ed emberley alligator quilt

i snagged a couple naptime hours this weekend to clean up my utter disaster of a sewing room…and in the process, i got inspired to do some stashbusting and a project i’d delayed for far too long – a cozy quilt for O!

ed emberley alligator quilt

the little guy doesn’t realize it, but i’ve felt bad for a long time because i’ve never made him a blankie of his own.  i made his sister a quilt, and multiple cozy flannel/minky blankies for snuggling/school, but none for him.

it’s not like he’s blanket-deprived – he was gifted a number of handmade and store bought blankets at baby showers and has actually adopted my baby quilt as his own…just none made by ME.  and i believe that there’s nothing more special a mother can make than a cozy blanket for her kids.  you’re literally wrapping your little one up in love!

ed emberley alligator quilt

it was when his unborn baby brother was gifted a beautiful CINO quilt that the guilt really started to set in.  O needed a home sewn quilt!  NOW!

ed emberley alligator quilt

i had gotten this Ed Emberley for Cloud 9 alligator print at Bolt last year with the intention of using it for a blanket for him…

ed emberley alligator quilt

…and same plan with the super soft light blue minky on the back.

ed emberley alligator quilt

it’s hard to see in photos, but i did irregular sawtooth quilting on the alligator print and straight horizontal lines across the solid color blocked top and bottom rows.  it looks like alligator teeth in person!  there is no batting, but due to the minky it still has a nice weight to it.

ed emberley alligator quilt

the top and bottom rows (scraps cut 8” high to extend this directional print a bit for more coverage) are a mix of Kona and Moda Bella solids from my stash in colors that pull from the print.  the quilt measures 35” x 50” which covers him very nicely.

ed emberley alligator quilt

the binding is Amy Butler’s full moon polka dots in tangerine (still available here)!  think i may have gotten that at Bolt too.  😉  it’s finished by zigzag stitch, both for speed and to mimic the sawtooth quilting / alligator teeth motif.

ed emberley alligator quilt

love how the colors look when they all drape together, it feels bright and happy but still boyish.

i showed the in-progress quilt to O when he woke up from his nap, only partly quilted, and he was very excited about it, rubbing the minky side on his cheek, etc.  i promised him i’d finish it when he was asleep that night, and i did.  i laid it on him while he slept and when he came to our room in morning, he had wrapped himself up in it!  he proceeded to “Linus around” with it for a good part of the day.  GREAT SUCCESS.

does fall make you want to quilt too?  i feel like the knitting and quilting bugs hit me hard when the weather gets cold (still haven’t picked up the needles yet this year, though)!

** i have emailed Lara, the winner of a Gingercake pattern.  thank you to all who entered the giveaway! **