The 17 year quilt project

When the eldest was five years old, I decided I would make a quilt for her bed. Not just any quilt, but one that would last years and fit the size of a double bed. Now back then my health was much better and I was able to sit at the sewing machine for more than an hour or so. The quilt probably took me about six months to design and sew but since I had never made one before, I thought this was good timing. It turned out fabulous and over the years it has been re-sewn many a time, and finally a cover was made for it. The eldest is now twenty-three, and she still uses the quilt on occasion. A few years after my first quilt, I made a second one for middle child. Years went by and as my health deteriorated, sewing became less and less. Thus the seventeen year quilt project came into existence.

Our youngest, the teenage boy is still without a quilt and reminds me of this quite frequently. If I ask him why he hasn’t done a particular chore, he will ask where his quilt is? Finally, I asked him what design he would like? This decision took him approximately a year or so and then when he did give me the design he wanted, I cringed. It is beautiful but ridiculously difficult and I am not that good of a sewer. Either way, it was the design he wanted and of course it had to be large enough to fit his queen-sized mattress.

About a year ago, I enlisted the help of my husband to assist with drawing and cutting out the pattern and he even said I was nuts to try to sew it, but it is what the teenage boy wanted and I have slacked in making his quilt. So far I have sewn the base, cut out the parts of the star and ironed them for sewing but nothing has happened since then. My excuse is the nice weather came, I am busy with my garden, swimming and I can only sit for short periods of time. Luckily the teenage boy decided to attend university in town, so I figure I have at least another year before he may move out. The seventeen year quilt project will easily become the eighteen year quilt but it will be made with love, so I think he will use it for at least eighteen years.

12 thoughts on “The 17 year quilt project

  1. 4writermom

    That’s awesome! I love the idea of that. Wish I’d done something like this for my children!

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      1. 4writermom

        Absolutely, no problem!
        My grandmother used to crochet blankets/covers. Maybe it’s not too late for me to start (at least doing that…I think that’s a whole lot easier). I can carry on her memory while making meaningful things for my babes!

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  2. Actually Mummy

    At least you are doing what he wanted. I’m so sad that my mother made me a wedding quilt without talking to me. Such a lovely idea, but I don’t like the colours at all, and it’s for a standard uk double bed. We have superkingsize. So what should have been a gorgeous gift now languishes in a cupboard 🙁

    PS – hope his future wife likes it 😉

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  3. LauraC

    How sweet. I just finished a quilt for my 9 year old and my other 2 children want to know where their quilts are. Is it possible for you to set your machine up so you can sew standing up? I would love to see the design that your son drew. My son (that I made the quilt for) also gave me a very elaborate/difficult drawing to make and I told him that would have to be a quilt I make later when I have more skills under my belt–it was an awesome drawing though and I have it stuffed in a binder of quilt projects for later. I love that your children appreciated the quilts you made them.

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    1. AlwaysARedhead

      I have enjoyed making the quilts for my daughters, and the teenage boy’s quilt will get down, a little at a time. I will scan the drawing and add it to the post and you can see how crazy I am for attempting it. What we do for love and what we love to do!

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  4. OpinionsToGo

    How lovely…a quilt for each of your children! That is quite an undertaking and, each quilt comes with a story…

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    1. AlwaysARedhead

      I actually really enjoying making the quilts, it just a lot harder for me these days, only be able to sit and sew for short periods. When middle child returns to university, I will again turn her bedroom into a sewing room and hopefully I can get the quilt down in under a year!

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  5. becomingcliche

    I have some quilts that were made by my great grandmother. They are treasures. I just don’t have the patience to do one myself. Although if I allowed myself 18 years, and only one quilt was part of the project…

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