|Twin Quilts for My Twin Boys|
Our "posh" department store at that time was Anderson & McAuley, and in I trekked to the fabric department, having left the children with Nana. For some weird reason I remember it was a Thursday and I was very secretive about what shopping I wanted to do. My late mother in law was a wiz with a needle, but I was doing this for myself as the song says. The lady in the shop asked rather imperiously how much fabric I wanted. First hurdle, I didn't know. I remember buying a half metre of each of the red and blue sailing fabric. The imperious shop assistant told me rather imperiously that there was never fabric for there for 2 patchwork quilts. I remember feeling rather snubbed, but it was £7.50 and was all my humble purse could stretch to.
The sailing boat quilt was the first I tackled. As you can see not a scrap was wasted, four blocks across and 7 blocks down, and the remaining fabric used in the corners. She was right, this was never going to go around two quilts! The stripe was some stripe shirting my mother in law had. The navy was part of a duvet cover my brother and his wife no longer wanted.
|quilt for twin no 1|
The striped backing was a remnant from goodness knows where. Though I do remember buying it for £1.75. I clearly didn't know how to bind a quilt, I seem to have made an envelope and turned it the right way out. There is also no quilting at all, which why the wadding has come part in places.
|backing of quilt no 1|
Twin no 1 was delighted, and the pressure was on for twin no 2. This time I bought some navy fabric with compasses and anchors on them. I think it may have been proper patchwork fabric, but the colour hasn't held the test of time. It is very faded. I got a little more ambitious in this quilt and seem to have sewn triangles, the red triangles have little bits sewn together! Waste not want not! I spot a little green and white check which means the laura Ashley quilt I made for our own bed must have been sewn first before these. So these are the second and third quilts I made, not first and second as I said in instagram, if anybody is keeping track. The blue and white stripe is more of that duvet cover from my sister in law.
|quilt for twin no 2|
And guess what? I have a blue polka dot on the back! There begins the habit of a life time, using spotty fabric somewhere in the backing or the binding. Again there is no sign of me having bound this quilt, just sewed it up wrong side and turned it out. The red strip on the front was a later addition, it was falling apart and it was just a way of patching it.
|backing of quilt no 2|
As you can see these quilts were well loved, they were used on picnics for sitting on, for making forts, dens, pirate ships, you name it they had a part of it. Eventually they were deemed too shabby for bed and probably too childish. I was given instructions to keep them, by the boys themselves. They were finished with them, but it was too much of a wrench to throw them out.
I'm glad I kept them. Having gone up to the roofspace to look for them, the years and fallen away. And seriously, I can actually smell the little boy smell from them. They lovely little boy smell, not the unlovely teenage boy smell.
The other weird thing is that I remember all the prices! It did seem such a big deal at the time.
Now, what will I do with them? Do you think my new daughter in law would like this in her house? I doubt it!
linking up with Jenn and Throwback Thursday
it seems the Throwback Thursday linky party is no more, ah well.