Thursday, March 22, 2007

Dances With Wool

Don't cha just love that name? I can't claim ownership of it. I borrowed it from Lene.

This is a wool car blanket that's been a UFO for two years. The bricks were cut from family garments. The solid brown were DH's dress pants, the Black Watch tartan plaid was a maternity jumper from pregnancy #2 (can you *imagine* a wool maternity ANYthing??), the red tartan plaid was a Pendleton shirt DS1 wore for a year, then passed down to his brother who said it was too itchy, the solid green is from a pair of ladies dress pants, etc. etc...

It's simple but pleasing. I just need to add a few more rows to the width and I think it'll be done. Then I plan to back it with this yummy wool challis I have yards and yards of. I plan to reverse tie it at the intersections with red embroidery floss.


I worked on this at quilt retreat in '05. While many ladies were working on mile-a-minute patterns or Quilt-Smart quilts, I was cutting and piecing individual rows. Without a design wall I had to lay it out one row at a time - up and down from the floor to the sewing machine. Once I got several rows sewn together and laid it out, the near-by sewers came over to see what was going on in that corner of the room.

"How pretty!"

"That's really neat. What a great idea!"

"I never thought of making a quilt from recycled clothes. I'm going to have to try that."

One never knows what doors they open just by being. I guess I need to finish this one. =D

4 comments:

Rosy said...

Very cosy looking and what memories it carries!Yes, it does "open doors" and reminds me of the "wool stash" I have to do something w/....in this lifetime!

Fiona said...

That's my kind of quilt, not only is it made from recycled fabrics but it has lots of plaid. I sometimes find it really weird that people don't consider using 'real' scraps as opposed to only buying new fabric.

Rose Marie said...

What a great idea! I have lots of wool fabric in my closet just begging to be made into something. A car blanket they will become, many thanks to you!

Rose Marie said...

What a great idea! I have lots of wool fabric in my closet just begging to be made into something. A car blanket they will become, many thanks to you!