It's the most wonderful time of the year: College Graduation! Ah yes, the time when students move out of their apartments and dorm rooms, only to realize they have too much to take with them. Time for totally awesome finds!
This year my seriously awesome find is a tie. A New In Box boot dryer (silent variety and fully functional), and a quilt I found in a garbage bag. I didn't expect much more than a store bought quilt at first, but when I pulled it out I was amazed.
I found a lap quilt made with some really gorgeous batik fabric, and another lovely ocean creature print. The bad part- there are bars of black totally non-matching flannel run between segments of the quilt. Whomever sewed it didn't even add any interfacing, so the flannel (obviously) started to pull away at all of the seams. There are two tiny places where not enough seam allowance was left on the regular cotton, but that is fixable. I was stunned how beautiful it looked once I washed it too!
Taking a closer look- it appears the entire piece could really use a nice boarder, and the backing will need to be enlarged, as the front was sewn under anywhere between 3 and 4 inches when the back was attached.
On the cool side of things, the person(or people) who made it got creative. Rather than batting, it is lined with a piece of polar fleece. Neat idea for a quilt up here!
My hypothesis about the quilt:
1. Someone didn't fully realize all of the work involved after finding a pretty fabric they liked. Towards the end of working on it, they just wanted to be done so they slapped it together the way I found it, ended up getting sick of it as the flannel pulled out at the seams and dumped it.
2. Same start of someone getting in over their head either work-wise or time-wise, and ditched a half sewn quilt as a bag of fabric. A second person picked it up, figured on the flannel and slapped it together as their first quilt ever.
So I think I'll try and find some complementary fabric to add a boarder. I think I might do away with the strips between panel sets, since I think it breaks up the beauty of the fabric patterns too much. I have seen some at a few local fabric places that have both similar colors and carry the ocean theme very well. Thoughts... ideas....
I want to do something about the back fabric to enlarge it. Do you think a boarder on the back would look odd? Maybe if I got fancy and ended up making it something different like satin or velvet?
Or should I cut it in half and add a different color fabric shot through the middle as a spacer?
I may keep the idea of polar fleece as the batting, I can keep the original bit and end up getting some clearance stuff to add in. It gets so cold that the extra warmth is nice up here.
Before pictures forthcoming, I'm having issues with photos at the moment...
ETA- Here are some pictures of the original state
Whole quilt- don't mind the blur, I was standing on my trash can to get it all in one shot.
Both sides for a closer look at the fabric.
Some of the damage up close.
There were also three blocks that had pulled at the seams that needed attention.