Christmas Gifts 2011: Big Brother

Civil War Quilt, in progress

Next up in the handmade gift round-up is this quilt, a (American) Civil War Era reproduction (or using reproduction fabrics, anyway) made for my brother, who is a history buff and especially taken with anything to do with early American life. When we visited the lovely Tikki London quilting shop, quite long ago now, and he bought himself the kit to make this quilt, I wasn’t really all that surprised. I’d already noticed it on the shelf and was waiting to see if he’d sniff it out himself.

Of course he didn’t buy that kit — or the extra fabric he ordered to make it into a larger bed-sized quilt — to make himself. He did ask me first, but he basically just handed it to me and said, “sew”. Not to imply that I minded! I honestly don’t – my family has done a lot for me, and I always jump when there’s a chance to do something in return. The brother rarely asks me to make things for him so when he does, I’m all over it.

Which makes this a very cheeky gift, in a way, since he pretty much bought it himself and I agreed to make it. The gift isn’t really the quilt exactly. What I did was used Christmas as the push to finish it (and I should mention that they were only squared up blocks and uncut fabric a couple of weeks ago) and used my budget allowance to buy the only bits he hadn’t: the backing fabric and the binding fabric (Kona Khaki and Espresso, in case you’re curious). I went over budget a bit, but got lucky and ordered the fabric during the 11/11/11 sale at the always awesome Simply Solids so came pretty close.

That’s it, really. The weather’s been dark and awful lately, so this photo is the best I could squeak out in a hurry. I quilted the bejeezus out of it early this week and got it all done in two days, and started handsewing the binding around the back last night. I got about one side done, and still need to make a tag for the back. Not too bad, really, with just over a week to go. And, this will be my first completed person-sized quilt ever, and I didn’t make a big mess out of it. Yay! To go with it, just for a few little bits under the tree, I mixed up some Cocoa Cumin Steak Rub, Memphis-Style Dry Rub for ribs, Greek Dry Rub for ribs (link soon, it appears to be having trouble right now), and a jar of Apricot Bourbon Mustard. Nom!

P.S. – If you’re interested in the SMS giveaway, there’s still about a day to enter it over here!

2 Comments on Christmas Gifts 2011: Big Brother

  1. Genevieve
    December 22, 2011 at 06:38 (7 years ago)

    Oh my! It is absolutely gorgeous! I love that era for fabric! I hope you post photos of the whole thing!

    Ha ha! I love it. “Sew.” :)

    I’m a new follower! I found you during the Sew Mama Sew and I’m finally getting a chance to look over your wonderful blog! I love it.



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