Friday, September 25, 2009

A new quilt


Remember when this was a blog about quilting?

Well, I finally have a new quilt to share. This one has been in the works for a while now.

Three years ago I made a baby quilt for American Quilting with some adorable retro-looking Fireman prints by Alexander Henry. I kept my own pieces and decided to save them to make a crib-sized quilt a little later. And it was one of those rare cases of being glad I waited because I no longer loved some of the prints I originally used. Instead I dipped into my American Janes which matched perfectly. (I love that Dalmatian print too!)

So this spring, with my little guy about to turn 3 and a lover of all things Fireman, I decided to pull out those pieces and finally finish that quilt. Which I did, except for the binding. My son loved it and carried it around for months without a binding. Then, during these last couple of weeks with moving delays and all my fabric and sewing stuff packed away, I needed some therapy and took the opportunity to finally bind this quilt.

The back.

Here is a close-up of a few pictures from the back.
Don't you just love those happy little firemen and their mascot dog?

And now here is the quilt in its new home. The three-year-old graduated to the toddler bed when we moved. (Remember the bed here?) The pillow case is a thrifted vintage Merrimeko trucks that I bought last year and have been excited to pull out.

My little guy is obsessed with firefighters. He's been known to wear his fire-helmet to the library (which I totally loved. Years ago one of my girls used to wear a tutu over her clothes everywhere we went and I used to be somewhat embarrassed by that. You can tell that I'm mellowing as a mother because I got the biggest kick out of the fire-helmet wearing.)

One day we drove past some firefighters and their truck and my little guy said, "Mom! I'm going to be a fireman when I grow up. Or . . . a dentist-guy." Hmm. So let me know if anyone comes across any cute, retro-dentist fabric. :)

24 comments:

Laurie Anne said...

Ahhh..the fireman stage...I remember that! My son will be 13 next week and wants to be a tattoo artist and rock star {drummer}...how I miss those days!

I LOVE the quilt...the fabrics are clean, crisp and sweet. Your little guy is going to be really snuggly in his new bed.

CJ said...

Sweet quilt! I love that backing fabric. My son was going to drive a dump truck and live at home forever to take care of me. :D He is 17 now, I think he's changed his mind. :S

Mauri said...

Love that fireman fabric. Too cute! I love the colors, so bright and cheerful. Glad you got some sewing time in. For Chase it was all about the superheroes. He always wanted to wear his Ninja Turtle stuff around or a superhero cape. Makes me smile. :)

Beth said...

Cute fireman fabric!!! love the pillowcase too - my brother used to have the whole set!

Katy said...

what a cute bed. And an even cuter quilt!
American Jane fabrics are just perfect, aren't they?

Amy - Park City Girl said...

Adorable! Glad you had a little something for therapy in the midst of it all :)

Anonymous said...

Love love love the quilt and the fabrics...the backing is awesome too! Thanks for sharing.

Natalie said...

What a cute quilt! I hope everything went OK with the move. We'd love to bring you dinner sometime or help out anyway we can.

Anonymous said...

Oh, this fabric is so cute. Do you have a more specific name for the line? When I googled firemen/Alexander Henry I got a bunch of bare musclely men that just isn't what I'd choose for a boy. I just found out I'm pregnant with #4 and my husband would so love this one to be a boy so just on the 'maybe' I am thinking it would be nice to have some of this fabric on hand.


Julianna

Aunt Spicy said...

Seriously fabulous!!! You have such a great eye for patterns-colors! Adorable!

Patty said...

What a cute quilt!My son used to wear a speedo, a bathing cap and some goggles! He was going to be an olympic swimmer!

Anne said...

Those wonderful days of small children. Love your quilt and a welcome back to the world of quilting :0)

DeeRoo said...

You're sewing....Yeaaaaa! I had to wait 15 minutes for all the pictures to come up but it was worth it....wish my son was little!:) I'm going to make him a quilt for xmas using some Michael Miller guitar fabric, greens and purples...just finshed a top for my daughter using REAL fabric that I bought from MY LQS!!! I bought all scraps, 9"x45" Fat Quarters for $2...did I already tell you this?:) OK, rewind...this is about your quilt not mine!:)
Question....what is the fuzzy brown fabric? Love it...no wonder your son wanted to snuggle with it before you were finished!!
Last but not least.....Yeeha...quilt picture on a white fence!!!;o

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Love the quilt!
I wasn't a reader when you purchased the "thrifted vintage Merrimeko truck pillowcase" so it is SO fun to see it and go back where you said you didn't realize 1970's was vintage. Well, my son had that whole set (comforter, sheets, pillowcases and curtains and he was born in 1977. Seems like yesterday, but I now realize he'll be 32 next month. Still love the print.

paulette said...

How cute is that! He is going to love it!

Nedra said...

The fireman fabric on the back is perfect for the quilt.
When my son was little, he wanted to wear his batman PJ's everywhere. One day my daughter thought of a very creative way to get him to change into every day clothes, and it worked every time. She announced "It's time to be Bruce Wayne!"

Lori Holt said...

Oh so cute ...and perfect for a new bed in a new home.
Sweet dreams to all of you!
x
lori

searchfamilies said...

What a beautiful quilt i really like this very nice
Hugs Janice

angela said...

Cute! I love how it is not ALL fireman. I'm sure he'll be draggin this quilt around for a long time!

Danielle said...

Super cute! He'll always cherish and love that quilt I bet!

Sherri said...

Cute quilt...and I love the pillowcase...glad you're starting to get settled in!

Di~ said...

I love that quilt! Very very nice. Where did you move from/to?

Kasi said...

Amy! Your husband made a comment about your blog on facebook, so of course I had to peek! I love it! I am just starting to get obsessed with sewing...so you can count on me checking back often!

Kasi Good

PS our blog is www.kasigood.typepad.com

Evelyn said...

Oh, I love that quilt! Great colors, and I love the little bits f chenille. Fantastic!!