Monday, January 25, 2010

Birthday boy!

Today is my little boy's third birthday! I can hardly believe it.

boy and birtday balloons
We celebrated the event yesterday by inviting over family and having snacks and cupcakes.

boy eating cupcake
Mmmm... cupcakes.

And, of course, there were many gifts, including this one:

Maisy quilt all folded up
A quilt made by mama!

My little dude loves Maisy Mouse. I love the bright, happy colors, simple art, and sweet stories about Maisy and her friends. When I saw this beautiful kit being offered by the Fat Quarter Shop, it was an easy decision. The kit included the pattern and all of the fabrics needed for the top and binding. I purchased the backing fabric separately (it is also from Andover's Maisy collection).

Maisy quilt center
I started working on it at the quilt retreat in November, and finished it last Friday evening. It was washed and ready to go for the party on Sunday. I was a little nervous about washing it, because none of the fabrics (or the batting) had been prewashed. Usually, I am a prewash fanatic, but as the kit suggested not to prewash, I didn't. Fortunately, everything washed beautifully with no bleeding. The quilt has a lovely, comfy crinkled look to it too!

Maisy quilting detail
I'm really pleased with how the quilting turned out. In the center, I did a long, horizontal stipple in the "sky" areas, outlined and then stippled the house, and did a swirl in the sun. Then I did an all-over freemotion design in the outside borders that involved stars and loops (inspired by a quilt I saw on Quilt Hollow's blog recently).

Maisy quilt back
I just love the backing fabric. So cool!

And the label.

I even made a little pillowcase to go with it:

Happy Birthday, little dude!!!! Mama loves you. :)


  1. How adorable!!!

    The quilt is great too! :)

  2. The maisy quilt is adorable and so is your little boy! I love that you made a pillowcase, too.

  3. What a great quilt! The pillowcase is a perfect coordinate!

  4. It is beautiful! I bet he loved those balloons :)

  5. Happy Birthday! Love the quilt.

  6. It turned out so nice! Happy birthday little dude!

  7. A sweet quilt for a sweet boy! Mama sure does love you little dude!!

  8. Congratulations to you and little L.
    I love the quilt!

  9. Those balloons are bigger than he is!! Very cute quilt! Did you draw the mouse on the label?

  10. The quilt is just great and 'the boy' looks so mature for three - they grow SO fast.

  11. So cute, your son and the quilt. You did a great job of quilting. Happy Birthday to your little guy.

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