Monday, August 10, 2009

The Quilt that Went to College

I've been working on a quilt for DS to take to college for some time and this morning I added the final stitch!

When I started this project I asked him what kind of quilt he wanted. He first said that I didn't need to make a quilt.

Excuse me? Send you to college without a quilt? Impossible! A quilt is like a little piece of home. A comfort in the storm of final exams. A refuge from dorm life.

Well, it will keep you warm anyways.

His second answer? Camo.

Camo he requested and Camo he got although the initial fabric he chose was a brushed cotton and we had to nix that fabric after it refused to cooperate. Seems it had something against being ironed and it faded horribly. So on to fabric #2 which was better behaved.

A dear friend from Florida who quilts too suggested the Bear Paw pattern when I was floundering for a pattern. I have smart friends. It was the perfect choice. It was my first attempt at the pattern and I was apprehensive about my quilting ineptitude, but I was pleased with the results. Most all of my seams match and I didn't even cut off all the points.

This actually turned out to be a prayer quilt because I sewed a prayer into every seam. One for safety... one for discernment... one for protection... one for seeking God's guidance...and so on. It almost turned into a 20' quilt! LOL!

I had planned on quilting it myself, but in the interest of time, or lack thereof, I caved and took it to a longarm quilter in town. I've never had one quilted, but I just might have to save my pennies because she did a beautiful job. DS chose the quilting pattern and thread color and we're all tickled with the finished product. I took it in on Wednesday and she phoned me on Friday saying that it was ready to pick up! It took me two days to make the binding and hand stitch that on and this morning a new quilt was born:

Someone else decided she had to test drive it first:

It's really a rather simple quilt, but it was sewn with love in every stitch. After all, that's what quilts are all about.

Off to work on another's a sickness.


BK said...

That is SO COOL!!! My bedroom is RealTree camo, I would LOVE a quilt like that! I'm working on a fence rail quilt for my mom right now but maybe this winter I can make myself a camo one like that. Beautiful!

Ranch wife said...

Such a good job. It will mean so much to T. Even if he never says it. I have DS's in the quilt show in Artesia and the other day he asked me when his quilt was coming home, he missed it. Ahhhhhh


Theona said...

Beautiful, Karin! You did a great job and like M. said, T. will love it and (possibly!) think of his Mama now and again because of it!!

Countrygirl said...

Beautiful, what a great job! I especially like the prayers sewn in!

Julie said...

It's beautiful! Quilts are so special. =)

Julie said...

By the way, I love your title. It reminds me of the book The Quilt That Walked to Golden. =)

Paula said...

I love it! Love the colors!

Joan said...

I love it! What a wonderful gift to send with your child when he goes away to college.

Cow Pies & Mud Pies said...

That is Awesome! Good work! Will say a prayer for momma's sending kids to college need prayer too!

Karin said...

Thanks for the prayers and good thoughts gals!Ya'll are sweet. I had so much fun stitching this up.

BK- be sure and post those quilts you're making!

Hi Countrygirl - thank you. It was comforting to work on this and always be in prayer. Think I'll keep doing that.

Theona - I hope so! When he's having a rough day, I hope he'll feel the prayers as he falls asleep. They DO need sleep, don't they?!

Welcome Julie & Joan! Thanks for stopping by! I love having new friends stop by!

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