22 February 2012
Our Fluffy cat laid claim to a work in progress that should have been wrapped up for Christmas day but wasn't. I didn't realise quite how long it would take to hand quilt and sew a border round a large quilt. So the cat got to lie on the UFO a little bit longer and my boy had to wait.
This may not be to everyone's idea of a comfort blanket, but actually it's rather jolly and vibrant close up. And the contrast between the crazy skulls and roses is quite comedic. Even though it looks much smaller in his hands than it did in mine, the boy likes it very much
This is a very simple quilt. Even so, I learnt a lot from putting it together, For a start, it's not the machine work that takes the time, but deciding on the fabric layout and cutting accurately. I learnt especially that quilting is not a cheap pursuit when you use new materials - as the cost of cotton has soared, so has the price of fabrics and wadding. I tried out some cheaper fabrics, but they didn't cut the mustard, so were wasteful in the long run, unless we go back to Hastings for Pirate Day. It reminded me of a lesson I've learnt making other things - that if you are going to invest precious time in making something, then you want it to be the best you can afford, especially if you want it to last a good while.
I looked at lots of quilts and fabrics before I finally decided on this simple giant log cabin style and I discovered another couple of things. Firstly, there are many quilts that I don't like; and secondly, so what? Because anyone who bothers to reconfigure bits of fabric, and experiment with colour and shapes, and hand quilt yard upon yard of lines up and and down and around, must surely be doing it for pleasure, their own or someone else's. So here's to the memory of getting back ache cutting out and stitiching; fretting over whether it was going to look good; handing it over with a bit of love; and hoping that one day he'll enjoy looking back at the memento of his skateboarding days.