Wednesday, 21 May 2014

For my Quilt-Stealing Husband


My husband is a quilt-stealer. It serves me right, because he doesn't have a proper quilt of his own. Not to say that I haven't made him one already--he just doesn't like that one. You see, he didn't always like quilts...

A new quilt for my husband. The top needs a good ironing, right? Made from Camille Roskelly's book Simply Retro with Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids.

A couple of years ago I did make him a quilt--it wasn't exactly pretty, but it's what he asked for.
He was very specific about what he wanted; he didn't want anything too "quilty" looking (no traditional blocks star blocks or anything like that), no floral fabrics (Joel Dewberry fabric was even unacceptable), and he didn't want it quilted too heavily because that would make it too stiff. And he also requested the backing be something other than quilting cotton (like flannel) to make it softer--because quilts aren't soft enough (according to him). He then decided he just wanted squares of different flannels and blue-jean fabric to be on the front of the quilt--not really my cup of tea.

I asked him, "Are you sure it's a "quilt" you want, and not just a regular blanket that you could buy at the store?"

"No, I want you to make me a quilt."

"But you want a quilt that doesn't look or feel like a quilt?"

"Yes."

"Hmm." I could see I wasn't going to get anywhere with him. So I rolled my eyes, and made his "blanket".

When I gave it to him he was happy for about 5 minutes--and then he covered up with it...

"It's not big enough. It doesn't cover my feet."

"Ahhh!" I thought to myself. And at the time, a 60" x 60" quilt was the largest size I was comfortable making.

"I want you to make me another one--only bigger." This is coming from the man who will moan and groan if I ask him to occasionally throw some clothes in the washing machine.

We have been discussing his new quilt for a LONG TIME, and that has given him enough time to change his mind about what he wants--and who says men can't change? You see, he is a quilt convert. He loves quilts now--he is always stealing mine, and it's all the things he didn't think he wanted--no flannel backing, and it's quilted heavily. But now he likes using it more than the other thicker, store-bought blankets. And he is seriously nagging me to death to finish his:) Whenever I am working on another project, he gives me a hard-time and says, "Why aren't you working on my quilt?!". And he has been dropping not-very-subtle hints for me to get it finished, "well, as soon as I have my own quilt...".

So this weekend I need to baste this top, and get it quilted. That way a) he'll be happy b) he'll stop nagging me, c) I can get my quilt back and d) the next time I ask him to unload the dishwasher and he complains I'll give him the "I-spent-hours-and-hours-making-a-quilt-just-because-I-love-you" look;)


The quilt top is from the Camille Roskelley's book "Simply Retro" and I used Michael Miller Cotton Couture shades of blue for the blocks. 



13 comments:

  1. Oh! I really love the blues in his soon-to-be-finished quilt!

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  2. That is such a gorgeous quilt. I would steal that from both of you ;) Love the blues and the pattern.

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  3. tehe ... my husband looked at me funny when I said I was going to start quilting - now a few years on he's like "when are you making me one?" ... I think he's feeling left out LOL. Hope your hubby like his new quilt so he stops stealing yours :)

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  4. I can just imagine your home with baskets full of quilts here and there! Everyone having their favs and fussing over them! I love love love his quilt and yes he should voluntarily unload the dishwasher!

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  5. I love this quilt ! Some people just dont realize how wonderful quilts are till they start to snuggle them :)

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  6. I have made that pattern a few times, and I agree it works great for a masculine quilt. I like your idea on the quilt making guilt s well, milk it for all it is worth!!

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  7. That sounds like my husband, except he has designed his own quilt and I have no idea how to make it! LOL

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  8. That is a gorgeous,perfect quilt for a guy! I made that same quilt in French General reds and beige prints, I love it and it was so fun to make. Love Camille's book, full of fab designs!

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  9. Don't settle for a look, love. Make sure he knows what the look means by just saying it. I know I do!

    It's so pretty (dare I say it?). He's a lucky man, your husband. I'll count my blessings that my husband has never cared if his quilts were flowery or not. He just hates to be cold. He does love his double-batted minky-backed quilt though.

    The too short thing - too true! When I first started making quilts, that's the size everyone was making. A "lap" quilt size. Never mind it only fit in my grandmother's lap! I had to quickly learn to be comfortable with big quilts! Even my kids prefer them huge. Better for fort making.

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  10. I love your stories lol. This quilt is awesome! I must get this book, I already have fabric in mind for this pattern :) Great job as always!

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  11. That is a great manly pattern, I never thought to use solid colors. Definitely putting this in my bag of tricks :)

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  12. I really like this quilt; it's nice and basic and modern without being weird.

    And thanks for the hope of S.O.'s coming around. Mine recently decided he wanted to sew and I'm hoping this is the start of a conversion!

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  13. It's a lovely quilt! I hope he's enjoying it, until he changes his mind again (I hope not!). My husband is a quilt hog, but he's not a fussy one though. He just hates to be cold so takes what he can find.

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