Father’s Day + Handmade Quilt Reveal

Being that it’s Father’s Day and all, I thought I’d come back from my blogging hiatus and share with you all something that’s been keeping me busy these last few months. Although, I can’t say this little gift is the only reason I’ve been a little MIA, it is part of the reason.

I’m sew excited to share with y’all this project. It’s something that is really close to the heart for me. I spent many weekends (and weeknights) putting this baby together. Sure, it’s not perfect. I messed up quite a bit. I’m not a seasoned quilter, I’ll tell you that for sure. Yes, it was ambitious to do a rather large quilt as one of my first projects with my new sewing machine, but I was up for the challenge. I mean… I did go through 6 years of architecture school. I figured if I could make it through architecture undergrad and grad school, I can do just about anything (which I often tell myself when the going gets tough).

So without further adieu, I’d like to show you a little something I made for Gator Dad for his birthday (00h and aahs are welcome). :)

Gator Dad was speechless. That is the easiest way to describe it. He couldn’t believe I had spent so much time making something just for him. It was incredibly gratifying to see the love across his face when he saw the finished quilt. I have to say, Gator Mom did a pretty good job of keeping it a secret too, as I had made many phone calls to her in the previous weeks expressing my frustration and she never once gave an inkling to Gator Dad of what I was making.

Even Gator Dad’s kitty, Mac-Mac (who was lovingly referred to as my “brother” growing up), loves the quilt. Mac-Mac can sense my love flowing out of the quilt. :)

Since then, I have completed a few other projects, much smaller in size. I love making little ruffled clutches, they are my fav! I  just recently made some fun throw pillows for our new couch (which is a good story in itself, so I’ll save that for another day). I also have a very special project I’ll be starting in the next few weeks. With Gator Football season starting this fall, I planning on making some hair accessories to gator-fy my work attire. Who knows, I may make a few extra and giveaway them on the blog. :)

But, really, enough about my sewing adventures and aspirations. Today is really all about Dad.

photo by Starks Photography

I feel very lucky to have such a loving and supportive Dad. I know that not everyone has this person in their life and I thank God every day for him. He has always been the driving force in my life, challenging me and pushing me to be the best I can be. I always say, Dad had (and still does) have a plan for me, and he’s sacrificed to keep me on my path. I’m forever thankful for the all that he does for me. With everything he does, he always has me and Gator Momma in mind. He’s truly an incredible person. ♥

Happy Father’s Day!

6 Comments on Father’s Day + Handmade Quilt Reveal

  1. Mr. Knight
    June 19, 2011 at 7:20 pm (6 years ago)

    Yeah, he’s a pretty cool guy, I guess.

  2. Brandi
    June 20, 2011 at 8:02 am (6 years ago)

    That quilt looks amazing! That is a super ambitious project – I still haven’t even opened the sewing machine I borrowed from my mom (about 6 months ago…). I’m a little intimidated!

  3. Katie B
    June 20, 2011 at 12:48 pm (6 years ago)

    Awesome!!! That quilt is amazing, beyond amazing really. Tutorial pretty pretty please! I’ve been wanting to tackle a quilt for so long!

    Or could you share where you learned how to make yours?

  4. Mrs Gator
    June 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm (6 years ago)

    Thank you all for your sweet comments!

    @Katie B: I do have a post started on showing how to make this quilt, but I did use a book to help. I based the quilt off the Easy Lap Quilt in Amy Karol’s book “Bend-the-Rules Sewing.”:)

  5. Gator Dad
    June 21, 2011 at 9:02 am (6 years ago)

    I just love it. I will always cherish it. Assuming I can get Mac Mac to let me use it …. LOl

    Thank you Honey.

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