|Margaret's Quilt Front|
I decided to use only fabric and piecing thread from my stash, which included some heavier weight cottons and some polycotton, the latter giving me enough trouble that I will sort through and put them out! The former was a pretty William Morris fabric that I was happy to have the difficulty working with. I adapted a Lynne Edwards design from her Stash Buster Quilts which I shamelessly stole off my mother, very much learning as I went how to fit the full size quilt design down to a lap quilt. Her easy method for creating the nine patches is great fun but needed adapting when I didn't have enough fabric to do more than three or even one block. I machine pieced the quilt with hinderance from my cats who were determined to sit on the blocks
|Lap Quilt #1: Reverse|
I bought the wadding (Hobbes 80/20 Heirloom, white) and backing, choosing to use a plain flannel which is lovely and warm but a pain in the butt to quilt, even with careful basting it moves! I was hand quilting though which made it easier to manipulate as I went along. I quilted in the ditch all round the star panels on this one and did swirls for the 9-patches. Most of the fabrics in this one are from my and my mum's stash, so I have no idea what they are, but two are V&A fabrics from the Quilts 1700-2010 exhibition (Hearts (Red) and Seaweed). The blues I can identify are a Fossil Fern from Benartex (possibly #2 Patina) and Leafy Glade #36. The quilting thread for all three was Superior King Tut, in this case Jewel of the Nile (#913) which beautifully matched the red and blues.
So, one down, two to go. Having said that, I'm a good way through quilting the third and the second is just being bound, so I may be there soon. All I have to do then is choose which one to give to whom.
An update in January, it did go to Scott's grandmother and she phoned a few days later to say she loved it. The matriarch and heart of a loving extended family, she and Matthew have them on their laps in the evening to protect them from drafts. What more could I want.