Thursday, September 13, 2007

Happy Birthday Quilt

Today is The Gaming One's birthday and every year I struggle with what to get him as a present, as he usually just buys what he wants, when he wants. This year I decided to make him a quilt with love in the stitches. I know it seems an odd thing to make for one's husband, but this man is sentimental and I knew he would love it. You see, he has a quilt that he has had since he was a child that his now deceased grandmother made for him. His mom has redone the binding time and again for him, but he has loved the batting out of it. If he is sick or simply chilly at night this is the first thing he reaches for. He has given it to our son, who traded his Star Wars comforter for this tattered blanket, after explaining how special it is. One night my son told me, as we were snuggling before bedtime, that he would not trade this quilt for all the money in the world and reminded me how very special it is.

His Mom gave me a bag of quilt squares that belonged to his grandmother and from these I made his quilt. I have been working on it for a few months while he was at work, so he had no idea I was making it for him. He was very surprised and very touched, I think. I am sure I have broken many 'quilting laws' in making this quilt. I did not pin anything until I got to the backing and binding or iron each square as I went along. Some squares do not line up, but I knew my darling would not mind. It serves its purpose to keep him snuggled and remind him that I love him. It measures 52" X 72" the perfect snuggling size for my 6'6 love.

I was quite please with the binding. It was actually much easier than I thought it would be.

Happy Birthday Sweetie! I love you bunches!

6 comments:

del said...

That is so sentimental & precious. It's great that you were able to use some squares that his grandmother had. I hope he had a great birthday--that was a great gift.

MadMad said...

I think it came out great! Wow - very nice. I started one several (well, actually, "many" years ago would be more accurate...) but never got around to the filling and backing part of it, let alone the binding. So it's sitting in a bag somewhere, accompanied by bags of bad knitting. (You probably don't have any bad knitting, so you might not know what I'm talking about, but I have whole closet of knitting that is in semi-permanent time out for assorted offences against the knitter...)

Andrea said...

It's simply beautiful and done with much thought and love. I'm sure he loved it. I hope he had a wonderful day.

Octopus Knits said...

The quilt is beautiful -- what a wonderful gift! Happy (belated) birthday to The Gaming One, and happy anniversary to you both!

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