My step son has always been a fascinated spectator when it comes to my quilting.
He always asks me about what I’m making, what fabrics and pieces will go where, and offers just the right amount of praise when each quilt is finished.
It always surprises me because I didn’t expect a 9 year old boy to be that interested in quilting.
Heck! I was surprised that I got into, thinking it was a ‘nana hobby’.
And I wasn’t sure that he would be too bothered about having his own quilt, but when Christmas was looming and we didn’t have any wonderful ideas for his big present, I decided that perhaps he would like his own quilt, especially if it was a football quilt.
The whole process was a bit of a challenge for me because not only am I not that excited by football patterened fabric, it was actually really hard to find the right mix of fabrics with football themes. Some were too cartoony, some were far too colourful, and others were just plain ugly.
Finally, after clicking page after page on Fabric.com, I found just the right mix.
The next challenge was working out how to best use the fabrics. I obviously wanted the football themes to be the feature but I needed to work out how to make the most of them without the whole quilt getting too over the top.
In the end I settled on a simple square pattern with a fussy cut player in the middle of a red square, alternated with a football print in the next square.
The red helped to balance all the other colour, and was a nice change from the normal blue, blue and more blue that my step son tends towards.
Once all the red squares were stitched I then had to work out the layout with the football prints. As usual, I went backwards and forwards on this until I had something that was good enough. Not perfect (I am yet to achieve that with any of my layouts), but pretty good so I got stitching.
Because I want this quilt to last the distance and be warm and cosy, I used a full cotton batting and fleece backing. I really wanted to encourage my step son to snuggle up in his quilt and enjoy it.
For the quilting I stitched a simple criss-cross pattern through the squares, again, because I didn’t want it to get any busier with the quilting.
The binding is the same red fabric that I used for the player squares, to frame it all in.
I have to say, despite the fact that I wasn’t keen on any of these fabrics, and that making a sport themed quilt would have been the last thing on my list of ‘to-dos’, I am absolutely thrilled with how it’s turned out. I actually couldn’t stop looking at it and holding it in my hands. It has a great weight and really feels cosy and like the perfect Sunday morning quilt.
Of course the best measure of the success of this quilt was always going to be in my step sons reaction.
I am pleased to report that he LOVES it!!!
He opened it a few nights before Christmas because he was going to be at his Mum’s on Christmas Day and he promptly wrapped himself up in it like a caterpillar and lay on the floor just grinning with happiness. I’ll admit, I had a tear :’ )
Each day the quilt gets lovingly spread out across his bed (with his other blankets and sheets screwed up underneath them!) and it looks awesome in his room.
I decided to make a matching pillow case so that when his quilt is all laid out, he has it all matching as a set. I secretly made the pillow case and just quietly put it on his pillow without announcement. Again, he bounced with excitement when he saw it and gave me a huge hug.
That in and of itself makes this hobby so rewarding. Apart from the obvious end result of a quilt to use, the appreciation and hugs of thanks wins every time.
Oh and his sister loves the quilt too!