Quilting lovely strips of fabric onto squares of vintage woollen blanketing is one of my favourite things to do.  It all started here.  As I was cutting strips of fabric for Christmas presents – bags, skirts, beach pants, wheat bags – there was a lovely square of blemish-free blanket and I just couldn’t help myself.  Mum and Julian were doubtful that pre-Christmas was the time for such quilting … but you know.  It was almost meditative :-)


Now, in this quiet week of homemaking and holidays, I’ve finished this impromptu quilt. I love the back with its soft green stripe almost as much as the colourful cacophony of the front.  And so many of the fabrics will remind me of gifts we gave to our family and friends this Christmas.  As for the wee satin label.  Well, it just had to stay and stay prominently at that.



Here it is, in its new home – the back of the sofa.  Throughout the warm months, it adds such prettiness.



During our long cold winter, it will be lovely and cosy.  Especially when pulled off the sofa and snuggled under.


the quilt that grew

15 thoughts on “the quilt that grew

  • January 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Tutorial please!!

    This looks absolutely fantastic, do you think instead of a wool blanket a fleece blanked might work, too? I have heaps of those!

  • January 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    That will certainly brighten up a cold, dreary winter day. It’s quite lovely, and what an ingenious idea. Makes me want to head right out to the thrift store in search of blankets! Well done, karen

  • January 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Love it. I can wing it, I think.

  • January 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    that quilt would brighten up any day – it’s wonderful!
    I haven’t visited for so long, I’m not sure how that happened. I’m sorry! I was reading back through previous posts – Abby is suddenly almost a woman! How on EARTH did that happen over the past couple of months? And her hair looks fantastic!
    Happy new year to you, I hope your mum’s eye heals soon and Julian comes to realise that the crocheted stool cover is actually quite gorgeous. Men, eh? ;)

    • January 16, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      Oh Katy! I know! We have photos from our archives scrolling on our television and there are so many of Abby looking so sweet and little … and I look over at her, still so sweet, but so grown up! It seems oh so very sudden :-) Yet there she is, in Brisbane, looking after Mum.

  • January 14, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Such a cheerful, happy quilt! I love the colours you have used, and with the blanket backing you will be both warm and happy.

  • January 14, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Beautiful. You are amazing. Would like to echo the first comment – “tutorial please!!”,

  • January 14, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Joining the choir…. Tutorial Please!!!

  • January 16, 2011 at 12:29 am

    that’s beautiful. i have a wool blanket that lives on my couch, but sometimes i snuggle down for a nap and don’t want the scratchy wool against my cheek. having one side quilted with fabric would be the perfect solution.

    • January 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm

      oh it is absolutely, and it makes for such a quick and thrifty quilt!

  • January 16, 2011 at 2:57 am

    Hi Lily! I can’t find your email (did you recently change your blog? or is my computer acting up?), so I hope it’s okay to post here…I’m awarding you with the Stylish Blogger award b/c I love your blog!! I’m a faithful follower and think you absolutely deserve it. See the details here: Thanks!

    • January 16, 2011 at 3:34 am

      Dear Cassandra,

      We are sitting here in the heat, the fan blowing on us, having a marvellous old time fiddling with the blog. Hopefully it will be all set later this afternoon :-) My email address is lily at blockaday dot com. Let me know what you think about the new layout!

      warm regards, lily

  • January 18, 2011 at 4:39 am

    It is beautiful and amazing. Your new blog style is lovely too.

  • February 13, 2011 at 6:58 am

    I love that quilt! Would love a tutorial or even some general directions for a wanna be quilter, Thankyou.

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