As the temperatures trend slowly lower, I’ve begun to dig out my trusty lap quilts and drape them on chairs, sofas, and ottomans. They are mostly scrap quilts made with no artistic intent. Sturdiness, warmth and wash-ability were my goals.
Since I didn’t give these quilts names, I’ll refer to them by color or material. First up is my blue and green Nickel Quilts book quilt made about 2006, I think. A lot of half square triangles went into this one. I always liked the secondary pattern made where the blocks meet. The quilting is basic, diagonal lines that follow the triangle edges, but it’s held up through several washes.
My other go-to lap quilt is made of flannel. When I was making it about 2003 I couldn’t find flannels that didn’t have gamboling lambs and other nursery graphics on them. I went to thrift stores and bought men’s plaid flannel shirts for $1 each. I think the pattern is by Alex Anderson. It’s paper pieced, which was a pain to do, but it helped prevent stretching and made it possible for me to match up most of the points.
These are in readiness on our TV watching chairs. My husband says the forecast is for a warmer winter, but the temperatures are bound to drop below freezing soon enough.