Friday, May 25, 2007

Blanket progress

Remember the flannel Little Boy picked out for a blanket at Marden's? Well, in between our busy day to day doings, we ARE making some progress on the blanket. While my initial thought was to just layer the 2 pieces of flannel together and do some simple free-hand quilting (see the picture of the flower)... Little Boy had other ideas!

He wanted Elmo, monster trucks, trains from Thomas... Humm, what to do? I photocopied coloring book pages and printed pictures off the internet, taped them to the flannel and stitched around them! It went really fast - I dropped the feed dogs, put on the little round foot and just kept my speed consistent. I tried to keep my stitches on the smaller side to make it easier to remove the paper. Maybe not award winning, but certainly a winner in my son's very happy eyes! Go ahead - give it a try!

I have just a few more designs to sew on and then comes the binding. My husband was a bit surprised that I didn't use any batting, but it is a summer blanket and I don't want it to be too hot!


















13 comments:

Screen Door said...

OK-- he may never remember what "brand " name his tennis shoes are, or that you made him eat peas and carrots. But I think he'll always remember you going to the trouble to quilt Elmo on his blanket. You're awesome...

Doodlebug Gail said...

What a great idea! Elmo shows up really nice - great job and good idea to leave the batting out for the summer. Bet you anything he uses it every single night this summer.

quiltpixie said...

wonderful idea for transfering the quilt pattern!

Hedgehog said...

This is really cool! Great that he 'pushed' you to try something - I really need to practice more free-motion quilting - thanks for the inspiration!

Laurie said...

Evelyn,
I just LOVE that little boy keeps your creative juices flowing!!! The quilting is PERFECT!!!!
Laurie

Dawn said...

Very cute!

Morah said...

Great idea! Very creative way to get what you want. I love screen doors comment to you and ditto it completely.

Shelina said...

What a nice mom you are. These look great.
I've freemotioned flower designs, and was planning on doing special designs on my mother's quilt to commemorate the things in her life, but the sewing machine didn't cooperate, so she got wavy lines instead. Maybe one day, I'll be able to do this. My olympics quilt may get some sports figures on it.

Susan said...

That's a wonderful summer quilt you made for him. I love that you went with his ideas!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Fantastic idea, Evelyn! That little boy is one lucky fella to have such a super-wonderful Mom!! It looks just great and my, isn't he proud?

Laurie Ann said...

Very creative! You are so great at making your Little Boy happy!

Bingo~Bonnie said...

Oh WOW - AMAZING!!!! I do not think I could use a pencil and dran an "ELMO" as good as you did using a sewing machine!!!

You deserve the "Momma-of-the-Year" award for sure!!! :D I 100%agree with what screen door said! What great memories Little Boy will have of you for the rest of his life! :) ~Bonnie in SE Texas

cher said...

I made several flannel top/back only quilts for my nephews for the same reason- love the suggestions from little boy! and you did a fantastic job on the quilting...I am caught up on your blog but will save other comments at a later time....