One thing I've been trying to do over the past month is play catchup. Like so many, I have a pile of unfinished projects - sewing, knitting, etc. One by one, I've been crossing things off my list, and it's felt so great! Along with unfinished projects, I have a number of things I've made and never blogged about.
The first of those is Joe's quilt. I had a really hard time deciding on a quilt design for him, and then one day I stumbled across this quilt on pinterest. The quilting is soooo fantastic and perfect, is it not? After following the pin, I found the Puzzle Box quilt along hosted by Brigette of Farbstoff. It looked like a fairly straightforward pattern, so I decided to use Brigette's instructions for Joe's quilt.
For this quilt I chose to use solids from Michael Miller's Cotton Couture collection - such soft fabrics with a lovely bright sheen. I really don't buy many solid fabrics, but I love having some of these in my fabric stash. I find them a tiny bit more challenging to work with because they are so lightweight. Once I assembled all the Puzzle Box blocks, I needed to add borders to the front to make it twin size, so I paired the solids with a few fabulous prints from Jessica Hogarth's VeloCity line. I thought the scooters on the front and the urban scene on the back were so unique and supercool for my little guy.
I have to admit that when I envisioned this quilt, I had dreams of quilting it something like my original inspiration (quilted on a longarm by Brigette). But, I quickly realized that sort of design was waaaaay beyond my quilting skills, and not to mention, I was running out of time. So I kept the quilting really simple, just doing some line work on the individual blocks and then some straight-line quilting around the borders. It turned out really crinkly and soft which is perfect for him.
This quilt definitely grew on me as I made it. I don't often work with solids, so it was a different challenge for me (a challenge that spawned the making of this clutch). This quilt is also decidedly modern, which is also a little out of my realm. One of my favorite parts are these patchwork sections I added along the borders.
So does he love it? Weeeelll....kind of...he's a boy, so who knows, really? I do know it made him feel good to be given a quilt along with Maggie with whom he shares his room. And it made me feel good to make it for him!