This past December my youngest nephew, Kyle, turned 1! When his older brother, William, turned 1 I had made him a football quilt (you can see it here, just scroll to the bottom). Even though Kyle’s birthday party was the weekend after Thanksgiving (aka the start of a short Christmas season) I wanted to make Kyle a special quilt too.
My sister-in-law uses the hashtag #minimonster whenever she posts pictures of my nephew, so I decided to make a monster-themed quilt. Friendly monsters of course!
Fortunately, I was able to use a lot of leftover fabric from previous projects for this quilt. I only had to purchase the monster fleece backing and the blue and green textured fabric. That bumpy fabric turned out to be a little difficult to work with because it was very stretchy. But, I think it was worth the challenge because I really love the personality it adds to the quilt!
I am incredibly happy with how this quilt came out. Firstly, its SUPER plush and cozy – its definitely the thickest quilt I’ve ever made. Secondly, I cut & sewed the entire thing in just 4 evenings after work! That’s a record time for me!
Here are a couple of process shots (all taken with my old cell phone, so please excuse the quality):
I did a couple a things that were real time savers. First, I made a quick sketch before I bought any fabric. This helped me figure out how to utilize my scraps & determine how many new fabrics I needed. Then, I used a cardboard template to cut all of the squares. HUGE time saver! Lastly, rather than embroidering the facial features to the squares, I just used fabric glue.
The quilt was a hit with my family members. I hope that Kyle gets lots of quality snuggle time with it for many years to come.