It's true, I asked for it. No sooner had I pressed publish than the teeny tiny virus invasion force rallied its troops and sallied forth for Cold 2012: Round 2. They squirmed their weaselly way into every joint and sat there, tapping at my bones with tiny hammers, while their colleagues took battering rams to my retinas, and I sat at my desk at work, desperately trying to carry on, as powerless as a bouncy castle (and with something of that wobbliness) against their microscopic siege.
I spent Wednesday, at home, in bed, wearing two handknit jumpers, my socks, and a hat. Truth be told, it was an odd sensation, being home alone. With a toddler doing thrice-weekly germ warfare in the Teeny room, our little family has had its fair share of sicks and lurgies, but most of the time we battle through them, or if we're sick, so's Kitty. To nap, just because I needed to, was a rare and wonderful thing and did me the power of good.
I promised crafty finished goodness, but this is more than crafty, this is prophetic. You see I finished a quilt:
It's made from a couple of jelly rolls (and some extra bits) from a Moda fabric line from a few years ago, and it's called ...
Let It Snow!
Two beautiful fluffy white inches fell late yesterday and overnight, which we celebrated in time honoured tradition by going to the pub in the snow for a pint/hot chocolate/small bowl of chips and sitting in the window, watching the flakes fly, and the traffic negotiate the hill up into the village.
It's been melting today, and with rain forecast tonight it'll be gone tomorrow. I am wondering about calling a quilt "Large Lottery Win" though!
But back to the quilt.
The pattern is the Barbed Wire quilt from Twosey Foursey Quilts. I know it says it's barbed wire, but I looked at it and saw stars. I split out the white based strips from the jelly roll to make the stars, and added extras from another jelly roll, some charm square packs, and a few bits of Kona white to fill in the gaps.
It left me with more than a few leftovers of the other colours; some went into Kitty's Christmas stocking, some into her birthday dolly quilt, and some I saved for the back.
I wanted to keep the borders relatively simple because the top is so busy so I added a 2.5" border in Kona white, and the binding is Kona red.
I wanted to try a pieced back, not least because the chances of finding something to work with all of the colours of the front weren't very high. The middle band is pieced from leftover charm squares, and the rest is Kona red and Kona aqua. They are the perfect match for my fabric, but I'll admit to being a little gutted that with all the wonderful colour names Kona have for their solids, I got red, white and aqua.
It's quilted with dark red thread, a quarter inch inside each of the stars to make them pop, and other than that I left it well alone.
It's huge, cosy, and just perfect to snuggle down under to watch the snow melt, drip by tiny drip.
The Bare Necessities
Pattern: Barbed Wire quilt from Twosey-Foursey QuiltsSize: 68" x 80"
Fabric: Moda 'Let it Snow!', two jelly rolls, two charm square packs and some Kona solids in red, white and aqua.
Time to make: Years. So many years that I've forgotten when I started. It might not take years if you didn't take a few years off in the middle.
Would I make it again: Quilts tend to be a one time only thing - once is quite enough.