Monday, 5 March 2018

A quick quilt

This weekend I have had a cold.
I.  Do. Not. Like. Having. A. Cold.          Grrrr
and I definitely do not like having a head full of wallpaper paste, a runny nose and wobbly legs.

But "it is what it is" says Management with as much sympathy as he can muster as he suits up in heavy-duty outdoor gear to take Daisy for a little walk in the bitterly cold wind.



Sympathy when I. Have. A. Cold is a difficult thing because I'm not a very good patient.  I won't stay in bed, I won't curl up under a quilt and read or watch TV.  What I will do is mope around the house because I'm not well enough to do whatever it is I want to do, but am not ill enough to collapse completely.

Perhaps somewhat strangely, what I can seem to do when I'm not 100% is sew - nothing intricate, my days of Feathered Star blocks with a zillion small pointy bits and weird angles are long over.  Much more satisfying when I'm bluurrrgh and it's barely above freezing outside, is to light the woodburner and mindlessly sew scraps together.



Long before Jelly Rolls were invented and became all the rage, I bought a selection of fabric rolls from Kim at Worn and Washed.  I know I bought some of the collection at one of the first Festival of Quilts at the NEC - might have been as early as 2005 - eek, definitely time I used them up!   Pre-loved fabric, prepared and ready to sew, I have used some but a few packs have been sitting for far too long.



The initial idea was to combine the blue pack with the red/plaid fabric but as soon as I unrolled them I knew this would not work - the blue is 'proper' cotton denim-type material and much thicker than regular cotton.  Easy change of plan - make a tough picnic rug type quilt, something that I have meant to do for ages.





Mindless piecing, in the style of my "Random" quilts:



I still had a hankering to add red, and found a fairly thick brushed cotton in the stash that will do very nicely:





I love it when the long strip crinkles up behind the sewing machine like a strange Vienetta :)



The end result is about 57" x 64.  I say "about" because it is definitely not perfectly square (although the top is certainly nowhere near as wonky as this photo implies!) I plan to quilt it with just a fleece for backing and probably no wadding, it is heavy enough as it is.  Once thrown on the ground and Daisy has traipsed over it I think being slightly out of square will be the least of the poor little thing's problems!  Even if I have created a parallelogram it doesn't matter, what matters was that it kept me occupied for most of Saturday and some of Sunday.




Despite wasting an awful lot of time on Pinterest, I still haven't decided what to do with the red pack . . .



14 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear you've got a cold Jayne, I hope it disappears soon and you get back to your old self - and I don't mean 'old' as in age :)

    The picnic rug looks good, will Daisy be the first to christen it?

    How is your weather up there now? All the snow was gone from round here by Saturday apart from a few bits lingering on grassy areas, yesterday it rained and was about three overcoats warmer so we are now back to 'normal' :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Eunice, still snuffling but it is only a cold, nothing like the awful flu you had.

      Of course Daisy will be the first to put footprints and hair all over the quilt . . . how could it be any other way!

      Snow, such as it was, completely gone. Back to "normal" now (ie: it's March, put a jacket on!)

      Delete
  2. Jayne it's beautiful, brilliant and very useful, well done you for making such a beautiful useful item. I would struggle on a good day. I too have issues with 'random' took me ages to place the random squares on Will's small quilt. I'm now busy in my greenhouse, it's warm enough for seeds to be growing, without heat. Hope you feel better soon, these bugs this year are persistent.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Marlene, having seen your work I don't think you would struggle at all, perhaps one day I will try and go a 'tutorial-like' post when I make a Random quilt. They really are exceptionally easy.

      Lucky you being in the greenhouse, I know from experience that I am wasting my time if I try to sow any seeds before April.

      Delete
  3. Cracker of a quilt and as you say, perfect for sick days :o) I can't stop looking at Daisy's most wonderful ears :o)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks CT. Five and a bit years on, we're still amazed by her ears too!

      Delete
  4. I hope you feel better soon Jayne. I don't know how you manage to make such a lovely little quilt while feeling under the weather but you do and do it wonderfully well.
    Glad Daisy didn't miss out on her walk but oh it's been bitterly cold. We were guilty of having just one stay indoors day because of the snow and ice, Annie wasn't impressed :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Eileen, but trust me, up close it really is not such a "wonderful quilt" - it's wonky bits of fabric stitched together "just well enough" !

      Delete
  5. So sorry to hear that you've not been 100%, but the picnic rug looks beautiful. Get well soon. xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks sweetie, not a picnic rug until it's quilted and bound . . . but I would like to get it finished this month.

      Delete
  6. Sorry you've been attacked by the crud. Hope you're all better soon. I really like your picnic throw.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Sue, only a mild attack but thanks anyway!

      Delete
  7. Poor Jayne!!!! I too hate being unwell & cannot sit still, so know exactly what you mean with needing to do something & sewing is usually my 'go-to' thing too. Our hobbies are great stress busters also. Love the picnic rug & just the thing to throw on the ground, stretch out & enjoy lakeland views with a snoozing dog. Get better, take care & huggles.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Morning lovely :) Glad I am not the only one who sews when accompanied by a box of tissues! I'll make you a deal - you get over here and hire a motorhome and I will lend you the picnic rug to accompany your travels 😀

      Delete

So there I am, chuntering on to myself, but it would be lovely to hear from you.

Thanks to all who take the time to comment - it makes my day 😊

and I always delete spam - my blog, my rules :-}