When my 2-1/2 year old grandson, Nicholas, graduated to a toddler bed a few months ago, his mom and I began planning a new quilt to replace the puppy quilt I had made for him when he was a baby. Nicholas, like most little boys, loves cars, trucks, and anything else that has wheels and makes lots of noise, so we knew he would love a transportation themed quilt.
|Nicholas' Cars and Trucks Quilt, 70" x 96", Kaufman fabrics, Kona cotton, polyester quilt batting|
We found the Kaufman "Vroom Vehicle" fabric online and decided to build the quilt design around the cute striped fabric that's the centerpiece of the "Vroom" collection. The banded quilt layout worked great to show off the 8" wide stripes of the vehicle fabric. I set off the pre-printed strips with patchwork bands of 2-1/4" (finished size) squares pieced together randomly.
My mom (great-grandma Saundra) and I did the piecing, then I set to work quilting it. The machine quilting was kept simple, with just enough stitching to hold everything together nicely.
Nicholas had watched the progress of the quilt as we worked on it, and he was so excited when the day finally came that it was finished. We wrapped him up in it with just his head peeking out, then he pulled it closer, nestling into it, all warm and snuggly and happy. But not for long! Within seconds, he hopped down and ran to get some Matchbox cars to play with on it...then a few trucks...more cars....and maybe an airplane or two... Do you think he'll ever actually sleep under it? :)
I hope this quilt gets played on, dragged around, danced upon, cried with, snuggled under, and loved to pieces. And I hope Nicholas will always know just how much his mommy, grandma, and great-grandma love him.