I knew I had to make the XO quilt using the Canoe Ridge Creations tutorial because Eric and I have been signing our texts and emails with an XO for years. But the XO quilt is pretty small, and Eric is 6'2" and needs more than just a width-of-fabric quilt (42-44" for all you nonquilters reading this). So I used the XO quilt pattern and just added to it.
And I also wanted to add a heart, and found this really cute one here
I didn't think I would ever be done with it. I'll never ever quilt like this again. Just look at all that stitching - about 1/2" apart. I must be insane.
I remembered a post that I had seen about matched binding and just knew it would be perfect for this! If you haven't seen this, check it out at A Quilter's Table
I used Modern Solids by Jason Yenter for In the Beginning Fabrics. I purchased these at www.wintercreekcloth.com, and even earned some reward points while shopping ;)
I used Dogma Red Ikat Plaid for the back, which by the way hides all kinds of mistakes, just FYI :) You're welcome. I got this at Winter Creek Cloth, too - even more reward points! Woo hoo!
I finished it off with a label. I used Amanda Jean's label tutorial. Eric and I have this plan to grow old together, something we've always planned to do but this really impacted us when I was diagnosed with cancer in 2007. It was our "plan A" and there wasn't a plan B.
And of course it has to be tested by Giacomo, as always. Check out that tongue! I think he approves.
Eric absolutely loved his quilt. It's the perfect size. When he's in his recliner, it actually hangs down to the floor. I just realized as I'm posting this at 10:15 PM that I don't have a pic of him with his quilt, so I'll do a follow-up post because he's sleeping right now and I don't think he'd be very happy if I woke him up for a pic.