I found Quiltville’s What’s on YOUR Bed Linky party through Brenda’s blog Scraps and Strings and thought it would be fun to participate. I did share a picture of this quilt way back in September in 2009, but never shared the story behind the quilt.
In Norway we typically use duvets, and bed quilts are mostly used for bedspreads or extra blankets. Mrs. Bouquet happens to be my go to gal for napping with grandkids and those cold nights when an ordinary duvet is not enough. She’s big and warm and comfy and well worth the extra mile I had to go to actually get her finished back in 2003.
Whenever I see a reference to the 1600 Jelly roll quilts I smile to myself and give Mrs. Bouquet an extra squeeze. This quilt started out as miles of 2 ½” fabric strips cut from my stash to coordinate with a thrifted curtain/table cloth ensemble back in 2001 when I still was quite new at this.
The flowery fabric reminded me of Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping up appearances who is well worth honoring in all her snobbish glory.
The strips were neatly sewn into one long strip, folded, cut and stitched together into a top – just like in the 1600 Jelly roll video. Now, neither jelly rolls nor the video were around at the time, but I did expect a flat top after all that stitching and pressing. Imagine my surprise when I laid it out on the floor and it was anything but flat and actually had room enough underneath to accommodate a camp full of tiny soldiers.
Using my biggest ruler I slashed the top crosswise into strips and stitched them back together. I have always thought of this quilt as one of my happiest quilting mistakes as it made me rethink my original plan and just go with the flow. It might have taken a couple of years to finish it, but I am happy I did.
The quilt has Mrs Bouquet’s name
a telephone with her signature lady-of-the-house-speaking line
the postman’s shoe
tea cups including a Royal Doulton with hand painted periwinkles
a perfectly neat neighborhood
and my very first wonky blocks.
The quilt is totally out of my ordinary colour comfort zone, but Mrs. Bouquet will be around for many grandbaby naps and cold winter nights to come.
So, what’s on your bed?