Ocean Quilt: Made by My Son

Over the winter break, my son and I worked to finish his fourth and largest quilt. He began work on it this past summer and it was quilted in November. My final finish of 2017 was to help him finish it up on New Year's Eve.

G designed the quilt to be a twin-sized bed quilt for his sister. All of his fabrics were chosen by him from my stash. I think we all especially love the teal turtle fabric. I love his combination of colors and fabrics, especially the addition of that bold green and yellow print. He made the design decision for that print and the turtle print to not ever be right next to each other.

We sent it out to a local long arm quilter (Tami Levin). G chose the Baptist Fan quilting motif. I really like the curved quilting. It adds a great dimension to the quilt. The lines of stitching are about an inch apart.

One of my favorite features of my kids' quilts are their hand written labels. (I usually have them include their age, we'll have to add in "age 6" after his name.) I like that it shows his cursive writing. Once the quilt was back he commented that he wished he had written the whole label in cursive. He's also decided he'd like to rename the quilt. I'm not sure if that's really happening. Note that since I like to attach a label before quilting, sometimes the finish date is a little off due to my optimism on how quickly I'll get it bound. ;-)

Here's the full view of this cheerful 67" x 85" quilt.

My daughter is now happily sleeping under it in her ocean room. My son has decided since he's made himself a quilt, two for his sister (including this one), and one for his dad, it is now time to make me a quilt. We discussed his plans at our one-on-one dinner this week and he would like it to be purple and grey, twin-sized so it's large enough for me to cuddle up with, and he'd like glow in the dark purple paint on it. I'm intrigued by his vision and look forward to seeing what he creates next.

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20 thoughts on “Ocean Quilt: Made by My Son

  1. What a generous heart your son is cultivating through quilting, which is honestly one of my favorite parts of being a quilter (and my secret wish for the planet is that we *all* become quilters)! I love that turtle print and have used it myself in many quilts (but I think I might have used it all up by now). I am also intrigued by his vision for your quilt with the glow in the dark paint and look forward to seeing how his design evolves into fabric and reality. Clearly he knows you well and I think the purple will be nicely balanced by his choice of gray.

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    1. sarah

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      He is so sweet. It's nice to see him sharing my passion and thinking of others. I'll keep ya posted on his purple and grey project. Thanks for visiting, Yvonne!

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  2. Tell him congrats on this awesome finish! One I love he is showing a passion for quilting and two, how extremely sweet he has make his sister two quilts. I have to say I'm intrigued by what his vision is for your quilt. I love gray and purple together, but the glow in the dark paint has me very curious :)

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    1. sarah

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      Me too... Since the only purple glow in the dark paint I could find online that is washable fabric-paint comes in 1 oz. bottles and he's said he wants to "paint all the purple parts" I think he may have to rework his plan. First step will be for him to get the plan down on paper so I can better see his vision. ;-) Thanks for visiting, Tish. I'll pass on the congratulations. :-)

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  3. I think it is so so lovely that your son and yourself quilt together. My sons and I used to flower arrange and bake when they were small. They are treasured times and his quilts will last unlike our flowers!

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you, Helen. I hope he continues sewing and quilting. It's something that really brings me a lot of joy.

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  4. What a wonderful experience for your son (and any recipient of his quilts!). He has excellent taste in colors. That quilt is lovely! It makes me smile to think of his consideration of all the little details, like the name of the quilt and making it a size to cuddle with. :)

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you, Jen. He definitely has some great vision as well as a good sense of color. I'm so happy that he has this creative outlet. :-)

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  5. Robin Rosenberg

    We've always known what a great kid G is, and I'm so thrilled to see the results of his work. Gorgeous job! Very proud of him!

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  6. I love his ocean quilt! What a great combination of fabrics and the baptist fan quilting really was a great choice. Glow in the dark paint...that should be an interesting addition to your quilt :) I look forward to seeing what he comes up with!

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you so much! I'll pass on your congratulations to him. I really appreciate your work to host the Finish Along!

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you, Anja. He's so proud. This week he's going to give a presentation to the Kindergarteners about what a quilt is and the basics of how to make one. :-) (I'm looking forward to the paint as well.)

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