Friday, July 29, 2011

Summer Fair in Blogland - Quilt

For those of you who follow me regularly, you will recognize this because I am shamelessly re-posting an earlier post to contribute a quilt to the Summer Fair taking place over at Gen X Quilters...  For those that are new to my blog, welcome and Thank You for stopping by.

Whether regular follower or new reader, I encourage you to go over to Gen X Quilters and check out the other Fair Participants...

Originally posted June 27, 2011

Jonathon's Quilt is FINISHED!!  Woo Hoo... I love completing a project.  While I had completed the top, the back, and did the quilting last weekend, I had not yet chosen a binding fabric.  I was going to go to the store and find a fabric with black and colorful stripes or polka dots, but then I decided to do something I've never done before, but I have read of others doing.  I decided to use the excess backing.  I always make my back at least 3 inches larger than my top, so I should be able to cut 2.5" strips from the excess backing.  One of the short sides didn't have quite 2.5", so I added some red fabric to get the length I needed.

Without further ado, here are some photos...

I love using these hair clips to hold down unsewn
bindings... If my daughter ever discovers them, I may
need to padlock my sewing box!!

The traditional "Rolled Quilt" shot...
There she is in all of her colorful glory

A close up of some of the quilting.  A simple
meandering pattern with Rainbow Colored thread
on the top.

There is some of that Red fabric added to the binding...
I like how the rainbow thread shows up in some places and not
in others, if the thread happens to blue while quilting over a
blue block, it just disappears, but in other places the colors contrast
well, and it pops out..

The back... My first misc. pieced back.  And I like it.
More importantly though, Jonathon loves it!
I used black thread on the back, and since most of the back is black, it
just kind of blends in.  Against the yellow however, it is very visible!
The Red binding in the corner.  This is the front of the quilt.

and this is back of the quilt in the same corner.

 After the photo session, it went into the washing machine for a good long cycle wash, and a long rinse cycle with Lots of Downy.  And then I presented it to Jonathon.  It did not take him long to snuggle up under it.  He loves to snuggle under a blanket while watching TV and this is what he plans to use this quilt for, watching TV.

First it was used as a pillow.

Rainbow had to give it a try...

Then Jonathon got a chill, and he snuggled up
under it.  I have to admit, I like seeing it being used!
While Jonathon was enjoying his new quilt, watching a movie on TV, I was sitting and hand sewing a label onto the "Stars And Stripes" quilt (Finished Photos coming tomorrow for that one).

When it was time to go to bed, Jonathon folded his quilt neatly and laid it on the hearth.  I asked him if was going to take it to his room and he said, "No, I want to use it here watching TV, and besides, I want a label on mine too."  My wife said, what do you want your label to say, "To Jonathon, Love Dad".

Jonathon immediately said, "NO, I want it to say Made by Paul Perger, June 2011 and stuff."  "Why not 'Dad'?" Trish asked.  "Because someday when I give it to my son, I want him to know who it was that made it.  And the date is important, because after it has been passed to my Grandkids and their Grandkids, they're gonna need to know who made it and when!"

I almost fell off my chair.  My 14 year old son thinking generations ahead...  Sometimes (when they are not making us want to pull out every strand of hair we have) they say something that makes us believe everything is going to be alright...

Now, go over to Gen X Quilters and check out the other Blogger's posts.

Until Next Time,


  1. Aren't kids an enigma! Great quilt. I've heard of using those clips for binding, but never tried it. I'm going to dig some out and give it a go.

  2. What a sweet story! Love the quilt. :)

  3. Awesome about the quilt label. It's a great quilt, BTW! It looks like it will be well loved, so you will probably have to make many other quilts that will be handed down!

  4. Paul I've just found your blog and so loved this's a wonderful quilt but more than that your son's remarks were inspiring! I've made quilts for all my (grown) children and one in particular that I made for my daughter-in-law generated tears from my son! I put a nice, long label on it and he actually called me to tell me thank you for my love and generosity to his wife. He knew I loved her of course, because he does and in his mind "doesn't everyone?" We never know what role models we are being, even in what we think are small things. Keep up the good work - it will multiply in your children. blessings, marlene

  5. Awesome quilt Paul - and fantastic in person too! Absolutely LOVE the story about the label. Glad your son appreciates it! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Summer Fair! AnneMarie


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