Our second son, also known here as Daddy Viking, turned 28 on 21st June. And what better excuse to start slicing and sewing, to make a quilt? I realised that since I began patchworking, I have made quilts for eldest son, daughter (Lindashee), Mummy Viking, my sister, my eldest French niece and TWO for my youngest French niece . . . not to mention various quilts as gifts for babies, and a few to fling over the sofas here. But for some reason, I had never got round to making one for my second son!
I did ask him a while back what colours he would choose, should I find the time. And he came back with “orange, green, purple and black”. A son after my own heart!
So . . . a quick delve into my fabric stash revealed a good choice of the above colours, since the first three are my all-time favourites. And I set to work.
Cutting 5” squares and assembling to make D9P (disappearing nine patches).
Two afternoons of sewing later, and adding a 1” black band, to give me 1/2” width of sashing and I almost had a quilt top.
Followed by a further 2 afternoons during which I added an outer border before quilting. And another 2 afternoons to sew on the binding (hand-sewing the final seams).
And voilà! A lovely vibrant, cheerful quilt, to wish Daddy Viking many happy returns of the day.
I embroidered “June 2018” in black at one end, so we’ll remember, in years to come, when this quilt was made.
And “Stained Glass Nine Patch” on the other end – because the narrow black sashing makes blocks pop, and sets them off, rather like stained glass.
The backing fabric is a solid orange, which also appears in the blocks. Quilting, in orange thread, is simple. I love the patchwork process, but I still find quilting rather daunting and prefer to keep things as simple as possible.
Finished quilt measures 46” x 59” so it’s a lap quilt, to be slung over the sofa.