Thursday, July 7, 2011

My quilt is done...

... and now I really appreciate this type of art.

All my life I've loved quilts.

Some of my friends have quilts that have been handed down to them through the generations (for some reason in my family of sewists this hasn't happened), some can be picked up for a song at garage sales (this has never happened to me either!), and some people just make their own.

My old home town hosts the largest agricultural fair in the state and you wouldn't believe the huge amount of quilts that are submitted for judging. They are breath taking and truly works of art. And each year after our fair was over and I was done drooling over all the entries, I would vow to make one of my own.

But I never did.

Until now.

My quilt is of the very simple patchwork style. The 2.5 inch squares that are sewn atop the 5.5 inch squares don't even have finished edges. They are supposed to fray during laundering thus giving the quilt a scrappy look. I have a feeling 'scrappy' would already be a pretty good description of my creation.

I finally cut out my binding which consisted of 1 & 5/8 inch strips, pieced them together, and attached it.

A close up.

But, most important of all I wondered, would it pass the Wilbur test????

You tell me!

I tossed it on our bed just to get a good look at it and what happened?



Normally Wilbur spends his evening plastered next to me on the futon but for some reason he snuck into our bedroom last night and hours later he was still there.

I guess everyone needs some alone time now and then.

Hans is really too sweet and after admiring my quilt he asked me if I planned on entering it at the fair. Don't worry, I know a five year old could do a better job and I told him so.

All I care is that it's functional and Wilbur likes it.


No, my quilt will never be entered in a contest. But maybe the day will come when someone picks it up for next to nothing at a garage sale and ends up using it for a picnic blanket, or a dog bed (and wonders who the little five year old was that made it!).

I just hope they get as much enjoyment out of it as we're going to.


Cyndi said...

Hey Laura! It's storming like crazy here in FL, so I'm actually inside on the computer! I think your quilt turned out GREAT! I love the patchwork, and it's going to be so cozy after you launder it and it starts to fray. Fancy schmancy quilts are pretty and all, but you just can't beat good old utilitarian quilts. In my opinion, Wilbur has good taste! :o)



The Slapdash Sewist said...

I like that approach to making a quilt! I've never even considered it because I would get so sick of piecing about four pieces in. This is a good way to get a quilt without making yourself crazy!

laura said...

Cyndi, what would we do without our computers! Sorry about the rain but since we need to cross Lake Okeechobee it's a good thing for us!!

SS, Aha! This is indeed NOT a crazy quilt, but I have to admit that as simple as it was, it was tedious. I don't see anything more fancy than this in my future.

Laura said...

Hi Laura, I'm Laura, and I have a quilt dog too! :)
have a look at :)

laura said...

Laura, I always thought only cats showed interest in sewing projects but I see your Patches is as nosy as my Wilbur!

Katie Alender said...

Aw, it's great!

laura said...

Thanks Katie, It's my very first so of course I'm happy with it but I can't imagine making as many as you have!