Life can be so unfair. Somehow my 4 year old ended up a play blanket short. With two girls with a great sense of justice and fairness, scores are being kept as to who can take a turn and apparently as to who needs a new blanket. And then life got even more unfair. Because I decided that yes, a new blanket was a good idea. But this time I would quilt the entire thing by hand.
So it would take some time. “Oh no mum” was the initial reaction. After my explanation that this would be the greatest looking blanket ever made by me “Well okay then’ was the final reaction.
By now the blanket is finished and mister Linus Lapinus judged it’s loftiness and the jury was favorable to me!
– big sigh of relief-
So this is the winning blanket…
The top consists of regular squares alternated by nine patch squares. For these nine patches I chose mainly 1930’s reproduction fabrics. And in an effort to tone down the bold colors I picked a white fabric with a delicate blue flower arrangement for the big squares. All in all there are 54 squares in this design. The new owner in fact pointed out to me that this was an awesome design. She calls it “the puzzle quilt”. She loves nothing more than to sit straight in the middle of it only to point out at one of the many pieces of fabric in it and to say with her most formal voice “now, who can find me another piece just like this one?” Ah… and don’t be mistaken. This is a serious business… her puzzle quilt. Prices and medals and bouquets of flowers can be won for getting it right. I think she might be a bit too much into to Olympic spirit here but hey…
To continue the sewing talk, a pale lilac striped linnen went all around it… a bit like a picture frame and then some contrasting flowery binding, sewn on by hand.
For the backing fabric I picked a soft blue gingham piece of cotton that has been in my stash for quite an eternity. It’s extremely soft cotton so it proofed a delight to quilt. For the quilting itself I went all around the inner edges of the squares and then finished each square of with doing the diagonals as well. I could have however used an extra pair of fingers for this…. bruised, battered and blistered… such were my fingers after finishing it. Why on earth can’t I work with thimbles?
But it was all worth it. The result is so much better than machine stitching. It gives that good old feeling of coziness and comfort. Hmm, I can already see the husband raising an eyebrow or two. Yes, coziness and comfort. Well at least it does for those who love sewing…. or making puzzles.