Very Beginnings of a Quilt

I finished cutting out all the squares for the star section of the quilt. Most of the squares still have to be cut on the diagonal in order to make triangles, but the worst is over.

I even started assembling my first star block.

Showing off my work to Dan, he mentioned (a) he really missed the flannel shirts I cut all the squares from and (b) the quilt is going to be bigger than I had anticipated. First, it’s a little bit late to tell me that he wants to keep the shirts! They are cut into little 4 inch squares now. No way I’m sewing them back together. Besides, they didn’t fit him in the first place.

Second, rats. I’d curse at the pattern, except it’s my own. I really meant this to fit my nephew’s twin bed. Dan’s right though. I know not to question his math skills. I looked over my notes. The quilt is going to fit a queen bed. If I make it thinner by removing two rows it will no longer look like a real flag, which I admit is not the end of the world. Yet, the whole beauty of the design is that it does resemble a real flag. Maybe I could convince my sister that she HAS to buy her 5-year-old son a queen sized bed. I’m sure she would just run right out the very next day.

I could always recut all the squares into smaller squares.

Or I could gift it to somebody else. Why does this happen with most of the presents I make? Very rarely does a gift go to the recipient I originally intended it for. Surely, it says something about my character.


9 thoughts on “Very Beginnings of a Quilt

  1. I think you should go ahead and make it queen sized. Sure, it won’t exactly fit on his bed now. BUT…it has a lot greater chance of surviving until he’s an adult and wouldn’t that be cool to go visit him in 20 years (sorry, I shudder at the same thought about my niece) and see it on his bed?

  2. It seems to me that this little boy is going to grow very quickly and will need a larger bed very soon. I would stick with the original design as that size will be more versatile in the long run.

  3. I agree, still make it as you intended. It is much nicer to sleep in a bed with plenty of cover, especially in winter! I love to see quilts made for boys.

    Thanks for commenting on my blog too.

  4. Quilting is an amazing process! Such precision is required–no fudging stitches like I can in knitting/crocheting! This will be a marvelous keepsake no matter the size!


  5. You can’t recut them! Look at your perfect little stacks. I think you should just go ahead and make the quilt. Even if it doesn’t turn out for him, I’m sure you will know what to do with it. I can’t wait to see the finished flag!

  6. Firstly, I look at your blog and I think that you have too much talent. You knit, you sew, you quilt, you make cards, you bake. And that’s all within the past two weeks or so. Insane!

    Secondly, I agree with the idea of making the blanket a queen sized blanket to really curl up in and then to have for the future.

    Thirdly, in the way that your gifts end up being for other people, it may just be you letting the universe guide you in the gift giving. It’s a wonderful way to be. I don’t usually start early enough to have any kind of flexibility with that :)

  7. Wow – I think everyone here is right and leave it the queen sized quilt. He may be using this a lot longer in life now that it will be bigger. Especially if he grows to over 6 foot tall! He’ll need the extra covers! :) It’s beautiful, too. Proud of you for recycling Dan’s shirts, it’s such a clever idea.

  8. I have to say that I agree with the others – a larger quilt equals a longer time frame that it can be used by your nephew. Besides, think of the awesome blanket forts he can build with such a nice sized quilt. =)

  9. Love the quilt, that gives me ideas. I was going through all of my fabric and found a lot of blues, I know I bought it for a quilt but can’t remember the pattern. I love yours.

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