Monday, July 19, 2010

On the Road Again - a special Boy's Quilt

It has been a while since I shared a real live quilt. (That's summer for you!) This one was a custom order for Jenn and her family who are adopting a baby from Ethiopia - and hoping to get the final okay any day. (Prayers added and fingers crossed!) Jenn has a blog with BEAUTIFUL photography.  I wish we lived closer so that we could trade gorgeous pictures of my kids for quilts. :) If you are in the Kansas City area you may want to give this girl a call!
She really liked the earlier Boy Quilt I'd made, but is decorating with denim so we decided to change the blues from the turquoise color in the original to a more subdued blue. American Jane came through with the right color. I love it just as much as the original.
We used the same Ikea fabric for the back.
I  love all the fabrics in this quilt.  Which is why I chose just squares - to let the fabric do the work. There are some really good 'boy' fabric options right now - which isn't always the case. Does anyone else agree with me on this? It's not always easy to find charming little boy prints that aren't cheesy.  I used prints from Riley Blake's Wheels collection and Traffic Jam by Allison Jane Smith for Windham Fabrics.  That collection is over a year old, but there are still random pieces available in internet-fabric-land.
The original quilt is for sale in my Etsy shop.  It's kind of the last leaf on the tree - as in the lone item available in my shop.  In all the fun and crazy busy-ness of summer I've had to prioritize life and  let go of some things and Etsy has been one of those things.  When all the summer fun comes to an end, I have a bunch of goodies to add - (I'm s l o w l y in the process of cutting more I-spy kits).  But until then, I'm going to try to remind myself to just enjoy another popsicle with the kids.


  1. In my humble opinion, and not that you asked for it, but it sounds like your priorities are in the right place! Love it, and keep having fun with your kiddos! They'll be grown and having babies of their own before you know it, like mine! Yikes! Love the quilt, too!

  2. Love these fabrics - I definitely have a vehicle-obsessed boy on my hands - and I also like some of the other prints out there (Robots and Oh Boy from David Walker studios - yay!) I've only been on the lookout for 'boy" prints for a year - sad to hear that these aren't all that common!

    Enjoy your summer!

  3. Very sweet, very boy! I'm sure it will be well-loved! :)

  4. Do you have any of these left in a kit to buy from your etsy shop? I am a new "follower" and love this quilt with the traditional blue.
    Thank you, Jaime

  5. How beautiful! I'm sure it will be loved and treasured for a long time to come!

  6. Gorgeous! I am going to have to get my butt over to Ikea and take a look at their fabric.

  7. What a beautiful gift and a happy cheerful quilt! Love it. (Fiona - new follower)

  8. I just found your blog and I'm excited to follow you. I love the little boy quilt. I love the choice of fabric and the simple squares to let the fabric be the special part about it. I love your pictures. I can't wait to check out your etsy shop. I live in Utah and I love fabric too. Thanks for sharing.

  9. know how much I ADORE this quilt! And guess what...we just received our referral for our baby boy...SO EXCITED to bring him home and wrap him up this beautiful treasure!!



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