Monday, September 10, 2012

Quilting for Kenya

I finished my lap blanket/quilt. It took a bit longer than I was planning but it is done! It took longer because I didn't have enough of my desired fabric and had to try different colour combinations with fabrics I had on hand.

I have a lot of fabric in my stash but not quite enough of the colours I need.  Originally I was going to use only the turquoise and gold colours predominantly but didn't have quite enough of the gold toned fabrics.  Despite that,  I am pleased with how it turned out. The black now becomes the high contrast colour.

I've laid the quilt on the floor to get a good look at it. The fabrics are all pre-washed cotton.  The turquoise binding around the edges is made of batik  which is machine stitched to the top and hand stitched to the bottom. All fabrics are new, not recycled.  The batting inside the quilt is needled cotton batting by Warm & Natural.

This is the backside made of muslin. It is machine quilted to secure the top to the back.
Folded in half it sits nicely on the ottoman.

Stretched full length, the blanket is long enough to cover my torso and legs.
I was in a hurry to post it (so I can go to sleep) that I didn't take time to brush off all the stray threads and fuzz but that will be done soon, as will the pressing.

I'm not sure whether I will gift this little blanket or try to sell it.  I'm hoping to make more quilts for sale to raise funds for the mission field in Kenya.  Once I use up my yardage, I'm also hoping to buy some quilting pre-cuts. It will help to streamline some of the decisions about colour and appropriate yardage.

Let me know if you are interested in this little blanket and and I can send the details as to size.


  1. Lovely quilt, I like the colors and pattern.

  2. You have done a great job here, well done. Take care Diane

  3. Gorgeous! Love the patterns and colors.

  4. Beautiful ! I have no patience for any sewing, I prefer them ready made, lol !

  5. Your quilting is lovely, I am not a needlewoman but enjoy admiring the work of others such as yourself.

  6. That's so pretty - I love the colours!

    ~Have a lovely day!

  7. Beautiful! I would love to learn how to quilt.

  8. Hello Joyful
    Beautiful carpet you're doing.
    Wish you a good day :)
    Hugs Hanne Bente

  9. The quilt is so beautiful, just like your heart.

  10. You are a craftswoman, par excellence.

  11. This is a beautiful quilt which contains your love woven into stitch by stitch.

  12. Joyful,
    Lovely, lovely quilt filled with your warmth and affection! I love the beautiful combination of colors.

  13. What a beautiful quilt! It must have taken a long time and lots of patience to make it.

  14. Penny, your quilt is superb! What a great idea, and how good your heart is to want to raise money for Kenya. You always bless and inspire me. I've been away for a while but plan to be a more regular visitor here.

    Blessings to you,

  15. Penny,
    Your quilt reminds me of an Indian blanket. Very pretty.

  16. Penny, I always admire quilts and quilters, as my efforts have only ran to banners. Lovely colour combinations.
    Blessings, Jan

  17. Inspiring and classy blog, love it.

  18. I dabbled in quilting once and am in awe of those who complete these beautiful projects. Whoever gets to use this will be blessed by your efforts. Great job. And so heartfelt.
    Dotti :)

  19. Penny,
    thats really neat. It looks kinda like the style you would find in Africa. I like it!!! It's amazing how creative you can get with different material!!!


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