central park flipside

Earlier this spring - just shortly after my return to my quilting hobby - pictures of Kate Spain's Central Park started popping up. Like many, I immediately fell in love. Of course, I was also having a hard time justifying the price. With two boys, it's hard for me to allow myself to buy things that will be just for me. You know..."giiiiirly" things. (Said with a nasal tone only a 7 year-old boy could produce.)

central park flipside 1

So, I put it off.  I thought to myself, "I can wait 'till it goes on sale".  Then Rachel did me in.  When I saw Flipside, I knew I couldn't wait.  I had my jelly rolls and pattern with the week.   The strips were cut within two weeks, and then they sat.

And sat.

Fast forward through the summer of WIP busting - in which I finished five other projects, woo! - and I finally get going on it.  In the meantime, though, the invitation to our favorite babysitter's bridal shower came.  I knew in my heart what I needed to do, but I didn't want to.  It was *my* quilt.  MINE.  [Insert stubborn little two year-old foot stomp.]

But I couldn't.  It's just her.  The colors, the design, the appreciation.  She truly was the best babysitter ever.  She started sitting for us when she was about 14 and our oldest was about two.  He's 11 now.

She's gone on our beach trips, jumping up to change diapers before I would even realize the baby was crying.  She's took on the additional responsibility of sitting for other kids on the trip so the parents could have an adult night out.  She made sandwiches, sat in the sand, and endured the endless teasing from the men in the house - including ice-water bucket tosses and dunking in the ocean.  She fixed breakfast so we could sleep in.  She loved my kids like they were her own.  In short, she's made it practically most assuredly impossible for anyone to take her place.

She deserved this quilt.

central park flipside 3

I finished it the morning of the shower - nothing like the last minute to get something done. We were at my BFF's lake house, so I had an awesome backdrop for pictures.

The piecing, as expected, went by in a snap.  The sashing and large blocks made it easy to put together.  I used leftovers from the strips to piece the back, too. 

central park flipside - back

I bought a generous helping of that backing fabric - I think it's my favorite in the entire collection.  I think I even have enough for a tote bag.  :)  A friend of mine suggested quilting with the back facing up - going around the flowers and leaves.  If I would have had time, I would have done just that - how gorgeous would that have been???  (Will be keeping that in mind for the tote bag.... ).

central park flipside 2

So anyway - I was a nervous wreck at the shower and, wouldn't you know it, my package got put at the end of the gift table.  Yup...last gift opened.  I was practically pacing.  See, she's an interior designer now.  Full of all kinds of knowledge about creativity, color combination, print selections, and all that designer-y stuff.  What if she hated it????

When it was finally my turn, I walked up to the front with my camera and jokingly told her, "they don't carry these in Target."  Her response was, "I've seen what you do and I was hoping this didn't come from a store!"  (Boy, that made my heart sing!)

Well, she loved it.  In fact, she told me the other day that she's been using it quite a bit.  Probably because I had given her the, "this quilt was made to be used" speech.  In fact - I told her if I found out she wasn't using it, I was taking it back.  And I wasn't kidding.  ;o)

central park flipside 4

So, now my Flipside is gone.  The quilt I just had to have is no longer for me.  It's in good hands, deserving hands, loving hands, but not my hands.  Wouldn't change it for the world, but it's funny how things sometimes turn out.  Bittersweet, I guess.

Good thing I got a Terrain bundle this week.... bwahahahaaa!


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  1. Precious story - good for you for gifting such a treasure. It's beautiful!! I fell for CP too, ended up making two for different family members & now am cutting into Terrain too. hmmm. We have similar 'likes!'

  2. I love it Angie! Its so nice to give away our hard work to someone who appreciates it isnt it? Central Park is one of my favorites and I had to cave and get Terrain now too.

  3. Some of the most wonderful handmade gifts are the ones we treasure the most. Who wouldn't want to be the recipient of something you wanted to make for yourself? You gave her your best - and I'm betting she treasures that knowledge. :)

  4. Gorgeous. I am sure she will treasure it forever, I know I would. Now I am going to have to check out some Central Park... maybe this pattern in Terrain, since I am behind in the CP craze!

  5. It is so beautiful and even more so that you gave it away. I figured the gifts we most want to keep are the gifts best given. You are gracious to share your talents and what you love!!

  6. It looks so fabulous!! Great job!! And how sweet and generous of you to give it away, it's amazing how that kind of thing just fills your heart :)

  7. Of course she loved it..it`s stunning! A beautiful gift and sounds like it`s in good hands. Can`t wait to see what you do with Terrain!

  8. Awesome quilt & an even better story! Those kinds of baby sitters are few & far between - you & your boys were blessed to have her in your lives.

  9. What a beautiful gift and straight from the heart :)

  10. It is beautiful!! What a fabulous gift! And at least you know that you have given it to someone who will truly appreciate all the work and love that went into it!

  11. Beautiful quilt and I love the story too! :) Sounds like a win-win situation to me! Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday and have a great week!

  12. beautiful quilt, beautiful story!. i look forward to seeing what you make with terrain. i love that fabric too.

  13. It is beautiful and knowing that the person loves it makes it easier to have in her "hands."

  14. What a beautiful quilt. I loved your story. You are a wonderful writer. Now I want to make a Flip Side. You're babysitter sounded like a true treasure, she definitely deserved it....maybe you can sneak it out of her house once in a while for a cuddle?

  15. lol love that laugh

    the quilt is really pretty- what a special, special gift for what sounds like a special person. She will most definitely appreciate that quilt forever.

  16. this is a beautiful quilt! and i love that you insisted that it gets used. all quilts should be loved and used!

  17. What a wonderful and generous gift! I know exactly how you felt about that. And such a lovely, lovely quilt.
    Stopping in from Fabric Tuesday. My link is http://carolburris.com/quilting/september-dogwood-quilt-update/

  18. Oh my gosh, great quilt but and even better story behind it. What a lucky baby sitter and how great to have had someone in your life like her.

  19. Love this quilt! And what a great gift to a great sitter!

  20. this is an amazing quilt, for what sounds like an amazing family, and that's what quilting is all about! Have fun with the next one!

  21. Awesome quilt - and what a sweet, deserving recipient!

  22. Beautiful! You are a creative genius to make it look this perfect! One day I will do something like this, really. Thank you very much for sharing this @ Show & Share! I am so happy that you did!