiwork.

Stephanie said...

That is just lovely. I always wanted to learn to quilt.

Secret Agent Woman said...

That's a great tradition. I did some quilting before my first baby, but have kind of let it go.