Waiting In The Wings

Monday, March 5, 2018

A quilt for Sam

As if I didn't have enough projects to keep me busy
I realised that our youngest grandson will reach the
tender age of 5yrs at the end of April.
I made his older brother his 'grown-up' quilt for his 5th, so it was choosing fabric time.

Sam has very definite ideas on what he likes and doesn't like.
Pulling out my basket with colourful children's fabrics  he picked the one
I was secretly saving for myself!

His brother had picked a piece of fabric with lots of
colourful safari animals for his
quilt,  Sam said he would really like one just like Jacob's but
faced with the reality that I wasn't going to try and copy the other one
he accepted graciously!!

The particular plain colours he would like were red and black!!!
I bit of cajoling needed here I thought.
I found some Tula Pink ladybird fabric and persuaded him to
go with this and a selection of solids. Jacob helpfully
said that frogs would eat ladybirds, Sam was sold on the idea.

I thought we'd avoided black but no - so thinking quickly I pulled out a length of
black fabric with multi coloured dragonflies, told him they hover around ponds, 
frogs live there and they eat dragonflies. Yes, he thought that was good.
I now have to put these together, I'll add strips of the frog
fabric and  going with the idea of Chinese Coin strips
between the four feature panels. Keeping it simple.

I found an older piece of limey green fabric with brightly coloured
spiders so a few strips of that would work.

Last week a new book arrived in the mail box, I'd ordered this
two weeks ago after seeing it, I think, on Instagram.

Wonderful, wonderful book which is split into six sections, stay with me and I'll
just list them.

Impact of Quilts and Quiltmaking  on Health and
Health Care Outcomes.

The Art of Health Related Quiltmaking.

Individual Experiences of Health and Wellbeing through

Public and Collective Quiltmaking for Health and Wellbeing.

Quilts in Healing Environments and Clinical Care.

I bought my copy,  it's an expensive buy, but your library
may be able to locate one. I reckon this is worth every cent!!

Back to Sam's quilt and more reading later this evening.



Linda Bishop said...

Sam’s quilt is going to be fabulous! I love that you were able to pull that together out of your stash.

Clare M said...

I love the process you went through with Sam to choose his quilt fabric. Nice too that Jacob helped you persuade him with some of those choices. Sounds like an excellent choice of style. Nice and simple is good. Hope you are well.

Sally Trude said...

What a delightful combination of fabrics for Sam's quilt. My youngest grand nephew has requested a quilt like his brothers...and its been funny to see how much attention he has paid to it (an i-spy quilt).

Debbie said...

Love that frog fabric.....but your additions to the mix will take it over the top. Keeping it simple and let the fabrics do it work. Hope you are doing much better.

Nancy J said...

love those bright fabrics, and how neat that Sam already has good ideas on design.Hope all is well up North.XX

Louise said...

Frogs and bugs...the perfect quilt for a five year old boy! :)

Linda said...

Love the frog fabric! Nice that your grandson was able to choose his own fabrics. He will love the quilt, I agree, keep it simple.

Janie said...

Sam sounds like a sweet guy and his quilt is going to be full of life
and excitement!
Fun times for all.

Barb Neiwert said...

That's great fabric for a little guy's quilt - he'll love it. And WTG, Grandma, in steering him in a good direction for colors, etc., lol! Fun, fun, fun.

Julie said...

He will think this quilt is extra special because of all his input into the colours and fabrics. Will have to look out for the book.

O'Quilts said...

wonderful project...will get you going for sure...book sounds great too...thinking of you. xo

Ann said...

What a delightful set of fabrics for a five year old. Big boys need big quilts.

Caroline Heinrichs said...

Great choices Grandma! This bright and boyish selection is lovely.

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Lovely fabric choices for this quilt, and a bit of the black dragonfly fabric will be a great addition.