I know that you have all been waiting for this post impatiently, yes don't deny it I know it's true. I have been waiting to show you what I did, it took a lot of will power for me not to show you before, but the force was with me, that and I wanted you to keep on checking my posts (if someone, apart from my husband is reading them of course, I can't know since I don't get feed back... hint hint) and I also wanted you to get the surprise at the same time as Florian. Today he is turning 2 and guess what he had for his birthday? A car caddy you will tell me, well that's not all, remember I told you I had made that project from scraps from another project, well, it was for this big surprise. And it's a, don't look at the pictures I told you, not yet, read on.... Yes, I know you peeked you ruined the surprise, well it's a car playmat quilt. I found the idea here and adapted it so it would fit on my coffee table.
|front (top) and back (bottom) of the car playmat quilt|
Just so you know, it's my first finished quilt (I tried another one, but it's still a work in progress... I really need that quilting class) So it's far from being perfect, but it's made with love... The quilting didn't turn out as bad I thought it would, and I was very tense when I started to quilt it by machine. I even told my husband before I went up that I might be in a bad mood when I got down from my sewing room, luckily for him it didn't turn out bad.
I might show you pictures later at how I made the quilt, but I'm not sure if I want to write a post on that since I didn't take pictures of all the steps, but if you are interested, please let me know.
I hope my son will like it, at least it looks good in my dining room -that's why I didn't add yellow ribbon on the roads. I originally wanted to make the road black, but could not find a fabric (on sale of course) without little flowers on them, but the brown looks good too. I made it kind of reversible, but considering my quilting abilities, I think it will stay on one side only.
When I saw the original model, I thought it would be a good idea to put little pockets for the car, but since I wanted to be able to put it on my coffee table, I decided to make the car caddy instead, I don't know if you remember, but I put ribbon instead of velcro to close the caddy, and chose to put a long ribbon, well that was to be able to wrap the caddy around the quilt and be able to travel with it if we wanted to.
|Playmat on the coffee table (left) - and now it's ready to go (right)|
I really hopes he likes it and plays with it.