January 1 brought a new year and a new finish too! I was so excited to finish the last bit on this quilt in the early morning of Jan 1, watching the sunrise over the blue ridge mountains. We do a trip with several of our friends to a cabin in the mtns each New Years. This year, Kevin and Sonia – friends of mine from high school and college – made the long trek from FL to NC to join us and introduce their sweet little boy Kyle to the group. He’s about 4 months old, and while his quilt had a late finish, at least I got to gift it in person. 🙂 It was fun to watch his eyes track the vibrant colors of the quilt and I know he’ll get a kick out of the fabrics once he’s a bit older. I sure as heck love the fabrics!
Kyle’s quilt was based on the fabrics. Once I saw them, I *knew* I had to put them to use for him and even more so, I knew the fabrics needed to be cut into hexagons. Because what makes nerdy fabrics nerdier than polygons? No real pattern to use here, just this tutorial on machine piecing hexagons. I spent a lot of time trying to come up with a name for the quilt, and really just ended up using #nerdalert on my instagram feed while documenting work on the quilt. Needless to say, #NerdAlert stuck – hashtag and all.
After finishing the quilting and binding, I decided that the solid hexagons in the center of each of the “gears” needed a little TLC in the way of embroidery. The embroidered items are a mixture of space themes (both parents work at NASA – smart cookies!), science themes (his parents and I went to a Science and Math focused high school), and school themes (high school and college logos). I used regular DMC floss from the local craft store and drew a general sketch with my water-erasable fabric pen. Nothing fancy, but I love how whimsical/folksy some of the pieces came out. And without further ado – lots of pictures of the details:
The finished quilt is about 40 x 45 inches and was quilted by me on my Husqvarna Freesia. (Side note: much easier than quilting flannel!!!) The fabrics on the front are all organic, purchased from Honey Be Good and include the Robotic collection from Birch Fabrics and Organic Kona Solids. The shop owner of Honey Be Good (Karen) was so helpful and even included samples of coordinating solid fabrics in my shipment – talk about great customer service! I was really pleased with the quality of the fabrics from Birch Fabrics – so silky and soft, yet dense. High quality for reals. (Sorry – it’s getting late and the National Championship game is on…I”m fighting sleep and getting delirious, much like the FSU play calling). Honey Be Good is getting in the Birch Fabrics Charlie Harper flannel collection and it’s seriously tempting considering I have twin boy quilts on my “to do” list for this spring. I’ve got to remember the struggle that was quilting flannels previously though with Olivia’s quilt. But then again, flannel is so snuggly!!
Kyle is an adorable boy and I’m surprised I didn’t sneak into the backseat of their car before they drove back to FL – I need to go visit them again soon before he gets too big! There’s something really awesome about having friends like Kevin and Sonia and seeing them start their family 🙂 My hope is for Kyle to enjoy the quilt whether it means snuggling it, rubbing the threads bare between fingers, dragging it through mud, or getting a leaky diaper on it during nap time. Did I mention he’s adorable? Sigh…so cute!
Update: Got a picture texted to me of Mr. Kyle rocking his quilt at NASA daycare Tuesday. WEEK.MADE.
Over n out,