1 Fabric, 2 Settings
These are some lap quilts for patients at the Veterans’ Administration hospital.
They incorporate two of the fabrics I wanted to use up this year, the pale green with the arc design and the bright turquoise shell print. I intended to use the pale green just for the backs, and made the first one with the dark purple setting off the turquoise. I liked the contrast. But when I went to make the second one, I didn’t have another piece of a dark fabric to use. Since I was trying to use up the pale green, I went ahead and used it for the wide side panels. It’s not as dramatic as I usually like, but it seems cheerful and bright.
I really loved that bright candy-stripe fabric, and cut it carefully to have enough for borders on all four sides of both central panels. But by the time I was working on the second one, I had misplaced one of those striped pieces! I hunted for an hour and finally gave up. I was sure that as soon as I had stitched on another border, I would find the missing piece, but it still hasn’t turned up. Next time I am pinning all the pieces to a bulletin board as I cut them!
I used the stitch and flip technique, and then did a minimal amount of machine quilting in some of the large open areas. It is too dreary and damp here to go photograph them outside today, and I need to give them away tomorrow, so these pictures will have to do. I hope they add some cheer to a veteran’s hospital stay!