Last month my dad got really sick and had emergency surgery and a pretty long hospital stay. He kept telling me how much he liked the quilt I made for my mom for Mother’s Day so I took the hint and made him his own quilt. It’s about 65” x 76”, the perfect lap quilt size.
The fabric is mostly PB & J, a new line out and a lucky win for me on Deborah’s lovely blog Simply Miss Luella. I won a layer cake, and then I happened to have a jelly roll that I bought during a Moda Sample Spree sale so I was able to make the 2.5” cornerstones out of that. The sashing fabric is perhaps my favorite DS Quilts print ever, a nice gray with white circles.
To make the quilt I took out all the floral layer cake squares and then substituted in a few 10” squares from my stash. I thought my dad wouldn’t like any flowers, even if they are pretty!
The quilting is a decorative stitch on my Janome. I was really at a loss how to quilt this one. I thought my dad would like minimal quilting. The thread I used was awesome! On top I used a 50 wt. gray variegated thread from a Tula Pink Aurifil set that was a gift from my friend Svetlana. The bobbin thread is a 50 wt. dark blue from Aurifil. I have never sewn with Aurifil 50 wt. thread but I can tell you my sewing machine really appreciated it! I usually use whatever is on sale from Joann’s. With the better thread I got absolutely no thread nests!!! The machine ran so smoothly. I think using the Aurifil really made a difference.
My husband didn’t like the backing fabric I picked so I mulled it over for about 10 seconds and decided to go with what I had in my stash, which is an old Moda Minnick and Simpson Wiscasset Bay blue paisley that I bought when I first learned to sew. It’s not really my taste but I thought it fit this quilt pretty well and I didn’t have to buy anything, which is a plus. I don’t think it’s too feminine.
Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts’s Finish It Up Friday. Have a great weekend!