My sweet nephew went behind my back and grew up on me. He just graduated from high school. He spent a lot of time with me when he was a baby, and I was the one who taught him how to make all the animal sounds, beginning counting, stuff like that. One of the many, many cute things he did was pretend to be different animals, announce what he was, and then hug me. The absolute best version of this was, "I'm huggin' pig!" I still crack up when I think about it. And now he's 18 years old, and out into the world. He was overdue to receive a quilt anyway, so this was part of his graduation gift.
His preferred color scheme was blue, black and grey. Without this guidance, I never would have made a quilt with this strict and limited palette. But every guy who's seen it, including the nine year old hockey player next door, thinks it's great. It's the Dude Quilt. Horizontal straight double line quilted, Kona medium grey sashing, framed back design using the Michael Miller jigsaw print and blue and grey Kona.
It's wrinkled from being rolled up for over a week. Dirt splotches are a mystery, but back into the wash it goes. Hmmm, now that I think about it, the dirt and wrinkles just add to the dude-ness...maybe I should bang in an oil stain or two? It's a very, very simple design, and he loves it. And I love him.