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?
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:
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.