Embellishing a Pre-made Quilt Part 1 is here.
I couldn’t convince Timo to want stripes so after many more hours of hand stitching squares to his quilt, I had this:
Red fire trucks. With a matching border:
Would I buy this if I saw it in the store? Probably not, but I love the smiles and joy I see on their faces that they have something that Mommy made for them.
For boy #3, the conversation went something like this:
Me: Honey, do you want stripes on your quilt?
Me: That’s a good boy.
Whew! The stripes could be done on the machine – yeah! Here he is enjoying his new quilt:
And here are he and his brother breaking it in, minutes after it was completed:
Since I did the first quilt, we’ve had a few potty accidents and it has revealed that although these quilts say they are washable, they really aren’t. The quilt is quilted all over except for a large section in the middle that is tied, and after washing, the batting bunched up inside. I took it all out and I’m going to slip part of a blanket in that space. So for the one with the red-stripes, I free-motion quilted through the entire center. Even with the stitch regulator, it was really hard maneuvering such a big quilt through the machine. I was sweating and my arms were sore. Is this how it is for all of you? It makes me want to get one of those fancy schmancy machines that I see advertised in quilt magazines, but who has the $ or the space? And besides, I want the buff arms.