Monday, October 3, 2011

Ryan's Guy Quilt

For once, I'm not the only person excited about a finished quilt in my family.  In fact, I think the whole family is excited about this one, especially my munchkin, Ryan.  I have been sneaking around with this quilt for the last day or so, stealthily sticking it in the washer and dryer, hurrying it outside for photos while he was sleeping, so it was a full-on surprise when he got to see it all finished and ready to use.

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This quilt started out by happenstance when a friend of mine shared some scraps for an I-Spy quilt she was working on.  We also stumbled on a boatload of Toy Story and Spiderman charm squares at a semi-local quilt shop, and then I started formulating an idea for a quilt for Ryan, using some of the squares from the Gen X Quilters Japanese Imports Fabric Swap as well as some superheroes and other characters he would enjoy, along with some rainbow solids to give the eye a place to rest.

What a lovely rainbow


Then, at Jo-Ann's one night, I stumbled upon a bolt of Captain America comic book fabric, and the deal was dealed.  I bought all that they had of the comic book fabric, which then became the centerpiece of the quilt backing.  There wasn't quite enough for the whole back, so I let Ryan pick out a Kona solid from my color card for the rest, Kona Bahama Blue.

The backing

When I finished piecing the quilt top, Ryan was ecstatic.  He spent an hour or more looking at all the different squares and squealing when he found characters that he knew.  I decided to keep the rest of the quilt under wraps until it was finished, which was relatively easy with the big-time mess I was rocking in my sewing room.

Some of Ryan's favorite squares


Quilt Stats
Name: Ryan's Guy Quilt
Size: 70" x 86"
Fabrics: So many!!  Dinosaur Train, Marvel superheroes, Spiderman, Monsters Inc, Superman, Batman, Cat in the Hat, Little Golden Books, various Japanese prints, various Kona and Free Spirit solids, and more!
Quilting: Overall meandering stipple in white Gutermann thread by me
Binding: Timeless Treasures Shipyard Textural in Sky
Pattern: Improvised by me, based on the fabrics I had

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I'm sharing today over at {Sew} Modern Monday, hosted by Canoe Ridge Creations - hop on over to see some more fabulous modern finishes!

35 comments:

  1. Yes, well done! What a great quilt for your young superhero.

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  2. That is one beautiful quilt! I especially love the colour variation on the outside border! It gives the whole quilt such depth! Wonderful!

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  3. love, love, love!!! I may have to steal your idea for my boys. :)

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  4. That is so awesome! I love the solid squares with the ispy - so perfect together!

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  5. Great-looking quilt! The colours are beautiful together! Even with the tons of superheroes (different patterns), it looks so pulled together. Congratulations!

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  6. This is such a fun quilt, and I know Ryan is just thrilled! I love the addition of the solids. I can't wait to get started on Luke's superhero quilt!

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  7. So happy!! What a fabulous quilt!

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  8. Beautiful... no wonder Ryan is so thrilled!

    I like the addition of the solids to give the eye a place to rest... worked out perfectly!

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  9. very nice! i love those fun colors!

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  10. Very fun! Love that your son is so thrilled with it!

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  11. this looks great! How fun for him to be able to snuggle with his favorite characters :-)

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  12. I love the story of how all the fabrics came together...it was definitely meant to be!

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  13. Fantastic, and the backing is amazing!! Yay for a great finish. :)

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  14. How cute! I bet he just loves it. Nice job, mama!

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  15. OMG... Ah-May-Zing!

    I absolutely love the way you laid out the fabrics. Genius!

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  16. looks great! glad your little guy likes it.

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  17. Not surprised he loves it - it will provide many hours of entertainment and be treasured for years!

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  18. So cool! No wonder Ryan loves it!

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  19. Brilliant quilt! I love the way you used the solids. I think any guy would be happy with this quilt! :)

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  20. Gorgeous. I love the way you have used the solids to frame the I Spy blocks. I'm not surprised Ryan loves it.

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  21. Hi Elisabeth! That is just so cool guy's quilt! You have used so perfect fabrics with all those figures and all the bright solids are so great! I'm sure Ryan loves it!
    You have also very beautiful pouch which I somehow missed! I understand that it's difficult to give but make an other one!
    xxx Teje

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  22. This is wonderful!!!! I can see why your son loves it! I really like the use of the solids with the I-Spy fabric...it definitely makes the quilt.

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  23. That is one wonderful little guy quilt! I love the blocks of solids all around. Great mix of prints & solids! love!

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  24. hmm i think i have a husband who would go nus over that! lol.

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  25. Congratulations on this awesome, awesome quilt!

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  26. Your have some wonderful fabrics in there - such a great quilt!!

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  27. Super fun quilt! Isn't it great when the kids are as excited about something we made them as we are? Love your use of solids in there, too!

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  28. What a fun quilt. I know he loves it.

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  29. It's wonderful! I love your use of the rainbow solids to break it up. I love a classic squares quilt but the colour in this is out of this world. I am also known as Lexi Dallwitz on Facebook (incase you made the first name link...)

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  30. It's lovely, Elizabeth. I love the way you've broken up the novelty fabrics with solids. Well done!

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  31. My big kid would go CRAZY for this this! I think he's being Batman for Halloween. I've been resisting those fabrics - he already has 2 quilts and my littlest has none!

    Love it!

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