A Cozy Finish...My husband's birthday is coming up and this is a secret, so don't tell, OK? 😉
He whines that plain cotton fabric feels cold. He says his cotton quilt feels cold, even though it's been washed a dozen times and it's all soft and snuggly. He likes flannel. He wears flannel shirts. He'd have flannel sheets on the bed year round if I'd let him. He insisted I use flannel for the backing of our grandson's baby quilt.
He also whines that our grandson has more quilts than he has. He requested a flannel quilt with flannel on the back and wool batting. Okay... That would be warm, at least.
He's getting a flannel quilt for his birthday.
I've been saving worn out and frayed shirts for awhile, and many of the plaids used in this quilt are shirts that he got lots of use out of. The light background and some of the darks are store-bought flannels that I bought in Paducah last spring.
My friend Dar who blogs over at Dar's Patchwork Garden quilted it for me in a Baptist Fan pattern. I was afraid the ravelly fabrics would fray at the seams, but the quilting is dense enough to hold the seams, I think. I really like the texture the quilting and the wool batting give it.
A few more pictures, just because -
Don't you just want to touch it?!
And of course the back is flannel, too, with more repurposed shirt parts.
That light red plaid - That was a favorite LLBean shirt that he wore for over 25 years. We have a photo of him and our son taken in 1989 when DS was six, and DH is wearing that shirt. It was a sad day when that shirt had to be retired, but it was well loved.
This quilt is pretty heavy. The fabrics are heavy, and there are a lot of seams in the piecing. The wool batting doesn't add any more weight than a cotton batting would, but it's drapier. It was breezy when I was taking photos, and as heavy as this quilt is, it still got blown around a bit. So I think it'll be soft and snuggly enough. Not to mention, warm...
Think he'll like it? His birthday is in mid November. I'll let you know what he thinks after I give it to him.
Link ups: Confessions of a Fabric Addict
My Quilt Infatuation