In the dog world there are show dogs and field dogs. The former exist to be looked at. Field dogs exist to be useful. The world of quilts has a similar distinction between the show quilts designed to impress and the functional quilts made to live with, on and under.
Since I often make wall quilts, much of my work is designed for show. Every so often I decide it’s time to make a quilt for use. Yellow Jacket is my latest functional quilt.
It’s a large lap quilt, 60 by 80 inches, with a polyester batting and totally machine sewn binding. I already washed it in my machine to start the softening process. Recently I’ve put to use on my bed as the temperatures dip into the 40s.
As I wrote earlier, I dipped into my black and white fabric collection to make an enlarged version of a design by Kim Schaefer. The black and yellow fabric is by an Aboriginal designer.
In case you’re wondering, I used to call this quilt Bumblebee. However, a nasty experience with a large wasp next led me to rename it Yellow Jacket, in honor of my husband’s bravery.