Ryan has a really good group of friends from way back. I love that guys can make friendships that truly last forever. (Girls can make lifetime friends, too. But it seems to be a male phenomenon to make friends in childhood that stay tight into old age. I fear that women let other things get in the way – family, jobs, house, drama … anyhow, that’s a whole other post.)
Boys. They have no drama. Or at least, very little drama. This is the best photo that I could find of the three stooges buddies – from Brian and Jessi’s wedding. And as a common disclaimer, his very handsome friend Joey (on the left) is totally single. Snatch him up now, ladies.
Anyhoo, Ryan’s friend Brian (on the right) and his wife Jessi are due with their first baby boy (Everett) in December. To say we are excited for them would be the understatement of the century.
(Jessi and Brian with Ryan and I at the shower they generously threw us when Henry was only a little jelly in my belly.)
As soon as they found out it was a boy, Ryan and Brian started plotting their sons’ friendships. And I started giving Jessi unsolicited advice. I always said I wouldn’t do that (giving unsolicited advice). But, I can’t help myself. It’s just so hard to keep all my opinions to myself. And for God’s sake, I did all the research on a stroller so I may as well pass on the info, right? 😉 Hopefully she doesn’t hate it too much.
Another (less obnoxious) thing I wanted to give her was a quilt. When she started planning Everett’s room, she picked the fabrics and made bedding and window coverings with her mom. I offered to make the quilt to coordinate.
When I asked what type of quilt she preferred, she chose one of my favorite types – a simple strip quilt in varying widths. I love that you can use tons of different fabrics. I love that you can use solids. I love that you can use straight quilting.
I’ve made a few other strip quilts over the years – the Mickey Mouse quilt, and two blue and brown boys quilts (here and here). Like the others, this one came together fairly easily and quickly. (This makes a great beginner quilt, by the way.)
It was great that it was fairly quick, because as usual, I didn’t start early. And I was totally hand binding it the evening before the shower so I could squeeze in time to wash and dry it. And snap a few pictures.
In addition to using their nursery fabrics, I added some solids and an “E” for baby Everett.
I love how the binding turned out on this one. Usually, I use a solid or a simple dot. But, I used the most bold of the patterns and I really think it gives the quilt a special pizazz.
In retrospect, I wish I had thought through the “E” placement. It blends with the blue of the pattern behind it. But, that’s okay. I still think the monogram turned out well.
And more important than what I think, Jessi seemed to really love it. She even said she was fighting back tears. That makes the late-night finishing totally worth it. I hope she and baby E gets lots of use out of this quilt – for naps, play and cuddling.
What do you think?