How I spoil my kid

I guess that should say kids but my oldest child seems to get spoiled in this way more than the youngest. Totally not fair at all. I’m not even going to make excuses. Hopefully some day I can even the score but at this rate it will be hard for her to catch up. See my oldest begs for quilts and blankets to be made for her. She has 6 quilts and I can’t even begin to determine how many blankets she has. She steals them as I make them. Or sometimes she just steals the fabric and pretends it is a blanket. One day I received a message from her daycare teacher admonishing me for sending my child to school with just a piece of fabric as a ‘blanket’. She of course was kidding, mostly.

This is the first quilt that I made my oldest. We were team green. Or team ‘I rather wait until the birth to find out so that I could pester my husband daily about boy and girl names.’ He was a curmudgeon when it came to names. He turned down many awesome names because they were ‘weird’. Obviously he didn’t grow  up as one of 500 Amandas in his class.

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Owls were all the rage back then. You know way back in 2011. I picked out some other adorable owls but I was told by a few that they were much too creepy.

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These Owls and Koala’s were adorable! While I was making it I was sure this was a very gender neutral quilt. I was delusional. Pregnancy throws off my sense of right and wrong. This was purely ‘boy’ oriented as I was convinced I was having a boy.

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Surprise! I had a girl! She wore a lot of boy clothes at first. Poor thing! I was also convinced that my second was a boy as well. Nope. I’m 2 for 2. I’m leaving it at that.

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Back to the quilt. This was my 2nd quilt ever. I was super proud. I didn’t even have a pattern for it. The wise quilting ladies at the quilt store helped me figure out all the Maths. Another pregnancy truth is that it robs women of their ability to do simple math. I’m still recovering this skill. One amazing thing about this quilt is that I used free motion quilting! No one told me that was a hard thing. I used free motion on my first quilt in small amounts and for this one I went all out. Now I’m much more reserved in my use as I’ve learned it is hard so now I fear it. It’s all mental.

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This quilt is loved though. Alice loves it and it is a staple in our quilt rotation. However, she is a girly girl and as she has aged (almost 4 years) she gravitates to her quilts that contain pinks, purples, dancers and Hell Kitty (her word for Hello Kitty). She has also expanded her tastes to pieces of black sequined fabric with raw edges that I hear from daycare spread sequins all over the place. I chuckle every time she decides to take that fabric to daycare with her. IMG_9256-2

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I’m a CHEATER

I’m not ashamed to admit it… ok a little. I’m more ashamed that it feels like I’m cheating on my other quilts… the piece ones. What am I talking about? A cheater quilt. In my defence its pretty cute and it all stems from my love a flannel.

This was purchased in the accidental flannel purchase (https://thefabricheart.wordpress.com/2012/02/01/my-love-of-flannel/). I used a panel like this for some of my daughter’s quilt. I like using cheater quilts as a confidence booster. You quilt following the lines and it looks like you made a master piece. The longest part is hand stitching a binding.  Really don’t flame me for liking the easy way… the hardest part is finding a cute cheater quilt, they sometimes are very tacky. But look at all this cuteness!

 

Long Live the Cheater!