like a quilt
September 2nd, 2011
This may look like a quilt, but it's really only like a quilt. It's two vintage sheets stitched together and bound it quilt-like. Most of the summer my kids were using their winter duvet covers as light blankets and it was bothering me to no end. So the quilt-like idea came about.
After too many trips to the thrift store, I finally found two quilts that would work. I cut them to fit the weird ikea bed we have and pinned them together. I knew I wanted to quilt it in long slightly uneven lines--actually just like this beautiful quilt. So I contacted the maker and grilled on her quilting techniques and thread choices.
Then I picked up two different spools of variegated thread (wow, that stuff is expensive): a blue, magenta, and purple one for the flowery side and a more rainbowy one for the purple side. After what seemed like 400 hours of sewing straight lines, I moved onto the binding. I found this awesome Japanese polka dot bias tape in Frances' beautiful shop, miss matatabi.
I sewed the binding on at the beach (and got many weird looks) and ta! da! Quilt-like thing! Now to start the next like-a-quilt for my son...