Saturday I finally got a chance to finish up my "beach blanket to go" from Handmade Home. All I had to do was make a bit more bias tape and sew on the ties. And today we finally got a chance to try it out:
Since we didn't go anywhere for Labor Day weekend we decided a little front yard "outing" would be just the thing. And it was delightful for sure. We brought out our sketchbooks, art caddy and the summer book basket (because the days of summer are surely winding down, so time to get in a few more readings of our fun summery books).
I'm uncertain about color and this was my attempt to blend some colors that don't normally go together. I'm not entirely satisfied with it, but mostly I like it. The limiting factor was that I was trying to "use what I have" as Amanda gently encourages us to do in the book. I wanted to get the look of thrifted or vintage sheets but I didn't have many to work with so I pulled fabrics from my stash to supplement the sheet fabrics (using stash fabrics is surely a form of "use what you have" and I welcomed the opportunity to use some of my pretty fabrics that I will love looking at in this quilt). Mostly I'm thrilled to have a handmade quilt, made by me, for all our outings. I love love love using handmade things in our everyday lives. Honestly, it gives me a thrill.
Here's how it looks all rolled up. The backing is an old bedspread of my mom's that she "donated" to the project. It's perfect for this. Some thoughts:
::I loved that there is no batting in this quilt. It makes the whole project so much quicker and easier and the bedspread adds weight without batting.
::my homemade bias tape from a thifted sheet is making me smile. It was so fun to make!
::I love that Amanda just has us zigzag four straight strips of the bias tape to all four sides of the blanket. That made it so easy to apply and I'd honestly never thought of applying bias tape with a zigzag--the beauty of it is that everything is caught in effortlessly and there is no hand finishing. Hooray!
::I want to make several more of these. Will have to find more bedspreads first, though. Adding a few more panels would be nice too.
Hope you all had a fun and restful late-summer weekend. If you've made this project as well, I'd love to see it.