The Green Sheep – Custom Quilts

I must confess that I am very #blessed; I have a mother that knits the most incredible and divine sweaters and spoils us with her creations, and a mother-in-law that is Queen of Fashion and Taste, and generously gifts us an obscene amount of clothing for the children, especially cashmere sweaters.  (YUP, totally #spoiled, my babies both had more cashmere than I have ever had in my entire lifetime). I never knew what to do with all the old cashmere, until I found on social media (thanks again, Facebook), that a friend had a custom quilt made from all of her kid’s leftover cashmere.  GENIUS. So, since 2012, I have saved every sweater with the plan of eventually having a quilt. After 4+ years of collecting, I sent everything last spring to Joan of The Green Sheep so she could make a quilt for each child. I got them this past weekend, and holy smokes, they are beyond beautiful. I am so so so so in love with the beautiful pieces of art that Joan created and am in total awe of her artistic and thoughtful viewpoint. Take a look. And start saving your kids’ sweaters!

 

Luxurious blankets!

Luxurious blankets!

We had Cruzzie's quilt made into "Under the Sea," Joan spent over an hour on the phone this past Spring, to get a feel for the children and their interests. In order to create these quilts, she really wanted a sense of who they are and what inspired them. I really enjoyed talking with Joan -- a very sweet woman.

The theme of Cruzzie’s quilt was “Under the Sea.” I talked to Joan for more than an hour this Spring so she could get a feel for the children and their interests. She really wanted a sense of who they are and what inspired them. Amazing thoughtfulness.

Color and creativity.

Color and creativity.

I love all the details and also the overall look.

I love all the details and also the overall look.

The fish, and some buttons.

The fish, and some buttons.

Under the Sea

Under the Sea

Label

Label

V-neck sweater.

V-neck sweater.

The turtle is one of my favorite sweaters of the past. Cruzzie loved stripes (or correction, I loved stripes) and he wore this sweater all the time. It is perfect on this turtle.

The turtle is one of my favorite sweaters of the past. Cruzzie loved stripes (or correction, I loved stripes) and he wore this sweater all the time. It is perfect on this turtle.

Looks beautiful even folded on the chair.

Looks beautiful even folded on the chair.

How snuggly is the blanket?

How snuggly is the blanket? Beyond luxurious — and so nostalgic and special!

Toosh's quilt, The Princess and the Sunny Day.

Toosh’s quilt, The Princess and the Sunny Day.

The village and details.

The village and details.

More pockets...and memories....

More pockets…and memories….

The princes, the bunny, and the frog.

The princes, the bunny, and the frog.

The mountain and the sky, with some really special buttons that flood my brain and heart with so many memories.

The mountain and the sky, with some really special buttons that flood my brain and heart with so many memories.

Description.

Description.

The border of the quilt

The border of the quilt

My little photographer helper.

My little photographer helper.

Beautiful folded.

Beautiful folded.

 

I am head over heels in love. The kids love the quilts, and I am so excited for them to have them forever; they carry so many stories and memories! Thank you, Joan, for your talent, thoughtfulness, and beautiful artistry! To read more about Joan’s take on these quilts, head over to her blog here.  To inquire about a custom order, go here. To see her etsy shop, go here. Thank you, Joan!

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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5 Comments

  1. Thanks so much, Yael! It is a thrill for me when I get to see “my” blankets in their own home. May they give you and your kids many years of memories and fun!

  2. Oh my goodness! This is such an incredibly cute and creative idea. Both quilts look so comfy and beautiful. I am definitely writing down The Green Sheep for future reference. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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