Amazing what can be achieved in a little bit of unscheduled free time.
I’ve been trying to get started on another quilt for over a year now, ever since I finished this one for Bea. After a year of thinking about it, but never quite engaging with it, the heavy snow last weekend provided the perfect opportunity to get going on quilt number two. It still needs a back and a border, not to mention something to sandwich in the middle, but it’s on its way, and this one’s for Matilda. I’ve told her not to hold her breath though …
* typing that put me in mind of the Alt-J track Matilda though the line is “this is from Matilda”. It’s lovely but I find the video a little creepy – all those morphing faces.
It’s hard to keep my mind on work when all this lovely fabric is sitting next to my desk.
The scraps came from Joe’s aunt, Ruth, who very generously gave me a large box of
them when she cleared out her stash a couple of weeks ago.
I spent a very satisfying afternoon playing a sort of pelmanism with the jumbled scraps, and I discovered that a lot of them are actually samples – ready-cut rectangles which are, of course crying out to be made into a quilt. And as the cutting part was what drove me demented when I made Bea’s quilt (which I blogged about here and here), I feel as though Matilda’s quilt, which keeps stalling, has just made an awful lot of progress without any effort on my part.
It’s also nice to know that this quilt, when I finish it, will be the ultimate family heirloom – the scraps having come from her great aunt, sewn together by her mother, and if she’s lucky it’ll be on her bed before she’s started a family of her own. Though given that the last quilt was around twelve years in the making, and Matilda turns thirteen next Monday, it might be touch and go.