Finished up the “Nerd Quilt” top this week. Once again, the garden/yard is stealing too many hours from my quilting, but this top is now in the finished pile and waiting to be sandwiched. Fortunately, I have some black batting in the cupboard and picked up backing for this one at the Feb Stitch & Sew Expo.
The Nerd Quilt is for my first grandchild and only grandson, Isaac. He will be 16 later this year. It started me thinking about the quilts I have made him throughout the years. When he was born, I had only made very simple, large square quilts which I tied. His was one of the earliest walking foot quilts that I made. Do I have a photo? No. But it is still in his room.
I decided, as I start making quilts, that each grandchild would get a baby quilt, a quilt at 5 years old, one at 11 years old and another at 16 years old. Here is a retrospective of Isaac’s quilts.
Isaac’s 5 yr quilt was a beachy design that I made up. When he was small, my late husband and I often took him on walks along the beach. This was walking foot quilted on my old White domestic machine.
The 11 yr quilt was a Star Wars themed with a modified log cabin. This one was made early in my FMQ journey, with a strange “crab claw” motif that was almost a stipple. I had just bought my Tiara sit down machine and was trying to figure out how to FMQ! The lime green narrow shashing is meant to represent light saber flashed.
so I am particularly happy that he will now have one displaying some FMQ panache! He was a true Star Wars fan and watched both older and newer movies with devotion.
The fabric for the 16 yr quilt is from Spoonflower with a circuit board design for my nerdy grandson. He is quite excited about it and had fun picking out the circuit design and the colors.
It’s not easy to get a good color reproduction on the Nerd Quilt. For some reason, further away seems to work better. It is 85″ by 95″ to fit his double bed. A bit long, but that means extra for snuggling!
The Nerd Quilt now goes into the pile to be quilted. I have a black batting picked out for the sandwich from Winline. There aren’t a lot of black battings available and I love their bamboo products, so am giving this a try. It’s a 60/40 poly cotton blend with a soft feel and good drape.
Happy quilting to all! Lennea