Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Comfort at home

Continuing with the comfort theme, this quilt epitomizes comfort to me at home.
I love this quilt for so many reasons! First of all, my mom made it. She worked on it (off and on) for about 5 years. The quilt is made from articles of denim clothing found at Frenchy's that she cut into squares and pieced together. There are even squares from the denim overall shorts I used to wear when I was twelve, and jeans I wore when I was a teenager.
The white squares with blue and green flowers in the foreground are my old denim overall shorts.

The quilt is tied together (see the little knots in diagonal rows?), rather than quilted. This keeps the layers (the piecework on top, the cotton-batting in the middle, and the chambray backing) from shifting. It would've been too difficult to quilt because of the heavy material and the thickness of the 3 layers. Mom and I did the tying together one summer weekend at the cottage. We stretched out the quilt in the middle of the floor and worked row-by-row until we were done. It was a wonderful weekend with Mom, and it was so nice to be a part of the making of the quilt (however small that part was!).

The quilt isn't quite big enough for a double bed, but works very well on the sofa as an oversized lap blanket or an extra layer on the bed on cold winter nights. Naturally, because of the denim, it's very heavy and warm, which is exactly what I love about it!

So, for me, comfort is wrapping myself up in the warmth of my mother's love (in the form of a quilt).

Mom, if you're reading this, are you tearing up yet? *grin*

Oh yeah,
Millie likes the quilt too.

Read more posts about comforts at home here.


sherrieg said...

That's a lovely story and a lovely quilt. :)

Amber said...

How sweet! Thanks for sharing. :)

Anonymous said...

Aww. Quilts are wonderful! I wish I had the time to learn how to make them.