Some of the letters were hard to see, so I took a fabric marker and outlined them.
I let my 11 year old son lay the squares out onto the floor. When I tried to help he said, "No Mom, you can't put that square there because it is blue and the square next to it is blue." He really was the best person to give the job to and he made sure that all of the colors were dispersed evenly.
I went to Bed Bath and Beyond and bought a really nice set of sheets with a high thread count for under $10 (They were on clearance for about 90% off and I had an extra 20% off coupon). I used the flat sheet for the back of my quilt and pinned it all together with safety pins. I thought I would try some machine quilting and get it done quick. I decided to try stippling (random shapes) and set up my machine. I found a multicolored blue thread that would help hide any mistakes I made and got started. My thread kept breaking on me so I adjusted the tension and tried different needles. No matter what I did, my thread kept breaking on me. I just decided to deal with it and kept re-threading my machine. I only worked on it a little each day since it frustrated me so much. One day I needed my machine to sew some patches on my son's boy scout uniform. I took the darning foot off the machine and forgot to put it back on when I went to sew my quilt again. For the first time my thread didn't break! "Darn" all of those quilting blogs and websites that said I needed a darning foot! I was able to quickly sew the rest of the quilt in just a few minutes! I think all of that starting and stopping that I did must have shifted my quilt, because in some places my fabric is all puckered up. I was just happy to get this project done and out of my mind. Just don't look closely at it.
My 2 year old absolutely loves this quilt. He loves finding Elmo, Curious George, Thomas, and all of the other cute characters on it. I hate to even think what I spent on making it. Without even counting my time I spent around $50-$60 (I didn't keep all of my receipts so I am not sure on the exact amount). I have some leftover scraps that I plan on fussy cutting and selling on ebay to recoup some of my cost. It would have cost me a lot less if I would have made a small quilt, but the practical side of me wanted a twin size quilt that would fit on his bed (when he moves into a big boy bed that is). Also, what fun is it to play I Spy with a small quilt that only has a few squares?
This was not a very thrifty project, but I got it off my my mind so that I can spend time thinking about other things now (That's thrifty right? Kind of? Okay it's a stretch).
I think I might try sewing another quilt again if I found some really great material on clearance, but I am not ready yet. If I had a better machine I would probably be more interested in quilting, but for now I will just admire others talented quilts.
For those of you who read this entire bog post, bless you. I am off on a camping trip with my family right now and this post was set on a schedule. I will miss all of my blog friends while I am gone!
I just found out that Stephanie at The Creative Side of Me just blogged about her quilt. Here is her link: http://thecreativesideofsteph.blogspot.com/2009/07/how-to-make-quilt-in-weekend-my-first.html