I wanted to make a quilt for years, but I kept thinking that it is so difficult and you have to work with so much precision. So, I decided to make some sort of “quilts”, in lack of a better name, where I just put together different scraps of fabric in a pleasant way :).
I have made three such quilts. For the first one, I have used all my handkerchiefs from my childhood. Also, my grandmother kept the pieces of fabric that I used as heavy duty handkerchiefs, for times when I had a really runny nose :). I know this sounds gross :), but these fabrics were nicely washed and ironed by my grandmother and kept together with some cloths from my childhood and blankets and such. So, I also included them in my blocks. I really like using this quilt with such familiar patterns, even if some pieces of fabric are really faded. I included some chickens too, to add some color and because I really like chickens.
The second quilt I made collects different scraps that my grandmother and mother kept during the years (from the fifties till the nineties). There are pieces of fabric used for dresses and aprons and curtains. I also included a small embroidery my mother did as a child (it says “Sleep tight, little girl”). I hand sewn the different scraps in more or less similar sized blocks, then hand sewn everything together and machine quilted it with an orange thread. The back is a fabric that I have bought new, I really like the print.
Lulu helped also to arrange the blocks :).
The third quilt is still in progress. I have meant to finish it in January, but it didn’t happen. For this one, I used tea towels bought in second hand stores and at the flea market, with a similar pattern of roses. One of them is embroidered by my friend’s mother. The fabric for the back is from a second hand store, also.
I hope one day I will have the patience to make a real quilt with nicely constructed blocks, but till then I find these very cosy in winter nights.
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