A week or so ago I mentioned my favourite flannel quilt and I said I'd post a photo. So here it is. This is one of my favorite quilts. I bought the quilt top in Melbourne. It was in a shop I was visiting and was made out of a Maywood studio and a Northcott range of fabrics. They were two ranges that I was selling (due to the heat in Queensland - we had delayed the delivery for a few months). The Melbourne shop had sold out of fabric - so they sold me the top.I used it to promote the fabric and then I had it quilted and now it is a family favourite. I caught Luke all curled up and a sleep the other night after a long day at rowing and then school. Even at 14 - he loves this quilt.
My other favourite quilt is one that my Mum made for me when I was only about 8 years old. My Dad was overseas at the time so Mum would put us to bed and spend the night sewing us each a quilt. She made them out of scraps of our flannel pyjamas that we had worn over the years. Some of them she made but some were store bought. There is no wadding or quilting - it's just pieced and backed with a flannel sheet. I love this quilt - I love that Mum - who probably didn't even realise that she was making a quilt - just decided that we needed a "rug" to snuggle under while watching TV in the evenings. (In Nth Queensland our houses are made for summer but it does get cold in winter, especially in a house with polished floor boards, and no heating). I love that she carefully cut up old pyjamas and found scraps from pyjamas she had made - until she had enough for a single bed sized quilt. I love that Mum didn't even know that you are supposed to put wadding in between the top and the backing and quilt through the layers. She was just proud of her idea and that we loved them. Actually, my brothers and I adored our quilts. Mum had to replace the flannel sheet on the back of the quilt a couple of times as we wore them out! When I was young - I could remember which fabric belonged to which set of pyjamas. That memory has long gone, and the fabrics are quite faded but the quilt is still, and always will be, precious.