Hi Quilty Peeps!
You remember that I have 5 kiddos, right? And each of them have received a quilt made just for them by mom. But lately there has been a bit of polite grumbling on the part of the youngest two. Because I made their quilts quite a few years ago, when they were smaller. So their quilts are smaller. In fact, I made those two particular quilt just before we moved from Texas to Turkey. They were meant to be carried on planes and into hotel rooms. So those two quilts are small. Like not even throw size.
And while quilts stay the same relative size, children do not. These two children are now a strapping 15 year old and a growing every day 11 year old. Thus the request for bigger quilts. Thus for Christmas, that is what they got. Here is the quilt for the 11 year old:
And for nostalgia's sake here is the quilt I made him 8 years ago :
His new quilt was made from Elizabeth Hartman's Dogs in Sweaters pattern. Fabric was from various lines all purchased at the Arts and Crafts center at Baumholder Army base here in Germany. Thank goodness they had a good variety of quality prints and solids that played well together. It's a good 45 minute drive from my house but since I didn't leave myself enough time to order all the fabric, this store saved my bacon.
Aren't these dogs the cutest? The glasses just kill me. And they were especially appropriate since my youngest got glasses this year right before school started.
Elizabeth Hartman's patterns are great. I chain pieced as much as I could. That's not completely possible with this pattern but you do make 3 dogs at the same time, which is nice. I prefer quilting over piecing so anything that makes the piecing go faster is good in my book. Her instructions are very well done; easy to understand and follow.
Rory was over the moon happy to find this under the tree. Today I had to go steal it off his bed to get some pictures of it before it started to look too 'loved'. Nice to be appreciated though right?
I'll do a separate post to show you the other Christmas quilt. Stay tuned!