15 October, 2014

A "Soft" Quilt

Gregory's Soft Quilt ~ 47" X 67"
Gregory's birthday is coming up next month, he'll be four year old. I asked him what he wanted for his birthday and his immediate response was this: "I want a soft quilt, one like Mama's, but mine needs to have cowboys and trains and horses and tractors and race cars... oh, and barns too!" My daughter-in-law explained to me later that he was referring to her flannel quilt as the soft one. She received that quilt  from our Quilt Ministry when she was hospitalized with complications following Lynnleigh's birth. She went on to explain that Gregory would likely want his to be tied, not quilted, like hers; so that it would be soft and puffier. Okay, got it. But now, how to corral all those disparate prints into something that didn't look like a mish-mash? I dragged out an old pattern, the Quick Step Quilt * by Carol Britt. This top went together quickly today, I bordered it all around as a means of reining it in and I do think that it does look neat and orderly. Initially, I was really at a loss as to where to find all of these novelty prints in flannel... but wouldn't you know it, there's an online source: flannel world, and yes, they had everything Gregory's soft quilt called for! I washed and dried all the pieces before I set to cutting, each one came out of the dryer soft and fluffy; I was pleased with the quality.
Cowboys, trains, horses, tractors, race cars and barns, all together in one soft quilt; 
made-to-order for one very special little boy!
Here's the biggest surprise of all, the backing fabric is Minkee;
ramping up the soft factor to a whole new level! 

* I have used this pattern many times before, but it's been quite a few years; it is designed to be made in vertical columns, front, back and batting together. The units join together and actually quilt the piece at the same time. On this quilt, though, I was only interested in the layout for the front. I forgot all about the unusual assembly for this quilt and bought the fabric according to the yardage requirements on the pattern... plus the backing fabric. As a result I have enough of all the required flannel prints to make another, identical, quilt... just in case he loves this one to bits!

Life is Good!


Janet O. said...

How cute--he knows what he wants! Looks like you have met all of the requirements. What a good grandma! He may just "love it to bits". Good thing you are prepared. : )

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

My grands love flannel blankets so I was excited to discover that there's a source for so many flannel prints. I went right to the site, but I think that there may be an error with the link you provided?

Quiltdivajulie said...

I love how SPECIFIC he was when he answered the question! AND how well you did at filling that request!

AnnieO said...

Quilt as you go with flannel and minkee sure sounds cuddly, I'm sure he'll love it! Four year olds have definite needs! :)

~Niki~ said...

your grandchildren are all adorable. just happened by your blog today for the first time :)

lindsey said...

How sweet to ask for a quilt. He will love this one.

Jeanne said...

That quilt will definitely qualify as a soft quilt! He will love having it wrapped around him.