In all seriousness Jude's compliment was so sweet. I can assure you that my kids are not gushing daily about the stuff I make, so it means a lot to me when they notice something as being special. My heart was so melted, in fact, that I offered to make Jude a velveteen blanket of his own.
There weren't a lot of boyish options as far as Jude was concerned, but he loved the animal print. "Mom, is that made of real cheetah fur?!" Personally, I'm not drawn to animal prints, but I gladly put that preference aside so Jude could have his safari-esqe blanket.
I used Anna Maria Horner's velveteen for one side and this voile for the other. Being we're in a warm climate and the velveteen is already so warm, I skipped the batting.
To call this quilting feels like a stretch, though technically it is. (I was so skeptical I even googled it just to be sure. "Quilting: the sewing of two or more layers together.") I spray basted my layers together. I used to baste with safety pins but spray basting is so much faster and easier, too! Then I machine quilted the layers together, roughly following the flow of the print.
I used this zigzag binding tutorial again. I just love it. It's fast, easy and fun!
I love to write a message on my quilts. I asked Jude if I could leave him something gushy or if that would be too embarrassing. (Apparently, sometimes I'm embarrassing.) He said gushy was fine.
I wouldn't say quilting is my forte. I just don't have that same motivation to get to it like I do garment sewing. I thought I had the quilt squared correctly, but it was still a little wonky. Dan saved the day and got it just right for me. Even though this wasn't my most favorite project, I'm really glad I made it. It's already well-loved. And that's what matters most of all.
(Jude, camping on an air mattress in his sister's room, wearing a hat to be just like his dad!)