This is picture of my Dustyboy. I was given him as an orphan and we loved each other for many years. He was also my quilting companion, he would sit on my lap when I was sewing, lie on top of the fabric that needed cutting or on top of the quilt that was being quilted. Any pile of blocks that were part of a WIP immediately became a cat bed. So, it should be no surprise that when I got up to go and get a cup of tea he took over prime spot on top of this quilt.
The quilt is made of South African made schwe schwe fabric. When I first got the fabric it was washed three times, until the colour no longer bled and then after drying and ironing, cut into four inch squares. These squares were sewn together and looked absolutely awful so I unpicked the whole thing. Then I tried the sewing the squares with sashing and it still looked horrible and so it was unpicked again!. After that the blocks got packed away and lay in the cupboard for about ten years.
One day when looking for something else they got dug up and and I decided to have another bash. Each square was cut into two triangles and a strip of white sashing was placed down the middle and then the blocks were trimmed back to 4 inches.
This time the quilt came together like magic and I was soo pleased with the end result. Do you see that little piece of red sticking out of the pile? Well, it's the one and only red block and I decided to place it strategically where your heart would be when you're lying under the quilt.
As the blocks were done they were placed on the design wall and it looked like a jigsaw puzzle. Each day a space was filled until the whole of the top was done. Once the top was assembled it was pinned and quilted by stitching in the ditch. It is also backed with schwe schwe fabric. Sadly I don't have a photo of the back or the label which was embroidered because you would see that it is called 'She's come undone'.
Before I left South Africa to come to the UK I gave the quilt to my late brother and I know that he used it a lot when camping in the bush. I'm glad it had a loving home and still has with my Sue, my sister-in-law.
Why am I telling you all of this? Firstly, it is probably my favourite of all the quilts I've made, secondly, you haven't seen it yet, and lastly it is my entry into the competition, Pets on Quilts, that is being held by SewCalGal.