A birthday quilt for Sage.

Quilt as you go. [Clean.]

Quilt as you go. [Clean.]

Quilt as you go. [Clean.]

Quilt as you go. [Clean.]

Quilt as you go. [Clean.]

Quilt as you go. [Clean.]

A couple of weeks ago Lupine and Sage were playing "guess what I made you for your birthday".

At one point Sage said, "I wonder if Mama's going to give me my quilt for my birthday. Nah, she'll never finish that!"

Oh. Really.

Game. On.

I couldn't resist the challenge.

Because yes, I had been working on this quilt in earnest for several weeks in hopes of giving it to Sage for his birthday. But, also yes, I was about to give it up until winter.

Because it turns out a quilt is quite the project. Especially for someone with my gift for starting. (Versus finishing.) And while I started it almost a year ago, it has spent most of those months sleeping peacefully under my cutting table.

So my resolve was concrete.

I was finishing the dang quilt.

Quilt as you go. [Clean.]

And I did!

(But just barely.) I sewed on the binding at the cabin, tucked into a bunk with a headlamp the night before his birthday.

As for Sage, well, he couldn't be happier.

Because somehow a quilt is love incarnate. It represents time and energy and warmth and love.

You know, mama stuff.

And there are a few really special blocks in this quilt. (His favorites, and also mine.) The green and brown and black patterned pieces on the quilt are from his baby sling.

And him loving those blocks best warms my heart.

Because he and I shared the space inside that sling for years. And now that love that wrapped us up then can continue to wrap him up – quite literally – in this new and cozy form. 

Happy birthday, Sage. I'm humbled, honored, and blessed to be your mama. May this quilt wrap you in mama love for many, many years to come.


13 thoughts on “A birthday quilt for Sage.

  1. Audrey says:

    Oh how I love this 🙂 I’ve made quilts for my grown children and they seem to love and cherish each one. When my two sons married I made and hand-quilted a quilt for each one. So many hours of love, so many precious memories!!! Thanks for sharing this 🙂

  2. Holly says:

    i like that birthday gift.=) i need to get going on my son’s birthday present too: 8 days to go. I wonder if I can whip off a quilt in that time….lol thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. Mikaela says:

    It’s beautiful! One of my favorite parts is the story of its inception, when you ALMOST bought all-new fabric, and then realized you already had everything you needed… I am prone to purchasing all the supplies for a new project, and then never having time to complete the project, and in the meantime getting tired of the project, anyway. I’ve limited myself to a few new fat quarters here and there until I get to the bottom of my stash!

  4. Angie says:

    Nice work Mama! Challenge or no challenge you would’ve done it although it made it a little sweeter in the end for both of you I am sure. What love in that quilt. I’m inspired as always 🙂

    Happy birthday to Sage. One awesome kid that I always enjoy being around and talking to 🙂 Pass on a birthday hug to him from all of us Lemar’s.

  5. Brynn says:

    Did you use “Quilt as you go” for the blocks or did you top stitch the blocks when it was completely assembled. I have more issues with my machine bunching and binding when I try to top-stitch once assembled.

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