Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Pampa's Quilt

Well, I guess its been a while since I've posted. Yikes! I've been busy though. Just finished my 15th quilt of the year. I made this bed quilt for my Grandpa, who I lovingly call "Pampa". I guess when my sister and I were little, we couldn't pronounce "Grandpa", and Pampa came a little easier. The name just stuck, and we've called him Pampa ever since. He is 92 and lives with my mom and step-dad, who take excellent care of him! :) My Grandpa ended up the very happy owner of my bumblebee quilt, which is supposed to be his lap quilt for the sofa. But, he says he doesn't want anyone to steal it, so every night, he takes it to his bed too! Well, my mom asked if I would make him one to fit his bed perfectly, especially since sometimes the tucking and untucking can be hard for him. So I started on this quilt design a couple of weeks ago.

Are there any other quilters out there that know what the name of this block is? I think it looks like either a cross or a windmill. Anyways, it is a very easy block to put together. I decided on solid colors and I used a jelly roll (2.5 inch by 42 inch strips) of Kona Cotton solids in blues, browns, yellows, and greens, along with a jelly roll of Bella Solids in Natural. I ended up using most of the leftovers from cutting up my squares. I even used some of the 2.5 inch squares in my pieced border. It was nice to have hardly any scraps leftover!

I also had leftover squares that didn't add up to one whole block, so every once in a while throughout the quilt, there is a "crazy" block of mixed shades. I think it adds a little personality. :) I decided on my usual meandering/stipple quilt design all over, again... I know, boring, right? But I love how it looks!

I found a grey-ish-brown (taupe?) solid fabric at a local quilt shop, and 2 yards was the perfect amount, with my extra strip of blocks in between. The quilt measures approximately 36 inches by 76 inches.

My most favorite part of this quilt was the binding I found! When I saw this stripey fabric I thought it would be perfect for this quilt. It has almost all the colors of the quilt in it, and I thought it looked so cool with the rest of the fabrics!

And here's the beginning of my idea on paper:

It looks a little different from the final product, but overall, I'm very happy with how it turned out, and very happy to be able to make a quilt for my Pampa!



Carolyn said...

How sweet! It's beautiful!

Brooke said...

I just finished a similar baby quilt top last week with the same idea. I've heard it called a tessellation cross (or some version of it).