Twelve days with the grandchildren and I am just catching up. It was (almost) all fun and games.
Both weekends were spent at the cottage and at the last minute I decided to throw together a quickie quilt. I have one child’s quilt out there (made when the oldest was little) but I have 2 grandsons. It was high time to make another.
If pictures on FB are any indication, most quilters have a more than adequate stash. I have a half decent one at home but obviously not at the lake, although it sometimes becomes difficult to remember what you left out there in the fall. It was only our third time out. The most important things go first – food, water, and other necessities like my sewing machine. I just hadn’t planned the fabric.
Scrounging in my various hiding places did not reveal much. A fleece throw that I could use for backing. A few panels, most of which were too juvenile. Some small scraps and strips left over from other projects. It was quite the mixture. In the end, I had enough for a small quilt, but could not make it even 2″ wider or longer. It was pieced, spray basted and tacked down before the boys came and I thought I could finish it while the boys were in school/daycare.
That didn’t happen. My grandson insisted on using it even though it wasn’t finished.
When he wasn’t using it, our cat Huxley laid claim.
Speaking of Huxley, he has been setting fashion trends in the animal world for the last year by wearing a variety of accessories around his neck (wounds that wouldn’t heal).
So, when I made a few stuffed cats as gifts, they also had to have bandanas.
And when the boys came, their stuffies needed bandannas, AND sleeping bags.
The quickie, scrapy cottage quilt is not award winning by any standards, but considering what I had to work with, I am pretty pleased with it.
I have found that a variety of materials can be used in the same quilt as long as the quilting is consistent and fairly close together. In this case I did just a little FMQ and then used my favorite ruler for some ruler-guided quilting. The back (in black & white) might show the quilting better.
I promised my Grandson the quilt would be done by his next visit. It is. But July 1st should be too hot for fleece and flannel. Or, at least I hope it will be.