Tuesday, October 02, 2007

the post that is interesting only to me

Adult time is lacking around here these days. We don't have any babysitters, except for the occasional grandparent that stops by, and on our fifth wedding anniversary (isn't that wild?) our friend watched Gabe so that we could grab dinner alone. Besides that, our little sidekick is with us all the time.

So when Chatty Cricket was kind enough to invite me to join her in a quilting class, I bent over backwards to find a way to make it work. It isn't even the quilting, because up until she asked, I'd never even given quilting a second glance, but rather, the thought of having one evening every week for six whole weeks of uninterrupted "me" time. Six weeks of being able to hang out with Chatty Cricket and a couple of her friends, working on something that would require all my attention, with no other little person requiring me to make sure they don't fall over. I'm very excited.

In true type-a fashion, I've spent the last two weeks obsessing over what to quilt. Gabe already has a quilt that matches his bedding, so that was out. I figured I'd make a quilt for his next room, but deciding what he might like in another 2 years was a little too much pressure for me. Then I decided to make a throw quilt for our living room, but when I told Josh, he poo-pooed the idea. I suspect he has little faith in my quilting abilities and is trying to avoid having to keep something in the living room indefinitely that looks terrible. Isn't he sweet?

I've finally decided, though. I'm making Gabe a play quilt. While he is still little, we'll use the quilt to throw on the floor while he plays and once he gets bigger, he can wrap himself in it to read or nap or whatever he'd like to do. Plus, don't kids have to bring blankets with them to preschool for naptime? Maybe this can be the blanket he takes with him! Even better, if I totally mess up the quilt, Gabe won't know the difference.

My type-a personality took me to many websites, and many quilting shops, and many fabric stores, but thankfully, a fabric jumped out at me as the perfect choice for Gabe.


Who doesn't love monkeys! Gabe is totally a monkey! I think he'll love it!

Once I'd picked the monkeys, there were lots of coordinating fabrics to go along with them for the quilt. I need 6 different fabrics for the quilt, another background fabric, a trim fabric, and a fabric for the backside of the quilt. Choices, choices, choices...

We have monkeys, so CLEARLY, we need bananas.

Monkeys fall down a lot, so we need band-aids too!

These monkeys like to count, and hopefully Gabe will too, so we have numbers!

The monkeys apparently like to dress up and take pictures. This one is called "family album". This is Josh's and my favorite!

Dots! Who doesn't love dots!

I think this one will be the trim fabric, and I guess edging, if there is edging on the back of the quilt.

I'm still picking the fabric for the back of the quilt, but I'm thinking something with, umm, I don't know, monkeys maybe? There is a cute fabric of monkeys playing different games, so that one might work. All of these fabrics are hopefully going to come together to make the world's brightest quilt EVER.

Here's hoping that Gabe likes bright things. And monkeys. If he doesn't like monkeys? We're screwed.

Our quilting class starts tomorrow! Wish us luck!


Angie said...

Oh my goodness! Look at you! I can't wait to see what you create! How very exciting!

Rev Dr Mom said...

That is going to be awesome! Can't wait to see it.

liz said...

That is going to be super cute! Post Progress Please.

KLee said...

Great! Quilting is a lot of fun. There's nothing so cool as looking at something YOU MADE with the sense of accomplishment.

I can't wait to hear more about your experience, and please take pictures as you work! It's not only a great way to document your progress, but it'd be great to show us! :)

Not so little sister said...

I love it! I really want to learn how to quilt. I have a bunch of quilting fabric that was my grandmother's. I really want to put it to good use. I can't wait to see what you create! I'm sure Gabe will love it. :)

Chatty said...

the post that is only interesting to you and ME, you mean!

I am irrationally excited about quilting tonight. Hurrah!!

Anonymous said...

It's interesting to me too. That quilt is going to be WONDERFUL. I love your choice of fabrics. Enjoy!

Lisanne said...

Where did you find all of that monkey fabric? A friend is doing a monkey theme for her son's 1st birthday party in December, and I'd love to make him a monkey something or other! Thanks!

ttulizzy said...

The cuteness is too much.

I feel the need to sing...

5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed!

(Which is a requirement at every storytime we have where I work.)

I hope your little monkey loves the quilt you make, and you love making it!