He was the most beautiful baby I had ever seen. Always smiling, always happy, always by my side.
He made me happy, as he did everyone around him.
My grandmother will be 101 years old this winter, and in her honour I want to include just one more baby J photo. This one is from our first mama-and-baby trip to New York to visit my grandma, when J was just
He had just discovered how to get mobile -- not by crawling, but by rolling. It was a very funny stage.
He's come a long way -- but I can still see the little guy in the young man: he is still very unconventional and he still does things his own way. He rolls where others crawl. So to speak.
Anyway, he is almost grown up...and he wants a new quilt. Isn't that nice? My 17-year-old WANTS A QUILT!! Yay!
Feeling under the weather one day recently, he huddled in bed with the two quilts from our living room sofa, "Leafy Greens" from May 2010:
and my orange string quilt, from spring 2011:
Of course, the boy does have a mom-made quilt already: a zig-zag quilt made when I was very, very new to this quilt-making enterprise, in March 2010, in what I then thought of as his colours (earthy, muted, dark). Apparently the boy is hungry for some colour!
Inspired by the sofa quilts, it is green that he wants, so it's green he's going to get. To my absolute delight, he sat down with me and the stash and chose fabrics he likes! He even chose a Bella Solid (prairie green) from my colour card! How fun!!
I suggested a reprise of one of my favourite scrappy blocks in Scrapbasket Sensations, seen here in Ms H's quilt earlier in the summer:
I'm now making up green scrappy blocks (with flashes of black and brown, as the boy desired).
If I wasn't in a constant state of sleep deprivation I could have avoided chopping the very first block too small. Oops.
These are supposed to be 11.5" square, but I cut my first one to 10.5". I'm just not working at full brain power these days.
The question now is whether to chop them all down and widen the sashing -- which could be very nice -- or to go a bit wonky, with the majority at 11.5" and perhaps just a select few at 10.5", maybe framed by an inch of brown or black or a darker green -- or maybe something lighter, like the white and green striped fabric used in many of the blocks?
However, I'm not convinced that my son would like wonky -- and I'm not sure I want to mess with the effect of these blocks against a single sashing/background colour. I know it's going to be hard for him to picture the finished effect I'm proposing -- so I haven't mentioned my little dilemma to him.
I'm just going to have to make an executive decision here.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Input from the executive advisory board is always welcome!