I decided years ago that I wanted to make my son a quilt for high school graduation. He was about 5 years old (yesterday) when I saw a quilt made by a girl and her mom when she was a senior in high school. It was made of all of her team shirts as she grew up. Thing One has always been an athlete. He loves to play and tried many sports throughout the years, he has lots of team and camp shirts.They lived in a bag in the back of his closet wondering if they would ever be freed from their bondage. A month or so ago I released them and started cutting. There were t-shirts, jackets, and sweat shirts involved. Looking at these pictures I can see that I missed many of them.I'm not much of a seamstress. And the more I learn about true quilting the more I realize that I am just not enough of a perfectionist to be truly successful. (Sad as it is, I just don't care enough)
So, when I saw this type of quilt I thought it just might work. The quilting and layering are all done one piece at a time, then when you sew them together the rough edges are on the outside.
Honestly, I love the outcome. The back is flannel and I used red polar fleece on the inside. It is snugly, warm and a fun display of the wonderful life I am watching enter it's next phase.High School Graduation is in two days. I was excited until this moment. When I typed 'next phase' I got a pit in my stomach. What will my world be like in three months when this boy who has been my buddy for almost 19 years steps out the door as a man on his own?
Why didn't anyone ever warn me how much it can hurt to love this much?