i tried to buy something for my husband for father’s day, i really did! i went to our favorite home / random cool stuff store, schoolhouse electric, with the full intention of getting him something there. problem is, that place is a bit spendy, and everything i wanted to get was out of budget. what happened next is what usually happens – i get inspired, and decide to make something instead. so i went home and knocked out this quilt mostly during naptime (with some sneaky finishing touches the next day).
the vibe they have at schoolhouse is sort of a arts & crafts era meets midcentury modern meets industrial meets summer camp, which is what i tried to recreate in my quilt. the reason i made a quilt for him is he tends to fall asleep on the couch most evenings…and he’s a taller guy, so i thought he needed something to keep his feet cozy as well as his shoulders, ya know? it’s always a bit frustrating to watch a person try to cover themselves with a too-small-of-blanket.
i’d also wanted to make a quilt that looks like a pendleton national park blanket for a while (still plan to eventually make a quilt for O that looks like the crater lake blanket), and decided this was my chance to practice. it was really tough picking “manly” fabrics from my stash, but i stuck to mostly linen and it worked out.
the quilt measures 43″ x 66″ finished – sort of random, but that’s what i had, fabric-wise. the fabrics are a navy linen (from JoAnn i think), red canvas from Bolt (most famously used on little red), natural linen (from fabric depot), with essex linen yarn dyed black center panel. it’s a strip quilt, which came together really quickly. i omitted batting, both because i didn’t have enough on hand, and because i wanted it more summer blanket-weight. the backing is Denyse Schmidt for JoAnn from last year.
the binding is two packages of store-bought double fold bias tape (sent to me by Cherie, thanks girl!) and the non-matchingness of it gives it that extra “summer camp” element i was looking for, plus takes it away from flag territory a bit.
i quilted it with mustard thread on both sides of each stripe, and zigzagged the binding to finish it.
the center of the quilt also has a quilted concentric diamond shape which doesn’t really show up in photos (or real life for that matter) but it subliminally ties in with the backing.
my husband seems to really like his quilt/blanket and uses it almost every day, and when i surveyed him for his favorite project of mine for Sanae’s blog, he said this! i don’t sew for him much, but i really should do it more often. look how happy his two fingers are there, peeking out from the side! 😉