11 February, 2015

Caterpillar from Sherbet in A Month of Sundays


Caterpillar
66'' x 85''

One day my nephew will understand exactly how much I love him because I put all this Charlie Harper cardinals fabric on the back of his quilt. For now he knows that I think he is pretty awesome and funny and cute and full of spirit. And he knows I want him to be warm and snuggly and have bright things around him. All because Aunty Cheryl made him a quilt.

This isn't his first quilt from me, he did get a baby quilt when he was born. But this is his first quilt as a boy. He's nearly 4 and within second of giving it to him he was running around the house with it as a cape, wrestling with his brother on it, and has slept with it every night since. Now that is a quilt success!


This quilt started off as a class sample for teaching Sherbet (from A Month of Sundays) last year at Quilt Canada. The class was great as I walked everyone through the steps for making this quilt. It is an easy quilt to make, but it takes some time with the cutting, strip piecing, cutting again, and assembly. It is worth every bit of effort.

When I decided to appropriate my class sample for my nephew I adjusted only the size of the final borders, making it more fitting for a twin bed.

With the original made in a lovely palette of low volume fabrics with a solid Snow background this version stands in sharp contrast. I definitely turned up the volume on this one! I think it works wonderfully both ways. Just shows that the patterns in A Month of Sundays don't have to be limited to low volume fabrics.

This quilt was quilted (by me) on the APQS long arm, rented at my LQS. I used a variegated thread in reds. oranges, and yellows from Wonderfil. In the end we called the pattern a watery meander. It came together quite quickly and worked perfectly.


As I said, one day my nephew will appreciate the depth of my love through this quilt (and my actions) but right now I think I can sense his total appreciation too.

11 comments:

Cynthia Peterson said...

Love the quilt; love the little boy, too ;)

Fabric Fanatic said...

love the colors and this very simple pattern used to great effect. I think your nephew is quite the charmer and he also uses it to great effect...lol.

maria said...

The last picture is fabulous. He looks so pleased.

Quilter Kathy said...

Such an adorable photo of a boy with his loved quilt!

madfabriholic said...

Love the photo of nephew with his own caterpillar! And what is it about boys and capes? I knitted Henry a blankie when he was 4ish, and within minutes of completion, it was tied around his neck as he raced off to save the world...

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Sweet as it gets, no ?~! What an adorable little bubby-boy. Another superb quilt.

Charlotta said...

That's such a great quilt, with so many possibilities. No matter what fabrics you have on hand, it seems, this pattern would work. I'm definitely going to have to make one!

JanineMarie said...

That last picture says it all! Well that, and his non-stop use of the quilt.

Lisa J. said...

This is a very beautiful quilt for a sweet boy. I love the bright turquoise.

Kitty said...

That last photo is simply precious!!! Not only does he appreciate it, he SEES it. I absolutely love it! I'm somehow just finding your blog now, but I'm looking forward to reading more and continuing to feed the inspiration I took from your class at QuiltCon! Thank you!

Jantine Urban said...

Look at that drawing, did he draw it after you gifted him the quilt? It matches perfectly!