The quilts are done, and [insert drum roll] the girls actually love them!
I hadn't worried too much about them loving them or not at the beginning of the project. They were excited about the idea of having new blankets and were more than happy to check on my progress sewing; all the while asking, "Are our quilts almost done mama?" I also admit to reading this book to them a few times to get them warmed up to the idea of a quilt that they can call their own.
But as the binding went on I did start to worry. Over the past few weeks they have both become very picky about what they wear (dresses or skirts ONLY), when they wear it (wardrobe changes happen approximately 3x/day) and how it's worn (dirty, straight from the hamper). They have also been very reluctant to give up their winter blankets, preferring to literally sweat out the spring nights under three layers of polar fleece.
So, while they were at the park one morning with a sitter I snuck into their room, switched out the blankets and hoped for the best. There have been a few stray questions about where the fuzzy blankets went, but overall they are loving these quilts and snuggling under them. Whew.
The quilting is very minimal as I have yet to purchase and learn how to use a free-motion foot. Just straight-ish lines that mostly make boxes around the printed coins. I like how it highlights the different fabrics and gives each one a little frame. If I had to re-do the project I probably would have added a fourth row of coins just to make them a bit wider. They cover the top of the beds, but only hang down about 2 inches on each side. A little more width might have been nice. The backs are pieced from the larger pieces of fabric I had in my stash, as are the binding strips.
In other sewing-related news, my husband and I are caring for our nieces and nephew this weekend while their parents have some time away. Don't call me crazy yet. We're doing a weekend-swap. Our three kids are going to their place later this summer! So, I made a special trip to the store to pick up some fun cotton prints in hopes of having each girl help in making a skirt for herself. My nieces are also three-and-a half-year-old twins. Wish me luck.