I am glad to finally be able to show you this quilt that I just finished for my son’s birthday. Those of you who know me well are probably saying, “But Lisa, wasn’t Ben’s birthday like four weeks ago?” Yes. Yes it was. This quilt is probably a testimony to our crazy busy lives over the last four weeks. Birthdays, back to school, back to sports, and back to germs and sickness! As I am typing this, my head is feeling like someone put an axe in it, so this post will probably be very short!
I fell in love with this “I AM NINJA” (yes it needs to be in capitals because it is something you shout and say with authority) fabric line. The fabric is by Illustration Ink for Robert Kaufman. I knew it would be perfect for my five year old’s bedroom, it is so much fun! I am crazy about great fabric for boys. Now if you know this line, you will notice that the fabric in this quilt is not created entirely with I AM NINJA fabric. I used the I AM NINJA panel in red, and the outside border is I AM NINJA red. The fabric print with all of the Japanese characters (writing) is not part of the line. This is the problem with living in Canada. None of our local fabric stores have any of the latest fabric lines, they are about six months behind the United States! Mostly I order my fabric online from Fashionable Fabrics, and because it is international it takes about two weeks to receive my fabric. This means that if I don’t order enough for my project, I am hooped! And so this is why I had to use another fabric line to finish my quilt. I didn’t want to wait the two weeks so I went to a local fabric store to find something that coordinated.
Anyways, back to the project. I had pinned a mini-quilt project from Robert Kaufman that was just precious, oh about 8 weeks ago. Here is the pin: Mini Ninja Quilt Free Pattern. This quilt would be a great size for a baby quilt, but I needed something bigger for my big boy! All it took was a bit of math. I made the sashing wider and the border bigger – that was about it! It went together pretty easily, I would say that a beginner quilter could do this project with not too much sweat.
I made this quilt very plush by using a high pile cotton batting. The backing is an extremely soft red flannel.
It is so nice and warm, a quilted comforter – perfect for cold winters. The best part is, my son thinks it’s great too – I even got an extra unsolicited, “thank you mom!”
Thank you for stopping by today, sorry I’m not too chatty – going to go take a nap now!