14 June, 2010

Four


The Monster turns 4 today.  Holy crap, 4! She is a wild and crazy girl. She has two positions - awake and asleep. If her body isn't moving her mouth is. That makes her about a perfect combination of her parents.

Although she did actually ask me for a quilt last week - for the first time no less - and she has added quilter to her career aspirations (along with doctor, paleontologist, rockstar, vet, jogger, and sometimes Spiderman) this was the last quilt I made specifically for her.


A quilter carries around a lot of guilt when she doesn't get to make her own first baby a quilt. I spent 9 weeks on bed rest before she arrived in a flurry of doctors. Yes, she was gifted quilts, but it wasn't the same. So, for her first birthday I made this Monster Eye Spy.

It actually started as a challenge among some quilty friends. We exchanged charms and FQs for the eye spy fabrics. And we set ourselves the additional challenge to add the alphabet. After months, literally, of trying to make it work by using one letter to one fabric I came up with this design. The colour changes work, I think, but I did pick the wrong fabric for the letters. They get lost when viewing the quilt as a whole. Ah, lessons in value... But they are totally visible to The Monster and I up close. We play with it frequently still.


Happy Birthday Monster!


15 comments:

Lee said...

happy birthday monster! the most common words out of a four year old...how come? why? where?...

elle said...

Happy Birthday Mila! I remember the eye spy quilt. I like the setting, Cheryl. Yah, value. lol It is an ongoing lesson!

Betty Crocker Ass said...

Happy day to her! congrats to you!

Suzanne said...

Happy birthday to your daughter! I spy quilts are fun to make and take well to so many designs. Thanks for sharing yours.

Victoria said...

Wishing your sweet monster a very Happy 4th Birthday! (I think 4 is the absolute greatest of all kid ages!)

corinnea said...

Four is such a sweet age...

KatieQ said...

While I was a nursery school teacher, I attended a seminar that said that the average 4 year old (is there really such a thing?) asks 467 questions a day. Most of these are, "Why?" and "How Come?"
Enjoy! Even the worst days take on a beautiful patina when you look back at them through the lens of time.

Lesly said...

Happy Birthday, Monster! (I hope that isn't your real name, lol). Sweet quilt for an inquiring mind!

felicity said...

Sweet - happy birthday to your monster! And I love the I Spy quilt. Filed away for reference.

p.s. love the new look of the blog header.

Laurel H. said...

Happy Birthday to the, um, monster! Her career aspirations are a hoot!

Islay said...

Happy Monster Birthday!

My boy is also either awake or asleep - I have yet to see any in between chill out time...

If it makes you feel any better, he also doesn't have a quilt of his own and he's 20 months!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

Happy Birthday to Monster! I love that she wants to be a jogger:)

HipHome said...

You always inspire me with your gorgeous quilts. Have great birthday fun this week!

Elizabeth said...

Happy birthday to your beautiful monster. Our elder stateswoman of the house turned five recently and I fully understand the constantly moving/always talking mode. Congrats on four years of motherhood, too.

amandajean said...

happy birthday to your big little girl. i love her career goals...nice and varied. :)