I’ve started looking for a cedar chest on craigslist. I think it’s probably good to have as I have started to accumulate knit/quilted things for people that it’s not quite time to present. Also, it would be nice to put some quilts for me in as well.
I found some promising leads:
And I was TOTALLY into this one…until:
The guy turned it into a cat latrine! The text of the ad reads:
Art-Deco era waterfall cedar chest made by LANE, converted into a cat litter box enclosure. The air-tight cedar drastically cuts smell, and the length of the trunk from the litter box to the exit allows the litter to fall off the cat’s paws inside the trunk instead of all over your floor. Beautiful piece of furniture that hides the unsightly cat box *AND* deals with odor and litter-tracking problems. Asking $99.
I recently acquired 10 trashbags of fabric…of varying vintage and description. Over an entire bag’s worth was wool and so I decided to make what I’m calling Grandma’s Army Blanket. I have pieced about 50 of the 100 squares I think I’d like to put in it (it was quick). Here’s a shot of a few laying on the floor:
Some of the fabrics are a little scratchy, but I think it’ll be super warm when it’s done. I’m thinking of not batting it but backing it in denim that was also in one of the fabric bags, although then it might weigh 12 tons. It would be a great middle layer between a sheet and a more conventional quilt on a chilly night…or maybe it’ll go live in the camper trailer…
While in the basement of the quilt shop, pinning the first quilt… I found a great fabric with nails on it.
Later, on Etsy (<3) I found fabric with tag-along-campers on it. My girlfriend is a carpenter, but also is restoring a tag-along-camper to do a great handyman roadtrip leaving in April. I decided to make her a quilt for the bed in the trailer which will be a going away present.
I decided to do something simple and went with a progressive (rather than tiled) version of the Around the World block.
Here’s a progress shot:
I had a lot of fun picking out the fabrics. The middle square is a little camper trailer, next are lawn gnomes, wood panel, tools, woven measuring tape, wood panel again, the little camper trailers, nails, bandana paisley in red, more campers, different wood, and a vintage cocktail print.
Here’s the top done and on my bed.
In the corners are more lawn gnomes and more little trailers and then borders of bricks, nails, and blue bandana print. This one’s not quilted yet. The backing is going to be plaid flannel…as plaid is her favorite color.
This year, some of my best friends are turning 30 - after 12 years of friendship - and a lot of ups and downs - I decided to make them all quilts. It seems like a fitting tribute.
I decided this January 5th and began by choosing a pattern - I settled on the friendship scrap block - and cut up some fabric I had laying around the house to try it out.
The next day (a Friday), I went to the quilt shop to see if they could refresh me on the layering part and then show me how to quilt the top and let me rent some time on one of their machines to do it.
They were booked solid until well-past the first birthday girl’s birthday except Monday and Tuesday.
I took a deep breath, stopped and got some pepsi on the way home, and went into MARATHON sewing mode.
By Saturday night, I had just about a full set of squares pieced (around 120 of them).
Sunday night, I had the top (sans borders) assembled:
And Monday afternoon, I was in the quilt shop’s basement - layering and pinning.
On Tuesday, I did all of the quilting:
A few days later, I made and applied the binding….and a few weeks after that, I drove it to Albany and presented it to friendy #1!
I started making a quilt randomly in college. I think I was trying to de-stress or procrastinate or something. I got as far as a 3’ x 3’ top…and then stopped…used it as sewing machine cover for a few years. Then a friend had a baby and I finished it and gave it to them. So that quilt took…7 years?
In between when I started and finished that quilt I made a really odd one while in grad school, exploring second wave feminist motifs and media. I guess it really needs no further introduction.