Finally! I have finished a massive UFO which I've been dragging around for far too long. Behold! My (mostly) recycled flannel quilt.
That is the quilt top. It has 168 blocks made out of flannel cut from my old flannel shirts. There are some scraps in there gathered from remnant bins over the years but mostly the yardage for the top comes from my old cut-up flannels, thus the the (mostly) recycled title. I talked about some of the personal story behind this quilt on my blog (http://technicolorlilypond.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/the-adventure-of-my-mostly-recycled-flannel-quilt/
) but I'll stick to practical details here.
Because I took deep seams to compensate for the raveling of the old flannel the top turned out to be too small for our Queen bed. Therefore, I ran out and bought a bunch of pink plaid flannel and made borders. This caused the quilt to balloon to almost King size. Oh well! I pieced the back out of scraps from shirts, remnants, and a massive piece of purple flannel I found in a box in the basement. I think I bought it for some other project at some point but since I couldn't remember what that project was it got sewn into this quilt.
I quilted using white quilting thread and my Viking sewing machine. I used straight(ish) lines to accommodate the 2-4" quilting distance recommended by the batting. I had never machine quilted a quilt before without a buddy to help with the maneuvering. It was quite an upper body work out but so much more fun than lifting weights.
Because of the size of the borders I decided I wanted to hand-quilt purple flowers using perle cotton. I designed the flower, did the first one myself, and then my mom pitched in to finish the rest for me since I was on a deadline to finish a different quilt for a friend. I have the best mom ever. Below you will see my prototype flower and my initials with the date.
I also pieced the binding and zig-zag stitched it to my quilt using my machine. I think it turned out very cute.
I know it won't win any awards but I have to say that I am incredibly pleased with this quilt. I love how scrappy and energetic the top is, I love the memories it contains, and I love how incredibly warm & snuggly it is to cuddle under. I think this quilt will be our ticket to saving on heating bills for years to come, it is that warm to cuddle under. I hope you've enjoyed the pictures, I would welcome any C&Cs.