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Friday, September 30, 2016

Quilt for Kevin

Two posts in two days! Wow! Anyway, I started this quilt last spring sometime, in the hope that I would be able to finish it before cold weather came to Vermont, where my brother lives. My brother is a cancer patient, although after 10 years of fighting it, he seems to be finally doing pretty okay right now. For anyone who has no direct contact with cancer (lucky) we are easily chilled, even in warmer weather. So Vermont in the winter? BRRRRRR
 I wanted to keep it simple and very usable. The last quilt I made him has photo transfers of family, so he doesn't want to use it and ruin them. I get it. But he needs a warm quilt. So I chose fall colors and the pop of bright green with the cats on chairs by Laurie Wisbrun which has been languishing in my stash. Kevin has a black and white cat so this is purrfect.
 I had my hubby stand up with his arms stretched out to find the size for wrapping up, Kevin is taller, so we added on a bit. I tried to make it very random in the placement of the blocks.
 I used a different batting than I usually do. This one has a bit of polyester in it and a bit more loft.
 The best part is the backing. I used an old flannel sheet. Cozy and warm. This quilt is very warm. I know as I was working on it through the summer and into September. A plain red for the binding to tie it all together.
 Speaking of ties, that is how I quilted it, by tying it. I did do a big stitch quilting every other row just for stability and to anchor the thing. It's kinda big, you know?
 Adding to the fall theme is a leaf and rake print by Dear Stella. Reminds me of when we were kids and we used to rake leaves together. Back then, you raked them into a pile and burned them to get rid of them. Ha!
So, all folded and washed and sent off to Vermont. I know he may see this before it arrives, but as I have said before, I am impatient sometimes when it comes to sharing. I can't wait! Snuggle up Kevin and keep warm. I love you!
Sharing with Crazy Mom for Finish it Friday.

6 comments:

  1. This quilt looks so cozy, it will be perfect for snuggling this winter! You're such a good sister :)

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    1. Thanks Kat. I think it is what we quilters do, cover everyone with love and beauty.

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  2. Great job incorporating fabrics from different collections! I didn't even know some of these came in oranges, like the starfish fabric and the cats on the couches are a perfect surprise in the patchwork!

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    1. I really just went with fall colors, except for the cat prints for a pop of color. Some of those fabrics I have had for a long time.

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  3. Such a lovely cozy quilt for your brother - and made with love. I'm sure he will appreciate your kind thoughts.

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    1. He has tested it out and proclaimed it toasty warm.

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