Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Little Man's Quilt

Little Man - He told me I couldn't see him. :)

My Little Man is 3 years old.  He is in a constant state of motion, except when he first wakes up.  He is  a sleepy boy when he first wakes up and he loves to sit by Mommy and hold my hand.  When he was first born he spent over a month in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit).  I don't usually talk about those times; there was much stress and anxiety and just complete helplessness.  It's just too much. Hopefully, I'll share a little here and there on occasion; I think it will be good for me.   But for now, what I meant to talk about was how much I love my Little Man.  He is quick to laugh even when he's mad, he's wild and he's gentle.  He can be so rough but then turn right around and be so gentle and sweet.  You know, he's ALL Boy! haha

Black butterflies! perfect for Little Man
So of course, a quilting Mama must make Quilts for her babies!  Little Man loves orange.  For some reason he hasn't picked up on all the colors yet.  We practice, but he just doesn't ever seem very sure.  His sister learned her colors like she was on a mission; however, I don't want to compare them.  Everyone is different and I'm not the type of Mama to 'push'.  Don't get me wrong, my kiddos are enriched with education EVERY day.  I just don't get a crick in my neck about it.  In the BIG picture of life, I always opt for what fits, what's comfortable, what's useful etc.

What's wrong with my uneven ends!!??
So Little Man not knowing all his colors yet is ok with me.    Except for Orange, he LOVES orange and knows that color perfectly.  So an Orange quilt seems very appropriate! He also loves butterflies and just about anything that wiggles, crawls, hops, or flies.

My Mama brought me some beautiful fabric a while back and it was Perfect!  I started piecing the top almost immediately.  Little Man happened to wonder in and declared that this should be his quilt.  His excitement sealed the deal.

It's a very simple patchwork pattern, but I'm having difficulty understanding why my ends don't meet up.  I'm sewing long strips together and even though the strips are the same length, when I get to the end there is an inch or so discrepancy.  ????  I don't use pins, so I'm thinking maybe I'm just hurrying too fast and letting the fabric slip.  Do you ever have these issues?

Well, I'm off to have some summer fun with my sweet ones.  Have a great Tuesday!
Go kiss someone like you mean it!  They're sure to smile and it will fill your heart!  - Little Mama Hen

I'm going over to Quilt Story and Quilting by the River and Freshly Pieced for some inspiration. Come along, I always find inspiration there.  :)


  1. Our Little Man (our grandson) is now 16. Once when he stayed with us I made a quilt for him which was his then favorite--chameleons. His mom in exasperation told him to bring his blanket and he promptly told her it was a Quiii-lt!

    I have found that pinning the pieces I'm putting together helps with matching issues as there seems to be more pull on one side than the other as it moves through the machine. Now that I've quilted more, I can usually hold the bottom a bit more taut and it seems to work. Picking it out and then pinning it will make it all match up. Ask me how I know that one?? :p) Love the fabrics you have for Little Man!

  2. Cute Cute Cute - my grandson is into red and blue right now - I am making him a baseball quilt! I now am a follower

  3. Both of my grandsons (3 & 5 yr old) LOVE orange. It's a happy color. Great quilt, great story.

    I find that if I want certain points to match up, I have to pin them. I think it's something to do with +/- tolerances - sorry, I'm a bit of a geek.

  4. What a wonderful quilt for such a precious little boy! You may be having trouble because you didn't pin and the bottom fabric is "growing" or stretching as you sew especially if it was cut width wise as you'll have more stretch. Thanks for sharing!
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  5. I love the black butterflies and the orange together! I love the stories, too, that go along with the quilting!

  6. Nice blocks and darling little boy.

  7. Minor point (that the ends don't meet) it will be fine in the end. Love the colors!!

  8. Great fabric! And, there is no job more important than being a mother. Yay for you!

  9. I have that problem all the time. But it is usually because I'm trying to get middle seams to meet. and I just hope that it is a small enough error to not affect the next step too much. :)

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