For my children's seventh birthday, I make them a quilt. I try to make the quilts reflective of their personalities and personal tastes. You can see Bug's Here and Lou's Here. You can see how very different those two kids are just by checking out their quilts. Mr. E and I were at Joann's a couple of days ago and he brought up his quilt. It seemed like a pretty good time to check out some fabric with him.
He initially wanted a quilt made entirely out of chevron print fabric... his kindergarten teacher was Ms. Cheviron. I told him that was sweet, but this quilt was about him. So he looked for some other fabrics. I will probably sneak a small amount of a chevron print, but a whole quilt. Yikes!
Usually I have the child pick out the pattern first or sketch something out that they want, but clearly we are going about this all wonky this time! I have some books on hold at the library, I am just waiting for them to come in.
Mr. E favorite fabric is the flower burst and the blue circle fabric.
Like with my other children, I am truly stunned by the fabric that Mr. E choose. There was some editing of course and I added the blue feather fabric into the mix, but I think that he did a great job. During the summer, these quilts are the only thing on the kid's beds and Mr. E was concerned with having something that "matched" Bug's quilt. Which is of course adorable, but completely unnecessary. However, I think he caught the color of Bug's quilt, but these fabrics reflect Mr. E.
I only purchased a third of a yard of fabric, so here's hoping that's enough! Luckily I can also get more if I need it. I now only need to figure out what kind of quilt I am going to make for him.
There is something wonderful about knowing your children are sleeping or playing or loving something you made. It's as if there is a part of you with them always. That might seem overly sentimental, but I believe it's true. It's a physical connection with your child when you are not there. Bug, my oldest, tells me that his quilt helps him feel safe. Which is every mother's worry. I am glad that I can create a space for my children to feel that safety, one quilt at a time.