I knew that Bloggers Quilt Festival was almost upon us and then a lot of blog posts appeared with lots of lovely quilts in and I realised I wasn’t prepared like I’d aimed to be.
The quilt I’m going to show you today has not appeared previously except in a sneak peek at the end of March. There is a story behind it which is not mine to share. But what I can share is my reason behind the making of this quilt.
A lovely young boy that I know has been going through an extremely tough time and things recently got a whole lot worse, I was lost for words. Tobit (my husband) was away in London for a couple of days but once he was back I told him what was going on and how I needed to make a quilt for this boy.
Sometimes there are no words, but there was a stash of fabric and the ability to sew, so I did. With every cut and stitch I thought about this boy and his family, a couple of times I thought they might think me weird for doing this but so what.
I pulled out from my stash every bit of the All Stars collection for Riley Blake that was one of my first full bundle purchases, I’ve used it in various projects but still had plenty left. In addition are a few pieces from the Wheels collection (also Riley Blake) and some charms from the Andover Dimples range:
I made a pile of 9 patch blocks, cut them up and moved them around a few (hundred) times before agreeing a layout with myself.
I was on a bit of a mission not just for the young boy but also because we had started major building work on the house and I was about to lose the dining room (also my sewing space) and the kitchen.
I didn’t want to hang about so made a scrappy (very) back with all my leftovers and a large piece of All Stars flannel for extra snuggle factor.
So with an hour to go before time was up and the dining room was sealed and off limits I got down on my hands and knees and basted this quilt.
I quilted it myself in straight lines either side of the main block lines (someone please tell me a more technical way of explaining that) and hand sewed the binding on.
There’s a label on there too, which had a message added before it was delivered:
I worried about how to deliver this quilt and how it would be received, but I needn’t have. There were tears from the mum and me and smiles and amazement from the young boy as he wrapped it round himself. I hope that it will continue to give him comfort for years to come.
Thanks for reading. I’m entering this into the Throw Quilt category as think that’s the best fit.
Size: 45″ x 58″
Fabric: All Stars and Wheels Riley Blake, Dimples – Andover
Backing fabric: All Star Flannel and scrappy
Binding: Summersville Cross Hatch red
Quilting: Quilted by me on my machine
Batting: Hobbs Heirloom Wadding 80/20
Pattern: 9 patch