Do you know I haven't finished a single quilt this year larger than a baby quilt? I know I have loads of excuses, but it doesn't feel right, not making a bigger quilt. And it means that I've had to go back to last year for this Blogger's Quilt Festival entry.
My entry is Michael's hangover blanky, made using last year's Block of the Month series from Gen X Quilters. This was a little out of my comfort zone, made from all solids, picked by his Lordship at the start of the year.
Although he knew I was making it for him, with a small baby in the house, I had fallen behind in early summer and as far as he was concerned, I hadn't touched it since about May. So I caught up in secret and then had to quilt it in secret. This is not a small quilt, and once it was layered up it wasn't easy to hide, but I caught snippets here and there, and embroidered the label while he was sat in the next room.. I think he was genuinely surprised I had got it finished. I think I was a bit as well.
So this is the first photo I took of the quilt once it was finished. This is Christmas day: Michael's cousin, second cousin, great aunt and my Mum... Christmases at our house are a little bit mad!
The full quilt pictures weren't taken until Boxing day when I conned my trusty quilt-holder-uppers to stand with it in the front garden.
I love the setting of the quilt blocks (though the bias cuts caused some issues when it came to squaring up) - and I had some real fun doing the quilting.
The fabrics are all Kona cottons: Canary, Lime, Tangerine, Denim and Purple. The background is Pepper, which turns out to be dark grey in bad light and a very very dark navy in good light. I like it.
The finished quilt is 75" x 75": it took 9 months to make, it's pieced and quilted in Aurifil 50w, and it is primarily for when my husband has a hangover!
This is my entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival in the large quilts category.