Over the last few months I have seen other bloggers throw up, sorry, throw back. I understand this is what we Europeans call an American Phenomenon. Basically, a photo of something from way back. A dodgy hairdo, a dodgy boyfriend, a dodgy quilt. Loved at the time, but now a bit, well, dated.
So here is my Throwback Thursday for January. I missed the sign up so its now for February.
Way way back my 6 year old twin sons went to school and told their teacher "our daddy has left our mummy and us and gone to America." As this was nearly the end of term, June, I was glad of the chance to go and explain. Yes, he had gone to America and left us. But he was coming back. He had gone to watch the World Cup. Football, or soccer as my American friends call it. And he did come back with suitcase full of toys from Toys R Us. Batman and Aladdin as far as memory goes.
Whilst Dad was away, the mice played. We ate takeaways, ate cereal in bed, ate dinner on the sofa. Boy, did we live dangerously. And I sponged and stencilled the bedroom walls and made this quilt.
|in all her faded grandeur|
It was June 1994. The pattern was from Prima magazine. The fabric had been squirreled away from Laura Ashley. I had no idea about 1/4" seams. So, none of the points match. I couldn't understand why. I do now. But in 1994 I didn't care. I just thought, I'll tell people I adapted the pattern so the points are cut off the triangles!
|the no points points|
I borrowed a friends more sophisticated machine to applique the wavy bits round the edges. And ....... can I have a whoop, whoop? I covered the buttons myself. I was very proud of that bit and still am. It was about another year before the quilt was actually quilted and bound. With one line of quilting holding the whole thing together.
|the buttons, my proudest moment|
And guess what? It is still on our bed. A little worse for wear, a little torn in places and worn. But then so are we. The fabric for my modern maples quilt to replace this was bought in 1998. It was at the husband's request to have something a little less flowery on the bed. This kind of explains why the husband is still anxious to have the modern maples finished. And it is, very very nearly.
We should have an exclusive soon.
I have two other quilts in the roof space which may or may not predate this bed quilt. The two boys asked me to make them a blanket for their bed with boats on them. They are really self made, but I can't bear to part with them. I must hoke them out.
linking up with Throwback Thursday