Sunday, February 2, 2014

Designed by a 4 year old!

Yes, it's true.  My latest work was based on the design of a 4 year old.  I offered to make my nephew a quit.  I showed him the fabric I was planning to use and then asked him what kind of quilt design he wanted.
See the circled area?  That's what the little one drew!


I took his idea and drew out a plan, cut fabric and then started sewing.  Yes, I know I drew a layout, figured out measurements and even determined how many of each cut I needed, but, I can't follow a pattern - it's so difficult.  Not because I can't read, don't have trust in directions or measurements, or that I lack follow through, I just can't.   

40 x 60
Photo session at the park.  It was a beautiful day! We had fun climbing on the fire truck and my helpers did their best at staying out of the pics - 


I love the piecing and the red dots!


Appliqued Circle - Close-up of stitching
He's surprised about this!
Border Shot

After the photo shoot and the snacks, it was home to the washer and dryer.  The little man couldn't wait to sleep with his new quilt.  And his number one question - "Can I take it home?"





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18 comments:

  1. Awwww! That is the sweetest gift! I adore those polka dots and appliqued circles. And that you used the design created by your nephew to make his quilt. You will always have high standing and be his favourite aunt now! What a gorgeous quilt.

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  2. Thanks Aunt Robin... Shepard couldn't wait to lay the quilt out flat and show me and his daddy all of the different shapes and fabric patterns that you used. He has slept under it every night so far. Suffice it to say your quilt is a big success! I had no idea you got design inspiration from a drawing he made - so sweet! xoxoxox Hillary

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  3. What a great quilt! I love how you took his idea and made it work.

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    1. I did adjust his idea a bit - otherwise the quilt would be king size!

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  4. What a happy, sunshiney design!

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  5. oh how lovely! I love the circles with the quilting through them

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  6. I can't follow patterns either! What a wonderful story and resulting quilt!! Love this idea. . . I am really stumped on a quilt for my teenaged nephew. . . I may just have to have a conversation with him :)

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  7. I love the colors! I'm also in the "draw my own, can't follow a pattern" camp - my calculator is my best quilting tool!

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    1. I'm glad to meet you! I'm never without my calculator when I am quilting, even when I've done the calculations I still check and make changes.

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  8. That's adorable! I love his drawing of what he wanted and I think you did good turning it into a quilt. I love dots and this quilt is "dotty"!

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  9. Such a great idea. It's so lovely that you used his shapes and he clearly is very pleased to have it. I'm so with you on the choosing your size and putting it together as you go - great result. A red and black (really I asked??) drunkard's path quilt was the result of my 15 year old's suggestion and that worked out Ok.

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    1. I always want the recipient to be happy with their quilt so I ask for "colors" not patterns. I need to have some creative input. I'm sure your 15 year old loves the qulit.

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  10. Such a special quilt having been inspired by his own drawings. One I'm sure will be treasured a long time! Thankyou for sharing!

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  11. Future quilt designer! Love it. What a great quilt.

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  12. Cool circles, zingy colours, what a great quilt. It's fun being an aunt! I'm working on a quilt for my nearly 12 year old niece , I hope it is as loved as Shepard's quilt is!

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    1. It's wonderful being an aunt. I am sure your niece will love her quilt. Don't forget to share your pictues.

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  13. This is just too awesome! I love how you translated his sketch to a quilt design. He'll treasure it, I'm sure!

    Thanks for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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