Even though I had to do it twice, it was worth every stitch, every bit of effort I put into it. Jon's graduation quilt is repaired and done and this is it on his bed in the cave (his basement room). He hasn't seen it yet. I can't wait until he gets home.
We had an amazing weekend with Jon graduating and Ben turning 20 on Sunday and everyone here to celebrate with them. Couldn't have been any better. Jon's speech was FABULOUS...he blew all the adults speaking out of the water. My dad was sitting next to me and after Jon spoke, he turned to some random lady behind him and said, "that's my grandson...he got his speaking ability from me!" We were all so proud. He has an amazing future ahead of him.
I changed the design of the quilt since I last posted about it. This quilt has had many renditions. I'm thrilled with the final design. The top section of blocks I combined into pairs and then framed them. In the bottom section the blocks are framed individually.
I love the interest that the vertical pairs add to the quilt. I love the blue and cream linen. The back is chocolate brown flannel. Jon loves things that are soft and cuddly. I think the quilting gives that modern, minimal feel that Jon requested.
This is the replacement block. When I washed the quilt last week for the first time, one of the blocks disintegrated in the washer. It didn't have anything to do with the construction of the block...in fact, it didn't even rip at a seam. I think the quilt must have caught on something in the washer and just ripped and ripped as it washed. I was lucky only one block had to be replaced. It was a chore. I took out about a fourth of the quilting and took the top apart to integrate the new block. I didn't have an extra because I used the one extra block I had to make a pillow sham. I didn't want to rip that up, so I took a block I made for a blue/green project improv quilt out of the scraps from this quilt.
Liz, it was your block that was destroyed. It's so sad that it happened. It was one of Jon's favorites when it arrived. Just know that it was in there in the beginning and the accident and the story adds to the value of this quilt.