Mon 8 Feb 2010
Last November I ran away from the Big Smoke into the Scottish fresh air for a weekend with my Dad, step-mum and their dog, Domino.
It was very wet (my walking boots very nearly let my feet get soggy) but there were patches of blue sky, and with good company, good food and good wine I was very happy.
The tricky light and fast flowing water gave a perfect opportunity for me to absorb as much of my Dad’s photography knowledge as I could. He’s encouraging me to use more of the functions of my beautiful SLR and stop lazily using it as a point and click.
The cottage we stayed in had black sofas that were perfect for keeping Domino’s secret when she naughtily jump up on them. At home, Domino isn’t allowed on the sofa because black dog hair and a cream couch just don’t make tidy playfellows. However, it quickly became obvious that my Dad and Domino both enjoyed cuddling on the sofa (rather than the hard floor). In a fit of familial love and Christmas cheer I offered to make a quilt that they could put on the sofa at home to protect it from doggy cuddles.
I decided to adapt the Little Bits quilt from Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts to two blocks of little bits and large diagonal quilting. I couldn’t face sewing with black fabric but I guessed that a deep chocolate brown would hide the dog hairs just as well and be more attractive. I like the way the blue little bits dance out of the chocolate and are interesting without being too fussy.
It was tight finishing the quilt for Christmas and I finished the last of the hand-sewn bias binding on Boxing day. In the rush I knew I wouldn’t be able to sign the quilt using embroidery so I pulled out my printer fabric and digitally signed the quilt in brown and blue.
As part of my experimenting with wadding I used a recycled plastic bottle polyester wadding for this quilt. It was much easier to work with than then the bamboo wadding I used for my nephew’s robot quilt.
I saw the quilt in use this weekend and it was lovely seeing Domino and Alison curled up on it together.