I have made this quilt for Isaac in several bursts of activity, with long spells in between where it has lain untouched. Oh for the luxury of uninterrupted time to sew, and dream, and make. In my world, those precious hours absorbed in making and creating are few and far between. However, Isaac's quilt is now finished, and on his bed.
I wrote about making Jacob's quilt ( here ).Jacob's vision was clear and direct. It was rather different with Isaac. Initially he wasn't sure he even wanted a quilt; then when he decided he would rather like one, his design ideas were entirely beyond my capabilities (this type of thing was suggested and quickly rejected by me; ditto this). Feeling rather out of my depth, I suggested a design based on squares, which was accepted (phew). Next to choose colours, fabric designs and general feel. This had to include guitars, plus other music themed fabrics, and the colours must be bright; bold, and include lots of orange and red. No problem. So I plunged in and, as before, bought some fabrics online, and some from my local sewing shop (here). I made the quilt up from several different blocks; all were easy to construct. My measuring and matching were not perfect, but I don't mind about that, and neither does Isaac.
The back is plain white, with a single teal stripe. The stripe wanders a little, but I still like it.
I quilted each block as the construction style suggested. It was time consuming, but most absorbing and enjoyable. I used perle cotton which pulls through the quilt layers smoothly, and creates thick, tactile lines of quilting.
Now the quilt is at last on Isaac's bed, and he is happy with it.
It has made me so happy to make a quilt for each of the boys during spring and summer this year. Each quilt reflects the boys' tastes and personalities and the stage they are at in their lives right now. I hope that as they grow up and forge adult lives they will still tolerate an occasional quilt from Mum!