I have been in my comfort zone for the last couple of weeks; no work, lots of lovely food and snuggling indoors when the weather has being less than glorious. OK, so we lost power for a while, worried about the food spoiling in the fridge and the garden looks a little worse for wear, but in the scale of things, we can't complain.
When I read Alison's post about her Christmas trip to Mexico City, I had to get involved. Please go read and look at her daughter's video if you haven't already, perspective is everything.
So today I made the easiest quilt in the world.
It took me 3 hours. I used fabrics that would otherwise languish in my stash; you know the ones in a layer cake that weren't as cool as the one on the top, the ones that looked different online and, lets be honest, the brown ones! Fabrics which will still keep a child warm, a child who doesn't have a mother who spends all her disposable income on pretty things (she doesn't actually need), who most likely doesn't have a mother, full stop.
I used over half a Lush Uptown layer cake and a couple of Joel Dewberry prints to make up the numbers. I found a fleece blanket that was purchased on a long forgotten whim, and so the simplest of quilts, 100% just laying around, became a cosy little quilt for a young lad to call his own.
It measures up at c.46" x 56", not huge, and although lightweight, the fleece makes it nice and cosy. I pieced it with Aurifil 50wt 2021, using 5/8th" seams to give it a bit more resilience. I did the right sides together, turn through and topstitch round the outside to seal it all closed thing, and tied each of the points to pull it all together and Bob's your uncle.
A quilt, totally from stash, 3 hours, no excuses! I hope to make another to donate too, as I only skimmed the surface of the fabric mountain, so what about you?
I know there was some blogland discussion about the quality and workmanship of charity quilts a while back, and I can confidently say the colours may not be truly to my taste, but it is well made, (if I do say so myself), there was no fabric wastage, and it will wash and dry quickly and easily. Most importantly it will do the job that it is intended to do, providing warmth, comfort and show a little love to a child with so little.
It is not meant to be a show-piece, a look what I can do quilt, but rather a look what you could do too quilt!
Maybe you have a quilt top that you have put to the bottom of the pile, blocks that have no reason or maybe whilst you are currently rooting through those WIPs to add to your FAL list, you may come across something that, amongst so many other things, you had forgotten about! Oh don't get me wrong; you may be in the position to start something new and complicated with the latest prints, but I didn't want to let the moment pass, to get caught up in the school and work routine and leave it for another day.
Sorry if this has been a bit of a hard-sell post, maybe I'm just hoping that the influence that compelled so many of you to go shopping yesterday will work just as well again today!
For more information, please leave a comment on Alison's update post, there is also the option to send her quilted blocks if you do not have the time to make a whole quilt, but as I have proven, in the time it usually takes me to fanny about selecting fabrics for one block, I managed a quilt xxx