Alex's quilt is finally finished! I won't be winning any awards on speediness with this one - I started it over 3 years ago. The first mention of it I could find was in July 2009, but I made reference to mentioning it before. I'm not sure where it sat for 2 years after that, but about a year ago I started working on it again.
Big and pregnant with an impending baby deadline looming over me, I decided to tackle unfinished projects. I guess this one didn't make it. I got the the point of making the quilt sandwich, but that's it. It sat there pin basted and folded up for almost a year. I had no more excuses, it was time to finish that thing!
While still on my quilt high from the star quilt, I took a few hours to quilt this thing. At this point, I wasn't sure if Alex would even like it any more. He was okay with polka dots as a 5 yr old boy, and now he was 8. Tastes change.
Thankfully, he still liked it. Actually, he had no recollection that it ever existed in the first place.
With Isaac on the way and the impending probability of losing power, hand stitching a quilt binding seemed like a good activity to occupy my time. After our yard was all picked up in hurricane preparedness, I made and sewed on the binding. Orange, one of his favorite colors.
The final step of hand sewing the binding is my favorite part. I thought about waiting until the power went out before starting it, but I couldn't wait. Good thing because we never lost power! And I imagine it would have been pretty warm doing so anyway. The only thing I wasn't able to do right away was throw it in the washer & dryer, which is funny because that's the first Alex asked about. He loves a quilt fresh from the dryer!
And now it's done, freshly washed and dried, and residing on his bed. Now he needs a matching pillow sham. Oh yes, the projects never end! (and I'm perfectly fine with that :))