I've been meaning to share some of my earlier quilts with you all and when I took this one out of the wash for the upteenth time, I knew that I had a story to tell.
I made this quilt about 11 years ago for my now husband. This was my way of telling him that I loved him. Yes, quilty dork from ages past. When you are a quilter, the way you tell someone that you think they are the one...make them a quilt.
I was trying to make something masculine and I was going for a quick quilt because of life chaos and time constraints at the time. But oh how much I have learned since then!
This is probably the first quilt that I just winged it on aka designed. Simple squares and fabrics that I hoped he would like. But I didn't know about good fabrics yet. And this quilt is a cautionary tale for you!!
Faded fabrics...yes I can handle that. A sign of love even that this quilt has been well used for the last 11 years. But oh the binding!! First off, what was I thinking with an 1 1/2" wide binding? You may not be able to tell from the pictures but the quilt doesn't even fill out the binding that far. lol
But there are some pretty noticeable holes. And they riddle the whole edge of the binding completely around the quilt.
The white fabric I used for the binding (again a white on white floral?! uck! lol) was most likely one of the cheapest fabrics that I used on this quilt. And it is showing it's shelf life like you wouldn't believe. The fabric is literally disintegrating more each time we wash it. I know that I bought all of these fabrics from Joanns because I did not know that you could buy fabric anywhere else. (You can by the way get good fabric there...this just wasn't it!) If I had heard of various stores here or there I certainly didn't believe that it truly made a difference.
But I know now. I believe.
Ironically these colors never suited my husband. He didn't tell me at the time of course (he was young and in love too) but over time he has told me that he prefers brighter colors. And of course his least favorite print is the one that I based the whole color scheme off of, the one that looks like paint splatters. (He's a contractor) So I definitely owe him a new quilt. Something bright and cheerful but not feminine. He loves the poly batting so I am required to use that again. One of these days I'll make something for him. ;) I'm thinking triangles...
So if you plan on making a quilt for your fella and want it to be loved and loved until it falls apart, go ahead! It may fall apart a bit sooner than you planned but it will be like those old college tshirts that you just can't bare to part with. A part of your history.