Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Story Blanket (Part I)

The birthday girl: Eliana

Eliana's favorite past time: Story-telling and reading

Favorite stories: Fairy tales

Favorite fairy tales: Princess ones

The twentieth of December is coming quicker than I ever dreamed it would back when I purchased these vintage fairy tale panels in July. I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but I clicked on the "Purchase" button so uncharacteristically fast that I knew something wonderful was going to materialize.

The idea for a Story Blanket came alive as I carefully cut around each scene in the panel, envisioning strips of complementary fabric lining them in a sort of quilt-like fashion, with a cozy, fluffy chenille backing. My sister, Maddie, and I took my mission to the fabric store and I tell you, when we found the black-patterned fabric with the mustard-gold and red wreaths... well, I think the entire store heard our gasps and squeals of delight.

So, the plan is this: to piece the panels together with frames of the two gold fabrics, then take the final piece and outline it with the black background fabric, and back it all with the furry brown chenille, zig-zag stitching the outside edges and perhaps running some red yarn through to tie at the corner of each panel.

And the plan after that? To read as much as we can, just so the Story Blanket can be unfolded and admired as it wraps around little shoulders, or holds long, sprawling limbs as imaginations soar.

I better get busy. Stay tuned!

8 fellow travelers shared:

Kristin said...

Yes, please keep us up to date! I can't wait to see it when it is finished. :-)

Anonymous said...

Do post a pic of the finished quilt!
(BTW, we have a Dec 20 birthday round here too!)
~Rachael in NZ

Linda said...

Waiting eagerly to see the dream come true. Even we "big" girls still love Fairy Tales.

Sandi said...

What a great idea. I am learning to sew slowly and want to eventually make my big girl a quilt. Would love to see the end result.

Melissa @ a time for everything said...

Oh, what a sweet idea. I'm sure it will become one her most treasured things ever.

I think you need to one day do a Children's Book Monday post about all of Eliana's favorite princess & fairy tale books. I know a certain almost-5-year-old who would love the recommendations. :)

Christine said...

Wow, how amazing that will be!! I wish I had that skill. Make sure you keep us posted!!!

Ness said...

This is going to be beautiful! I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets "material inspired". I can't wait to see the picture when it's done!

Anonymous said...

When I saw this:
I immediately thought of your homeschool. :)

The blanket will be such a treasure. Such fun!


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