32) J’s quilt

I was quite horrified, yesterday, to realise I hadn't ever -ever!- blogged about J's quilt.  OK, it's been on my goal list for the last couple of months, but I've never really talked about it.  In fact, until now, I didn't even have a 'quilts' category on my blog.  Shocking.  (I also realised I didn't have a search tool on my blog.  That's now rectified, thankyou!)

Anyway, J's quilt has a theme, as has the only quilt that I've ever completed.  I love making things *for* people; I don't tend to have a pile of generic gift items.  If I give you a hand made gift, it means that I have made it for *you*, based on your personality, interests and tastes.  Anyway.  Theme.  Tastes.  Can you guess the theme here?

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Yup, my other half is totally, completely and utterly addicted to the Evil Black Nectar.  The first time I found Coca-cola quilting fabric on eBay, I was probably slightly horrified.  Then amused.  Then – of course – inspired. 

It was remarkably easy to track down enough different fabrics to build a quilt top, though it is – predictably – rather red-dominated.  I was delighted to find the cyan-based fabric that I've used for the tiny squares; it just lifts the whole thing slightly.  I'm hoping to have just about enough of that stuff left to bind the quilt, but we'll see.

This is a pretty simple, big-piece quilt; as is so often the way, I decided to make it for his birthday (errm, around two years ago!), so I was in a hurry.  I finished the top for his birthday, and gave it to him.  With any luck, I can give him the finished quilt for his next birthday (at the end of this month).  This next photo was taken after almost all of the piecing was complete; it now has a black border about twice the width of the wider black strips all round:

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It will be a nice size to top a double bed (it's lying on a double mattress in the above photo), or, since we don't have a double bed, for J to wrap around himself whilst watching telly or waiting for his home office to warm up in the winter.  Yesterday, I pinned the quilt to the (preshrunk) batting and the (prewashed) backing fabric, and now the quilting can begin.  I intend to use knots, this time; I hope it will be a quick and clean-looking way to finish a contemporary, graphic quilt.

Today's Top Tip: when assembling a quilt, it's handy to have a large, clean, hard floor.  Tape the backing fabric to the floor, then pin the batting to the backing.  Then, pin your quilt top to the other two layers.  I can't remember where I read this handy wee tip, but it's so much easier than trying to deal with three shifting, independently moving layers.

2 comments


  • Coke fabric?! Ridiculous, yet, of course, great!

    May 4, 2010
  • Too funny but very clever. Very bold use of the fabric I might add, very masculine looking! I admit I never did go for product specific fabrics, still I always stop to look at them. The important thing is that J is happy with it!

    May 11, 2010

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