Every year I make Stars a new blanket or quilt for Christmas. Yep, that’s right, I make my border collie quilts. Everyone deserves some quilty love, two-legged and four! Sometimes the rest of the family complains that he has more than anyone else.
Of course, we all know he’s my favorite, but it also is simply the fact that his quilts don’t need to be as large. This years was the largest at around 55 inches….so much easier to manipulate that bugger around under the machine when quilting than say a queen size. I also tend to keep his quilts simple in design (but lots of color).
I had nice bright fabric squares (I think I found them at the local Goodwill, but it was quite awhile ago, so who knows) that just needed to be in a quilt. My original plan was to cut them up and use white for sashing, but I never got to it and so decided they would be better used in the next quilt for Stars. The fabric had a kind of finish on it that reminds me of the old polished broadcloth. Stars really likes it and rubs his nose on it. Some say “lily” on them, maybe its Lily Pulitzer fabric? A girl can dream anyway. Most were the same size, but a few didn’t quite match. Facing a Christmas time crunch, I had to decide if I wanted to trim down every block, leave them be or what. I decided to make them the same height but leave the width however it was, (so not every corner matches up) to give it a more random look. I can live with it. So I sewed my rows and then trimmed the rows. With all the colors and the quilting, you almost don’t notice it…maybe I should have made it more even more obvious. So much for random.
After seeing that the Dream Poly Deluxe batting used in his outdoors quilt held up so well (its been washed at least once a week since and still fabulous), I decided to try one of their other batting types—the Dream Puff. Supposedly, it is 1.5 times warmer than down. While I can’t confirm this officially, he does stay cozy and comfortable in it even on our cold nights (and my room gets quite cold) and it is very light weight. I joke that I made him a quilt from flower petals, it really is that light. I quilted it up using some Sulky rayon thread and a topstitching needle and everything turned out lovely. I used a chevron pattern with a reverse chevron asymmetrically centered. There’s enough loft to give that little puffiness to the quilt, but not so much that it is at all a problem under the sewing machine foot. I think it would probably hand quilt well. Any hand quilters tried it yet? Hopefully, it’ll have the staying power of the Poly Deluxe, because I’d really like to keep using it for other quilts (especially since I bought the super queen size to get enough for another quilt that’s ready to be quilted). I like the idea of warmth without being weighed down…and machine washable is a definite bonus! Anyone else tried any of the Dream battings? What results did you get?
I ended up using the same fabric for the binding as for the backing. And, in case you’re wondering at the colors in these photos, yes, the fabrics are really that bright and vibrant—this is one crazy colorful quilt!
I had originally thought of using a neutral like gray, but this just looked better so I went with it. Never be afraid to ditch your idea for a better one.
Does he like it? Well, judging by the concerned, somewhat menacing, look he gave me when he thought I was taking it away, I’d say “yes”. Stars will lay snuggled in that quilt for hours (yeah, the guys taking full advantage of his retirement years) and always wants me to go get it for wherever he’s currently resting. I think I may have to sneak it into the washing machine when he’s sleeping.