And about time, too!
My sewing machine actually broke during the final stages of putting this together. I found the one sewing machine repair guy in the whole city and took it in to get it fixed post-haste. It was a good thing I did, as the repair guy went on a two-month vacation the day after I picked it up. Phew!
After I had everything in nice discrete blocks I had to start sewing them together, which meant that I started to get things with weird corners and strange protuberances — more of a challenge to sew, but I got it done.
It’s amazing how much smaller the finished top is when you take seam allowances into account. This used to be the exact size of the box spring and now it’s shrunk significantly. but it’s nice and thick and cozy.
The Pie and I decided that two sides of wool pieces would be a little bulky for this blanket, and that all the seams would mean the blanket wouldn’t lie flat. Not to mention that it would probably be itchy against your skin. So we went with just a cotton backing, just like we did with the wool patchwork quilts a few years ago, but without the flannel lining. Because the blanket is large, we decided to do the back in three separate panels of different colours, just for visual interest. The Pie did the colour picking. It’s definitely funny to watch us wander through fabric stores because we are both so out of our element.
Now you see this particular square, with its row of buttons? Not only does that add a bit of visual interest, but it’s a strategic choice. I can undo those buttons and then pull the blanket inside-out through it and do them back up. That way when I sew the lining and backing onto the top piece I can just do all the sides at the same time, and not worry about seams showing later on. I know. You can say it. I am a bit of a genius.
So I sewed the back onto the front, which took quite a bit of effort and some muscle, too.
Then I opened up that little buttoned up section and carefully pulled the whole thing through.
Button it back up and no one’s the wiser.
Phew. That is one hefty blanket.
I can’t wait to see if it will fit in my luggage, together with my bridesmaid dress and a million pairs of shoes. Because that’s all I’m bringing to Oregon. I can’t see anything else fitting in my suitcase.