I have had the over whelming desire of late to finish some UFO’s that have been sitting around my sewing room since time began. This desire might have something to do with the fact that it is decidedly chilly, especially at night, we have no wood and the little fan heater is struggling to keep me warm of an evening. So the thought of snuggling under a quilt while I sew on the binding has plenty to recommend it..lol.
Now this desire happens so rarely, in fact blue moons probably come around more often, that I feel it only right to go with the flow and get on with the work.
So here you have it, a photo – proof if you will, that I have been busy yesterday and another UFO is now destined to be used for its intended purpose.
The Quilt Police would have a fit with the fabrics and batting I used in this quilt. It was a trial quilt – just to see if the pattern really did work and how hard it would be. Actually in the end, despite all those curves, it did go together rather well, and it does look like circles as the name suggests – funny about that…vbg. I think only the background fabric was pure cotton in the end. The rest came out of the huge stash I have hiding under the Gammill which are left overs from my dressmaking days. Most are poly cottons – I think. The batting is an old pure wool blanket I had which was developing holes around the edges – the middle section was fine so the quilt was made to fit that part.
Not was the purists would use that’s for sure, but I must admit a large sense of satisfaction in having made a lovely functional quilt with what I already had. I confess that while I understand that some only use top quality cottons and battings, I’m not like that. I am definately not what you would call a fabric snob. I have had some women say to me the only good fabrics for a quilt to buy are those priced from $20 upwards. That stuff that comes from Spotlight is only cheap and won’t last. Well I have to confess that most of my fabric comes from Spotlight, not to mention the op shops and my Mum’s stash and I have never had a problem with it lasting. I have had quite a few quilts wear out from use, which is what I intended them for anyway. Now I know some will offer the arguement that if I had used more expensive cottons those quilts would have lasted but there is no guarantee that that would be the outcome. I would much rather make a quilt and see the kids roll themselves up in it to lie on the floor to watch TV, see the dog (yes I can hear some of you shuddering) curl up next to them also snuggling into the quilt and than make one, from what I would consider really expensive fabric, which will hang on a wall until it falls apart. I do have some of those quilts, still made from “cheap” cottons, but they are small ones, wall hangings and that is their intended purpose.
But enough of the lecture – which wasn’t what I had in mind for this post. Instead enjoy the quilt and your weekend. I hope it’s a good one.
PS Frantic Fridays recipe was posted on Friday. I thought I would be clever earlier in the week and saved it as a draft with the intention of publishing it on Friday, thinking it would show up under Friday’s date. Not so, it published as a Tuesday Post and I still can’t work out how to change the date.