My friend Tracey needs a black & white quilt.
She has quilts. In fact, thanks to my interference, she once again makes her own quilts, and very beautiful they are too. But for her husband’s 60th birthday not so long ago, we designed and cut all the fabric for a magnificent queen sized red and white quilt with a Sydney Swans logo in the middle. (For the non-Aussies out there, we’re talking footie teams…). She pieced it, I quilted it, John was delighted. His sister was green-eyed and commissioned me to make one for her too. Same team. Same colour scheme, but more girly fabrics.
Now, when footie is on TV, John can support his team in style, snuggled up in his red and white quilte, while Tracey is forced to sit there muttering about the ‘Pies and how one day she’ll get a black and white quilt, and that’ll show him! The Magpie, for those not in the know, is the emblem, and black and white the colour scheme, for the Collingwood footie club.
So, because she’s in the middle of several other UFOs, I’m making her one. It’s going to go together very quickly, I’ve done the Magpie for it already, and the quilting will be of the wiggly freehand line variety, where mistakes … aren’t. So, I’ve got a bunch of strips already pieced, ready to cut into 6.5″ lengths and arranged in a basketweave pattern to give the zigzag effect shown on the very sketchy sketch I did before I got stuck in. I’d recently bought a jelly roll of blacks & whites in spots & stripes, and my extensive stash produced all the mid-tone black & white patterns. I may run short of mid-tones before I run out of the more solid ones, but they’re the easiest to find.
It feels really good to be able to just rattle away at the sewing machine without much thought, knowing exactly what I’m doing, without worrying about whether I’m going to make a mistake or ruin months of work. It’s going to be quite small, about 60″ square, unless I get the urge to add a wide border round the outside. Which I probably will. But it’s a snoozing/ TV watching quilt rather than a bed quilt, so that’s OK.
So, Tracey, get ready to support your own team in style too, and all without setting a stitch.