Saturday, May 8, 2021

The Utility Quilt

 Yesterday I pulled out the green scraps cut and pieced back in February and March.   The original plan was to start a scrap saver system sorta like Bonnie Hunters of Quiltville or Lori Holts of Beeinmybonnet.  Well old habits are hard to break.  My quilting style is cut it and sew it.  So that's what I ended up doing.  I just couldn't help myself.

When sewing these together there was no plan.  I just needed some sew time.  It was a grab and sew kind of method.  This quilt does not need to pretty, only functional.  But after cutting them into Railed Fence blocks I realized this did not produce enough blocks.  Cutting and sewing more strips isn't an option. Well not one I want to do.  So I'll need to pull from what I consider to be my "old ugly yardage stash".

My stash of old ugly greens is huge so it was easy to find four greens that I thought would work for a plain alternate block, border and backing.

Not the prettiest fabric but they will work just fine.  After all I'm not shooting for pretty, we just need to keep Mr. Podunk warm on a fishing or hunting trip.  If I make it look nice it would upset me should something happen to the quilt.  Impressing his buddies with my quilting skills is not my goal either.  

I laid out a few of the blocks on top of the fabrics to  see how they will look.  Why did I waste my time?  I'm using these fabrics no matter how they look because I'm not going to dig through my cabinet again.  

And just as I thought, I'll use the lighter fabrics for the alternating plain blocks and the darker fabrics for the backing.

The backing will also have a strip of scraps I pieced from the leftovers of the Rail Fence blocks.  I didn't want to put any green fabric scraps back in the scrap bin.   

I'm in no hurry to get this one finished.  Mr. Podunk will not need a new camp quilt until this fall.  So I can work on it every now again over the summer.  He had a camp quilt until we used it for little Miss Khaleesi.  Look at that innocent face.

She decided it looked pretty darn tasty.   Silly dog.  I could put a patch over the hole it's not too big.  But we decided it's now her quilt.  I may patch it anyway.  We'll see.  Neither of us have a sentimental attachment to the old blue jeans and flannel shirts used in the making of the quilt.   I made this quilt over 15 years ago.  It's been well loved and used often.  Sometimes you just have to let it go.  Had I thought she was going to chew on it I would have never let her use it for a bed.  Live and learn....she is a dog, what was I thinking?  

Moving along green scraps!

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Frog Quilter said...

Yes even pets need quilts... good for you to be understanding!

Love all the greens!

Carolyn said...

I get it. Sometimes I just need to sew something too. The greens will be awesome.

Gretchen Weaver said...

Year ago I made a denim comforter for my husband to take along to cow shows. He had a cot and slept in the barn. He loved the quilt, it was nice and warm. It was easy to wash too.

Bonnie's system isn't for everyone, it works just fine for her. I'm like you, I prefer to work on 1 project at a time. If I do start a leader/ender project, I end up finishing it before I start something else. Happy stitching!

QuiltGranma said...

LOVE that pale green batik you are going to use! What a great idea to make a quilt for a guy camping that doesn't HAVE to look nice, just use up those old fabrics we no longer love!

Helen L said...

yep, sometimes you just need to put your foot on the pedal and hear the machine go. :-) Poor denim quilt: my daughter's rat got free years ago and had a fun chew on my daughter's quilt: it wasn't a fancy quilt, but it was one that I did finish, so it got repaired! :-) But we love our pets, so we take the chewing in stride. And we learn to keep the quilts away from them!! :-D Happy sewing ! Hugs, H

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