Thursday, November 17, 2011


Yesterday I completed the Punk's denim quilt for her Christmas gift. And it won't be too soon... the powers that be have decided to wantonly murder a huge old (healthy) stand of cottonwoods that has protected the park where we live. Now our house is colder, and the noise from the nearby highway is much increased. On to the happy part: Ta Da!

I wrote a tiny label on the underside, along one of the edges. It says, "To P Love Mama Christmas 2011 Leduc Alberta." I expect this quilt to be well loved and well worn. It is made completely from salvaged, repurposed, and thrifted items (excepting the binding, which needed to be super strong).  I love this quote, "Our products are made of naturally seasoned denim treated with an unpatented multistep process. First sewn into pants and worn by actual human beings, the material is exposed to sweat, grime, sunlight, and hundreds of washes to achieve an authentic fade and uniquely comfortable feel. Then using only select portions of unpatched, seamless, and pocket-free fabric we handcraft our original [quilt] design."

Up next is this lovely pile of fabric that I teased you with last week. It has been washed and refolded, and rests next to the chosen template (a HUGE drunkard's path), and my newest tool; a 28mm rotary cutter.

A few words about this fabric. My dearest Mom helped me pick these out during a shopping spree to Marshall's this past spring. They were always intended for use in the Pixie's Christmas quilt. I bought enough to make two or three quilts but as any good quilter knows, you can never have enough fabric. Perhaps there is another little girl who needs one of these, or a girly rag quilt, or many cat quilts, or.....endless possibilities.

The green on the far left began it's life in Port Hardy, BC, where I used it to make a baby jumper for my Punk. The pink with cupcakes was housepants and purses for both girls two Easters ago. A few of these prints are re-purchases because I used to original lengths to make cozy nightgowns for short people. I also adore the print on the far right, and the Pixie has declared that the pink flamingos are her favorite. I have no idea where she learned about flamingos, but she's using correct terminology. Her genius scares me at times. She also spent some time reading the letters on the templates. She's not even three yet.

And then overnight the piles of fabric turned into neat piles of quilt pieces. The cutting was seriously fast. There is enough cut here for 80 seven inch blocks, to produce a quilt roughly 70"x56".

This is how my Pixie helps: she claims all the scraps and wraps them around her dolls for clothing. She's also available for glamour shots.

I'd better get sewing while I'm still motivated. I really wanna see this one complete.


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