Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Skull Lap Quilt (I ain't Guild material)

I eschewed the option of submitting to the Festival of Quilts this year partly because, well... hell if the cupcakes and bunnies of last year's Geek Boy Quilt that I submitted to the 'My First Quilt' category wasn't for the ladies of the Quilters Guild I was pretty sure that this one would go down pretty badly too. Anyway it's for me - and I can judge myself plenty hard enough thank you! As it turned out I fractured a bone in my leg so I couldn't even go to the FoQ but anyway...

It's been a long time in the making having been a very early bit of log cabin-ing, each stage came very slow behind the other in no sort of rush... but then I moved house and now I have a cutting table! An IKEA table of adjustable height meant I could trim the basted, quilted thing without having to break my knees on the floor!

Oh sure having a cast on my leg (and needing the aid of crutches to walk) over the summer didn't make it easy - but it did allow me time. So... here is is bound and done.  
Skulls, dots and hexagons - my Skull lap quilt
The pieced quilt back uses dizzyingly swirly black and white pattern 'YEAH.AI' by Brother Sister Design Studio - I love it but WOW is it hard on the eyes to work with!

Skull lap quilt - the back
Luckily having taken forever in making this quilt I didn't, as I had thought I might, compromise on bias binding and instead had time to stumble across the yellow dotty lace-edged bias binding in the wonderful haberdashers Darn it & Stitch in Oxford. The Alexander Henry fabric in the centre and the yellow dots were both also Darn it and Stitch buys I think - from many moons ago. These really were very early fabric purchases - I know this because I only picked up a small amount (not a mistake I make these days), and therefore didn't have any of either fabric for binding. Spotting (ha ha) the yellow dotty trim meant that I could finish my quilt! I feel as though the binding really does set it off wonderfully and brings a light and brightness to the whole piece.

I have suffered terrible quilt envy at Chez Penny (ratsasbigascats) as well as snuggly comfort of a sofa-based quilt so to have one of my own is such a thrill I can't tell you. Maybe I should have taken the photos before loafing and napping under it - but let's call that a 'testing phase'.

All in all - super chuffed!

As ever there are more pics on my Flickr.

I also finally joined Instagram this summer when I broke my leg (and therefore couldn't stand steady with my camera). Do take a look at my pics there if you like. I try to treat all social media as separate and different so lots of my stuff only exists there. I'm nbnqnbnq there too.  



  1. Love the quilt and the binding is perfect for it. The black and white backing fabric is rather lively - not a quilt to snuggle under with a hangover.

    1. Thanks! Ha! Yeah that's fair. I shall snuggle topside up in the case of a hangover - certainly. But in case of, for example, that sort of coldy poorliness, where you feel all thick-headed and can't think, I'm hoping that it might be a nice sort of distraction.

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