February 19, 2014

WIP wednesday - Little Brother's patchwork quilt

It took me only 3 years to finish it, but I made Big Brother a quilted patchwork blanket. Obviously Little Brother had to have one too, so I have been hoarding collecting fabric for his for a while now.

Ik deed er slechts 3 jaar over, maar ik maakte voor Grote Broer een patchwork quilt deken. Natuurlijk moest Kleine Broer en ook één hebben, dus en ik al een tijdje stofjes voor hem aan het verzamelen.

LB patchwork blanket WIP
LB patchwork blanket WIP, a photo by Studio Paars on Flickr.
I decided on a square patch pattern. The squares measure 15 cm, and I need 160 of them for a single person blanket. My cutting mat had died on me (and my rotary cutter isn't working properly either) so I cut them all by hand. I already had some wrist problems so this wasn't helping, but after several weeks of cutting a couple of fabrics at a time I finally finished cutting them all! Now onto the sewing :D

Ik koos voor een vierkantjes patroon. De vierkantjes zijn 15 cm en ik moet er 160 hebben voor een eenpersoonsdeken. My snijmat gaf de geest (en mijn snijmes deed het ook al niet goed) dus moest ik ze allemaal met de hand knippen. Ik had al last van mijn pols en dit hielp niet echt, maar na een aantal weken van elke avond een paar stofjes knippen heb ik ze nu allemaal klaar! Op naar het naaien :D

LB patchwork blanket WIP
LB patchwork blanket WIP, a photo by Studio Paars on Flickr.
When I asked Little Brother what colour (or colours) he wanted for his he was very clear: "PINK!". Now I don't mind that pink is his favourite colour (he is the only boy in school who proudly carries his Dora backpack into class every day) and I would have happily made him a pink blanket, but various moms told me their sons loved pink too, until the day they all of a sudden decided that pink was for girls and girls are stupid and therefore, they now HATE pink. And at the speed I make quilts that would mean Little Brother might have grown out of his "pink phase" before I even finish this quilt.
So I decided to make his green (like some of his baby things) with just a little bit of pink thrown in.
So far, he loves it! I just asked which one was his favourite fabric and he says he loves them all :)

Toen ik Kleine Broer vroeg welke kleur (of kleuren) hij wilde was hij heel duidelijk: "ROZE!". Nou vind ik het prima dat roze zijn lievelingskleur is (hij is het enige jongetje op school dat trots met zijn Dora rugzak de klas in gaat) maar ik hoorde van een paar moeders dat hun jongens ook dol waren op roze, totdat ze plotseling besloten dat roze voor meisjes is en meisjes stom zijn, oftewel: nu HATEN ze roze. En met mijn quilt-maak-snelheid zou Kleine Broer al uit zijn "roze fase" zijn voordat ik de quilt zelfs maar af heb.
Dus besloot ik om de zijne groen te maken (net als een aantal van zijn baby spulletjes) met wat roze accenten.
En tot nu toe vindt hij hem prachtig! Ik vroeg hem wat hij het mooiste stofje vond en zijn antwoord was: allemaal :)

LB patchwork blanket WIP
LB patchwork blanket WIP, a photo by Studio Paars on Flickr.


21 comments:

  1. This is amazing! I'm planning to do one with all of my African fabric. I love your choices, they are so adorable.

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    1. Thanks! I love your knitting :)

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  2. I think that's very sensible! I've found mine quickly decide that pink is for girls once they're at school. Very impressed with your dedication, cutting that many squares by hand, and they all look so accurate too. Good luck with the rest of the sewing.

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    1. I think they look a little more accurate than they really are... but thanks anyway!

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  3. beautiful assortment of cloth :) Can't wait to see the finished blanket! I am sure he will LOVE It!

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  4. The colours look perfect for a little boy, and it is so nice that he is seeing you make it for him.

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  5. These are perfect colors, and the simple pattern really shows off the cute fabrics! love it!

    I'm so glad you shared at Needle and Thread Thursday! I'd love for you to hop over and grab a button for your link party page!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  6. I love your fabrics. Good luck sewing it all together x

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  7. I love the different fabrics you've planned for the quilt, I'm sure he will love it when it's finished.

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  8. Hi Audrey,
    waarschijnlijk een goed idee. Leuke Stofjes, daar herken ik de een of ander ;). Succes met de volgende stappen.
    groetjes,
    Iris

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    1. Ik zie het! Leuk blog heb je. En een naaikelder? Cool!

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  9. Can't wait to see it finished! this is the kind of quilt I could actually see making....great to see you on craft schooling Sunday, it has been awhile, hope all is well!

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    1. Aw, thanks! I think it's sweet you noticed (with all the people linking up on your blog).
      All is well, what can I say, just.. life gets a little crazy sometimes.

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  10. visiting from sew cute tuesday. looking forward to seeing the quilt.

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  11. Gorgeous fabric choices!

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  12. This will be sweet! Nothing better than sewing for your own little fellers :)

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  13. How smart of you to use fabrics with pink in them that still read boyish colors! My son is 3.5 and just loves any color so I understand where you are coming from! Best of luck!

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  14. I have a boy who loves pink too, and wants all his stuff to be pink. I'm exercising the same caution in things I make for him! I'm not looking forward to the day that he decides pink is for girls--that's totally going to break my heart! (Maybe it won't happen? We say "The colors are for everyone!" in this house!)
    Your quilt is so cute, I love the green and bits of other colors thrown into it!

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