The Cleverness of my Mother, part 2

12 Jan

During the same visit in which Mum and Dad brought down our wedding quilt, she announced she wanted to make quilts for the boys for Christmas. Obviously, I would have been crazy to say no, so the boys and I looked over some quilt books and searched the interwebs for inspiration, and decisions were made. Boyo announced he would like a log cabin quilt in blues and reds, and here is what Mum came up with:

One of the interesting things about these quilts is the back. The wedding quilt I showed you last week is backed in plain unbleached calico, but the back here is a collaboration between Mum and her sister. Auntie Marie dabbled in quilting some while ago, but lost interest before she finished anything, though not before amassing a fairly decent stash of fabric. When she heard that Mum was making these quilts, Auntie Marie took the opportunity to do a massive de-stash, and unloaded the lot on Mum, who cobbled together completed blocks, partially finished blocks, and various fat quarters and other lengths of fabric into the gorgeousness you see here:

Finally, Boyo insisted on being in the pics with his quilt. Here he is pointing out his favourite bit.

In amongst the beautifully crazy hodgepodge of shape and colour on the back are a couple of pieces of mustard-brown corduroy, and he zeroed straight in on that as his favourite fabric. It’s a texture thing.

8 Responses to “The Cleverness of my Mother, part 2”

  1. Lynne January 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    What a fun quilt with a gorgeous back! It’s a great way to use up bits and pieces, isn’t it? Can’t wait to see what else your mother gets up to!

  2. RoseRed January 12, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    fab quilt and great gift from your mum – the boys will treasure their quilts in years to come.

    (I wonder whether the side with the corduroy will be the preferred side to put on top, heh!)

    • kissmyfrog January 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

      Oddly, no. He always makes his bed with the Log Cabin side up.

  3. 2paw January 12, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    I love the back of the quilt. I try now to put something on the back of any quilty things I make but that takes the cake!!

  4. amy January 13, 2012 at 4:31 am #

    You have two boys though, yes? Does that mean there is a THIRD fabulous quilt coming??

    • kissmyfrog January 13, 2012 at 6:36 am #

      Yes I do, and yes there is. So watch this space… 😉

  5. knightlyknitter January 13, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    Oh wow! I would show you our quilt, made by Craig’s aunty, but it is packed away in a box far, far away…
    I love this quilt series, and please tell your Mum she is doing glorious work with all her quilts!

    • kissmyfrog January 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

      Isn’t she? She keeps saying she “cheated” with the boys’ quilts, because she did them on the sewing machine (yes, our quilt is 100% hand work!), but not only did that get them done from concept to delivery in just a few weeks, but they are probably the stronger for it, which is what you want with children’s quilts – in the last three weeks they’ve already been used for fort-building and tent-making and who knows what other flights of small-boy fantasy. I don’t mind, so long as there are no pens or markers involved.

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