Friday, November 09, 2007

A Quilt for My Son, the Sports Fan

So I'm working on a quilt for my sports-loving son... this is what I have so far....

Clearly, we are Boston sports fans...

So now my dilemma is how to pull the thing together. What would go with all those colors? I was thinking of blue denim in between the blocks. What do folks think???

I should give some of the back-story of this quilt. My son's room is still decorated in "baby" and he is 8! So as part of the idea of re-doing his room, I thought I'd make a quilt. And perhaps some curtains. So I started looking for material from each of the Boston teams... who knew it would be such a problem? Turns out that much of the cotton fabric for the teams has been discontinued because people were buying the fabric and then (gasp!) making things and re-selling them, which I guess you aren't supposed to do with licensed fabrics. Well...

So I had to go on eBay and pay pretty exorbitant prices for these fabrics, some of which aren't even made anymore! Don't even ask how much the Red Sox material cost. You wouldn't believe it!

So that's the story of the quilt. I'd love some feedback on what folks think I should do next.

In other news, soon I'm off to Newport for the Manic Mommies Escape! I'm very excited! More tomorrow.

4 comments:

Not The Mama said...

I love this idea for a quilt, and the squares are REALLY cute. If my girlfriend would just pick ANY other team to root for but the Yankees (hisss) I would totally make something like this for her. But I just can't bring myself to do anything that involves The Most Evil Team on Earth.

I really like the idea of using denim to tie it all together. I think it's a great neutral, and it works emotionally because I always think of casual jeans and team shirts/jerseys when I think about sitting around watching the game on tv. And you could probably obtain lots of denim really cheap by buying old jeans at thrift stores or asking for donations on Freecycle or Craigslist. That way you can recycle some old tattered jeans that would otherwise wind up in a landfill and cut back on the overall cost of the quilt since the licensed material cost so much.

(And yes, buying licensed material -- when you can find it -- will but a serious dent in your bank. I made myself a pretty fleece blanket the other day. It's reversible and both sides are licensed (with logos of my alma mater -- UNC). It was SUPER simple and I LOVE the way it turned out, but it cost and arm and a leg!)

Lilymane said...

I agree about the denim because it seems like a perfect mesh of neutral color and "feel" of a sports quilt but I think jeans might be heavy. You might also look for denim shirts because they seem like they'd have a weight and hand that would be easier to work with (and softer to cuddle with). I like that you've got a fairly classic primary color scheme going on but the yellow/black square is an eye catcher! You might need to work with placement to make it feel balanced. I love nine patches. They're classic quilt blocks but so easy to use to pull a bunch of colors in and adaptable for fun, modern fabrics like your sports ones. Thanks for posting to the group. I love seeing people's projects. Peace.
Oh - and I have an 8 year old Tom Brady/Patriots fan in my house too. Not sure how he came up with it since we live in the SOUTH but there you go. He would wear all Pats gear if I'd let him. (I am NOT going to show him your quilt if the fabric is that hard to come by though!)

JulieZS said...

That is turning out so cute! Denim would be cool, do you have old clothes of his that you could use?
How about using fleece instead of denim, it might make for a cozier feeling quilt that isn't quite as heavy. And feel lucky that you can at least buy the licensed fabric, my alma mater doesn't currently let anyone sell it (sigh).

Not The Mama said...

ooh, denim shirts would be perfect! What a great idea -- I would definitely look around and se if you could find some.