Friday, November 30, 2012

A Throw Quilt?!

That's right, it's not a bed quilt or a baby quilt.  This is my first official couch snuggling sized quilt.  Technically, I made an old lady lap quilt for my Mom and I made a biggish lap quilt for my Grandma Birdie, but this is my first quilt intended for the couch or the floor.  While I was hand quilting it, I took a few opportunities to test it out...and now I need to make more.
It's pretty much 60 x 65 inches.  It seems small to me, but I'm also working on a twin sized quilt so I tell myself it's just a matter of comparison.  It's plenty big to do it's job.  
 I backed it in a purple polka dot.  I needed to have a bit of me in there.  The fabric was a collection (gasp!) of precuts (double gasp!).  Not my usual, but certainly fast. 
I hand quilted it in a bit of a zig zag pattern.  It actually took me three false starts before I decided how to quilt it.  I'm happy with this decision, this quilt is really about the fabric rather than any pattern so this was a nice way not to detract.  
 And of course if I was taking a quilt outside I had to hang it off something.  I think it's a rule.  Maybe my compliance will keep the quilt police off my back about the binding; it's a machine stitched roll over with square corners.  But it took a total of about thirty minutes.  If even that.
 And since we're looking at cuteness in the backyard, here's last Spring's robin nest.  We've had a nest of robins each year we've been in our house.  Did you know Mama and Dad Robin bring the little ones food after they've left the nest?  Did you also know they can't fly when they leave the nest?   Yeah.  Consequently, until they fly away, my own kids aren't allowed out of our nest.  I really don't want a baby robin loved too much. 

linking up: tgiff and whoop whoop

10 comments:

Samantha said...

Your quilt is awesome! I love the colors and pattern :)

Brenna said...

It's lovely! I like the quilting you chose.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

I love your lap quilt. You really chose some beautiful fabrics!

Mummy Quilts said...

LOVE your lap quilt! It's beautiful - I love the fabrics. Hehehe - precuts feel like cheating, no?

Jenniffier Kramer said...

Super cute. The fabric looks great. I might be bias though I do really like Kate Spain fabrics.

M-R said...

Ooh, love those colours, Amanda. No quilt can have too much purple, in my book. Great job!

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts said...

Beautiful quilt! I love Good Fortune! My own lap quilt in it has stopped being a UFO this month - I WILL finish it in time to use it for winter, lol!

Susie at ProsperityStuff said...

I'm pretty sure that's the perfect size for a throw quilt! I've got a couple of quilts that mostly live on our couch, and they're about 55" x 65" - just big enough, but not too big. Great work, and sure to be enjoyed!

cla16e said...

Lovely quilt!,
Can I just ask please as I'm new to quilting.... How did you bind it? I didn't understand how you meant. (Sorry)

Thankyou

Cla16eshaw@hotmail.co.uk

Mary said...

Amanda. :) I had the thought to look this quilt up! I love it. The fabrics really are perfect for me. AND I will have you know that I've used it quite a bit already and plan on continuing to do so. :)