Almost the whole year here it is cool enough at night for down duvets but,since the boys' loft beds lie just under the peak of the highest point in our house, it can also get quite hot up there during the warmest part of the summer.
Three winters ago now I got the crazy idea in my head that I was going to finish two quilts for them, before the beginning of that summer (very much inspired by Amanda's quilt for her E here).
Ha! Two plus years later, at the very tail end of this summer, as the temperatures are dropping into the 3o-40 degrees F range at night, and we're already waking to see fresh snow coating the nearby mountain tops, the quilts are both done!
To be honest, I doubt either of these quilts would be even completed before next summer if it weren't for the entry deadline last week for this year's county fair as motivation.
As I could only enter one item per category, the blue/green/brown quilt was the one I chose. (That's E's quilt.) I certainly didn't expect a ribbon and didn't receive one either. There are some extraordinary quilters around here. The point is to participate. The judge did, however, leave written feedback which is always helpful (not all judges leave feedback).
And so, finally, the boys are tucked snugly under their own quilts tonight, just in time for the first **FROST WARNING** of the fall and, just as the first cold of the season hits our family. Maybe with a fire in the wood stove downstairs, they'll be able to use their quilts a little while longer into the fall before putting them away until next summer.
Just to make sure, I tucked an extra, warmer, blanket made by his grandma, underneath E's quilt, just under his sniffly little nose. As I did, I told him he was wrapped up in our love....and he responded, "But I'm always wrapped up in your love."
Now guess who was trying not to sniffle.
Of course, I've caught the bug now...the quilting bug, that is, and so another quilt is already under way.
Tune back in here a year or two for the finished results...