Salvatore is 4 years old.. to be precise he is 4 years 5 months 5 days… so many hours and so many seconds.. I’m not going to get that precise..
About a month or two before I got pregnant with him we moved back to Washington State from Portland, Oregon (we lived next to an awesome fabric store in Milwaukie called The Mill End, where I got all the fabrics for Fifi’s baby quilt).. We moved to Everett. Not my most favorite city in WA but I wasn’t quite yet ready to move back to Skagit County and the farmlands. The one thing I loved about Everett was the fabric store called Pacific Fabrics. They have them in a few different cities in the state. They definitely aren’t Jo Anne Fabrics. Pacific fabric is more expensive but they seem to have a better quality selection. While checking it out one day I came across this fabric in the home decorators section of the store.. I absolutely loved it. I bought some with the intention of making my soon to be new son a baby quilt. It is very thick, thicker than a quilting cotton but I thought it would work great. And, for some reason unknown to me I have always been drawn to elephants.
So I had this fabric sitting around for years before I actually did anything with it. Well, I actually used part of it to make a car blanket for him.. one side this fabric the other side a navy flannel. He still uses it even now.
We moved to Anacortes right after his first birthday in March of 2012. While living in Anacortes I came across another local fabric store right in the down town called In Stitches Quilt Shoppe. I love this store! While perusing the isles I came across some great old reproduction fabrics that I thought would coordinate well with the circus backing fabric I had for so long.. Up until this point I had no idea what I wanted to pair with the lovely circus fabric I acquired in Everett. I thought the airplanes would be perfect as my little guy loved planes. (you can see a bit of it peeking on the left hand side of the above photo) and I thought the colors would be good.. An all red white and blue quilt. I know the styles are a bit different but I thought he wouldn’t mind and would probably like them both a lot.
I started piecing the top of the quilt when I was pregnant with Persephone (2013). By this time Salamander was now 2 years old and still didn’t have his baby quilt! I was able to finish the whole top, make my quilt sandwich out of the top, batting and backing fabric, even tie the quilt and get the binding all cut and ready to go before the new baby came. I even made a quilt top for the new baby girl who would be arriving. But I never actually put the dang quilt together! It sat on the back of my sewing chair, then getting moved around to various places around my sewing machine for the past 2 years!
Salamander is now 4, as I said above, and I have finally finished my boys quilt! I am so happy. I always worried that I get in some sort of horrible accident and he would never have a special blankey to remember me by, to wrap up and cuddle in and know I loved him very much. I’m sure he would know, it’s just the kind of thoughts that go through my mind.. I may now rest at ease.. Though, now I must finish Percy’s quilt and get started on a new one for the new, and last, baby of mine.
The quilt is 9 x 9 squares, each square is a finished 5 inches. Finished quilt size is approx 45 inch square. I decided to hand tie the quilt instead of quilting it. All my other kiddos baby quilts are hand tied. My sewing machine isn’t very deep and it’s kind of pain to quilt on it.. and I have never done hand quilting before! I do not remember who the fabric designers are as it has been so long since I bought them. I may have the selvages for the top fabrics somewhere, just can’t place them right now.
I really love these fabrics, and though the styles of the front and back are very different, I love them together. I am so happy and relieved I finally finished it! It took me dang forever.. way too long. I hope it doesn’t take me this long to make Persephone’s and the new little fella’s quilts!
Sally seems to be enjoying it! He even took it on the 2 hour car ride to drop his big sissy off at a friends house for her sleep over.. Makes me happy to know I made him happy! I love his little squinty eyed smile with his dimpled cheeks and pointy elf ears. He’s my naughty little angel!
And to make it all a million times better…. today was the last day of school for the year!! Last night Miss O Graduated from 8th grade (she was and is Gorgeous in her new dress!!). That was cool, not literally, it was pretty hot in there.. Especially with 2 little kids crawling on me wanting to get up and get drinks of water. After they finally called Ophelia’s name I took Sally and Percy out into the hall for the duration while my Mama, 2 of my brothers, one of their wives, my 3 year old nephew and my 2 middle children sat in the bleachers and finished watching. Oh, I am so happy that I have 2 months without having to wake up early 5 days a week to get the kids ready (holler at them over and over to brush their teeth, get dressed and eat breakfast) for school and walk them to the bus.. It will be nice to be able to spend time together as a family, hopefully with little arguing between them! Hot days with popcorn and movie nights.. Lot’s of fresh fruit. I am trying to enjoy them as much as I can before I have another new infant to take up more of my time. Doing it all alone is going to be very time consuming!