Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Ben's new quilt



I've been working on a quilt for Ben's room for a while now - my quilting friends have heard about it - but not in my blog - as it was a surprise.  We gave it to him yesterday when they came to visit and he loved it.  Then later in the evening we went to Ben's house for a barbecue and they had put it on his bed- and I got more pictures.

It was the most fun to make - I used 5" squares of boy prints.  I had a hard time at first, finding enough prints - and then they began pouring in. I bought some on Etsy - and Dena  at Threads to Fabric Blog had a big basket full of swaps she had done for kid prints.  

At one of our sew-ins she let me dig through her basket and cut all the squares I wanted - what a sweetie.  Be sure and visit Dena's blog - you will see some amazing quilts, plus she's just a nice person to be friends with.  Another friend, Cecelia (no blog - and I want to know WHY NOT?) from Georgia - formerly of upstate NY - sent me a nice bundle of boy prints also.  



Finally enough blocks and I started on the quilt.  My first attempt was not good - I was going to use alternating squares of solid colors with the prints - but it was far too busy - so once those first four rows were unsewn I decided on the pale yellow sashing.  Good choice!!

I tied the quilt and did the binding in scrappy stars on blue - it came out great.


On Ben's bed . . .




A little boy - enjoying his new quilt . . .




This was so much fun - have you got a new quilt to show us?  Or a cute grandson?

10 comments:

Linda B said...

WOW, you ended up with LOTS of squares. Really cute quilt. I'll bet Ben spends hours looking at it and finding his favorite squares.

Peg said...

Fabulous quilt - but sorry to say none to share right now (although 2-3 in the works), and no grandchildren even on the horizon!

Barb said...

He is very cute!! Love the quilt!!

A Garden of Threads said...

What a cute grandson and his quilt is lovely!:)

Pat said...

I made I Spy quilts for two grandkids and they seemed to enjoy them, but I think they must have gotten lost in a move from one house to the other as I've not seen either of them in ages. :( Ben's is a wonderful quilt!!!

*karendianne. said...

Aww, what a happy quilt for a cute and happy boy! Gosh friend, thanks so much for sharing!!!!!!!

Crispy said...

Great quilt Jo and perfect for a young grandson....I notice a John Deere patch, a must have for boys around here LOL.

That Ben, he is such a cutie :0)

Crispy

belinda said...

This soooo cute Joann...I think Ben will never tire of looking at this one. He will always be discovering something different!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Look how excited he is in the pictures! And I love the quilt! Boy and quilt... both adorable!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Fearless Nester said...

You have the very best ideas EVER! And it looks like Ben couldn't be happier! What wonderful times you and Ben have together and you know he will always treasure this quilt made by his Grandma. Loved this post. ~Lili