I had decided a couple weeks ago to make a quilt for a dear man who recently found out he’s got cancer. Other things kept coming up, but I finally made time this weekend and finished it up.
Using a jelly roll the husband got me several years ago, Melbourne Ocean, I sewed the strips together, side by side. I started with a light to dark layout, but it was a little flat so I switched it around some and that really helped.
I did sew “down one side and up the other” to avoid that bowing thing. I used that pretty creamy white for two sashings and borders. This quilt ended up quite long, but I wasn’t about to take it apart and redo.
I found a fun Tim Holtz fabric, Dictionary, for the backing and I just love it! It’s fun to read and very soft. This pattern is one I’ve seen all over Pinterest and in tutorials, and it is easy peasy. After cutting a 7 inch and 6 inch strip the length of the large strip set, flipping one so the dark fabrics are at the top, adding the dashing and borders, it was ready to baste.
Because I pin baste, it was a workout! Taping the backing to the floor, laying batting and then the top so they’re nice and flat, then pinning…..yes, I’m always a little pooped after this part.
But also excited to get to the quilting! Since this is for a man, I didn’t want to do swirly curls and flowers. Not that a man wouldn’t like those things, just because I think of them as a little girly. (When I make the quilt, I get to decide.) The first thing that came to mind was pebbles (yes, I know they’re round-ish, but they aren’t girly.) but most pebbles I’ve seen are on the small side. I certainly didn’t want to do a small design on this large quilt!
So I enlarged the pebbles. They’re rocks!
I’d say the biggest rock is 3 inches around. And they aren’t all round, some are oval. I think it worked on this very liney quilt.
So, as usual, not perfect, but made with love.
The binding was scrappy, it seems to be my new thing! I love love love using every bit of the jelly roll fabrics! I added a couple strips from the backing fabric too and it worked out just right.
It may be hard to see but in the creamy white fabric I quilted the wishbone design in the sashing places, and then some straight-ish lines in the borders. I was pretty happy with the finished quilt.
My friend Nancy, pictured on the right will deliver the quilt to her husband today. I was just happy she made it to our class today to take it to him.
I named it “Covered.” As I told Nancy, Tom can be covered with the quilt, and he is covered with love and many prayers. They are a very special pair and our church family cares for them a lot.
And like I always do, I’ve started another quilt for a baby. They are fast and fun to sew.
Disappearing nine patch blocks! And I only used 2/3 of the charm pack! The prettiest ones, but still, leftover fabrics are just my cuppa tea!
Have a good week friends!